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Music To Write To: A Spotify Playlist

This week, I was bad about posting to the blog but good about writing daily, so I don’t feel any guilt. The blog was always a means to share my writing, not the driving force of the content. In other words, I don’t want to get into a vicious cycle of posting to a blog for the sake of posting to a blog. If I don’t feel like writing here, I won’t, and I haven’t, so I haven’t. Instead, I’ve been working on a short story (speculative fiction) and have been thinking of ways to incorporate those interests into the blog. Lots of thoughts, but nothing concrete.

In the meantime, I’ll share my Writing Tunes Spotify Playlist! It’s got over a hundred songs in there, totaling up to over 6 hours of music, and I add new music to it each week. I recommend listening to it on shuffle. The songs are mostly instrumental and range from classical music and jazz, to hip hop and electric, there are no rules just great writing songs. What they all have in common is that they aren’t distracting and they’re evocative, two characteristics that help me with inspiration. I hope this brings some enjoyment to your writing practice this weekend. Take care, and enjoy!

Throwback Thursday, Writespo

Iconic Writer Interviews: Blank on Blank

For Throwback Thursday, I’m taking it back to some of Blank on Blank’s best episodes featuring iconic writers. For the uninitiated, Blank on Blank is produced by Quoted Studies and features vintage interview tapes, set to artistic animations. These episodes are great because they show us some insight into these author’s life experiences and how they shaped their writing.


33 Ways To Stay Creative

It’s been a couple of days since I posted anything because I’ve been doing some offline writing. I’ve also been trying to be less rigid about my creative process. Something about my brain always wants to put things in boxes, make them neat and organized. That’s what’s attractive about blogging and programmatic content. But the creative process was never meant to be labeled, it is what it is and we move through it in different ways. As always, the tendency is to want to be on the other side of that, already making beautiful and impactful art, but we forget that we need to wade through the ugliness first. I found this list and thought it had excellent advice on cultivating and feeding creativity. Let’s all follow some of this advice on this beautiful Sunday holiday!


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My college years were fueled by bad coffee and powder Coffee-Mate Creamer. This ushered me into my career where the coffee was just as bad, but at least there was liquid Coffee-Mate creamer (French Vanilla, nonetheless). BIG TIME. With time I graduated to the specialty coffees and I was even substituting entire meals with it. COFFEE. But the love affair couldn’t last. I don’t know what I’ve done to destroy my stomach over the years, but it’s done a number on me. My stomach is so sensitive now that every meal brings with it the fear of nausea or IBS. TMI? That was TMI, wasn’t it? The point is, I relate…I relate.

Poorly Drawn Lines is written and illustrated by Reza Farazmand, and is also a N.Y. Times Bestselling book. For more funny comics visit:


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It Started With Coffee…

My college years were fueled by bad coffee and powder Coffee-Mate Creamer.