Pardon the Dust [Site Downtime Announcement]

Hey everyone. I’m finally ready to implement some major updates to the blog. Here’s a few things I need to warn you about.

  • Site will be down from noon Saturday (January 23) to 5pm Monday (January 25) US Eastern Standard Time. Depending on how quickly servers update, the site may be back up early, but I still need 48 hours to make sure the changes take effect.

  • This site will no longer use Disqus comments. If you want to save anything you posted in the comments section, please do so before the site goes down, else the content will be lost.

  • There won’t be any new posts until the updates are complete. If this is the first one you see, then I’m still working in the background.

I fully expect the blog to look wonky and my backlog to be incomplete once it’s back online. Please be patient while I clean up and restore all of my previous posts.

See you on the other side!

What Critique to Ignore

I discovered the YouTube channel Psych2Go last year and have enjoyed several of their videos. One I keep circling back to is “7 Things You Should Never Apologize For.” The last time I watched it, I noticed how two of the things on their list were particularly relevant for writers:

  1. You should never apologize for your accomplishments.
  2. You should never apologize for doing something that makes you happy.

In the realm of creative writing, both of these things translate to creating a story that fulfills your artistic vision and is a piece you’re proud of.

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Friday Fiction -- On the Red Line, Part 5

The train came to a stop at the next station. Though none of the passengers were listening, the announcer lady said, “Arrived at Sable Heights. Next stop: Broad Street. Transfers at Broad Street for Yellow Line.”

The loud clatter of skateboard wheels startled the group. A tall, muscular young man boarded – jumping into the train, grabbing a pole, and swinging himself around as he kicked the skateboard up into his free hand. It took the passengers a few seconds to process the skater’s trick and just as long for the skater to realize he had an audience. Though once he did, surprise snapped across his face. “Woah! Are all of you heading to Coldessi Park?” the skater asked.

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2020 Reflections

Hello, readers.

2020 has been a year, hasn’t it? I think it’s safe to assume that most of us will be wishing it good riddance come New Year’s Eve.

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What Happens When There's No Conflict?

This is the second half of November’s unplanned two-part post. I’m releasing it early since I’ll be traveling for Thanksgiving this year. Friday Fiction will resume in December. Promise.

An important lesson that I learned in my college philosophy classes was the value of indirect proof. Part 1 of this two-parter is what most people think of when you mention logical arguments and proofs: speculating what could be if a particular thing existed or reasoning out the consequences of something being true. However, in an indirect proof, you start by negating one of your assumptions, and then demonstrate how logic falls apart in that hypothetical scenario. Put more briefly, an indirect proof exposes the contradictions left behind when something is absent or false.

In that spirit, let’s explore what a story without conflict would look like. What follows may not be an indirect proof nor the results contradictory in the strictest sense, though I’m confident that I can show how such a hypothetical state is pragmatically useless for writers.

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