Writing

  • The Disguised Blessing of Being Unpopular

    September 26, 2012

    We're hardwired to crave feedback. We're always looking to improve, to refine, to gauge our words and actions against the response of other human beings.

  • Social Networking Is Killing My Ability To Write

    January 27, 2010

    When I wake my computer in the morning, my inbox is full of messages and notifications from social networking sites. I work through these quickly, hoping to begin the day with a clean slate. Then come the instant messages: friendly hellos, work requests, miscellaneous and sometimes frivolous comments about the day. With a little discipline,... Read More

  • In Good Company

    January 11, 2010

    For reasons that I can neither understand nor explain, it seems that a good number of people are interested in what I have to say—I just recently crossed the 900 follower mark on Twitter. Numbers don’t mean that much to me. I’d be writing in much the same way whether I had 9 followers or... Read More

  • Project 52

    January 5, 2010

    I’m blogging again. Actually, let me rephrase that: I’m writing again. Blogging is too specific a term. It sounds like something only tech savvy individuals do, people with computers dangling from every appendage, people who type faster than they can speak. It tends to conjure a vision of sweaty-palmed folk in basements wearing pajamas. Yes,... Read More

  • Your Life, Six Words: A Contest

    May 17, 2008

    Inspired by Hemmingway’s powerful six-word short story (“For sale: baby shoes, never worn.”) and SmithMag’s Six Word Memoirs, I ran a contest to see who could give me the most original and clever six-word autobiography. The story was limited to six words, but the topics were all over the place. Some people gave a strictly... Read More