Category Archives: Writing

The Muppet Christmas Carol

Over the holidays, I wrote this review of The Muppet Christmas Carol for my friend’s blog, Holiday Film Reviews. So go check that out, and also follow her blog because it’s excellent. =)


Guitars and Geeks: The Troubling Allegations Against Jian Ghomeshi

Where I discuss the allegations of violence and sexual assault that have been brought against the former member of Moxy Fruvous:

This was, btw, very difficult to write, in part because it’s very upsetting, but also because I’m participating in NaNoWriMo, and writing constantly, and using up all my words.



Nothing Ever Happens on Halloween: A Buffy the Vampire Slayer Marathon

Check out my guest blog post about the Halloween episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer on Holiday Film Reviews!




Guitars and Geeks: “Fangirling The Bad Plus”

My new Guitars and Geeks column is up, “Fangirling The Bad Plus.” You can find it here.

In this week’s column, I discuss fandom, and fangirldom in particular, in music (especially jazz). So go check it out. This is the one I was struggling over, and I’m pretty pleased with how it turned out.



Writing Mush

I’m trying to write about seeing The Bad Plus last night, and fangirling, and jazz, and I have turned my brain to mush. I have writing mush brain. I’ve spent too long trying to get the sentence just right, the paragraph just right, the ideas just right, and now the words are becoming less like lightning, and more like lightning bugs.

I think writer’s mush is far more insidious than writer’s block. I’m more daunted by a page full of crap than a blank page. I know that many people have the opposite problem. But an empty bowl vs. a big bowl of crap? I’ll take the empty bowl every time.

The only thing to do with writer’s mush is walk away–the opposite, really, of writers’ block. I must relinquish this idea for today, but it’s sooo hard to put it down.

Hence this post. Something different. Something new. Something to use to let go.

For now.




Guitars and Geeks (September 26, 2014)

My new post for Guitars and Geeks is up! In this one I discuss the “Top 10” phenomenon on Facebook, explain my most recent Top 10 (actually, Top 11) list, and discuss mapping music and self.

You can check it out here:

“Lists, Maps, Narratives: The Top 11 All-Time Influential Albums of My Entire Life”