Planner Addicts Welcome

Are you a planner junkie like I am? I like to say I loved planning before it was cool. I’ve used a planner ever since I was a teenager and it’s the way I keep track of my schedule, my goals, projects—everything. Today’s planners have really evolved into something of an art form, with dozens if not hundreds of different types to choose from. There are even planner kits, sticker subscription services and other fun ways to bling your planner.

Meeting your laptop

Every day, without fail.

Most writers will tell you that there is no “mood to write.” You must meet the paper (or your laptop, or whatever you use) every day. Put pen to paper and write. Just start.

And I have always followed that rule, for the most part, because if I didn’t get the poems and stories and, for the past few years, ideas and complaints and responses to the world around me out, I would burst. Knowing that I feel that way makes me confident in my craft.

But lately it’s been difficult, and this difficulty has reminded me of other times in my life when I struggled to let the ink run. Each of these times in my past was due to a depression of some sort—one in high school, another in college—when it would have been most beneficial to me to write in the first place. That’s how I’m feeling right now, as I find sitting and typing to be almost painful.

"A Christmas Memory" by Truman Capote

a wonderful story that should be a holiday favorite

Amongst the many impressive works by Truman Capote, you can find a little treasure titled "A Christmas Memory."  This short story can be found in some of Capote's collections of short stories, as well as occasionally showing up as a holiday special on television.  While it may not be as well known as some of his full-length books, it is a story no one should miss.

The Subversive Novelist: Writing America From "The Road"

Traveling like Jack Kerouac is one of the best ways to cut ties with bureacracy and produce something truly fulfilling in the process.

On the Road may be one of the most influential American novels of the 19th century, exploring as it did what it meant to be a modern man in the midst of unprecedented industrialization. Now, in the 21st century, we're going through a very different, but equally destabilizing, upheaval: the age of the internet and what it has meant for global commerce. The economy is down, income disparity is up, and the face of the united States is changing daily. What better time than to take to "the road", like Kerouac, and experience the new United States? Write prolifically, meet lots of people, and maybe gain some insight what it means to be an American now, in 2011. Of course, we live in a different age than Kerouac did, so it might be necessary to take a few precautions.
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