https://youtu.be/nkPBgDufzl4 My first written episode for VivaEllipsis is now live on Youtube. It features gorgeous illustration by John Dooley and equally skillful narration by Richard Di Britannia. The text version is available here. Thanks to the mysterious creator of VivaEllipsis for the opportunity! Enjoy!
C.S. Lewis once said "I was with book, as woman is with child," and writing this story has helped me understand his sentiment. While I have certainly experienced an urgency to churn out a final draft before, this project was accompanied by what I can only describe as mortal dread. There was no logical reason … Continue reading First Story of 2021 Now Available!
The Authors Guild has released its report, The Profession of Author in the 21st Century, and therein they play their role as advocates quite well. And though they are arguably on my side, working for my potential, hypothetical benefit, I cannot help but ponder if a similar report was penned by some scriveners' guild at … Continue reading Authors’ (Financial) Self-Pity
Carlos Greaves' recent McSweeney's piece (which satirizes authors writing novels about contemporary communities they do not belong to) is one for the history books. Within it he manages to straddle the very delicate balance of espousing an opinion the political left-wing, particularly the Twitter left-wing, would wholeheartedly agree with, without coming off as a triggered … Continue reading Artist-Over-Art and Becoming What One Despises
Pyramids of cardboard are rising, bubble-wrap roles are unfurling, and contract ink is drying. The ritual of moving has commenced once more, but this time I'm headed back to a familiar place--indeed, the only place I consider truly familiar. I've always had a superstition that it is preferable to leave this world in roughly the … Continue reading A Fond Farewell, & Musings on Friendship
I just received my first manuscript rejection from a New York literary agent. I'm relieved to have this mandatory hazing ritual out of the way. Strangely, I feel more like "a real writer" now than any minor successes have ever caused. Perhaps I am consoled by a small sense of pride that this didn't emotionally … Continue reading A Real Writer?
The Welsh have an interesting word, hiraeth, which is meant to express homesickness, especially for a home that either cannot be returned to or does not exist. This word best expresses the type of songs that I seek out in order to grow my writing playlist--a collection of songs that (subjectively) amplify, rather than disturb, … Continue reading Writing Playlist
The first draft began around Christmas 2018, but the idea is much older. It came to me in Calhoun, Georgia around the age of seven or eight. It must have been informed by my mom telling me that the land we lived upon had once belonged to the Cherokee natives. We were, after all, only … Continue reading Preview of my Upcoming Novel