The Story Had To Be Told: On Writing The Christmas Rose

Yesterday, I published my short story, The Christmas Rose. It's been less than 24 hours since I shared it with my readers, and I wanted to answer a few questions about why I wrote it. Q: The story is pretty long -- almost 8,000 words. Most people aren't reading pieces that take more than a … Continue reading The Story Had To Be Told: On Writing The Christmas Rose

I’m An Artist, So Pay Me, Maybe?

Adam Byatt recently posted a piece about artists getting paid (or not), in response to a piece written by an artist named Amanda, who was responding to a letter that was sent to her by an artist named Amy. Adam, Amanda, Amy... All artists. I'm thinking of changing my name to Arus (and it shall … Continue reading I’m An Artist, So Pay Me, Maybe?

Traditional Publishing: Is It Still Possible?

Kyle, a 19-year-old writer enrolled in a BA creative writing program at a local university, posed the following query on Facebook: Alright, so my ultimate goal is to make a living and career out of writing and publishing books. I want to do it the traditional way of going through a literary agent who will … Continue reading Traditional Publishing: Is It Still Possible?

Is Brevity Replacing A Writer’s Sensibility?

Writers are being forced to think too much these days (I think), and they are facing a danger that is both very real and damaging to the relationship between reader and writer. Because of the changes in how we spend our time reading stories, not to mention how we read them in the first place, … Continue reading Is Brevity Replacing A Writer’s Sensibility?

We Are Writing More Than Ever, Or Are We?

On the surface, I should be really excited about this ever-evolving global explosion with writing. In fact, the statistics are nothing short of staggering. In February 2011, The Nielsen Company documented over 156┬ámillion public blogs in existence. In 2009, 1.5 trillion text messages were sent or were received (dhtech.com). According to Facebook's statistics page (accessed … Continue reading We Are Writing More Than Ever, Or Are We?

authentic living, authentic writing

If we shadows have offended, Think but this, and all is mended, That you have but slumber'd here While these visions did appear. I've been having some rather candid conversations with fellow writers in Towson and around town about the importance of authentic writing. Repeatedly, the same troubling concern rises to the primary focus of … Continue reading authentic living, authentic writing

It’s not Ann’s problem; it’s mine (and yours)

On my ride into school this morning, it dawned on me, and how foolish I now feel. New book. Outrageous controversy. Book shoots to no. 1 on bestseller list. Mission accomplished. I would imagine that a person like Ann Coulter who has the audacity to write such claims also has the guts to promote her … Continue reading It’s not Ann’s problem; it’s mine (and yours)