Research…it’s Legit

As a writer, I frequently find myself researching topics that are...strange, to say the least. In the past I have spent late night sessions researching homemade poisons, mustache puns, medieval makeup, symptoms of consumption, ways to recycle¬†a goat carcass, and what happens inside a morgue. Oh, and let's not forget unibrow jokes. Anyway, in case…

Writer’s Despair: Part Two

Last night I was struck with a severe case of what I have dubbed "Writer's Despair," the cruel cousin of Writer's Block. Unlike with Writer's Block, I could not break through Writer's Despair by searching through my idea notebooks or looking up prompts on Pinterest. Rather, WD hung over my head like one of those cartoon…

A Lovely Combination

I recently visited my favorite indie bookstore and somehow managed to leave without using all of my credit! (I needed an excuse to return next week...) What did I purchase? A combination I believe works quite well:       1) A book with a setting that drew me in. (Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman, taking place…

A Rare Open Letter from an INTJ

"You're funny! I had no idea." "We will have to draw you out of your shell." "I used to be scared of you." These are sentences I have heard often throughout my life and I am sure than many other people like me- INTJs and similar personalities, have had to listen to the same basic…