Asking me to write about someone who has influenced my writing is like asking me to pick my favorite book. The answer you get will probably depend on the time of day, the rotation of the planets, and whether or not I looked at a picture of a chicken recently but, if I think about … More They Can Be… Creative?
Kaladin Stormblessed, main character of Brandon Sanderson’s epic fantasy novel, Way of the Kings, has depression. At least, I think he does. I’m not sure if it’s true depression, not sure if I would be able to recognize it even if it was, but the more I see of him, the more I become convinced. His … More Up to Six Weeks
In Bird by Bird, Anne Lamott writes that you should never hold back from a piece of writing. Every piece should be treated like your best work. You should offer everything to it. I can’t help but feel like I haven’t been doing that. I’m an anxious person. Am by nature. I tend to obsess over things … More Writing From a Shallow Place
Please don’t let it be of me Please don’t let me search for glory Please don’t let it be for me Let it be for you Do I write for myself? Do I write for praise? I know the answer But please don’t let it be so I know I write So that … More Should
There once was a store full of books They filled all the crannies and nooks By thrifters they were found And adored all around Until they saw the prices and spooked I spent my Saturday at the beach. My group of friends are introverts. Busy introverts. Saturdays at the beach, lovely as they are, don’t happen very often. … More Thrift it Up
Pierce Brown is the author of the Red Rising trilogy, a series which almost instantly made my top three favorites of all time. I could write post after post describing how the cultures, the religions, the bravado, the flair, drew me in and never let go but today I’m going to put aside my extreme love … More Golden Insanity
Two weeks ago I had to write a paper on my writing process. While writing it, I discovered something interesting. Contrary to long-held belief, I do have a process. My process is, in fact, a lack of process. It works surprisingly well for me. My non-process usually begins with a draft. A first draft. A very, … More What Process?
Budgeting is hard. Almost as hard as finding an app that helps you do it. The amount of budgeting apps is insane. I should know. I’ve tried most of them. Mint, You Need A Budget, Wally, GoodBudget, Mvelopes – I’ve tried every one at least briefly. Some of them still send me emails. These budgeting … More Money WellSpent
The best processes are the ones you don’t have to think about anymore. At least, that’s my theory. I’m a person of habits. I live my life through processes. I have so many of them it’s practically impossible to sort them out. They’re no longer things I use, like tools carefully selected from a row, … More The Process of Processes
Today’s post comes from one of my incomplete novels, Changes. As with all old writing it’s far from perfect but in 50,000 words of mess, it serves as a constant reminder that even in your worst writing failures, there’s something to smile at. I hope it makes you smile too. I shifted the straps of my backpack. … More My Favorite Scene