I got a little distracted…

Okay, it’s true that I’m not done with all the points I wanted to make on stories and storytelling and the creative impulse. But I got all distracted, see. By this. That’s my new mountain dulcimer. You won’t believe me if I say this didn’t come out of nowhere, because it more or less did. […]

Story: part two of probably at least a few.

It turns out this past weekend was hugely centered around stories and storytelling, so it’s no wonder that it’s been on my mind lately. Saturday I spent the day telling a story with my friends, one we were creating together. On Friday night, I spent time listening to (and participating in) older stories, ones that […]

On Story: part one of several.

This weekend I did something I haven’t done in a long time – I participated in a table-top role-playing game. More than that, I did something I’d never done before – I was the Game Master, the one in charge of the whole shebang. In years past, I’d been one of a team of Storytellers […]

In which I go on about songs: a thought experiment.

“Songs that keep you sane and inspire you.” That’s what WTMD, my local listener-supported radio station, is asking for. It’s to be part of a countdown of “Desert Island Songs.” You are surely familiar with the exercise, which is often done with albums as well. It’s a thought experiment: what’s the music that would mean […]

The things I wasn’t writing.

I have a confession to make. For a few months I’ve had a very specific worry hanging over my head, and I haven’t written about it here at all. A little while back I wrote about feeling “unready,” and that was the closest I came to talking about it. In October I had a routine […]


For a long time I eschewed New Year’s resolutions because to do them correctly, you have to take serious stock of yourself and be honest with yourself about what you want – or need – to change. You have to think not just of the things to change, but to think about how to change […]