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The Writing Life
Welcome Back!

Welcome Back!

Welcome, 2017. And hello again, blog of mine. It’s me, Brian. I’ve had some pretty monumental lapses with the old “Sharper Thesis” blog, but a nearly six month silence is hard to justify. Sure I’ve been busy…who hasn’t? Sure I coached a football season from August to October, started a school year and worked hard...
Scrivener for iOS and the Dilemma of Too Many Places to Write

Scrivener for iOS and the Dilemma of Too Many Places to Write

It’s here! Scrivener for iOS arrived earlier this month, and I’ve been out vacationing and reading and finishing up another successful year at the Cole SUmmer Writers Institute, so I missed it. But today I rectified that mistake, and I’m really glad I did. I don’t often do reviews here, but this is very cool...
Number 6: Legitimizing the Whole Endeavor

Number 6: Legitimizing the Whole Endeavor

Story number six was published earlier this month. “Pillow Talk.” One of my favorites. I’ve learned some lessons from the last story- some hard to take and most I’m not ready to talk about publicly- so this was such a pleasant surprise to see it come so quickly on its predecessor’s heels. The problems were...
Writing After Auschwitz

Writing After Auschwitz

From The New York Review of Books interview with Syrian poet Adonis on April 16, 2016. NYRB: But can poetry address the terrible, barbaric violence now engulfing Syria? One thinks of Adorno’s claim about poetry after Auschwitz. Adonis: This is talk. Auschwitz was a catastrophic disaster, but humanity has gone through many catastrophic disasters. On the contrary,...
Old Friends Publishing Books

Old Friends Publishing Books

It was a pleasant surprise to learn earlier this year that my former department chair at Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons, Dr.Paul O’Brien, was publishing a memoir after retiring from his forty-seven year teaching career. Paul, pictured to the left at a book signing at ND-BG last night, was one of my earliest mentors, and a true...
Story #5

Story #5

Sometimes the good stuff in life is worth waiting for. Delayed gratification can bring about some of the sweetest rewards a person can experience. My fifth story, “What You Wish For,” was published yesterday in Black Denim Lit (http://www.bdlit.com/what-you-wish-for.html), an online literary zine. It’s listed as one of the four December stories the editors selected....
Explanatory Notes

Explanatory Notes

So I feel I need to clarify the last post. It was titled “Happy 2016 (Do Unto Others Edition).”  In that post I felt that I did a pretty good  job of describing the Happy 2016 part, but failed to fully articulate the “Do Unto Others” part. It’s not really a long thought, but I...
Happy 2016 (Do Unto Others Edition)

Happy 2016 (Do Unto Others Edition)

Happy 2016! It’s been a long time, writing here on my own blog. It feels weird. This is my start of the new year post, the one that lays out the plan for the next 365 (leap year? 366?) days. So here goes. First, I’ve been spending so much time on The Blackbird Review, the...
David Foster Wallace on Writerly Pretentiousness

David Foster Wallace on Writerly Pretentiousness

Ok, so I’m struggling with Infinite Jest right now. I love it, I hate it, I struggle with its weight. But more than anything, I’m blown away by David Foster Wallace’s sheer brilliance and hutzpah. He’s funny, biting, thought-provoking, anger-inducing, and one hell of a writer. Here’s a quote that I read from him regarding...
The Shapes of Stories, a Kurt Vonnegut Infographic | Maya Eilam

The Shapes of Stories, a Kurt Vonnegut Infographic | Maya Eilam

Love this infographic! And, for fun, check out the video below of KV speaking about these story shapes. Source: The Shapes of Stories, a Kurt Vonnegut Infographic | Maya Eilam