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Excelsior: My Tribute To Stan Lee

Posted on November 13, 2018

*Artwork by me.   I don’t have any photos with Stan Lee. I was never lucky enough to meet the man in real life – So, on top of that, I also don’t have any touching anecdotes about how I met him in an elevator once, or how I sat down next to him at a convention, or anything else I’ve been grateful to read about him on the day of his death. Stan Lee never encountered me once during the 95 years he roamed our Earth – he didn’t know I even existed. And yet the mark he left on me was indelible, and though he didn’t know I existed – he knew lots of people LIKE me. I was an archetype in…

THE WRITE LIFE: Writing Prompt #12

Posted on August 4, 2018

In an effort to write more, and more creatively, I’ve begun to post writing prompts here on my blog and this is one of them. Feel free to use any of the prompts, which you can find archived under the Write Life tab under the Categories section of my home page. Feel free to also share anything you create based around the prompts.     You come across an old record store. When you enter through the doorway, you realize this is not your average record store at all.     Happy writing! -Joe


Posted on August 4, 2018

Because of the fact that writers, more often than not, are solitary creatures – who spend their days and nights locked up in dank basements or sweltering attics – we often get a bad rap. We are seen as creatures of the night, as unapproachable, as shady. So, what I wanted to do was to highlight some of my friends and peers who are in the field and show the world that writers are people, too…and we sometimes have good advice. With that in mind, I want to introduce to you all a good friend of mine from high school, who has grown into an accomplished woman in the writing field and even helped me to get into my MFA program, Stonecoast. Without her,…

THE WRITE LIFE: Writing Prompt #8

Posted on July 7, 2018

As usual, it’s time for another writing prompt. I haven’t posted many lately because I’ve been so busy (I’ll write an update post later) but I felt like doing one differently than my normal “formula”. Feel free to post whatever you come up with in the comments, or even if you want to just let me know what you thought of the prompt. You can find past writing prompts under the WRITE LIFE tag under Categories on my main page. ————————————————————————————————————————————— With cold, grey eyes set into loose features, the old man with wispy hair watched the young couple struggle up the hill in the snow. His lips were dry and cracked and he wet them absentmindedly with his tongue as the chill seeped…

THE WRITE LIFE: Michelle E. Woody

Posted on April 22, 2018

Writers are so often viewed as tortured, solitary creatures who spend their waking hours hovering over the keys of their battered laptops in a dank basement or in the corner of a coffee shop, agonizing over their words. While it is true that the act of writing is mostly something one does on their own, it can also be a very social activity under the right circumstances. I am thankful to know many very talented writers from all walks of life, and I began this segment on my blog as a way to not only celebrate those friendships, but to also maybe learn what makes my fellow writers tic. It’s my pleasure to introduce to you another one of my writer friends, Michelle Woody.…


Posted on April 16, 2018

Of Dice And Men: The Story of Dungeons & Dragons and the People Who Play It By David M. Ewalt 288 pp. Scribner, $26.00 When one normally thinks of the often-derided role playing game Dungeons & Dragons, images of slack-jawed, hunchbacked nerds and obsessed geeks come to the forefront of the imagination. This is due largely in part to society and how it originally envisioned those who played (or play) the game in years past. However, with celebrities like Vin Diesel and others coming forward and saying they enjoyed the game, and with D&D being featured in popular television shows like Stranger Things – the image of the unpopular “nerd” is no longer reality. In a series of carefully-constructed vignettes wrapped around a larger…

THE WRITE LIFE: Chloe Viner Collins

Posted on April 4, 2018

It’s often said that being a writer is one of the loneliest professions. Be that as it may, I have acquired over time a bevy of friends who not only dabble in writing, but who make it their work and passion. I began this blog to showcase my own writing talents, but also to lift up my writing colleagues and learn from their own work. Writing can be a social act, and I have the friends to prove it. It is my distinct pleasure to introduce you to Chloe Viner Collins. Chloe is a poet from rural Vermont, where she lives in a log home with her husband, their two rescue dogs, cat, and a flock of hens. She graduated Vermont Law School in…