Remembering Zines: Rubber Cement, Cheese, and Doing Your Thing

Some people enjoy the lingering smell of petrichor before a rain, freshly cut lawns, gasoline, the sweet notes of vanilla and almond found in the underlying mustiness of old books.  I always enjoy hearing about people's favorite scents because they tend to be anchored to memories fossilized in time; one of my friends loves the … Continue reading Remembering Zines: Rubber Cement, Cheese, and Doing Your Thing

Learning Storytelling through Comedy

In​ ​2007,​ ​the​ ​comedian​ ​Mike​ ​Birbiglia​ ​released​ ​the​ ​album​ My Secret​ ​Public​ ​Journal.​ Incidentally,​ ​this​ ​was​ ​the​ ​year​ ​I​ ​started​ ​to write.​ ​I​ ​had​ ​listened​ ​to​ ​stand​ ​up​ ​before,​ ​but​ ​Mike’s​ ​was​ ​different. My​ ​experience​ ​with​ ​stand-up,​ ​up​ ​to​ ​this​ ​point,​ ​had​ ​been​ ​listening to​ ​Steven​ ​Wright​ ​on​ ​road​ ​trips​ ​with​ ​my​ ​dad.​ ​And​ ​while​ … Continue reading Learning Storytelling through Comedy

Grammatical Mistakes You Shouldn’t Be Making Anymore

I believe that a writer ought to love and respect the English language in the same way that a musician ought to revere their instrument. Jimi Hendrix would not have been able to make the spell-binding music that he did if he didn’t respect his instrument, granted, he wasn’t the most technically polished guitarist, and … Continue reading Grammatical Mistakes You Shouldn’t Be Making Anymore

Advice from an Almost Graduated English Major to Future English Majors

            I would like to start off by saying: Congratulations! You’ve passed the first test that all aspiring English majors encounter when choosing a major. That is, when people found out you graduated and launched into the same three questions (Where are you going to school? What are you majoring in? What do you want … Continue reading Advice from an Almost Graduated English Major to Future English Majors

Five Horror Films to Inspire Your Writing

People like to talk about Christmas being the most wonderful time of the year, but they’re filthy liars.  Halloween reigns supreme, the most spooky and magical of all, a giant grinning jack-o-lantern behind the wheel of a hot-rod hearse that runs on candy corn and blood, burning rubber as it peels out onto the open … Continue reading Five Horror Films to Inspire Your Writing

How to Be a Great Writer? Turn Off Your Phone. How to Develop a Writing and Reading Habit in an Age of Distractions

None of us read enough. None of us write enough. I know that I don’t, and I’m not alone. I have been asking my creative writing students how much they would like to read and write, and how much they do read and write. Not one student has replied that she spends as much time … Continue reading How to Be a Great Writer? Turn Off Your Phone. How to Develop a Writing and Reading Habit in an Age of Distractions