All Hallow’s Eve Has Become a Night of Frolic, Where Children Wear Costumes and Run Amok!

Winifred Sanderson, Hocus Pocus (1993)   I. Skeletons I have been laughing at this Halloween photo for 20 years. Every single time I come across it, a grin breaks across my face, and no matter how awful the situation was back in the day, I find myself chuckling, remembering the story I have been told […]

No Matter What People Tell You, Words and Ideas Can Change the World.

~ John Keating {Robin Williams} (Dead Poets Society, 1989) If you were able to go to dinner with one famous, creative soul, living or dead, who would it be? To me, that will always be Professor Tolkien, but today the whole internet would, without missing a beat, answer, “Robin Williams, of course.” I’ve been reading […]

Almost All Good Writing Begins With Terrible First Efforts. You Need to Start Somewhere.

~ Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life Today is August FIRST. That means, for a whole month I put pen to paper in an event called Camp NaNoWriMo. I’ve been talking about this a lot recently, and finally — FINALLY the month is over. I wrote as much as I […]

The Nice Thing About Having a Friend Who is Crazier Than You Are is That She Bolsters Your Belief in Your Own Sanity.

~ Julie Powell, Julie & Julia You know what 30,000 words in two weeks feels like? It feels like fried ravioli, spur of the moment on a college kid’s craftiness and budget. I’m not kidding you.  But I’ll get to that in a moment. My dear friend D. Arlene and I are rooming for the […]

We Each Need to Find Our Own Inspiration, Kiki. Sometimes It’s Not Easy.

~ Ursula, Kiki’s Delivery Service (1989) Studio Ghibli is amazing, simply put. They have consistently produced amazing movies that I have been able to enjoy even now, a couple days from 23 years old. Last night, as I was working on a project, I played Kiki’s Delivery Service, which was a gift from my match […]

Little by Little, One Travels Far.

~ J.R.R. Tolkien Do you remember the first time you were inspired to write? I was seven. No older than seven. A tiny child in elementary school who had maybe two friends, and a Super Nintendo console. At the time it didn’t really bother me. I suppose it could be due to how bookish I always […]

You Think This Wise, Boy? Crossing Blades With a Pirate?

~ Jack Sparrow, Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl (2003) I’ve been in the process of writing a novel for a couple of years now. Part of why it is taking so long is because I don’t really know what I’m doing. Also, I keep being sidetracked by the back stories of some of […]