10 Years of Project 2,996

Project 2,996 was created back in 2006. So, even though it’s not yet 10 years old, this will be the 10th 9/11 where I have encouraged others to remember these people not by rehashing their very public deaths, but by learning about their lives. I’ll freely admit when the idea came to me that I…

Gone But Not Forgotten

Almost everything that I wrote more than fifteen years ago no longer exists.  The box containing my old notebooks and any school assignments I’d deemed worth saving disappeared during a cross country move.  The world is probably a better place because of this. A few things do survive—certain papers or stories that for one reason…

Pen Review: Franklin-Christoph 02 Intrinsic Emerald and Ice

I love Franklin-Christoph pens–and I love the company, too. This is, in part, local pride as we’re both residents of North Carolina’s Research Triangle. However, I also love them because of all the companies I’ve seen, F-C seems to have a flair for experimentation and innovation. I’ve had several Franklin-Christoph pens over the past couple…

Flip this Blog

This blog has been floundering.  For a while.  Two years ago I moved away from my self-hosted site, to this wordpress-hosted site because I was letting the blog go to waste, and I was paying money to let it happen.  But even after I moved it I didn’t seem to do anything with it. This past…

A Common Enemy

Writer’s Block is a pain in the ass. If you follow me on this blog, or on the other blog I contribute to–Today’s Author–you’ve doubtless noticed that I’ve been quiet lately. This is not because I have no time to write.  It’s because every time I sit down to write, I spend all my time…

Dirty Little Reading Secret

As bibliophiles, we’re often held to a higher standard when it comes to the novels we spend our time reading. Friends often assume that because I’m well read, and because I write, that I not only have good taste when it comes to the books I read, but also that I exercise that taste with…

Storms and Drought

Weather and writing. More generally, weather and creativity. They are inextricably linked together through metaphor. Throwing out ideas is a Brainstorm. Ideas come in a flood—or sometimes a torrent. Ideas come out of nowhere like a bolt of lightning. Weather seems a particularly apt analogy for creativity. They both seem out of our control—random even….

Is There Power in Boredom?

When was the last time you were bored? Truly bored. Not a time when you wish you were doing something more interesting, but where your mind was almost completely unoccupied. I’ll bet it’s a lot less common than it used to be. Especially if you have a smartphone. And that might just be a problem….

Looking for Balance

I’m not sure I’ve ever heard NaNoWriMo (in the running for the clumsiest acronym ever) spoken aloud. But each year from October 1 through December 7 (or so) it’s nearly impossible to be part of the online writing community without wading, hip-deep, into the NaNo fray. Will you or won’t you? Does it work, or…

Characters Who Push Back

I don’t think I’m going too far out on a limb to conclude that most writers, generally think of characters as dynamic beings. While I won’t itemize past posts you won’t have trouble finding opinions on this very blog about how certain characters are easily led, while others are uncooperative. And advice abounds about interviewing…

Diagnosing Dialogue

Dialogue is difficult to get just right and, like many others, I struggle with it mightily. Even so, I love writing good dialogue. But, if it’s so hard, why do I like it? I love how good dialogue shows us more about a character than the author could ever tell us. I love the energy…

Uncovering Shakespeare

I love musical covers—where one artist performs, and often changes, another artist’s song.  I’ve taken a lot of gentle teasing over the years because of this, because many people see covers as a form of copying someone else, rather than an original work.  But for me, it’s always been about interpretation—it’s fascinating for me to…