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The Writing Life
Going to the Mountain!

Going to the Mountain!

  I’m going to Middlebury! Bread Loaf! I’ve been selected to be a chaperone at the New England Young Writers’ Conference, and I couldn’t be happier. The conference is held over four days on the Bread Loaf campus in Ripton, Vermont. This, for those of you who don’t know, is the same campus that hosts...
Structure

Structure

It is day four of vacation. Thursday. It has been rainy, cold, and overall miserable, but, in an effort to cut off any criticism coming at me because I am on vacation, I will say that any vacation is better than no vacation. Or is it? As a teacher, I live my life by a...
Welcome to 2015

Welcome to 2015

Ok, so I’m a little slow on the new year posts. One good thing that comes out of waiting until the 22nd of January is that I get to do away with all of the unnecessary “My Resolution” lists. Instead, I can move ahead and state the things that will unequivocally be in the stars...
Elizabeth Gilbert on Success

Elizabeth Gilbert on Success

I love TED talks. They’ve caught on recently, but I’ve been watching them for years; they really are the original geek haven. This talk by Elizabeth Gilbert is just so good I had to give it a shout out and a repost. The thing I like best about Gilbert’s thesis is the fact that she...
Nightly Half Hour Writing: Welcome to the Pleasure Dome

Nightly Half Hour Writing: Welcome to the Pleasure Dome

Tonight I bravely enter into a new tradition: nightly half hour writing. This was my bride’s idea, and while I have tried doing this in the past- usually at ungodly hours like 5:00 am- this will be the first time I have sat down to write with a partner. It’s kind of nice, this togetherness,...
Winter of my [ARTISTIC] Discontent

Winter of my [ARTISTIC] Discontent

Happy 2014! A Brief Look Back at the Fall Looking back on the blog here, it is amazing to me that I haven’t posted a single thing since August. Talk about a hiatus! I was busy, mind you. My girlfriend moved in with me, her daughters moved to North Carolina, we planned a wedding, school...
Creativity and the Divine

Creativity and the Divine

Nothing more to say. Thanks to Hugh MacLeod over at GapingVoid for doing such fantastic, thought provoking work!
Art and the Wounded

Art and the Wounded

I can feel it coming. Like the series of bloated and violent thunderstorms that have swept through seemingly every afternoon- always when I want to get out on my bike it seems- I can feel the onset of a creative burst coming. It will hit soon. I’ve had some brief showers lately, too- revisions of...
Red

Red

It has been a long time since I last posted, a really long time. Sometimes life just sweeps you up and whisks you away to places that aren’t really conducive to writing. In my case, it’s two places: school, and, ironically enough, my living room. School is self-explanatory: it is nearly June and I work...
Light at the End of the Tunnel

Light at the End of the Tunnel

There are moments in life that require thought, and there are moments that require swift and decisive action. I have muddled through life- both writing and personally- deep in thought. There have been moments of action, yes, like the sporadic activity surrounding the writing of a story, but for every story written I have ten...