Archive for August, 2012

Why Sheila and I Broke Off Our Engagement

For those of you who don’t already know, Sheila and I decided to get married in October of 2011. Then, in February of 2012, we decided that we hadn’t made the best decision and called off the wedding. As of this blog post, it’s August of 2012, and we have yet to make any public […]

Million-Word Challenge Update: the Literary Assembly Line

Word count to date (including this blog post): 239,015 I originally said that I would submit something for publication every third day. I have decided to modify this goal a bit. I plan to work up to this point, but my writing system clearly is not designed to support that type of game the way […]

Why My Writing Has Never Been Published

My writing has never been published because…I have never asked anyone to publish any of my writing. These past few days, I have had to come to grips with just how hypocritical I have been about the art of writing. I have spent the last two years imagining myself sitting atop a high and holy […]

How to Get Inspired to Write

Earlier this year, I wrote a guest post on Alice Osborn’s blog about Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell. Gladwell found that people who become great at anything, without exception, do so by logging 10,000 hours of practice at their craft. Although Gladwell doesn’t say this, I believe that no one logs 10,000 hours without being inspired […]

How My Creative Muse Gets Me Out of Bed Early

The first time my creative muse ever got me out of bed early was late 2008. My friend had recently died in a car accident. The incident had awakened me to the urgency of life. It was during this phase that I began to demand to know the deeper meanings and significance behind the clockwork […]

How and Why I Quit Smoking

A lot of people in Raleigh don’t know that I ever smoked. I quit for the first time in 2007 (right when I moved to Raleigh), and I was on and off the wagon until 2009. There was no big “aha” moment; the process was a set of gradual steps. At the foundation of the […]