I was putzing around on WordPress today and discovered there are way more blog readership statistics available to me than I originally knew. Of course, because my readership sample size is...growing...diving deeply into most of the stats isn't especially useful. (Five percent of not-a-lot-of-readers is *calculating...calculating...* not a lot of information.) Which makes the particular… Continue reading The Best $100 You’ll Spend This Year
I wrote an article about a local landmark recently and am left wondering how much history we're getting wrong.
I saw a lot of movies last week, and Luce stands out!
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.