That Collaboration I Have Nightmares About

Collaboration: The Sorrowful Backstory I took a creative writing class when I was thirteen or fourteen. I was excited to have the opportunity to do something that was more directly related to what I wanted to do than King Lear or argumentative essay writing. The teacher was earnest, and hard-working, and I liked her well

IWSG: Secrets

  The awesome co-hosts for the June 3 posting of the IWSG are Pat Garcia, J.Q. Rose, and Natalie Aguirre! June 3 question – Writers have secrets! What are one or two of yours, something readers would never know from your work? The question is optional… but I’m having trouble thinking of anything better. I

Luncheon With the Future Mrs. You Bastard

In one of the more misguided social-distancing efforts, tables have been removed from the break room, and chairs have been removed from the tables that are left. That would be all fine and good, but the truth of the matter is that it forces people to sit together (even when they wouldn’t have, before) and

The Social Event of the Pandemic

I went to the grocery store today. It was a big occasion. My first standalone grocery store trip since the beginning of the pandemic. Usually, I get groceries after work. Not today. Today, the refrigerator hit zero, and I was forced to make a special trip. You know. A trip where I get up, and

Choose Your Own Internet

One of the problems with Distraction Unlimited is that once you’ve watched one film on a particular topic, the algorithm will deliver more films on that topic. If enough other people are watching films on a particular topic, the algorithm will recommend those films as well. Right now, that means a whole lot of the

Online Writers’ Conferences: My Writing Community Wish List

One of the big things I’m hoping will come out of the pandemic and self-isolation is more internet-based writing conferences and book events. People have certainly tried to build writers’ conferences in Nebraska… but they never seem to take. The Nebraska Summer Writers’ Conference had a good run, but it’s been on hiatus for a

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