Things That Happen in a Writer’s Mind

After months and years of research, I’ve finally started outlining So Far Appalachia, my next book project. The early part of the writing process involves organizing my anecdotes, inserting them within chapters, and arranging the chapters in a way that will elicit the reader to consider certain themes. It looks like this:

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“We Spend Two Years Figuring Out How To Tell Stories.”

While I am happy at Ball State University, I have to give some love to my (graduate) alma mater, the University of California at Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism. All graduate programs are not created equal. Berkeley is an elite institution training (future) award-winning journalists who can tell stories across every medium. This is not […]

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“White Like Me”

When I first read Black Like Me in high school, I was sick to my stomach for two reason: This was the first time I experienced a hopeless despair about humanity. I wasn’t reading history (although it was set twenty years before); I was reading the now; and It felt oddly strange that it took […]

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What Writing Looks Like: Home Den Addition

People have this romantic notion of what it must be like to be a writer. More often than not, it looks like this. Of note: the giant coffee mug, the beard, the sleeveless undershirt the clipboard, and the look of utter disdain at having a creative palette that consists of the worst tools known to man, “words.” […]

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On Race, On Gender, On Life as Artist

I spent 30 minutes watching this discussion between Kerry Washington and Don Cheadle this morning, and when it ended I couldn’t believe how quickly the time had gone by. In general, I avoid listening to people analyze large conceptual ideas (gender in Hollywood) because too many people fall back on well-worn cliches and show little […]

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I Was Playing to Win

Day 15 of the So Far Appalachia Kickstarter project, and funding has stalled at the 40% mark. The math is starting to work against the project. I don’t like to live in negative spaces. Until recently, I never considered what my life would be without writing. Now, I contemplate it every day. The truth is […]

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The Design of Authorship #2

This is the second post in my series of reading and interactive environments over at Jane Friedman’s blog. I. The role of reading in American society is changing. We need look no further for evidence than research studies aggregated in books such as The Dumbest Generation: How the Digital Age Stupifies Young Americans and Jeopardizes […]

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How We May Read #1

A few months back, I began writing up my thoughts and research regarding reading and interactive environments over at Jane Friedman’s blog. I promise very soon Jane that I will return to that endeavor. There’s more to say and my research has been parsed now. Until then, I’m re-posting my work. I. In August 2010, […]

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As We May Read

I’m going to begin this little essay with the pitch: I’m working on a two-year research project that will examine how people read, extract what makes the experience pleasurable, and prototype how that experience can be re-created in a digital environment. There two reasons I’m doing this: I’ve returned to graduate school, both to update […]

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