Reading Update: The Pain Behind Dark Comedy

Hello and good evening! I hope you’re having a good night and enjoying it in the loving company of either yourself or those closest to you. In mulling over what I said about my current readings last Saturday, I encountered some deep personal feelings about the pitch-black comedy of David Foster Wallace. I used words like “hilarious”…

Reading Update: From YA to Verbal Gymnastics

Greetings! I apologize for uploading this blog post two days behind my set schedule. I took some Me time Thursday to make ravioli from scratch with friends, then go to the movies. We went and saw Ghost in the Shell, and I was blown away at how faithfully the live-action adaptation followed the first two anime movies…

Lessons to Practice #8: The Compelling Protagonist

Before I begin, I’d like to apologize for not doing my usual Thursday night writing posts. I have been without internet at my town home for the past two weeks, which has made writing a bit more challenging. Luckily we should have our services up and running by tomorrow afternoon, so you can expect my…

Lessons to Practice #7: The Essence of Setting

Tonight I have setting on my mind. Not just its importance or its definition, but its essence. What makes a setting? Is it a specific physical location? A staging ground for the characters to interact and develop? Or the ways in which a particular place triggers our five senses and evokes our emotional response? For me,…

Lessons to Practice #6: Opening Lines

You’ve thought of your story idea, devised your main character and your supporting cast, created a basic outline, and maybe even written down your story’s central themes. Yet all of that work, as rewarding and powerful as it is, still feels like you’re holding your breath. When does the exhale finally happen? When you dive…

Reflections on Defeat and Embracing the Writing Life

As I settle in to my role as a full-time writer, one obstacle after another has tried to chip away at my hope and chipper ideals for my future as a published author. I’ve had my fair share of personal losses, bouts of self-doubt and futility, and looming questions about which career path I’m meant to…

Lessons to Practice #5: Mapping Out Subplots

Subplots. Themes. The amalgam of every side story and secondary character can become a beautiful and multilayered work of art that carries readers through a story with ease – or it can devolve into a nasty mess of confusing or ill-developed themes and forgettable characters. Yikes! Last week I wrote about the topic of theme, which I’m expounding…

Opening Quotes and Their Importance

Fools leave too soon Built to fill roles And fall, standing alone again Distant and dissatisfied These four years And how we say goodbye to these four years A long goodbye with mixed emotions Just fragments of another life Not dead yet But the regrets (are killing me) – American Football, “But the Regrets are…

Lessons to Practice #4: The Crux that is Theme

Welcome back readers and fellow bloggers! I’m excited to bring another important topic to the table as part of my Lessons to Practice series: Theme. There. I said it. The word that, for so many of us, has been a source of interminable torment and head bashing. My thinking, however, is that theme can be…

Race Rundown: Cowtown Half Marathon 2017

Firing up a new race season has always been an inimitable process for me, ever since I did my first duathlon back in February of 2011. This year I moved forward with my triathlon training fairly quickly, which I attribute to the numerous ups and downs that I had in December. I felt like a…

Compiled Elevator Pitches

Happy Saturday evening everyone! Tonight I’ve compiled my elevator pitches for the four novel manuscripts that I’ve written thus far in my writing career. I thought I would open up tonight with a discussion about each one and ask for your thoughts and opinions. Please know that I’m open to your feedback and would be…