Rethinking Stories

Would it be too late to completely re-write Bottom of the Garden? That's a stupid question, I know. How could it be too late to re-write a story I haven't even finished writing? But here's my thinking (warning: if you know nothing about the plot of this story, none of this is going to make any… Continue reading Rethinking Stories

Bad Ideas, Fairytales


Today I have three orders of business: 1) I suck. As you may have noticed, there was no post on Friday. I wish I could say that I have a good excuse for that, but I don't. My excuse is that I forgot it was Friday. I told you it wasn't a good one. I… Continue reading Apologies

Advice, Characters, Questions

Brace for Impact

Today, while I was studiously putting off the critiques I have to write for tomorrow, I came across this video on TED talks. It's a short presentation given by Ric Elias, who was a passenger on the plane that went down on the Hudson river back at the beginning of 2009. His presentation is about… Continue reading Brace for Impact


Aladdin (part 2)

Happy memorial day weekend, everybody! Aren't 3 day weekends the greatest invention of all time? I mean, they're also a satanic tool used to trick you into thinking you'll have enough time to finish your projects over the weekend, because you'll have a whole extra day to work on them, even though you're still going… Continue reading Aladdin (part 2)

Advice, Art


In my novel class last week, my teacher, the esteemed Professor Bosworth, gave us a worksheet written by John Gardner, an American novelist best known for his writing how-to guide On Moral Fiction, which basically pissed a lot of people off. The worksheet we read features 26 writing exercises, and it has a lengthy introduction… Continue reading Exercises

Fairytales, New Story

Ulan and the Whales

Once again, Bottom of the Garden absolutely devoured all of my creative energy this week. I suppose that's a good thing, because it means I'm making progress on that story, but it also means that making new things for this blog is becoming quite a bother. Rather than totally cop-out this week, I've decided to… Continue reading Ulan and the Whales

Absurdity, Poetry, Rant

the sponge caught fire in the microwave and no one knows why

Sorry to give you old work two weeks in a row, but I had my rough draft of chapter 3 for Bottom of the Garden due today and let me tell you--that thing is a bitch to write. Seriously. I've re-written it three times now. Why me? WHY ME?? Not that I'm complaining. Now that… Continue reading the sponge caught fire in the microwave and no one knows why