Author Archives: writedrunkandeditsober

Books: Digital or Print?

One summer back in the third grade, when I was, if possible, nerdier than I am today, I created a book fort in the back corner of my closet. I pinned postcards to the walls with blue pieces of sticky tack, hammered a green blanket over my head as a tent, and stacked all of […] Continue reading

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Setting the Tone for Climate Change Literature

I have a habit of writing late at night. I set up a chair at my kitchen window, prop my laptop on the sill, and gaze out at the 2 a.m. Nashville pastoral. It’s the same view every night. There’s the quiet calm of the empty bank parking lot, the dimmed lights of the closed […] Continue reading

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Time to Change the Road We’re On

Hey there literature lovers, it’s been awhile. Let’s just say the obvious: it’s my fault, not yours. I haven’t kept up with you as a good friend should, and all I can offer you are my few feeble excuses. I blame my blogging truancy on the combined forces of post-finals burnout and a holiday-treat-induced torpor, […] Continue reading

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The Future of Creative Writing

  Inspiration is everywhere, but if you write about your life, make sure you’re consistent about the pseudonym. Continue reading

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Bibliopocalypse Bullshit

If you’re a literature lover, you’ve probably grown weary of false prophets proclaiming The End of the Book. It’s easy to shake your head and smirk at the world’s December 21st doomsday preoccupations, but rumors of the publishing apocalypse have bombarded the literary world for a long time now, and such discussions still make us […] Continue reading

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The Reluctant Read

Have you ever read a book you were certain you would despise? Someone forced it on you, for one reason or another—class or a kindly but pushy relative—and every ounce of you resisted. You took the loathsome lump of a novel in your hands and a frown unfolded from every crook in your body. Your […] Continue reading

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Write High and Edit Sober

Hey there literature lovers,
Guess what? Last week Colorado and Washington legalized recreational marijuana use. I bet you knew that already.
Whether you agree with the new laws or not, the precedent of substance-inspired prose was set a long, long ti… Continue reading

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Short Story: Election Day

Bare with me here. I’m experimenting with new ways to make fiction relevant and timely (which in many ways isn’t the purpose of fiction), so I submit to you this story, which revolves around Tuesday’s election. Got any comments or critiques? Let me know. Election Day It was election day. Election day! All that morning the […] Continue reading

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Hurricane Stories (Mine and Yours and Ours)

September of my junior of high school—back in 2008—a Category 4 Hurricane, Ike, hammered the Gulf Coast. In Houston, oaks and pines cracked at their spines, falling on houses, cars, and power lines. Gray water rose high in the streets-turned-canals. Power lines hung limp, like forgotten party streamers, from their crooked poles. The whole city […] Continue reading

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Twitter Fiction: “Shrapnel”

This week I’m posting my first ever fiction story to appear on this blog. It also happens to be the first short story that I have ever written to fit the  140-character Twitter format, and was published via @pancakebooks (stupid name, I know) earlier this week. My inspiration for this form comes from Jennifer Egan’s […] Continue reading

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The Case for Lilac Prose

Dear literature lovers, have you grown sick of simple sentences? Deadened to the doldrums of dry, dusty prose? Benumbed by the banal? You’re not alone. I, and at least one other guy, agree with you. And after all, don’t we have a right to be upset? These days American literature has taken on the drab […] Continue reading

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The Power of Imagination Against Oppression

Why do we read literature? No, really, why? Good literature goes beyond entertainment—it reaches down into the core of us and jerks us back into the heart of the world, into the heart of humanity, into the whirling depths of the human soul. That is what we need to remember. Azar Nafisi, author of Reading […] Continue reading

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Strutting Across the Author Platform

This is a big one everybody. Get ready. Don your chunky yellow hard hat and your white paper mouth masks and the oversized plastic goggles that make the rounds of your eyes expand to the size of fish bowls. You ready?  You good? Because this is explosive. Drumroll, everyone… I JUST PUBLISHED MY NOVEL!!!!!!!!!!!! TELL […] Continue reading

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Blogs to Read When Your Apartment is Shaking

If you are like me, which is to say you live on the fourth floor of a dilapidated apartment building with no elevator, no couch, and no kitchen table, not to mention the fact that the windows rattle in their frames with every burst of thunder that shakes the building (twice in the past minute), […] Continue reading

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