Creative Writing

New on Wanderthief: Broken or fixed?

New on Wanderthief: Broken or fixed?

Wanderthief isn’t over yet, but it’s headed in that direction. I’m working on some kind of a conclusion for this project, an effort that has been part of my thinking and my identity for more than a third of my life. In the meantime, I have a lot of feelings about what it is and what it has become, and what it will be like to live the rest of my life without it. I have a lot of feelings about everything. Wasn’t that the point?

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New on Wanderthief: Moin moin

New on Wanderthief: Moin moin

I really don’t understand why I like this place so much, but here I am loving it. There’s an energetic comfort that sets in—or doesn’t—before any cognitive evaluation can take place. I don’t speak a word of German, plus Hamburg has its own slangy dialect going on, and I have no connection to being here that would give me any insight into local culture or mannerisms or flows of regular life. I’m totally out of place. But I’m really, really digging it.

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New on Wanderthief: Hard Compromise

New on Wanderthief: Hard Compromise

I actually wrote something else entirely when I sat down to this month’s Create Like Crazy essay. But what came out was more than Wanderthief. It was work closer to what I’ve wanted to make for a very long time but never quite knew how. That felt good, and also confusing, and also confronting, because after those few thousand words I knew I had to sit down and write something else, a few thousand more, and make them worth it. So I dug in deep and I found this, a little truth that was as scary to tell as it was an honest thing for me to explore right now. I hope you enjoy it. As always, thank you for reading.

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New on Wanderthief: Ambivalent

New on Wanderthief: Ambivalent

I arrived in Granada a few days ago, and in my first Wanderthief from this trip to Spain I wonder what I’m doing here, what I’m looking for, and what I want. What’s home, anyway? Does it have to be a place? Life on the road feels correct to me, but there’s definitely something missing, another something correct, and the two valences are pulling me in opposite directions.

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New on Wanderthief: Instant Gratification

New on Wanderthief: Instant Gratification

I’ve been thinking a lot about instant gratification over the last few months. Digging into my own process in the troughs between publication of one piece or another, I’ve been looking at my addiction to the high I get from sending off a work. The natural neurochemicals aren’t exactly illicit drugs, but it’s an addiction nonetheless. I wrote about this kind of wish-fulfillment merry-go-round in this month’s Create Like Crazy essay, and I’m sorry in advance for what I’ll do to you at the end of this one.

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New on Wanderthief: Flashlight

New on Wanderthief: Flashlight

Sometimes you have to look deeper into the dark corners, even if it takes a ballsy line of questioning from someone you hardly to know to show you that they’re there in the first place. Now you know. You can’t run away, can you? Better start brushing off the cobwebs and braving the road of all those questions yet unasked. Who questions the questioner?

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New on Wanderthief: Quasi-cold Non-storm

New on Wanderthief: Quasi-cold Non-storm

I recommitted myself to Wanderthieving once a week in order to strengthen my creative muscles. That means some will be better than others, surely, but since the goal arose out of a recent crisis of creativity that caused me to realize all the juice was drying up, I’m OK with that. Let’s call it greasing the gears and see what happens. This week, some feeling trapped in a very grey, albeit not exactly cold, Las Vegas winter.

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New on Wanderthief: Some Ugly Truths

New on Wanderthief: Some Ugly Truths

In this month’s Create Like Crazy newsletter essay, I wrote about a detour I’ve recently inadvertently taken with my writing. I lost my way a bit and got distracted by wanting to be published and wanting to be read, by wanting to be liked and wanting to be accepted. I told the truth and tackled it the only way I know how. Here’s to what’s up next.

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New on Wanderthief: Canyon Whispers

New on Wanderthief: Canyon Whispers

It’s my first Wanderthief from Las Vegas! And the end of my first full week in town. What have I done in this time? Explored the local cafe scene, naturally, and there’s a lot to learn from just a little bit of eavesdropping. I spend the rest of the time staring at the mountains and soaking up the sun. I consider these all to be very good life choices.

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