From the Edge of a Cliff to Under a Bus: Living Under the Dark Skinned Microscope

Have you ever felt like you were being watched?  It's a creepy feeling.  And then you look up to find someone staring.  Your instincts picked up on the energy and you knew before looking that someone was watching you.  When I encounter implicit bias, it has the same effect.  I know when I'm being targeted with excess negative attention.  I wonder [...]

Real Life Turns Into Fiction

I've said this before: If you don't want to be villain in fiction then don't be one in real life.  The beautiful thing about graduating from two different writing programs are the connections made between creative writers and journalists.  We tend to be tasked with a similar challenge.  How to captivate an audience. Twitter can [...]

From Hipster Beards to Tiki Torches

Sometimes I wonder about the critical thinking skills of our era.  We are taught in school rote behavior.  Regurgitate, bell rings, regurgitate, bell rings, regurgitate, bell rings.  In that form of habitualization, we stop thinking for ourselves.  You become even more aware of this tactic after you read "Social Class and School Knowledge" by Jean Anyon.   Having [...]

Non-Competitive Modus Operandi

You were plugging away on the keyboard, doing your thing, writing your stories, singing the songs you want to sing, and then out of nowhere you get attacked by some overly competitive asshole.   If you're not competitive, then why would someone go out of their way to compete against you? I run into this often.  [...]