Scene From a Waiting Room

Two of my favorite hobbies have always been people watching and eavesdropping, long before I declared myself a writer and could claim such behavior as “research.” In fact, if I watch people long enough I’ll usually give them names, and sometimes even backstories. For instance: I have a neighbor I named Jim, who I decidedContinue reading “Scene From a Waiting Room”

Don’t call it a comeback! No, seriously—don’t.

Ah, December. The temperature plummets, people stop complaining about Christmas decorations being out too early and start complaining about Christmas music being played too often. It’s a special time, and it feels like the time is right to return to my friends here in the blogosphere (Blogtopia? Blogopolis?). Yeah baby, I’m back! So, what canContinue reading “Don’t call it a comeback! No, seriously—don’t.”

I’ve Been to a Magical Land, Full of Free Books for Every Man, Woman, and Child—They Call It a “Library”

When I was in Junior High/High School, the library was nothing more than the place that housed the encyclopedias and whatever else I might need to complete a research paper or other such project. I never appreciated the library for what it was—never saw its full potential. It didn’t help that the local branch, whileContinue reading “I’ve Been to a Magical Land, Full of Free Books for Every Man, Woman, and Child—They Call It a “Library””

The BOJ Quarterly Book Report: Spring Edition

One of my New Year’s resolutions was to read more. I set a goal for myself of at least 12 books this year; I thought that was attainable without stretching myself too thin. So far I’m right on pace with my book-a-month goal—in fact, I seem to be picking up a little steam as timeContinue reading “The BOJ Quarterly Book Report: Spring Edition”

On Reading Bad Books To Become A Better Writer

I don’t know what happened to me. I used to be able to devour books like a hungry, gasoline-fed fire. It wasn’t unheard of to finish a book in a matter of days, and never more than a month. But now, I can barely finish a book in a month if I’m lucky. I knowContinue reading “On Reading Bad Books To Become A Better Writer”

My Writing Resolutions for 2014

Lose weight. Quit smoking. Exercise more. Stop drinking. It’s that time again, when people use the new year as a chance to wipe the slate clean and hit the reset button. Stop their bad habits and start over fresh January 1st with a new beginning. They share many of the same resolutions; some manage toContinue reading “My Writing Resolutions for 2014”

I Never Would’ve Guessed One of the Hardest Things About Writing Could Be Coming Up with a Good Title

I’ve become convinced that the title of one of my novellas (the one I’m currently trying to get published) is no good. In fact, I’m on the verge of saying it downright sucks. Originally, I thought it was a clever little title. It’s actually one of the last lines in the book, and I thoughtContinue reading “I Never Would’ve Guessed One of the Hardest Things About Writing Could Be Coming Up with a Good Title”