Negative Space

Last week, I went to the Welcome to Night Vale touring live show, Ghost Stories. It was nice—I don’t get out to see live theater as much as I would like. Without giving anything away about the show’s plot, there were a few bold moments that stuck with me: bold uses of silence. Why do […]

Write Like Your Cat

This is my cat. Her name is Arya. Like her Westerosi namesake, she is small but fierce. At least, she’s definitely mastered the “Stick ‘em with the pointy end” thing. I joke—she’s a sweet cat. Her fierceness mostly comes out when she’s playing with her toys. The other day, while I was jerking her favorite feather-on-a-stick around […]

Why You Shouldn’t Quit, Even When You’re Going To Lose

Well, well! We’re now officially over two thirds of the way done with November. For those of you who are participating in NaNoWriMo, that means—theoretically—you should have 33,333 words written! So. How are you doing? I thought so. Look, if you didn’t realize it before you embarked on this ludicrous journey, 50,000 words is a lot to […]

NaNoWriMo Update: Ode to the Late Starters

Okay, NaNoWriMers! Er, sorry, Wrimos. (Are speedy November poets called NaNoRhymers?) It’s November 8th, officially the start of week two! How are you doing? What’s your word count? Nervous to speak up, huh? It’s okay, I’ll go first. As of NaNoWriMo day 8, my official word count is…. *drumroll* Zero. So, hey! No matter how little […]


  It’s almost November, which means you might be hearing folks talk about something called NaNoWriMo. If you are acquainted with any writers, you might be hearing folks express strong opinions about something called NaNoWriMo. Allow me to add mine to the maelstrom. First, why the hell should you listen to me? You shouldn’t. You shouldn’t listen […]