No one creates art in a vacuum. Except for Jeff Koons. His vacuums are in museums. Funny enough, I went to the Whitney in New York during the Jeff Koons exhibit a few years ago. And even funnier (is it funny?) I used part of that experience in my new novel, PLS Advise. So guess what? I didn’t create art in a vacuum either. Did I create it while looking at vacuums? I did … [Read more...] about The PLS Advise Reading List
Flannery O'Connor is noted as one of the top literary authors of the 20th century who never quite fit any boxes. As a female southerner who wrote knotty prose, she was experimental and literary--refusing to be placed in any type of trope that the other female writers of her time may have fit into. Instead she dove into the dark and gothic, while keeping up her sweet … [Read more...] about 15 Great Writing Quotes from Flannery O’Connor
Five Points Pizza is this place in Nashville, TN. It is located in the Five Points neighborhood and it's fairly near my house. But not close enough. Like a mile and a half from where I live which means at lunch or dinner it's a pain to get there because of traffic but if you go later at night, like after 10pm, it doesn't take much time at all. I need Five … [Read more...] about I Usually Go to Five Points Pizza in Nashville
On the way home from the poetry reading, you and Ashley talk about how you write a lot about Kmart and how you remember going to Kmart as a child, and how you wrote a chapbook about Kmart. She says something about “literally taking on Kmart realism” and you say, “like I guess so.” “What do you think will happen in New York?” she asks. “Do you think she’ll add you?” Ashley is … [Read more...] about PLS Advise Question 3: How do you to talk to people about your art?
Question 2 How can I enjoy a poetry reading? A few days later, you drive to a poetry reading. You drive by a newly minted loft district with a working-class name to obtain grittiness by seance. Everything is recently renovated. Many nice stores stand where there used to be no stores at all. This was a rail yard or a bakery or something vaguely industrial. The poetry … [Read more...] about PLS Advise Question 2: How Can I Enjoy a Poetry Reading?
Question 1 I want to write a novel, but I don't have a story idea, writing skills, much free time, tenacity, much imagination, or observational ability needed to write a good novel. What should I do? Go to dinner with Ashley because she said you need to take her somewhere nice. You go to an Italian restaurant that you’ve heard a lot about. Order prosciutto crostino and … [Read more...] about PLS Advise Question 1: I want to write a novel, but I don’t have a story idea, writing skills, much free time, tenacity, much imagination, or observational ability needed to write a good novel. What should I do?
You are not alone. Everyone feels sad at some point. It’s a normal human emotion. Like anger, happiness, joy, jealousy and more. Feelings are part of everyday life, and shouldn’t be ignored, but learned to be appropriately dealt with. Sadness can help you focus on how life is going and where you’re headed next. It can also provide perspective on your relationships and … [Read more...] about 27 Sad Quotes With Sad Dogs (With a Dash of Hope)