The Crock-Pot Writing Method

The Crock-Pot Writing Method

You can choose to set on a path of writing, but you become a writer by doing it daily–even when it’s hard, even when it’s crap, even when nobody is listening.

My friend Jess wrote that the other day. Jess, who sent me a message via the contact form on my blog almost four years ago and said, “I’m 21 years old and I am an English Literature Major at New Mexico State University, and I want so badly to write. I really just don’t know where to start.”

Fast forward four years and Jess is one of those super … Continue reading

Greetings from the Old-Testament-Style Blogging Drought

Remember a year and a half ago when I told you to lower your expectations until further notice? Apparently I wasn’t kidding. What began as a blogging dry spell became a blogging drought of biblical proportions. The reasons are plentiful and the chances are good that someday, I’ll unpack them (because we all know how much I love a good reflection post).

But for now, you should know that, just as I mentioned way back when in December 2014, I’m going to publish this lackluster post. And unlike December 2014, I plan to publish another one before a full … Continue reading

Lower your expectations until further notice

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That tweet is a fitting summary of the past few days. Home is the place where life happens in all of its unedited glory.

“Unedited” is pretty much the opposite of what’s going down over here on the other side of this blog post. I think I have blogger’s block. I can think of things to write about, kind of, but only in Boring Book Report fashion: “On my trip home for Thanksgiving I did various things, such as watch snow fall, chop wood, and eat pie. It was not unlike the first Thanksgiving, minus the hats with buckles and … Continue reading