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A Lifelong Depressive’s Guide to Motivation

A Lifelong Depressive’s Guide to Motivation

I’ve suffered from chronic depression most of my life. I’m on the drug Lexapro, and it helps. It does a better job with my social anxiety than it does my down periods, but taking it has been generally beneficial. Spoiler alert: The title "A Lifelong Depressive's Guide...

Cheers Isn’t as Good as You Remember It Being

Cheers Isn’t as Good as You Remember It Being

Sadly, Cheers isn't as good as you remember it being. I began rewatching the 8os sitcom on a whim before the coronavirus lockdown began. I didn’t realize at the time I was giving myself a long-term distraction through a tough period. At 275 total episodes and at 3...

Millennial Writing Must Stop

Millennial Writing Must Stop

Millennial Writing must stop. The way many in the current generation write for publication is a blight on the media landscape. Their style has many annoying qualities, but I’ll focus on the two I find most heinous: The use of “we” and of ridiculous hyperbole. Here’s a...

Independent Writer/Publisher Update: March 28th, 2021

Independent Writer/Publisher Update: March 28th, 2021

It’s been a while since I published anything to the Kindle. I hope to fix that soon. Let’s go over what I’ve been up to during the last year—besides dodging a global pandemic. Here it is: your independent writer/publisher update for March 28th, 2021... Just because I...

Don’t be a Dick–Space Odyssey by Michael Benson

Don’t be a Dick–Space Odyssey by Michael Benson

Late in the book Space Odyssey: Stanley Kubrick, Arthur C. Clarke, and the Making of a Masterpiece by Michael Benson, there's a classic dick move that left me angry and bitter. Kubrick sends a small team to South Africa to capture still photos of the terrain there,...

Writing Process (An Update from the Front) 10.25.18

Writing Process (An Update from the Front) 10.25.18

Let's talk a little about the writing process... Of course how I do it is probably different than how you do it, but seeing how others negotiate the speed bumps is--to me at least--always interesting.   I'm in the latter stages of writing the first draft for Kumbaya,...

5 Reasons I’m Spending October with Clive Barker

5 Reasons I’m Spending October with Clive Barker

    Clive Barker - Author, Artist, and filmmaker 5 Reasons I’m Spending October with Clive Barker It’s October, and for Americans, certainly, that means Halloween. Do other countries have Halloween? I could look it up, I suppose, but I’m far too lazy....

Writing Process – The Tyranny of Digital

Writing Process – The Tyranny of Digital

Defining the Problem Sometimes our writing process can be hindered by the tools we choose--or the tools we're forced to choose because they're the ones most in vogue. I turned eighteen in 1984 so I spent my formative writing years in a pre-digital, pre-mobile device...

Don’t Just Dive Into Your Writing Projects

Don’t Just Dive Into Your Writing Projects

Don't just dive into your writing projects. It doesn’t work. How do I know? Because it’s my default approach to writing, and I have boxes (and hard drives) full of unfinished stories. But allow me to clarify: By “diving in” I mean writing before your premise has fully...

Writers: Don’t Be Stingy with the Detail

Writers: Don’t Be Stingy with the Detail

I have a tendency to write lean — as in close-to-the-bone. Take me as a cautionary tale. In other words, writers, don't be stingy with the detail. In my college days, I was compared to Hemingway from time to time, not because I was as good as him, but because I was...