There’s nothing but time here

This afternoon I heard the familiar knock and rattle of our mailbox and stepped onto the porch to collect the mail. We had a flier from The Container Store and a tightly bundled parcel of coffee beans from an old friend down in Austin. But what caught my attention was the quiet rain shower mistingContinue reading “There’s nothing but time here”

This week in reading and writing on the Interwebs

I’ve been reading a ton of little articles and blog posts about writing the past couple of weeks, to the point that my browser was getting sluggish from all the tabs I had open because I wanted to revisit articles. Not all of them are recent, and only a handful were ultimately of any use.Continue reading “This week in reading and writing on the Interwebs”

A Writer’s Notebook: first lines for essays

My creative nonfiction class is working on an exercise this weekend. I’ve got them doing the map-making exercise from Bill Roorbach’s Writing Life Stories, but I’ve done that one here on the blog before. It’s worth doing again (and again, and again), but I promised them I’d share my writing from the exercise we didContinue reading “A Writer’s Notebook: first lines for essays”

A Writer’s Notebook: some kind of revision

The time-travel entry! (The date says Friday, but we all know it’s Saturday and I’m late in posting this. But I did write it yesterday, while sitting in my chiropractor’s waiting room.) Original: “The people made such a fuss because they are worried,” Bobby continued for her. “Nothing like this has ever happened, Nessie. Nobody hasContinue reading “A Writer’s Notebook: some kind of revision”

A Writer’s Notebook: someone else’s writing exercise

I posted a blank page two weeks ago and, still exhausted from national events and from finishing a school year, I missed last week’s entry entirely. And with a whole new year just days away, I had thought about skipping this week’s entry, too, and starting fresh in January. But then this happened. A yearContinue reading “A Writer’s Notebook: someone else’s writing exercise”

A Writer’s Notebook: NaNoWriMo 2012, dead and gone

Those of you who actually follow may have been wondering where I’ve been. What’s more, you’re probably wondering what happened to NaNoWriMo and the Writer’s Notebook. As for the latter, the short answer is that I didn’t finish, for the first time since I started. The longer answer I hinted at in my last PhotoContinue reading “A Writer’s Notebook: NaNoWriMo 2012, dead and gone”

A Writer’s Notebook: NaNoWriMo 2012, week 3

Man, I cannot believe I have only a week left. And you know what? This might be the year I don’t make it. It’s not for lack of trying. I’ve just been busy with schoolwork and, somewhat unexpectedly, moving. Because, you see, my wife and I have just bought a house. Or will have whenContinue reading “A Writer’s Notebook: NaNoWriMo 2012, week 3”

A Writer’s Notebook: NaNoWriMo 2012, week 2

Is it week 2 already? I’m all over the place in the stories and characters I’m playing with, and the writing is coming in fits and starts — some days I manage fewer than 1,000 words, some days I knock out twice that many; sometimes I hammer out all the words at night after work,Continue reading “A Writer’s Notebook: NaNoWriMo 2012, week 2”

A Writer’s Notebook: NaNoWriMo 2012, week 1

It’s only the second day of National Novel Writing Month, but I’m off to a running start. As of 2 pm, I’m sitting on just over 5,500 words. Some of my fellow WriMo buddies have been congratulating me on the output, but I keep reminding them that I have a LOT of work to do thisContinue reading “A Writer’s Notebook: NaNoWriMo 2012, week 1”

A Writer’s Notebook: NaNoWriMo prep and notecards

Yes, once again, National Novel Writing Month is just around the corner. Yet I wasn’t entirely sure I was going to participate this year. I had a great idea for a novel, but I’m not yet into it enough to plow through a rapid-fire month of 1,700 words a day. Plus, I’m teaching more this year andContinue reading “A Writer’s Notebook: NaNoWriMo prep and notecards”