Lessons from the Kitchen That Will Make You A Better Writer

As you have probably gleaned from the title, I like to cook. I am no Food Network star or Carla Music from Bon Appetit, but I do truly love to cook. As an amateur cook teaching himself as much as possible with any scrap of free time, I have come across a couple cooking principles… More Lessons from the Kitchen That Will Make You A Better Writer

Writing With Sound: Making playlists for your stories

Sometimes to see, you need to listen first. For almost all of the projects I would create before 2016, I ran into a wall over and over again: For some reason, I couldn’t visualize anything about my stories the way I needed to. It wasn’t because I didn’t have a vivid imagination or that my… More Writing With Sound: Making playlists for your stories

For Better or Worse? Thoughts on Movie Adaptations

Many times, a film adaptation will capture parts of a plot the book can’t for us. The protagonists’ voices, and settings in films help audiences decide how they feel about the characters and their experiences, helping them understand what the book didn’t make clear or have them consider. Here are some of my thoughts on… More For Better or Worse? Thoughts on Movie Adaptations

Bad Bitch Book Club

For Galentine’s Day, here’s one of the most impressive groups of women I’ve encountered, created for the sole purpose of supporting other women. The Bad Bitch Book Club, BBBC for short, was created by Mackenzie Newcomb in 2018 to celebrate female authors. She initially challenged herself to read 50 books after just reading three the… More Bad Bitch Book Club

Why you should read James Baldwin for Black History Month and every month after that

The first time I read James Baldwin, his words left me in awe and wanting to read more. I first read Giovanni’s Room about a year ago and have made it my personal goal to read all his works. Although his works were written in the 1950s and 1960s, they still resonate today and for… More Why you should read James Baldwin for Black History Month and every month after that

Was “Shrek”s Lord Farquaad based on Shakespeare’s “Richard III?”

(If you’ve never seen Shrek (2001) or read Shakespeare’s play Richard III, let me warn you: Spoilers lie ahead! If you have seen Shrek, welcome to my conspiracy theory.) This theory started when I was taking an Introduction to Shakespeare course last year, and one of the assignments was to read Richard III, and watch… More Was “Shrek”s Lord Farquaad based on Shakespeare’s “Richard III?”