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Fiction
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...
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
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...
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...
Warning: The Following Post May Make You Uncomfortable

Warning: The Following Post May Make You Uncomfortable

Warning: the following may make you uncomfortable; consider yourself warned! Rebecca Mead’s Talk of the Town article in the June 9th New Yorker (“Literature and Life”) brings into focus the current trend on college campuses to issue trigger warnings for pieces of literature being read in Lit. classes. If you haven’t heard about these trigger warnings, then...
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...