Tom Petty & My Favorite Songs About Writing

All three of those songs are on an ugly yellow and purple cassette somewhere in my garage, collected with everything else I taped directly from the radio, all of the songs without their opening chords because of the delay in moving from recognition to the dual click of play and record, the lunge across my bed or away from the Super Nintendo controller. … More Tom Petty & My Favorite Songs About Writing

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narrative allure

Or; the cause and solution to all my problems and a conceit about weaving. I’ve been consuming stories before bedtime. I know I shouldn’t. I know this from my attempts to read before bed, but I really need to cut myself off from narrative media of all kinds after 8 p.m. [File under: promises I’m … More narrative allure

arbitrary numbers

This morning, I passed the 50,000 word mark on the novel manuscript. That’s not quite 150 pages; there’s not a terrible lot of dialogue, no traditional chapter breaks to push me onto a next page here and there. 50,000 words sounds like a lot. I suppose it is a lot. My freshmen composition students will have to write … More arbitrary numbers