Today Is The Day

What is self-sabotage? It’s knowing that exercise, sleep, and writing are things that help keep depression at bay, and then staying up until 4am on Twitter, or driving to work instead of biking, or sleeping through your writing time. Or all three. Self-sabotage is hiding once anyone shows interest in your work. It’s ducking relationships…

On Sherman Alexie and Testicles

In between Sherman Alexie’s reading at Books & Books and his reading at Palmer Trinity the next day, he won the National Book Award for Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian.  I worked both events just to be close to him. I couldn’t speak a word to the man. Then I attended a trade…

Writing Memoir is a Kick in the Ass

“No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader.” – Robert Frost As a Musical Theater major I participated in an acting exercise called The Chair.  In it, a plush chair sat alone in a dark room, illuminated by a single, bright light.  One by one, everyone in class sat silently in the chair.…

Walking to Work: a True Story

It’s been six months since I saw the old man around the corner, walking his huge dog and wearing a baseball hat that feels like a hate crime, white letters on red. The first time I saw the old man in the red hat with the white letters, the country had just heard the Man…

Hard Truth About Writing: John Dufresne Edition

I don’t say, I’m not really an investment banker, Martin. I’m a writer, and I’m going to steal your story. I just listen. – John Dufresne; Requiem, Mass Writers are the most evil, vile, self-centered, cannibalizing people in the world.  We’ll take your life, your heart, and your soul, if it will make us look good…

Hard Truth About Writing: Diana Abu-Jaber Edition

On page 76 of Diana Abu-Jaber’s forthcoming memoir, Life Without a Recipe, she perfectly articulates every writer’s secret fear. Good excuses are everywhere when you’re too scared to do something.  Pick them like berries off the bushes- too hard; too late; too expensive.  Anything but admit it’s inside of yourself: you’re too scared.  I accuse…