There are no right ways to write good stories, but there are certainly a lot of wrong ways. (That’s the nature of this world: nothing makes any sense or everything makes only so much sense.) We’ve all been there. We’ve read a book (or three hundred) where the story just wasn’t doing much for us. … [Read more...] about How To Write Rich, Quality Stories
life in a love letter
One day I came home and found all the things I’d managed to hoard for the last twenty-three years slathered across my desk, my floor, and my bed in various states of disorder. I didn’t feel empowered. I felt like a shitty housekeeper. We’ll even throw in a barely well-balanced human. Clutter … [Read more...] about 3 Easy Ways To Boost Your Creativity
I know all about making excuses. To myself, when I'm in bed at night. To others, when they ask questions I don't want to face the answers to. I don't like lying to myself. But the truth makes me feel small and pathetic and lonely. Here's the truth: I'm afraid. Afraid to tell my stories … [Read more...] about Don’t Make Excuses. Don’t Be Afraid.
It’s January 25th 2016. I'm sitting in a gorgeous apartment overlooking quiet streets as the day starts. The sun begins rising. I'm in France, living in a small town, and my gorgeous apartment is attached to an even bigger, more lovely home inhabited by some of the natives. Wonderful, … [Read more...] about Where To Go From Here? What Comes Next? (A Hopeful Little Story From a Lost Soul)
Somewhere between 2013 and 2014, I was told I was clinically depressed by a psychologist. I mean, it wasn’t so cut and dried as that, and there was a possibility more would be uncovered if I took a psychiatric evaluation. I didn’t. I was already depressed about being told I was depressed. I … [Read more...] about Read This When You’re Feeling Depressed (Here Are 4 Important Reminders)
The air smells like imminent death. Birds scream blood calls all around me. Maleficent owns these woods. I am on an unforeseen nature trail up to Cawdor Castle. In Nairn. * * * * * Now, after some present-day research, I’ve learned more about this trail, and that it is one of five … [Read more...] about Everything You Shouldn’t Do When You Get Lost (Plus ONE Thing You Should Do)
You do not have to be good. You do not have to walk on your knees For a hundred miles through the desert, repenting. You only have to let the soft animal of your body love what it loves. Tell me about your despair, yours, and I will tell you mine. Meanwhile the world goes on. Meanwhile … [Read more...] about How To Be Unashamed Of Our Experiences