A Pirate is a Pirate, or Maybe a Tiger

Since C.S. Lewis’ birthday was celebrated this past week, and Ang Lee’s movie based on Yann Martel’s The Life of Pi was just released in theaters, I thought it an appropriate time to dig up this essay, originally posted in 2006. There are potentially some spoilers herein, if you haven’t read the book or seen…

20 Jobs That Don’t Make it on My Resume

It’s kind of a cliché for writers to have had a long string of odd jobs. It’s sort of held up as a banner of wide experience, in support of that old maxim, “write what you know.” Personally, I think it just means that we’re flighty. At any rate, I have had a lot of…

Dream Diary

I’ve been keeping online journals blogs since 2002. When I was primarily using LiveJournal (instead of just feeding posts from dumoski.com there), along with memes and recipes and what-I’m-doing-today posts, I used to record the odd, memorable dream. And when I say odd, I don’t mean occasional, I mean weird, strange, and possibly disturbing. A…

The Simple Making of Sounds

“He knew very well that the grat majority of human conversation is meaningless. A man can get through most of his days on stock answers to stock questions, he thought. Once he catches onto the game he can manage with an assortment of grunts. This would not be so if people listened to each other,…

The Story, Or How I Stopped Worrying and Learned to Love My Blog

I’m going to revisit the topic of writer’s block soon, without any answers but just a continuation of my own internal struggles. But Terri Windling posted yesterday about blogging, and why she does it, and it made me think of a similar post I made a few years ago. Because I’ve been thinking about my…

True Moments

While working on some passages in my current WIP, I remembered this old post describing a moment where the world seemed altered by an unusual fall of light. I thought it worth sharing again, while I work on a much overdue post about creative journaling for writers. February 6, 2009 It was sunset, nearly, and…

Where Did you Come From?

While I try not to obsess too much over how many hits I get on my site, I do like to peek at the stats my web host provides every month of so. I check a couple of things, primarily: where people are coming from, and what search terms they’ve used to land on my…