Tag Archive: writing


Previously published short stories combined into one collection here: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B004RPTJ4M for the low, low price of $1.00. Seriously, skip the dollar menu at Micky D’s and buy my book.

It’s much less fattening.

If I include the names Charlie Sheen and Lindsay Lohan in here, I figure I can include them in my post tags, and then I might get more hits… right???

Tedious Work

Normally, I love creating things like spreadsheets, random documents, and brief blurbs about who I am. Taking notes on various authors and considering plot construction is fun, too. Except when I procrastinate. This is one of those mornings. I am working on a project for the Northern Colorado Writers Conference which I will be presenting at March 11 and 12 (and possibly taking pitches for WordServe Literary).

Gah. Loving myself despite my flaws.

All of my other prayers have been answered, so now I am praying that you write a book. Um… yeah.

I finished listening to Jesus’ Son today, and I was once again impressed with the language which Johnson utilizes. His strength is in creating pictures that readers can see while incorporating a poeticism throughout.

My earlier evaluation of “Emergency” is wrong in that the full collection of short stories is much more compassionate. The narrator actually traverses through experiences which lead him to face his drug and alcohol addiction. Whereas before, I assumed that Johnson was using the substance abuse as an excuse to create his “trippy” scenes, now I realize just how effective he really is both in language and character development. I was more willing to empathize with characters.

Thanks, Denis, for a great read!

So I’ve been reading through Rachelle Gardner’s various blog postings. Mind you, it is currently 12:41 am, so my sense of humor could, in fact, be a bit skewed, but I am finding this particular quote hilarious: “So, writers, please get your own email address. And if you have your own, and your display name is something like “mommy of 3,” please change it to Jane Smith. Or, um, whatever your name actually is.”

The reason I have three email addressses:

1. Junk Mail

2. Friends/Family/Short Story Writing Publication/Mostly How I Get Myself in Trouble

3. School/Professional

Oh, and I ABSOLUTELY don’t believe in pseudonyms. If I write it, I own it. Mostly. ­čśë

“A true war story is never moral. It doesn’t instruct nor encourage virtue nor suggest models of proper human behavior nor restrain men from doing the things men have always done. If a story seems moral, don’t believe it.”

“Natural response to confession is the sudden need to be elsewhere.”

Sherman Alexie

Read Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian. Given my recent decision, I wasn’t sure if I could finish this one, but I prayed about it and didn’t get a “no”, so I went ahead with it. I really appreciate how well Alexie deals with grief. I could imagine a young adult reader connecting with this book as one connects with John Green’s Looking for Alaska. Of course, since I was listening to the audio version, I also had the pleasure of listening to Alexie read (If you’ve never heard him read–you need to stop whatever it is your doing, find his website, and drive to┬áhis nearest reading, even if it is over 17 hours a way. He is that good. And, he has the amazing ability of memorizing his stories. Fascinating!)

Read

The Ask by Sam Lipsyte.

* Awesome.

* Loved the language.

* Love the story.

* Fantastic!

Finished Reading

Exquisite Agony by Gene Edwards

Song of Hiawatha by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (Audio)