Inspiration is a tricky little son of a bitch.
Really. Inspiration’s mother was the daughter of Necessity, the mother of Invention, who was the daughter of Repetition, the mother of Skill (from her first marriage), who was widely known to be a ranting, annoying, bitch.
The more we write, the less we die.
We want […]full article →
Small talk has never been my thing. I can recall many first conversations with people where midway through the conversation they’ll say something to the effect of, “Wait, why am I telling you this?”
My wife’s uncle Jerry and I share this trait. He has no clue what I do for a living or what […]full article →
(via our Facebook page)
We’ve had quite a few people accusing us of being anti-freedom of speech lately. Not the least of which was someone saying “Fuck you” on our Facebook page earlier today.
Really, we’re all for freedom of speech. We’re PRO-freedom of speech. We’re PRO-stream of consciousness. We’re only anti-stupid.
How do we […]full article →
After a certain amount of development, there’s a point in writing in which characters begin to take on a life of their own; begin to write themselves.
Being somewhat of a self-help junkie, or just plain selfish, I asked myself:
What have I done to develop my character?
The reason that fictional characters begin to […]full article →
Over the years, I’ve received numerous inquiries from teachers wanting to use oneword.com in their writing classes. Explaining that “they would use it now, but there’s no profanity filter.” I respond cordially. But my gut response is, “fuck that.”
Interesting that a four-letter word or picture of naked human bodies throws everyone into an upheaval. […]full article →
When I was five, I remember standing in front of the refrigerator repeating the word “bitch” over and over in a sing-songy sort of way. My mom couldn’t really be mad—it was cute. She just let me go on for a minute, then gently advised that I find another song to sing.
I didn’t know […]full article →
I’ve written different variations of this article at least four times over the last ten years. (With luck, I won’t lose this one, too.) For those who may be confused, I offer a quick note on dashes.
There are two basic dashes—the em dash and the en dash:
em dash (—) its name derived from […]full article →
This is not a service I recall having seen advertised. Still, I felt compelled to assume the position yesterday at my brother-in-law’s memorial service.
There are obvious reasons why no one would want their picture taken at a funeral:
it’s something they’d rather forget their makeup is running and they look like a train wreck […]full article →
I was trying to think of a Google query I could make that wouldn’t result in porn:
“the holy bible king james version”
As funny and ironic as BiblePorn™ is, this exercise is disheartening on a few different levels:
a) Level of ease.
When I was a kid, I had to actually go outside and […]full article →