Creative Writing

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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New on Wanderthief: Reminders

New on Wanderthief: Reminders

I wrote a short Wanderthief about my experience of the weird turn to winter in this town. I’ll be leaving NYC soon, spending most of the rest of 2018 on the West Coast and abroad, and I’ve got a lot of feelings about it. Feelings? Concerns, questions, nerves. Anxieties. There’s some sun in there too, I promise. Things have been looking a little dark lately and I only know how to be honest about it, but what’s that saying? The darkest hour is just before… that old chestnut.

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New on Wanderthief: To Be Seen

New on Wanderthief: To Be Seen

I met a couple of famous people last night and they kept using my name. They dropped my name in every sentence, casually, naturally, as if we were old friends. If it was nothing more than a strategy they have developed over the years, then it’s a strategy that works. Is that as personal as an interaction can be? A name, an unchosen word to which we attach decades of identity, a marker of who we are that, for most of us, lasts from birth until death without ever changing?

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New on Wanderthief: From the Spine

New on Wanderthief: From the Spine

I hesitated to publish this month's Create Like Crazy essay, which ended up being the best kind of irony. My imposter syndrome got loud, along with all my insecurities—What if it's too direct? Too personal? What if they don't like it? What if they don't like me? That hesitation seemed as good a reason as any to gather up my courage, straighten out, and hit send. Maybe we're not meant to make ourselves smaller for the timid masses.

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