If you’re looking for a place to start, these freshman posts will do the trick!
- On Writing With Depression
The first “big” post of Word Salad Spinner. Even after all this time, it’s empathetic and insightful without falling into self-pity. Rereading it, I still find something to learn from it.
- To Kill A Mockingbird: A Newbie’s Perspective
After 55+ years of the book existing in the public consciousness, I found some new things to say about it. It’s a through and alternate view (for the most part) that I’m sure you’ll appreciate. The review for the sequel isn’t as well written, but it makes an important statement about Go Set A Watchman.
- Nice Guys, Amirite?
Navigating a difficult subject with grace and humor, I talk about getting kicked out of a feminist club. My attempts to be clever sometimes affect clarity, but this blog post allowed me to be both fair and honest amidst a somewhat-embarrassing situation.
- The Life of the Poet Eternal
Even after taking a couple of poetry classes, this is one of my favorite poems in my backlog. A good balance of adorable allusions and rhymes.
- Motivation vs. Commitment & The Third Option
Within the space of a month, I ended up (essentially) doing a 180 on one of writing’s most important questions. As a result, I gave a great defense to both sides while also documenting my professional and psychological journey.
- The Thrawn Trilogy Retrospective
These reviews are good. They just amuse me because, many months after I published them, the review for the second book (Dark Force Rising) still gets occasional views. It’s a mystery to me, says the man who tagged that review with both “Star Wars” and “Episode VIII.” Well, let me make it as easy for you as 1 2 3.
Expanding my scope and broadening my horizons!
- The Top 15 Songs From ‘Undertale’
Talking about a beloved subject with passion carried me past my amateur status here. Brings back good memories for me, will certainly grant new perspectives on a beloved indie game’s music to you.
- Interview: Chitoka Webb, author of ‘Something Inside Of Me’
My first attempt at a long-form interview lent a nice, casual air to in-depth questions. New information complicates my view on Webb (to the guy incessantly commenting below the interview: I’ve read your complaints, I just don’t care to respond). Regardless, you can learn a fair amount about yourself by exploring just one dimension of someone else.
- Why People Defend Assaulters (and don’t know enough about them): A Mini-Memoir
An awkward story from my life handled with grace and tact. It’s important to hold onto empathy in times of civil and social upheaval, and this tale about mean people under nice masks only became more relevant a year later.
- Who Would Your Favorite Literary Character Vote For? (2016 Presidential Election)
By far, this is the type of post I want to become a regular series. Combining literary analysis with politics and humor, this essay would be great to repeat for other country-wide elections besides presidential.
- The Best Countrymen I Know
My most personal work, and the one that I needed the most after the 2016 election. I should’ve taken more lessons from this into 2017.
- On Writing With Depression: Suicide Attempt
This is not the best post I’ve written, but it’s certainly the most important. Going into detail about this often-avoided truth took bravery, especially in dealing with the fallout from loved ones later. This essay’s invaluable to anyone who want to understand depression.
- Writing Mysteries Decoded: Interview with Julie Hyzy, Mystery Author
The best interview I’ve conducted so far. Good advice for any aspiring writer without becoming pedantic or boring. Also, meeting Julie was great!