Posts tagged "writing"
The Gateway Author: A Conversation with Novelist Sherman Alexie

The Gateway Author: A Conversation with Novelist Sherman Alexie

Best of In The Fray 2014. A novelist, poet, and peerless observer of American Indian life, Sherman Alexie has produced an acclaimed body of work that deals with the estrangement, poverty, and tragedy of life on the reservation. Two decades into his career, what really makes him happy, he says, is the way that a new generation of kids are picking up his books for their first real taste of literature.

The Slippery Slope of Social Media

The Slippery Slope of Social Media

I am a writer who recently noticed I spend more time reading articles about writing, absorbing Top Ten lists of famous authors’ work practices, and laughing at clever memes than doing any writing. Social media is an infinite playground for intellectual stimulation. It is an unhinged door with no threat of being closed.

The Pendulum of Curiosity: Why I Am a Writer

The Pendulum of Curiosity: Why I Am a Writer

I recently came to the realization that my life is full of extremes, and those extremes facilitate my work as a writer. This revelation struck while I was sitting in bed on a Saturday night, simultaneously editing an e-learning course on fair housing laws and watching the America’s Cutest Cat countdown on Animal Planet. This brief indulgence in the hilarious and heartwarming antics of curious cats provoked a moment of self-reflection. I was compelled to consider the ways my own curiosity drives me, personally and professionally. Writers are known to be troublemakers, after all — though perhaps this is an unfair casting unless viewed in the right sort of light.

Birds of a feather sipping together

Sitting together with a good friend over a cup of tea – it’s late out, I should have left an hour ago, but we’re still talking and it feels damn good.

It’s the money that moves us

I’ve been thinking about money and bubble worlds.

The ultimate bubble world is education; it’s like a mini-utopia for young adults putting off reality. Where else would you be asked to consider the saying, “Eagle’s son is eagle,” and be told to write 2,000 words on the statement?

But then the bubble bursts.



Twitter troubled

Twitter . . . really?

According to my mother, “Yes, really.” Twitter is the place to be online. She Skyped me the other day and went on about how I need to set up an account and start my path to international success. How my mom came to be so informed is beyond me, but if she knows about Twitter then I must be behind the times.