Ernest Hemingway is reported to have said, “The first draft of anything is shit.” Decades later, in her book, Bird by Bird, Anne LaMott had a chapter called “Shitty First Drafts”. And author Mur Lafferty is fond of saying, “Don’t be afraid to suck.” I understand what they are getting at. First drafts are rough. … Continue reading “Your Rough Drafts Aren’t Really Shit”
Today I celebrate twenty years of sobriety. But that twenty years is just a number. I’m still an alcoholic. I still want to drink. The real difference between me now and the girl I was twenty years ago is that now I have some tools to keep me sober. When I first got sober I … Continue reading “Twenty Years of Sobriety”
In an adorable stop-motion short titled Shiny, filmmaker Daniel Cloud Campos tells a story of action and heroics, with a touch of romance thrown in, using just clothing (and maybe a little confetti). You can find the video at Mental Floss. You can find his other recent works on his YouTube Channel. Go Daniel!
Have you ever come up with your own lyrics to classic tunes? Yeah, me too. Here are my crazy lyrics to the Beach Boys’ “California Dreaming” inspired by my getting older and living in a retirement community. All my teeth are brown And my hair is gray. I went for a walk But I lost … Continue reading “Creating my Own Lyrics to Classic Tunes”
Coming up with regular character names can be enough of a challenge. I find coming up with nicknames even more of a challenge. A good nickname is memorable, organic in origin, and often hints at an interesting story. Think about names like Puke Ass, Syndrome and Crazy T (which is the nickname for a good … Continue reading “Writer’s Resource: Callsigns and Nicknames”