The First of the Month

This is apparently the year of short shorts for my writing. They are easy and fun to write, and I'm getting all of them published, which is, of course, fantastic! I received some nice comments on this one already, and there's a chance that I will get paid for it. They select certain stories to … Continue reading The First of the Month

Mid-Year Book Report (#8)

I began the year perusing the lovely used bookstores (UsedBooks Librería and Carolina Bookstore) and book exchanges in the cafés of Cuenca, Ecuador. Shortly thereafter, I moved to the bookstore capital of the world - Buenos Aires - where it's completely normally to sit and read in public. This city has around one bookstore for … Continue reading Mid-Year Book Report (#8)

Keeping This Brief

While a story of 100 words might seem easier to write than one of 1,000 words or 10,000 words, if you’ve ever tried, you’ll realize it’s not so. To communicate everything crucial about your character’s background, personality, current circumstances, and emotional state in so few words, and to add a compelling plot around it all … Continue reading Keeping This Brief

Burnout and Bad Habits

I started off 2021 really well with respect to my creative writing goals. I took two short story workshops and a novel revision workshop, and I made a ton of progress for the first seven months. Especially when I was living in Northern California, there was something about the place I was staying in or … Continue reading Burnout and Bad Habits

No, Seriously. ¿Cómo Se Dice…?

I knew Argentinian Spanish was going to be different and when my driver picked me up at the airport and one of the first things I heard him say was "ay-zhair" instead of "a-yer" for "yesterday", I knew it had begun. Since then, sometimes "a-yer" is ay-shair. The "Y" changes, the "LL" changes, and the … Continue reading No, Seriously. ¿Cómo Se Dice…?

Thirty-Six Hours in a Remote Corner of Texas

In the final days of 2020, I managed to secure one more publication for my writing. One writing goal I gave myself at the beginning of last year was to submit all 15 of my short pieces for publication, but that was an uber-ambitious goal. Only one of the pieces was finished at the beginning … Continue reading Thirty-Six Hours in a Remote Corner of Texas

The End of Year Book Report (#6)

Every six months when I post this, I think I've read more books than ever before, but when I look back, I think the numbers are fairly consistent. Possibly this time around I started more books and ditched them quickly than ever before, but that's all. (By the way, if you haven't learned to toss … Continue reading The End of Year Book Report (#6)