Thursday, March 26, 2015

What have I been doing in my absence?
  1. Working.
  2. Making new friends at work, which is always fun. I like work friends. We have things in common. 
  3. Writing, a lot
  4. I started running, sorta. I ran once. I might run again soon. My body isn't sure if it loves me or hates me for it yet. 
  5. Considering polishing off my old lens and doing more macro photography and portraits again. For me. 
  6. Playing "Batman: Arkham Origins," because obviously. 
  7. Working on too many projects at the same time. Overwhelming myself is the new normal. 
  8. Resisting the urge to buy 30 more outfits every time I go to a store.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015


On Writing

"This is a story about love and death in the golden land, and begins with the country." More or less I find myself standing between tradition and trend. I love minimalism but I do enjoy a gimmick. Joan Didion's first line of the first essay in Slouching Towards Bethlehem drew me in immediately. It's a basic start to an interesting story. I appreciated that she didn't overreach. She wasn't trying to make me care about a housewife who kills her husband; she was reporting it. Didion gave it to me straight. "I need inspiration," was what I pleaded to Ariel, and she delivered swiftly with books for inspiration and diffusion of genre.

I've found myself gravitating towards New Journalism in the last five years, so when someone says, "Oh, that's very 'in' now! We need more writers doing it," I shudder. If anything, we have enough, and I'm just another crook in the game, turning profiles and stories--hammered on in media and by the ones who tell them--into essays and articles. Whether or not they could be interesting is another debate entirely. While a follower of trends I may appear to be, I do find it odd that not more of the stories that are out there are told. Not all interesting stories headline in murder. Some just are.

Spring is finally in Seattle, and the cherry blossoms have been blooming--but just as last year, those blooms will fall soon. There is one dried in the back of my journal now. I have kept it close ever since it was sent to me by my parents. It's become my "everyday" thoughts. I feel like Diane from Cheers in that one episode in the beginning--holding a notepad and writing down any blue collar thought that is said while in the bar in Boston. I can't decide yet if I care for the comparison or not.

Point is, I have been writing more. I've made plans of where I want to be published and why. I have essays written, most almost completed. I am exploring, talking, listening. Of course I am writing. But I'm not hoping that I'll land a viral list or short report on Buzzfeed. I'm hoping to make a point with the stories I tell in a place where they might serve a better purpose. When I was in school, I felt as though the world was ahead of me. Now that I'm in the thick of it, grasping at accomplishment, I can only hope whatever accolades I do get add up to something in the end. Even if we've seen that it can all be taken from us in a second.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015


I haven't written in awhile, but I feel like that's because life has been a blur lately of just work and usual responsibilities.

We moved to a new apartment that's bigger and it's really nice. Things are good. I'm still alive. Just busy.

I was talking to Ariel recently about how I feel like I've completely lost my tone and muse for the creative nonfiction I used to write. She's been helping me brainstorm ways to get back into my old writing, my old self.

I hope you all have found your inspiration this year; 2015 is already shaping out to be nice.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Intractable, the movie

After 3-4 years of writing the story, filming and then later scrapping his entire first film, Heath Gleason (my younger brother) has come back with his Spider-Man fan film, “Intractable.”

The 32-minute short film begins and ends during the climax of Peter Parker’s story, as is mentioned in the beginning of the film. You learn about Peter’s past and where he’s headed in the future in this 30-minute drama, and I highly recommend you watch it. Not just because he’s my brother, but because the film was made on a $30 budget.

Subscribe to his channel, like the video on YouTube and most importantly share with those you know.