Tag: creative writing

Private Blogs (Clap): They’re Helping You

Most people who have a blog update their blog because they want to share their thoughts with the world. Why would anyone want to create a blog that no one is going to read? Isn’t a lack of readership why most people give up blogging? And isn’t the promise of a readership why many people start?


July 13, 2010 0

An Ode to Starbucks Wi-Fi

Starting the first of July, Starbucks Coffee will give you reason to buy a latte or Frap. All stores will have wi-fi. Guess what? It’s free! Yuppies can surf the web and eat a wrap. Visit your local ‘Bucks to send a tweet or download music from the iTunes store.


June 16, 2010 0

Summer Reading: 15 under 40

I love to read new and emerging fiction, and I get particularly excited when I read a great story by a peer. Below are the 15 writers under 40 who make me really giddy. I probably could have chosen 20 with some more thought, but 15 came to mind very easily. I included both fiction writers and poets.


June 14, 2010 7

Would Picasso Have a Twitter Account?

The real work on those stories happened offline, during long hours of solitude and intense concentration. Sure, I realize that my manuscript is not yet complete and could stand many more revisions, but I was happy to share what I had, to come out of the “darkness” and see the light.


May 26, 2010 2

5 “Internetized” Idioms

New mediums mean that we need new ways to describe and talk about them. I take five common idioms related to communication and translate them for the Internet age: “spread like wildfire”; “put in a nutshell”; “be on the same wavelength”; “bite your tongue”; and “keep you posted”.


May 25, 2010 0

Facebook, I Love You, but You’re Bringing Me Down

The time I first found out about Facebook, I was eighteen years old, in spring, oh-four. How could I know this site would be a hook distracting me from papers, tests galore? Six years later, I found myself with plus or minus seven-hundred friends, a news feed full of pics.


May 18, 2010 0

Things That Go “Poke” in the Night

Have you been dreaming about Farmville again? You go to the bathroom to wash your face and brush your teeth, but you’re distracted by a strange noise coming from your computer in the other room. Are you hearing things? You shut off the faucet and listen closely. “Mooooo.” Did you really just hear a cow?


May 14, 2010 0

Hacking to Haiku, Software to Sonnet

Ward provides numerous examples to support his claim; both code and poetry have purpose, meaning, and structure, and they work efficiently. His post made me think more generally about the ways that writers and programmers are alike. As a writer, I feel like I can understand and articulate the programming process.


May 7, 2010 0

Two Twitter Trending Topic Poems

On the Twitter homepage, users can see Twitter’s 10 trending topics. These can include the most popular hashtags or the most widely-tweeted words and phrases. The top 10 trending topics are constantly changing, and they can be organized by specific location or worldwide. I decided to write two 10-line poems to honor the topics.


April 30, 2010 1

10 Haikus Dedicated to Twitter Spam

Twitter spam is so special that it should be honored with poetry. Spam includes: barely-legal webcam girls, social media gurus, people that promise I can become rich in just one month, people who follow then unfollow me, weight-loss and fitness programs, and accounts promising free merchandise.


April 16, 2010 1