Tag: writing

Idea Goulash: Why you should always support your random writing ideas

Idea Goulash: Why you should always support your random writing ideas
The story I wanted to run today was called, “I tried a restaurant without checking Yelp first.” It’s an adventurous journey about the time I looked across the street at Ms. T’s fried chicken restaurant in Lakeview East and thought, “Wow, that looks good,” and instead of immediately checking the online reviews, I simply went in... Read more »

From blog to book: "Here or There" is here!

From blog to book: "Here or There" is here!
Writing a book is a daunting task. The thought of stringing together 200-300+ pages can be a little bit nauseating. It’s like saying, “I’m going to run a marathon,” or, “I’m finally going to clean out the storage unit.” One way to tackle this large of a project is by using the “sneak attack” method.... Read more »

Welcome to Long Overdue Books

Welcome to Long Overdue Books
When Scholastic printed the final Harry Potter book, it had to be perfect. The spacing on the pages. The grammar. The font. When you have tens of millions of readers, you can’t make a single mistake. Too many people are watching. Same thing with the Game of Thrones TV show. Leave one Starbucks cup on set and... Read more »
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Medium Rare will return September 16th. Here's what's going on

Medium Rare will return September 16th. Here's what's going on
In the spirit of giving things 79%, I’m going on one of my longest blog vacations since starting Medium Rare over five years ago. It pains me to do because, for me, writing and posting this blog is one of the highlights of each week. But I’m heading into a really busy six weeks and need... Read more »

Medium Rare turns 250: Five things I've learned from five years of blogging

Medium Rare turns 250: Five things I've learned from five years of blogging
On July 13th, 2014, I published my first Medium Rare blog post right here on ChicagoNow. Since that time, I’ve written 249 posts ranging from philosophy to comedy to whatever bucket you’d put my four-part sandwich saga into. Each time I’ve hit a milestone (100th post, 200th post) I’ve taken a second to reflect on... Read more »

We're opening a Fast Food Bookstore

I want to start out with three separate stories. One about me, one about a friend, and one about Charles Dickens. For the first one, let’s rewind back to May of 2017. My cousin, Becca, was getting married down in Austin, Texas. I was staying in a rented house with my wife, my mom, dad,... Read more »
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Medium Rare turns 200: I need to change my fuel

I was running late for work. We had a 9 o’clock meeting and I hopped on the Divvy bike at about 8:50. My bike ride, at best, is 15 minutes long; and that’s if I’m channeling my inner Lance Armstrong. Even then, I’d still be showing up ten minutes late. As I was riding down Halsted,... Read more »

Big decisions are overrated (part 2)

Note – You can definitely hop in here, but I recommend starting with Part 1 to understand a few of the references. In a few months, I will be launching a Facebook page called “Real Life Newsfeed.” This page will share life as it really is rather than just the highlight reel of constant good... Read more »

Writing has a marketing problem

Writing used to be easy. Remember in kindergarten, the teacher would say, “Just write a story.” And you’d sit down with a crayon and let it flow. The story would end up being ridiculous; it would jump around from a kid walking down the street in sentence one to a dragon in outer space by sentence three. Words... Read more »
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Blog runs too long? Turn it into an ebook

I don’t understand how the internet works. I don’t understand why bananas give me heartburn, but Buffalo wings do not. And I still don’t understand why it’s a struggle to get Crash to eat his dog food, but yet he will lunge for every stray piece of goose poop on the sidewalk. Sometimes it’s best... Read more »