When we decided to move to Finland, I envisioned it as a sort of writer’s retreat. My wife Katie had been accepted to graduate school in Central Finland. The taxi driver that took us from the airport in Helsinki to the train station, upon hearing that were were headed for Jyväskyä, said it was “a […]
The following originally ran in Issue 2 of HUBRIS: The Journal of Cultural Horror, December, 2017. Once I had a roommate that aspired to be a writer. At one point he found himself between jobs, so he used the free time to write a short story. Just one. He sent it off to a magazine. […]
In this episode, Katie and Berin talk about questions non-readers ask avid readers, and comments non-artists make to artists. They absolutely do not talk about politics, anti-intellectualism in American culture, and the current administration in the United States.
There was a time when blogging was my primary point of contact with the world. I’d write things, people would read them and comment, and discussions would take place. Then social media came along. Everyone flocked to Facebook and Twitter, and due to their convenience and ubiquity a lot of people refused to step outside […]
A note keeps popping up reminding me that I wanted to write a series of blog posts about creating journal templates. Specifically, what a journal template is, and suggestions for things that might go into different types of journals. When I sit down to start writing it, I logically start considering the many ways that I […]
My never-ending struggle with pride and self-confidence continues. I was raised to display humility. Just do your work and do it well, and not draw undue attention to yourself. To brag about your accomplishments is to invite disaster. Modern society reflects this. We love to tear down people who have gotten too full of themselves. […]
The original Star Wars film was released when I was 13 years old. I won free tickets, and a button that said “May the Force Be With You”, from the local newspaper. The contest was to draw a picture of a robot, and they published the winning entries. At that point in my life I […]