Flashback 2015

I’m a few weeks late for my annual review, but let’s face it. Annual reviews are rarely, if ever, punctual. 2015 was a good year for me. Possibly the best I’ve ever had, both as a writer and a proper person (which requires clarification since most writers are dream-chomping Cthulhuian spawn). Why was it so great? Well,… Continue reading

Why Do I Write?

It’s a question I often ask myself, and there is no singular or simple answer. When I really stop to reflect, however, I realize that my desire and will to write originates from the dark and lonely times in my life, when the burden of existential crisis has left me with nothing but my thoughts… Continue reading

I’m Not Dead

I’m not sure what happened to the month of March. There I was, sprinting to the end of February with my goal of 50k words in sight, withMarch on the other side of the finish line cheering me on like a caffeine-crazed cheerleader, when – WHAM! *Strobe light* Darkness. The calendar on my computer tells… Continue reading

My Quest for Subtlety

I am going to throw down my ink-stained gauntlet and proclaim that the ultimate skill a storyteller can cultivate is a command of subtlety. *draws not-so-subtle line in the sand* Subtlety improves every aspect of a story. And before you uncap your pens, sharpen your nibs, and challenge me to a death-dealing duel, her me… Continue reading

Snowman Sculpting

I’ll warn you in advance, this is a post about my writing progress. If you’d rather waste your time with something else, I might recommend you go here. Or perhaps, here. Now to business- I spent my January planning, researching, and outlining an idea for a story. Odds are it will end up as a… Continue reading

Hip-hop and Rap, Art and Kitsch

Old school. New school. Golden age. Altenative. Avant-garde. Breakbeat. Boom bap. Crunk. Dirty South. Hardcore. Freestyle. G-Funk. Gangsta rap. Ghetto house. Grime. Nerdcore. Pop-rap. Psychedelic. Soul. They all started in the Bronx during the 1970s, when block parties in New York began to grow in popularity. DJs started isolating the percussive breaks of popular songs,… Continue reading