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!
Happy Thursday! I'm going to be writing more about this in tomorrow's post, but I'll be referencing an essay I just re-read, and I figured I'd share it here today. I have a hunch this won't be super popular, and there's so much grey area, I'm having a hard time articulating what I think. But… Continue reading I Think -vs- I Know
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!
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'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
In order to make a living while I work on this book, my work life is a combination of writing-related pursuits (I have a piece being published in The Advocate for the first time later this month!) and random gigs around town (I worked security at Jazz Fest from Thursday through Sunday, which included spending… Continue reading The Time I Couldn’t Yell at a Thai Kid Properly
Another win yesterday for the New York Mets and I'm feeling super fine over here! I missed the first half of the game last night to go to an event for a group, the Emerging Philanthropists of New Orleans (EPNO), of which I am a proud alumnus. (Quick aside -- if you live in New… Continue reading Livin’ That Ruff Giggin’ Life
Hello friends! I wanted to take a minute to announce some changes here at matthaineswrites.com. It is with a heavy heart that Chief Executive Officer, Matt Haines, is stepping down from...nah, just kidding. (Where would I go?) But here's the deal: as many of my friends warned me, going on -- and then writing --… Continue reading Some Changes Here at matthaineswrites.com
Happy Saturday, and Happy New Year's Eve Eve! Sometimes I'll read or remember something that's related to the themes of this blog and I'll post it here. I don't have much experience with blogs, but that seems to be a great part about them. My buddy, Colin, introduced me to this article earlier in the… Continue reading Drew Magary’s “Walk”