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!
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