Why Smiling Is Good Business

Image Source: http://lifethroughartfoundation.blogspot.com My first week of ninth grade, after transferring to a public school from the Christian one I’d gone to since childhood, I was approached by the friend of a boy who had a crush on me. “He likes your smile,” the friend told me. “He says you always have a big smile on […]

Listen in!

Just a little note: I’ll be doing a short interview today at 12:30 p.m. EST (10:30 a.m. MST).  You can listen online from areas outside of Cincinnati or tune in if you’re local. I’ll be talking about my book, The Editor’s Eye, as well as offering three general writing tips and three tips for writing a […]

On Photographs (or, What Will 2012 Bring?)

This quarter, I am taking just one class: memoir writing.  In it, we were instructed to choose a photograph—any photograph—which we are to later write a reflective essay on.  Instantly, I thought of this photo: One of my favorite snapshots of our time in the Dominican Republic, this picture captures a lot of things for […]

Quit Wine-ing (Get it? Wine-ing? Wink, wink.)

Bumper Sticker Guy: [running after Forrest] Hey man! Hey listen, I was wondering if you might help me. ‘Cause I’m in the bumper sticker business and I’ve been trying to think of a good slogan, and since you’ve been such a big inspiration to the people around here I thought you might be able to […]

The Saga of the Misunderstood Em Dash

The poor Em Dash is misunderstood.  Writers rarely remember he exists and, more frequently, confuse him for his cousin, En Dash.  Worse yet, people sometimes mistake him for his brother, Hyphen!  Every time he sees En Dash or Hyphen where he’s supposed to be, the poor guy curls up into a period or sags into […]

Oh, yeah…I forgot

Image source: stevebasu.net …about a little thing called laziness. Yes, laziness.  You know, that thing that forces you to watch Netflix instant, even when you have other, more important things to do?  That overwhelming feeling that seems to take over whatever good intentions you had for the day?  Yeah, that. I’m going to make a […]

Moving Forward

Image source: http://gurugilbert.com/wp-content/ambition1.jpg Sometimes, being stagnant is easy.  It’s easy to keep doing the same thing, day after day, year after year, decade after decade.  It’s easy, yes, but it’s not what makes a person happy. Sure, stability is nice.  I agree with that.  But you know what gets me out of bed each morning (aside […]