The title says it all. What in the hell am I supposed to write about in this thing? I've been thinking about why I've had so much trouble blogging regularly in the past. Here are a few of the reasons I came up with: It takes time. I'm already pretty packed as it is. In… Continue reading What the Heck Do I Write About on This Thing?
About a year ago (actually, a year minus a week ago), I successfully pitched my first article to The New Orleans Advocate. At that point (early-April 2018), I had been back from my Appalachian Trail hike for almost six months and decided I wanted to try to make a living as a writer. Back in… Continue reading How Do You Measure a Year? (At MattHainesWrites.com)
I'm spending the night in Fort Stockton, Texas because -- if I tried to drive to the next town -- I would fall asleep and take this mid-size SUV off a cliff. Here's a few things about that first sentence: 1) I'm heading to Big Bend National Park. I'll be in the park for about… Continue reading I’m Driving in a Car!
Good morning! Here's another excerpt from the Appalachian Trail book I'm working on. It takes place on my birthday, a little more than four months before I left for the hike. I wrote this bit awhile ago, but recently revisited it. It's unique for a non-fiction book, because -- in addition to their external dialogue… Continue reading Book Excerpt: Laying in Bed Before a Break-up
The first half of the day was normal enough. Worked on the Appalachian Trail book for a little bit, went for a jog, and conducted an interview for an article I'm writing about the *get ready* 2019 Danny Barker Banjo & Guitar Festival. I taught at the after-school program for a bit, doled out some… Continue reading Welcome to the Latkepocalypse
Yesterday was the state funeral for George H.W. Bush, and -- while I watched -- I was also working on a piece for Very Local New Orleans about our 41st President's New Orleans connections. When I pitched the idea to my editor there, I assumed I could find some cool places he'd eaten or imbibed. … Continue reading George Bush I and Latkes II
Here's how it went down. I was biking home from the school at which I teach after-school storytelling, and my route -- very conveniently -- brings me by one of the latke spots I mentioned yesterday on the Hannukkah event list I wrote for a local website. This spot -- Marjie's Grill -- has an… Continue reading Not All Heroes Wear Capes. Some Eat Latkes.
This weekend I put together a list of fun Hanukkah events going on in the city. I only had a couple of hours to put it together, but I learned a lot. There are some amazing potato latke options going on this week! A latke board at Saba, a rotating latke special each night at… Continue reading Hanukkah is Here! How to Spend Your 8 Crazy Nights in NOLA.
Rereading it, I think this title may have been misleading. If you're looking for a park in which thousands of infants are crawling around from end to end, like a dog park for tiny humans, then you may have come to the wrong place. The park is Crescent Park and, compared to other green spaces… Continue reading A Baby Park Gets Its First Statue
I'm still working on this housing article for The Gambit, and they've given me 2,000 words, which is the most I've ever gotten for a paid gig! The topic is so interesting -- and I'm learning so much -- that even 2,000 words isn't enough space. Good thing I have a blog to share some… Continue reading Look Closely: Do You See a Beautiful Park or An Absence of Affordable Housing?