My First Encounter With “The Wall”

This is not a short story. I just want you to know this up front. This is going to be a bitch fest.

I had my first day of my new job was today. I’m a “bagger” at my local grocery store. It should pay the bills. I got off of work at 9:30pm tonight. I had my first opportunity to write just now at 11:20pm. Normally it wouldn’t be an issue, but I have to walk to class at 8:00am tomorrow morning, which means I have to wake up at 7:00am.

I’ll call this my first real interaction with “The Wall,” that intangible force that always seems to come against you at some point or another. I know I’m not the first, nor will I be the last, person that has experienced hitting the wall. In an environment of authors, bloggers, and creative artists I know I’m preaching to the choir. I apologize.

Although The Wall may have won the battle, I have still won the war. I wrote. This post may not be fiction, it may not even be fun to read, but to me this post is a sign of defiance, a refusal to quit when my circumstances and desires come against me in full force. I won’t let The Wall or any other excuse keep me from practicing what I love.

If anybody is in a similar situation try to remember that defiance against circumstance can, in some situations, still be considered a victory.


Good luck and keep improving,



Week in Review – First Week of February

Hello everyone! I hope you’ve had a fantastic Super Bowl Sunday. I’m not a Broncos fan so I wasn’t that happy with the ending, but to be honest I don’t really care that much for foot ball.

Weekly reviews like this one will be how I “grade” my progress. These will be shorter than most posts, but I think that reflection on one’s actions is a vital task when trying to improve. These will be broken down by story and will list what I feel like I need the most work on for the future, but they will also list something that I did well in that story. So without delay… Continue reading

What the Future Will Hold

Hello everyone!

This is Ben again. This post is not going to have a fictional story in it unfortunately. It’s a dissapointing truth, but as a fledgling blogger/blog I need to work on creating an asthetically pleasing blogging environment with fluid posts and relevant widgets. Having very little experience with WordPress means that I have much to learn. Tweaking with blog settings, experimenting with reader breakes, trying to create or commission a logo all takes time away from writing. But have faith! I’ll be back on the fiction train in no time.  (Still gotta finish Kissing Scene 2 :X )  Continue reading