Tiny Trophies Alongside the Road

Getting bogged down in the muck is an artist's nightmare.  You've done the initial work.  Maybe you painted the paintings, recorded the songs, or wrote the novels, and then you have to take the creation and offer it to world.  Just when you thought you were done.  There's a million more hurdles. When I wrote [...]

Capitalism Down the Interstate

I was in grad school when a professor asked, "What metaphor would you use to describe how power structures stay intact?"  We were studying Faucoult and had come to his explanation of how individuals give up their power to others, with his example of a moving ship and how everyone does their part to keep the ship [...]

Voice Echoes in Mimetic Hearing

How to hear?  Not to listen, like saying "You need to pay attention," but instead how we create consistency in our voice as artists.  How do we hear voice?  How do we recognize  what is uniquely our own?  Is one obstacle.  Then the next.  How do we reproduce it again and again? It might seem [...]

Gossip: Weapon of the Weak

So what do you do when a character is powerless?  The first thing I tend to do when I'm looking to solve problems in my storylines is to turn to my immediate surroundings.  For some reason, and I'm not sure where I got this from (possibly through reflection in the early mornings as I sip [...]

Impetus for Creative Spawn

Like angels and devils breading hordes of bastard monstrosities, the impetus for the type of stories I like to write comes out of the comingling of two polar opposite ideologies.  One is quite happy frolicking with idealism and innocence, while the other takes great pleasure in torturing countless victims.  Together they make for unpleasant friends.  The type to [...]

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 [...]

When We Hope to Be Pure

I've been revising chapter five in my novel for about two months now.  On the second draft and I was moving along quite nicely until I hit chapter five.  There was something about the chapter that wasn't gelling.  The previous four ran smooth and there was a dynamic quality that forced the chapters to more or [...]