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Weird Writing Prompts Stay Weird

  Is there anything better than the unexpected package? Full of quirky writing prompts, this journal by Brandon T. Snider was sent to me as a cheer-up package from home. Certain people (hi, Dad) know me too well; the idea is that it’ll give you, the writer, ideas on days when the words just do not… Read more »

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An Attempt At Cross-Out Poetry

  I had trouble coming up with a blog post today. To compensate, I grabbed a copy of an old New Yorker magazine and tried to write a poem by crossing out words rather than adding them. This type of writing is much harder than it looks — I thought I had a brilliant idea but soon… Read more »

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Expensive Ice Cream and Beachside Memories

  Ever notice how it’s the most ordinary sights that transport you back in time? This happened to me with an ice cream sign the other day. On a short visit to my hometown of Vancouver last weekend, I went on a walk by the beach and passed a concession stand that sold ice cream…. Read more »

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Blogging Goals and Small Celebrations

  It’s January 31st, which means that I’ve kept up my vow to write a blog post during every day in 2017 for exactly a month now. As I’ve never been the greatest at sticking to self-imposed resolutions, I’m very pleasantly surprised with myself. That’s, like, fairly close to 10 percent (which means very little,… Read more »

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Who You Worship.

  I stumbled upon this quote by David Foster Wallace accidentally through Pinterest and find it as salient and as relevant as ever.

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Travelling, Washington and Blog Post from an Analog Notebook

Hi, hi. I am on the road today and thought that I’d do something I haven’t done in a really long time: write a semi-coherent essay (as in, something more structured than just notes) by hand. If you can put up with the terrible handwriting, read my handwritten blog post about travelling to Washington, D.C. to report on inauguration stuff… Read more »

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‘It’s Not Supposed To Be Anything’ Line

  If you’ve ever seen the 1998 movie Pleasantville, you probably remember a thousand more memorable scenes from this movie (like when the prim 1950s mother starts exploring her body in a bathtub or when all the characters change from black-and-white into colour). I, however, find this quiet scene near the end especially memorable — David’s mom comes… Read more »

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Weekly Internet-ing: Sparkly People, Links, and Things

A little bit of routine, I think, helps any blog. It does the double job of rewarding readers who are loyal enough to come back (hi, Mom!) and saving the blogger’s butt on days when topics are hard to come by. That’s why I’m going to make Wednesdays my “Internet-ing” days – that’s when I’ll post… Read more »

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The Big Two-Four.

I used to think that the quarter-life crisis was something only aspiring hipsters and other assholish types went through. And then I turned twenty-four (the typical age for it is twenty-five, but I’ve always been a precocious child), received my master’s degree and was hit with a wave of sadness and disaffection so strong that… Read more »