How I Understand Poetry

I remember in high school being forced to take poems apart line by line. We'd do a few together as a class, which took a better part of the hour, and then we would write one long essay over a more complicated poem on Fridays. To me, there was something weirdly clinical about the whole procedure. It [...]

Library Books: an Overdue Apology

Author’s Note: If you’re a librarian and you’re reading this, I’m sorry... I’m horrible at returning library books. I thought my mother raised me right, but I guess society turned me to the dark side. I used to be diligent about giving back borrowed items, particularly those taken from the library, but I’m pretty sure [...]

I Admit It, I Like Coloring Books

When I was a kid, I didn’t care about coloring books. My mom bought them in bulk because she heard coloring could help improve my garish handwriting, but I hardly even touched them.  For the most part, I’d color half a page, then get bored and draw things in the margins. I couldn’t really get [...]

Dear First Draft: a Breakup Letter

Dear First Draft, Remember how I said I needed some time away to think about our relationship? Well, I’ve given myself some breathing room and I’ve finally come to the conclusion that we should see other people. I know this must be heartbreaking for you. It’s difficult for me as well. In the beginning, our love [...]

The Writer and The Deadline

"I love deadlines. I like the whooshing noise they make as they fly by," -Douglas Adams.  I have a deadline today. You probably have a deadline too. So why are we still on the internet? Because we writers are free spirits, that's why. We can't have our lives dictated by something as minuscule as a [...]