Wednesday, October 24, 2012

A little gig...

I actually have a writing gig. It's for a growing hockey website called

I'm going to do a bi-weekly column, and it's pretty cool because I can write about basically anything I want. Obviously it will pertain to hockey, but I'll get ideas as things come up during the season and just run with them. Should be fun.

My first piece is up, and it serves as a bit of an intro:

We'll see if I can do better next time. Gotta watch those typos!

Sunday, October 21, 2012


I've written before about how a single scene or passage or even word can pull a story together for me. My Book of Life by Angel by VCFA alum and faculty member Martine Leavitt is the latest on my reading list to accomplish this. With one word! The book is so haunting and so beautifully written as an entire package, but this one particular scene -- one word! -- will stay with me for a long time.

Just Finished: My Book of Life by Angel by Martine Leavitt
Currently Reading: Stealing Air by Trent Reedy (also VCFA)
Up Next: The Secret of the Fortune Wookiee by Tom Angleberger

Friday, October 12, 2012


It can really paralyze you sometimes. It's weird, too, because the more I learn and the better I think my writing gets, the more the fear starts to set in. The fear of not being in school and not having faculty advisors to help me out when I'm stuck. Not that getting published is everything because I'm not writing just to get published. I'm really not. But I would like to get published. I would like people to read all of the things I'm writing. And that's the scariest part, right? Spending so much time trying to improve and worrying that it might never be good enough...

That's also the fun part, I know. Trying to reach that goal no matter how far of a stretch it is. Rocky Balboa once said that fear should be your best friend. You can keep him in your corner and use him to motivate you. I'll try.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012


It feels good to be back writing on the blog. I've been very busy at work, and I was away for a bit at my sister's wedding, and I've been completely immersed in my book, trying my absolute hardest to make it as good as possible. I only have three months left as student at Vermont College of Fine Arts, and that makes me both excited and anxious. Excited because I've learned so much, and I feel somewhat ready to be writing on my own again, but anxious because I'm not quite ready to leave Hogwarts yet. It's such a magical (pun intended) place, and it has become a part of me, deep, deep down in my soul. I'm also not ready to not see all of my classmates regularly because they really are the most caring and supportive and energetic group I've ever been associated with. I'm very lucky in that regard.

On a side note, I played Galaga today at a pizza place. It was awesome. I also went to my favorite bookstore and put all of the VCFA alum and faculty books face out, and that was awesome as well!

Just Finished: Kira-Kira by Cynthia Kadohata
Currently Reading: Son by Lois Lowry
Up Next: A Step From Heaven by An Na