Balance

The older I get, the more I realize the vital importance of balance in life. Whether it is a proper balance between work and play, social and solitary, or wake and sleep, when things fall out of balance, happiness suffers. Strong emotions are tempered by their opposites; when too far out of balance, they are…

Sometimes…

Sometimes I watch a stranger going about their life, and wonder what hides behind their smile. I have smiled without it passing my lips enough to know not everyone who smiles at me is happy with their life. I have walked with confidence I didn't feel so many times I know some who appear to…

The Guardian – excerpt

The middle-aged man stumbling down the alleyway behind MacNally’s could have been handsome. His hair was a derelict version of teenage grunge paired with two weeks’ worth of unkempt beard. At one time his clothes had been nice; now they were so threadbare and stained even a church clothing drive would decline them. Every so…

Rootless

In my own mind at least, I suffer from a peculiar kind of rootlessness. Most in the US grow up with friend groups they know from childhood through adulthood. These bonds are long term, and provide a sense of community. I don't have any. Growing up was a very isolated time for me. The only…

On Writer’s Block

Every writer has experienced a moment, staring at a blank screen, feeling ready and able to write eloquently... but no coherent thought forms, no images dance, ready to be turned into streams of words. Whether the topic is academic, fictional, or even an email to a friend, it doesn't matter. Sometimes the more options available…

Expectations vs. Reality

Isn't it funny how expectations rarely match reality? Going to meet friends for a night out (drinking, singing, overall carousing) always sounds like a lot of fun. The reality rarely meets the expectation, especially when you find yourself hunched over a porcelain throne that hasn't been cleaned in a while. Alcohol has a way of…

Moving

Since moving to Nashville I've been doing room shares. Room shares are great when you are solo and don't feel the need (or have the money) to rent an entire apartment or house for yourself. However, they are transient in nature; I just started my third in less than a year. Personally, I hate moving.…

Continuity

One of the most difficult aspects of a writer's life is continuity. Whether in the realm of a single writing, making sure everything matches and flows in the correct order, or in the larger scheme of life, continuing to publish regularly on a blog or sitting down and actually finishing a manuscript. Often as a…