Here’s to the Failures: Part Four

In which failure is celebrated, and my many creative fuck-ups are laid to rest with soft bugle noises. Today’s installment . . . Here’s to the Story Killed By No Idea Where It’s Going   Noori lay in bed in the middle of the day. The heat had become as heavy and as welcome as cow…

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Here’s to the Failures: Part Three

In which failure is celebrated, and my many creative fuck-ups are honorably discharged. Today’s installment . . . Here’s to the Story Killed By Not Having Any Idea How to Continue Writing a Story From the POV of a Despotic Horse With the Ability to Make Zombies Incitatus pranced through the ruined streets of Rome, his hooves clopping…

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Little Things

The past several days, I’ve been chewing on something. I mean, a little bit about what a Golden Girls-headed chimera would look like, some about the possible pus-ridden hell-stenching drowning doom of us all–but mostly what I’ve been thinking about is how we belittle each other. People belittling Women’s March participants because “you didn’t accomplish…

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End-of-Year Fatigue

I read this thing that appeared on my Twitter feed today. The Worst Year Ever, Until Next Year, by Jia Talentino, published on The New Yorker website. You know that moment when someone crystallizes exactly what you’ve been feeling so deep and so hazily in you that you seem to have little ability to step…

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Do You Need a Brontotherium Today?

Things are a bit crap, lately. I feel I should have something to say about it, but it’s all such a puddle of bloody flux, and there are so many voices–I can’t be coherent or useful, yet. Perhaps at all. But here’s a bit of a doodle about brontotheriums (brontotheria?), just in case it makes…

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How to Memorize New Vocabulary

Learning new words can be kind of fun, but if you’ve got a giant wad of them to memorize, it can get a bit daunting to assign this thing to that. Learning Greek and Latin roots helps to lead one to the right general area of meaning, but then, of course, you’re memorizing bits of…

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Here’s to the Failures: Part Two

In which failure is celebrated, and my many creative fuck-ups are honorably discharged. Today’s installment . . . Here’s to a Portrait of Stabby Steve, Killed by a General Lack of Skill and Poor Knowledge of Anteater Kinetics  

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Here’s to the Failures: Part One

In any creative endeavor, failure is a key part of progress. It is, very probably, absolutely necessary. In life, vulnerability is a fatty glue that can hold us together, forge relationships, and help us win America’s Next Top Model. Burning the noodles to learn to cook, falling on our faces to learn to run, farting…

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