Lost Boy

January 26th, 2023 I was drama club president. This probably comes as no surprise to you. I have but a few more essays for Origins month, and there’s no way I can talk about where I came from without mentioning the theater. For most of my school career, I was a little lost in theContinue reading “Lost Boy”

Popina Academia

January 15th, 2023 After a very eventful and exhausting week, I wanted to get back to the January theme of Origins. This essay asks: how has working in a restaurant for most of my life affected me as a writer? Let’s start with my restaurant history. Growing up in Faribault, I worked as a cornContinue reading “Popina Academia”

Good Grief

January 10th, 2023 Well… my car got stolen today. Every time I see someone post about a hard time, I imagine what I would do in their shoes. I do it even more when I think about my sobriety; I have to ask myself, “Would I stay sober through that?” I often questioned who IContinue reading “Good Grief”

Sleeping Kitty Productions 2023

December 31st, 2022 Hello there. 2023 is a big year, as far as celebrating my (lack of a) creative career goes. It marks both 10 years of publishing books (a novella called Them, on April 1st, 2013), and 20 years since I released my first EP under the name The Next Step (Tangled Cords, onContinue reading “Sleeping Kitty Productions 2023”

New Interview With Landon Shepherd!

December 28th, 2022 Gosh, I love this so much. I reached out to my friend Jennifer to see if her son Landon, an extraordinary young artist who I featured in Brushfire: Wave 1, had any questions to ask about the series or creating art in general. Boy, did he ever. I was hoping he’d haveContinue reading “New Interview With Landon Shepherd!”

A.I. Yi Yi

December 17th, 2022 Exactly zero people have asked me what I think about AI, and I am indignant. This is a post about AI, written by a terribly flawed human being. Most of the responses I have seen to emerging AI technology have come from artists. I’m an artist, too, but I have always identifiedContinue reading “A.I. Yi Yi”

The Troll Toll

December 15th, 2022 The history of philosophy is a history of trolls. The 1975 is one of my favorite bands (and my absolute favorite band most days). We saw them play at The Armory last night and it was quite possibly the best show I have ever seen. Like TikTok itself, I am obsessed withContinue reading “The Troll Toll”

R-E-S-SOBRIETY

December 11th, 2022 Okay, this is both an appreciation post for the best co-workers ever (look at this effing cake!) and a passive-aggressive reminder of what you, a normal person, can do for the sober people in your life. When people decide to get sober, it is often daunting and overwhelming. Every solid decision splintersContinue reading “R-E-S-SOBRIETY”

The Intentional Spirit of Human Compassion

November 28th, 2022 I always get sappy and emotional this time of year (“How is that different than usual?” you ask; “Shut up,” I reply) as an important anniversary in early December comes up. In business, you can make decisions based on common sense and objective financial goals, or you can make them based onContinue reading “The Intentional Spirit of Human Compassion”

Grace

November 23rd, 2022 I love this time of year, because I live for times when light and dark are mutually strongest. The holidays can be f—ing tough. Talking to others around a table, especially those who see the world differently than you do, can be extremely sensitive and difficult. Kirsten Powers on Substack sent theContinue reading “Grace”