Side Projects: Poetry and Photography Challenges

I have been working on writing a novel, and, as is usually the case with large projects, I am finding my confidence and motivation flagging. (That happens to other people, too, right, not just me? Right?) So I sat down to brainstorm some side projects that I could do to help me continue feeling inspired […]

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Have We Done 642 Things Yet?

Oh, nowhere close to 642 things? Yay, that means there are so many left to do! By now you know the spiel, yah? There’s a book with 642 things to write about in it and every couple of weeks or so, I randomly select one, write for 15 minutes, and post the (largely) unedited result […]

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642 Things the Third

Welcome to the third instalment of the 642 things series. Find the first two prompts here and here. Let’s get right to it, shall we? This week’s prompt reads as follows: You are a customer lying face down on the floor during a bank robbery. Describe the robbery from this vantage point.  T he floor […]

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How to Create Quality Characters


I don’t know about you guys, but I have a hard time creating well-rounded, interesting characters (like the incredible TV ones I have featured here). As a fiction writer, this is … well, a bit of a problem. It is one of the aspects of my craft that I continually struggle with and constantly try […]

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642 Things Numero Deux


Hello and welcome to the second instalment of 642 Things to Write About! (Find the first go around here) For those of you who missed our maiden voyage, I received a great book for Christmas from my friend Bri entitled – you guessed it – 642 Things to Write About. I decided to use it […]

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642 Things: The Inaugural Prompt

For Christmas, my good friend Bri bought me a great book called 642 Things to Write About. It is exactly what it sounds like: 642 random things to write about. I love this type of thing. There are few things that get the creative juices flowing better than a prompt that has nothing to do with anything […]

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Camera Lucida – A Short Story, and an example of finding alternative creative outlets


I’m a photographer. Jessica is a writer. These are what we identify as. However, in limiting the scope of your artistry to the confines of a specific medium it can the focus to drift away from the actual content and more on the process (pigeonholing our whole imagination). Sometimes you have an idea, an inspiration, […]

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My Own Silver Lining

We went to see Silver Linings Playbook yesterday. With Bradley Cooper and the incomparable Jennifer Lawrence (mad girl crush on her, hooboy). If you’re not aware, the movie centers around Pat, who has bipolar disorder. He has just been released from a mental hospital for an “incident” in which he beat the shit out of […]

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I spend a lot of time hiding myself. Constructing a persona that will be pleasing to as many people as possible. That will convince those who love me that I don’t have any dangerous opinions or original thoughts. I censor myself. I spend tons of time wondering if I would be better off acting differently, […]

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Writing Resources That Rock My Socks

Writing is just like any other craft: you have to constantly be honing your abilities, practicing, learning new things. Lucky for us creative types, there are many resources out there that can help with this ongoing learning process. Here are a few of my favorites. Save the Cat by Blake Snyder – This book is […]

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