Have You Done Your Beautiful Deed?

To the body and mind which have been cramped by noxious work or company, nature is medicinal and restores their tone.1 I’m propelling myself out of bed on a Tuesday morning and I’m of two minds: Congratulations! says one. Go the hell back to sleep says the other. After enough inoculation, I’ve become pretty good at ignoring the latter. Don’t get …

A Writer’s Hygiene – 1,000 Nights of Short Stories, Poetry, and Essays

I seem to be a glutton for challenges these days. Inspired by Ray Bradbury’s short story advice, I’m two-and-a-half weeks into one of his other (paraphrased) suggestions: Every day, for the next 1,000 days, read one short story, one poem, and one essay. That’s just a small part of this amazing speech he gave in 2001. Spend some time watching …

Weekly Recap – June 14th, 2013

Brace yourself for random screeds: Concerning my current WIP, I feel an energy coming back. It’s not quite there yet, but the excitement is building. Here’s to hoping it amounts to something and I pull out of my current dip. I’ve been researching like a madman, so it’s time to take a look at my outline again and see how …

Day Thirteen – Tardiness and Exercise

I’m well on my way to screwing up my archive here. If I ever look back at these old posts, I’m sure I’ll be scratching the side of my head… “Wait, was Day Thirteen on the 15th? But why did I post on the 16th? Did I forget to carry the one and drop the five? Crap…” Anyway, I managed …