The Blog Jawn
Wherein I discuss writing, reading, books, grammar & punctuation, writing process, and other sundry topics.
- The Meta-morphosis
18 Jul 2022
In which the writer confronts the overwhelming power of Facebook
- The Haunting of My Brain
01 May 2022
In which the poet contemplates the obsessive nature of writing fiction
04 Mar 2022
In which I contemplate the stigmatized Freudian construct as title-villain (a la It or Cujo) versus title-hero (a la Emma)?
- An Update on Checklists
23 Feb 2022
Recap: A few weeks ago, I lost my ish over some dumpster fire technology that I have to use. Most especially, I found myself in quite a tizzy thanks to a very goofy checklist formatting situation.Read More
- The Importance of Being Safe
13 Feb 2022
In which I confront those who think they know my best interests better than me.
My novel is a love story. It is also a meditation on what it takes to build a functional relationship in the aftermath of significant trauma. I’d be lying if I said it wasn’t at least partially inspired by my own experiences with abuse and mental illness.Read More
- Pride & Technology
13 Feb 2022
In which I’m either going to finish my novel or throw my computer out the window.
This week, I embarked on a journey that is likely to help me not only finish my novel but publish it. I’m working with a group of people who have built an interesting model that challenges the paradigms of traditional publishing and supports aspiring authors in meaningful ways.Read More
- Poet Writes a Novel, pt. 2: My Worst Nightmare
18 Mar 2021
Last month, I confessed to having started a novel–something I’d not seriously considered since the 8th grade. It didn’t take long for me to begin experiencing the thing I feared most: the crippling friction between the needs of a long story, with a vast word count, and the slow, perfectionist tendencies I possess as a poet.Read More
- I just found out my favorite VJ is a brilliant writer
01 Mar 2021
Preemptive Apology: I have not taught my usual load of composition and critical reading college courses over the past year because pandemic + (2 x school age kids) + (lifetime x mental health) + adjunct pay - home workspace. So, I don’t have my usual audience for my this-is-the-best-piece-of-writing-happening-right-now schpiel. At least you know what’s coming.Read More
- Poet Writes a Novel, pt. 1
20 Feb 2021
The conditions of how and why are not important, except to say one night I had the clearest image of a scene that I ever had so I decided to write it without any expectation of what it was or what it would become. Another scene followed. Then, the characters in the scenes began to reveal themselves to me – not just what they looked like, their inner monologues, or the obvious problems they brought into those initial scenes. But the schools they went to, the music they listened to, the way they felt about their families growing up, the stuff that made them tick.Read More
- The most important thing I learned in 2020 is to love Jane Austen
15 Jan 2021
In December 2019, a little more than a year ago, I read Pride & Prejudice for the first time. I had managed to avoid Jane Austen until I was 41, counting her among the many dead white writers who’d gotten plenty of attention and surely didn’t need mine. I believed Austen would be outdated, stiff, and boring; her work struck me as something one had to read, not something one chose to read. This was, of course, based on no actual facts aside from it being written in the 18th-19th century and being read by the snooty English Lit majors, who prided themselves on reading only the “classics” (as opposed to the pretentious English Writing majors, like me, who prided ourselves on reading only the most contemporary poets).Read More