More for Your Muse – Grouplove and Tom Waits

I do all my creative writing to music void of lyrics. But email writing, blog writing, even social media writing, is often done while listening to a various assortment of bands. In a multiple part series, I will present some music I find conducive to writing that contains music. Never Trust a Happy Song by […]

Write to – the art of Stephen Gammell

It’s hard for me to think of a book, perhaps other than Ender’s Game or the Lone Wolf series, that influenced my budding love for books than Alvin Schwartz’s Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark. Much of that is credited to the illustrator for the ghostly tales series, Stephen Gammell. Anyone who has seen his work for […]

Why Soundtracks?

Soundtracks are created to enhance the storytelling on-screen. Necessary in that storytelling is the setting, the characters, their emotions and actions, and a structure of events intended to entice the viewer to commit their attention to the film. When we write, we see the scene in our mind, imagining the face of our protagonist responding to a […]

Haunted Cacklebat – The Persistent Hand

The Persistent Hand by Steven Julson Melissa did not know what awful things Daddy had to do as a police officer until a thief broke into their home. Melissa was at the sink washing dishes when the thief came boldly through the backdoor, immediately going to work wrestling Melissa for her bracelet. The thief picked […]

Haunted Cacklebat Unresolved

The first book I completed is about a fictional, haunted town for middle-grade readers and it goes something like this: “For three hundred years, the Mayor of Cacklebat has kept his city’s supernatural secrets out of the national spotlight. Discovering a flyer for an undead dating service in the city’s cemetery, assisting a girl who unknowingly […]

Write To – the works of Don Kenn

Don Kenn (John Kenn Mortensen) is a Danish artist who draws monsters on post-it notes.  The drawings are truly creepy and they feel as if pulled from child’s unsettling dreamscape.  Check out  his wonderful art here at his personal gallery!  

What if adults never stopped acting like children?

I was at the bank’s ATM today when a mother opened the bank’s doors and out came her six or seven year-old doing karate chops and kicks at the air, making all the appropriate “HEE-A!” noises. That got me thinking while I waited my turn at the ATM (the guy at it might have been doing […]

Write To – Photography by Christopher McKenney

Photography by artist Christopher McKenney. Check out his artfully haunting gallery here:   Christopher McKenney – Work  

Origins of this site

I’ve always written to music. It helps put me in a creative place and before I know it me and the keyboard are moving right along to the tracks in my headphones. Over a decade ago, before I studied Creative Writing in college, I had been a Music Composition major with the hopes of one day becoming a […]