Spend time with writerfriends, especially if you work from home and don’t have “coworkers.” You do have coworkers—they’re the people in your field who you know and trust and tweet with and email with and would like to know. Internet writerfriends are still writerfriends, and they’re great candidates to becomes real life friends.

If you’re socially awkward and/or anxious like me and every other writer, do your best to push through that when you can. You’ll pretty much always be glad you did. There’s a high premium on HUMAN CONNECTION, and you don’t really get it on the internest very often.

also: cultivate writerfriendships that allow you two (or more) to get together and not just “hang out” but to also both be working on your computers or phones or notebooks. it’s not only fine, it’s fun, and challenging, and awesome.

blogging in america is really happening guys. Follow, pass to your writer friends, have fun.

sidewalk glass

thank you internet — YOU CAN DO THIS


Poster: ‘Jurassic World

Can’t ever pretend I don’t care about this.

New York Comic Cat Con ‘14 (at some comic shop in bay ridge)

nobody told me my favorite Dark Tower novel was getting its own Marvel comic run, omg


tools: caffeine

pretty sure you can’t do this job without caffeine

you can WRITE (a lot!) without caffeine, but when you’re on call around the clock, and when you might have to watch six episodes late one night and process them and take notes on them and then wake up at 5:45 and start blogging … you need to at least have a caffeine option

if coffee is brutalizing your stomach and your psyche and your life, switch to green tea w/ honey

soda will never help you

also: contrary to popular belief, you don’t need alcohol to do this job.

I worked at a restaurant with a beautiful 70-year-old French waiter and we talked about these guys every single shift. He gave me this (gave it!!!) before I left. Thank you based Gilbert 🙏


10/8/14, 10AM:
"Freelance writer" is what I wrote on my taxes from January 2012 to September 2013; then I had a steady staff writer job for a website for a year. I’m going back to freelancing a hundred times more prepared than I was last time. This is about that.
day one

1: new ​collection of music hits the internet. this artist is one of the people/things I can write capably and enthusiastically about.
2: download + start listening ASAP (a guy tweeted at me ​to announce this mixtape’s arrival; bless him; bless the internest)
3: email hip-hop magazine editor who recently said “let’s do some stuff”
4: wait a short while 
5: call hip-hop magazine editor to gauge interest/see if he’s got someone writing about this artist already (unsaid: if he doesn’t want this particular piece, I have to start emailing pitches to other places; I’ve got five blogs in mind, ordered hierarchically in my head, my google “Work” doc, and my whiteboard. been preparing for this artist to reappear, it’s been on my “Culture Cal” google doc)
6: editor says yes on the phone
7: listen, take notes, listen, write, listen, edit, listen, file 1,200 words on time (also: stress a lot about it being the first piece I’m writing for this editor and this publication)
8: publish
​8: invoice, get paid, send new pitches

thanks for reading, more soon

one of my many new things; hang with me

10/7/13 – 10/7/14
thank you Grantland
time to freelance hard

Donald Glovers Dreams of Home on STN MTN/Kauai
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Martin had a dream, Kendrick had a dream, Donald has a dream. It’s the first thing he says on STN MTN, a new mixtape that flows into a wavy iTunes EP called Kauai. “I had a dream I ran Atlanta, and I was on every radio station,” Donald says. In the dream, Childish Gambino is so big that the roller rink plays him on Fridays, and he’s also powerful enough to order strip clubs to shut down on Mother’s Day and Chick-fil-A to stay open on Sundays.

In a lot of (big) circles, Gambino stays overlooked, elbowed out of the hip-hop conversation since he put his first songs online in 2008. Donald spent a few years finding his footing, perfecting his new hustle, shedding the “‘Bro Rape’ dude tries to rap” image. R O Y A L T Y, a star-studded mixtape from 2012, was Bino saying, “I’m done making shit you can skip.” His second label album, December’s Because the Internet, was an even louder statement: “I’m here, and I’m doing this till it’s done.”

[photo snapped from Clapping for the Wrong Reasons]

+1 for guest star edit: ORIGINAL CREATOR OF THIS TRACK Kari Faux, wow, keep an eye out

(via karifaux)