Tag: Collapse

  • Deconstructing Design: Joy in a World Where ‘Wild Things Will Roam’

    Deconstructing Design: Joy in a World Where ‘Wild Things Will Roam’

    I ran a poll several months ago to ask what scene(s), if any, readers might want to see deconstructed. One of the suggestions that caught my attention was a snippet that actually happens off screen and spans only two paragraphs, but serves as the height from which the story is dropped in the last quarter. The reason the reader suggested this scene is exactly aligned with the purpose that I hoped it would serve: “It’s such a nice moment before everything gets flipped on its head.”

  • Halloween Tease – Coming 10/31/21!

    Halloween Tease – Coming 10/31/21!

    Looking for the #HalloweenTease? Sign Up for my Newsletter for the link to drop on 10/31!

  • Why Read “The Collapse” When the World is Collapsing?

    There’s a reason why the Walking Dead, Supernatural, and pandemic films are so popular. It’s not just our morbid fascination that leads us to consume art that touches on our fears–there’s a real psychological benefit to it, too.

  • This Moment.

    This Moment.

    “I’m not sure I enjoy living through all this history…” — the resounding feelings of everyone collectively. I don’t like to write when I have to pry the words from my mind. Usually, if I have nothing wise or witty to say, I just try to refrain from leaving paper-trail proof that I, too, am […]

  • You’re lonely. And you’re not alone.

    Let me know if this sounds familiar: You’re feeling out of touch. You notice you’re now awkward around your closest friends and family. Every conversation you have is either superficial or about all the anxiety-inducing horrors going on around you. You feel stupid, kind of jealous, and just… on the outside, even with people you […]

  • “Dogwood Stains” – Author’s Hand Competition 2nd Place Winner

    “Louie’s parents were crushed by a herd of wild zebras. ” “With a first line like this one, how could I resist awarding this runner-up prize? It reeled me in and is indicative of the humor-wrapped ruthlessness of this story, which is set in a dystopic world of child prostitution and amicicide. The author brought the […]

  • Prologue.

      “One. Two. Three.” They stopped saying ‘toss’ twelve bodies ago. Leaving the word implied, Carian and another man released a teenager into the all-devouring pit. Was it still a teenager? Was there age in death? Liv’s twelve years hadn’t set much precedent for catastrophe, and her mind whiplashed with questions like these. Were they […]