I’m out of here. In fact, I’m offline until Winter Solstice (Dec. 22). There will not be any updates to the blog, my Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram. This letter will be it from now until the holidays to focus completely on writing the final draft of the Emerson Novel and submitting fiction.Talk to you after the holidays.
QUESTION: What do you do for fun? ANSWER: I write for fun because it allows me to keep playing with my imaginary friends. QUESTION: Do you do this with someone? Do you collaborate with people? ANSWER: At my root I’m a comic book writer so yeah my process is pretty collaborative, usually before beginning any… Continue reading Why.
When I came back to St. Bonaventure after my summer in Oxford, I solidified my process: legal pad for rough drafts, revise that draft, type it, print it out, edit, and turn in. All of which took about three hours. My senior year, I wrote a thesis on celebrity journalists: profiling Katherine Graham, Hunter S.… Continue reading The Limbo Year.
[Continued from here]. (On top of the Loughrigg Fell in the Lake District of England. Sorry for the smudged scan.) I was lucky enough to get into the Francis E. Kelley Oxford Programme with one of my junior year roommates and best friend. Junior year I lived in a garden apartment with five other guys.… Continue reading Timeline #3: Oxford.
(Notes from my notebook on Spider-Man Homecoming.) When I watch something, I don’t just sit there passively taking on the entertainment—unless I’m in the movie theater. Using this post as a guideline, I use this to outline the beats of a movie, book, or comic book. So when I recently re-watched Spider-Man Homecoming, I decided… Continue reading What I learned from watching Spider-Man Homecoming.
[Continued from this post]. When I make a decision about something, I push forward with full effort. I rarely change my mind. I’m the same way about choosing beer and food, so when I make a decision I stick with it. By the end of my sophomore year of high school, I was interning with… Continue reading Timeline #2: High School & College.
(Twenty years, me and this watch.) This year has seen quite a lot of change. It’s hard to quantify just how much change, but here goes. One: This has, by far, been the hardest year of my life. While traveling this past week my wife and I have come to realize that in many ways… Continue reading This is 38.
[From David Sedaris’s Diaries: A Visual Compendium] I started writing every day in seventh grade. At the time I lived in Connecticut. You know when you read Walden by Thoreau and you get the assignment to keep a journal? Well, I kept doing that. I was a nerd, an outcast because I was caught and… Continue reading Timeline #1: Seventh Grade.
People are sending little satellites into the atmosphere for over fifty years. Basically these things are the size of a pack of cigarettes, with a black balloon fastened to it. Imagine if this package of cigarettes sends a wi-fi signal over a 100 miles and connects via Skype or VoIP. It could connect into people’s… Continue reading Naturalism
Writers are habit beasts. We stick to what we know. When I was teaching creative writing at Paul Smith’s College, I asked this question: what does it mean to be an Adirondack Writer? You know Daniel Woodrell is identified as an Ozarks writer. Louise Penny—all of her work takes place in Ontario. Benjamin Percy writes… Continue reading What is an Adirondack Writer?