Why I Went to Grad School (and didn’t stay for more)

I get asked this question a lot. When I applied to grad school, I was at a crossroads (wanted to become a writer but wasn’t sure how) and had a Day Job I needed to get out of since I wasn’t yet at the point where I thought of it as a Day Job.  Years before, someone had suggested grad school as the main path … Continue reading Why I Went to Grad School (and didn’t stay for more) »

Terrible Job Interviews I’ve Been On, and Why They Were So Terrible

I used to be really bad at job interviews. Not only that, I didn’t know that I was really bad at job interviews, and would walk out of them thinking I’d done really well only to get really disappointed when I didn’t get the job. On the surface, I seemed to be doing everything right: I’d put on a freshly ironed shirt and a snazzy … Continue reading Terrible Job Interviews I’ve Been On, and Why They Were So Terrible »

How to Show People You’re Serious About Your Creative Work

A couple years ago, I had a Day Job where sometimes I had to go to parties with my coworkers and other people involved with where I worked.  These parties were usually pretty awkward because I was the youngest one there and didn’t have much in common with the people around me. At one of them, though, I met a guy a few years older … Continue reading How to Show People You’re Serious About Your Creative Work »