Well, it only took me 10 months, but I've finally done it. This is the first week I've managed to pop out a blog post in five consecutive days. Wooooo!! It's a tough balance, because blog posts don't directly bring in any money. I guess I should look into ways to monetize it through ads,… Continue reading 5 Days in a Row!
Each week, I'll try to share one short excerpt from the book I'm working on. Because, even though I'm working other stuff (for, both, work and pleasure), writing this book -- and hopefully others -- is the reason I decided to become a writer. Obviously everything can change in the months (many months) it will… Continue reading Book Excerpt: I tell my Mom I’m Going to Hike the Appalachian Trail
I like Halloween. Mostly because I like going to parties with friends. Whether it be parades through Greenwich Village, or a karaoke bash at Finn McCool's, there's always a few events each Halloween at which I know I'll get a big night out with buddies. But I don't really feel the same way about the… Continue reading The Halloween I Almost Got The Shit Kicked Out of Me (and other spooky tales)
The ending began with Pasta Bolognese. The beginning began with a wedding. I had one in the Summer of 2015. Newly single, I wanted a "colorful look" for the reception. I walked into H&M and spotted you across the room. You were perfect to me. A woman told me years earlier that blue shirts go… Continue reading I’ll Never Love Another
I went with three friends to see Aziz Ansari at Mahalia Jackson Theater on Friday night. A couple of quick things you should know about how I feel about Aziz before we get to the show: Master of None is probably my favorite television show. Certainly a Top 3. And it is the show that… Continue reading Aziz Ansari and Swastika Pepperoni
I just went to a play at Southern Rep Theatre, a theater company I highlighted here. First off -- the space is beautiful. Their new "forever home" is in an old 103-year old church on Bayou Road. The building is vibrant, but so is the neighborhood: men hanging out outside a barber shop; women hanging out… Continue reading The Play I Really Think You Should See This Weekend!
A big part of my life is pitching stories to magazines, newspapers and online publications. Here's one I sent out today about a piece I really want to write. I'm hoping I found a home for it, but if you think of a spot that might be interested in having me write a story on… Continue reading A Debate Over Housing and the Future of the Bywater
I'm a BIG movie fan, averaging at least a movie in theaters each week. Often, that means going to a 9:30pm showing at Canal Place by myself. That's usually no problem, though it got a little weird recently when I went to see Christopher Robin, starring Ewan McGregor and Winnie-the-Pooh. I'm a big Ewan McGregor… Continue reading The 29th Annual NOLA Film Fest (Haines’ Picks)
In September I took on a gig teaching an after-school Storytelling class to second graders for an hour or two each weekday as part of the program, Community Works. I was excited to share my passion for writing with kids, and I was not at all bummed that it happened to pay pretty well! There… Continue reading The Day I Learned I Have a Widow’s Peak
I'm not a fan of networking. I'm probably an extrovert, but we're all some sort of introvert-extrovert balance, I think, and going someplace in which I'm not sure I know someone can be a major anxiety-inducing ordeal. Case in point was a wedding I went to this weekend. I know the groom -- we used… Continue reading Using Dinner for “Brain Gain” Instead of “Brain Drain.”