My Writing Journey

Shooting for the Moon Without Internet and Other Writing Challenges

Photo by Stephen Walker on Unsplash There used to be a motivational poster that circulated the teachers' classrooms when I was in grade school. Like all motivational posters, it served as an attempt to inspire students before they became fully jaded by life's injustices. Shoot for the moon, the poster read, even if you miss, you will land… Continue reading Shooting for the Moon Without Internet and Other Writing Challenges

Writing Exercises

Writing Exercise: The Way Home

What's the way home? There are so many ways I've taken, Countless roads that have led me here. Some were paved and offered no resistance, Others were arduous and left me weak. Some days I walked with company at my side And many I traveled alone. What's the way home? It's there, But it's fleeting… Continue reading Writing Exercise: The Way Home

My Writing Journey

Establishing Our Creative Roots this Winter

Photo by Andrea Tummons on Unsplash I have been trying my hand at growing plants this past year, and one of the things I've learned is that some plant bulbs, such as daffodils (which bloom in early spring), should be planted in the cold soil of fall and winter. I was surprised to learn this planting technique, as… Continue reading Establishing Our Creative Roots this Winter

My Writing Journey

Goodbyes and Hellos: 2019

My partially resurrected plant, in all its glory Had a funeral for a plant today. Things always get peculiar during periods of unemployment. It was a great plant, you would have agreed. At one time, it had been a luscious, chlorophyll laden beauty, a pink polka dot plant. A hypoestes phyllostachya, if you will. It… Continue reading Goodbyes and Hellos: 2019

My Writing Journey

Why I No Longer Believe in Writer’s Block

Until recently, I believed in the concept of writer's block. Since I was young, I had heard people mention the artistic frustration writers get when they cannot find inspiration for their work and are subsequently unable to write. Writer's block is represented in a scene in Big Fish where Steve Buscemi's character, the poet Norther… Continue reading Why I No Longer Believe in Writer’s Block

My Writing Journey

Living a Life of Writing

Contrary to the popular expression, time does not fly, especially as you get older. No, time is a twenty ton freight train tearing down a set of railroad tracks at an abominable rate. This past year, I realized the uncomfortable truth -- that train is never going to slow down. Over the past twelve months,… Continue reading Living a Life of Writing