Posts tagged with writing
14 April 2013 - “No, Mom, I’m Not in a Texas Prison,” and Other Updates of Note
In this personal update: Texas prisons, a social-calendar summary, writing-group events, marathons, hiking … and cats.
8 April 2013 - What It Means To Be “A Writer”
Writing isn’t a glorious profession. Nor is it a functional description. Rather, it’s an avocation, a way of thinking and acting that recognizes that words mean things and that stringing them together requires inspiration, not just perspiration or aspiration.
9 December 2012 - NaNoWriMo ’12 — A Reflection
I still didn’t “win” in the sense of hitting 50k — December rolled onto the calendar when I was at but 25k — but I am quite satisfied with how the month turned out. I approached the task with a bit more humility and did more pre-NaNo planning than last year, so I have a product that I can keep working on throughout the year.
22 January 2012 - A Linguistic “Issue” with “Community”
We’ve grown tolerant of simplistic prose, unnecessary over-use of the passive voice and sentences written with twice as many words as they require. Is this a good thing? A bad thing? Beats me.
10 December 2011 - The Last Few Weeks ….
Caught in a titanic struggle between “busy” and “sick,” the last few weeks have been somewhat less than enjoyable. Nevertheless, a few items of note are worth passing along.
20 November 2011 - Past, Present, Future
Feels like I’ve been living my own little version of A Christmas Carol lately.
1 November 2011 - NaNoWriMo: Taking the Plunge
Aided by the counsel of my good friend Duane, I’ve decided to take the leap into actually writing a novel instead of merely intending to write one. The National Novel Writing Month — conveniently contemporaneous with “November” on the calendar — provides aspiring novelists a loosely structured environment for pulling together a work of fiction of 50,000 or more words.
21 March 2011 - On the Ineffective Teaching of Writing
The state of writing education in our local colleges remains subpar. Faculty who demand honorifics and conformance to minor trivia while allowing sophomoric prose to pass unremarked, violates the promise of higher education for thousands of aspiring graduates.
8 August 2010 - Update: Early August Edition
The last few weeks have been more interesting than usual. Last weekend, I purchased a Ford Ranger XLT from a guy in Grandville. The truck runs great and is in excellent condition (although it could use a new paint job). I am quite pleased with it, and since I paid cash I now own it […]