Weekly Writing Goals

Basement Missive From the Frozen North: I estimated that I need at least 17,000 words in the month of January to get somewhere near the end of this draft of the novel, though based on where the story's moving this week, it will probably be slightly higher. To reach this goal, I determined I need …

Last Day

There’s nothing incredibly insightful in the following narrative. Just a what’s what of the last day of school. At 10:30 this morning, the final bell rang, and students fled my classroom and subsequently the school, sparing no glances back. I couldn’t help but picture that final bell scene in Linklater’s Dazed and Confused: students en …

Election: The Aftermath

Hello there. I’m penning this missive from a survival bunker deep beneath the earth’s surface, surrounded by massive stockpiles of freeze-dried and canned goods. Okay, that’s a fib, and a poor one at that. Truthfully, I’m in my well-lit, finished basement, plunking away at a keyboard, whilst sipping a mug of Sleepy-Time Tea (with echinacea), …

Whiplash

(photo credit: The Moving World Scott Pfeiffer) I watched 2013's Whiplash earlier this month and I've been thinking about it ever since. Evidence of a solid flick. Gets inside the head and doesn't stop moving around. Why is this film captivating? Why am I still thinking about it? Do I identify with this film because I'm …