Tag: writing

Medium Rare turns 300: Writing at a grace pace

Medium Rare turns 300: Writing at a grace pace
This is the 300th Medium Rare blog post. With each milestone (100th post, 200th, 250th) I reflect on a couple questions. “Why keep writing Medium Rare?” or “Where’s the finish line?” Here’s what I said in the earlier posts. Why do it – Writing is the one thing I could spend my entire life trying to master and, even... Read more »

The wonder of saying yes and letting go (part 4/finale)

The wonder of saying yes and letting go (part 4/finale)
Back in early March, I  don’t know if it was optimism or skepticism, but I was holding onto a ray of hope that Covid-19 would be overhyped. The talk of sheltering at home, self-quarantining, maybe this would last for a couple of weeks, but then everything would blow over. Go back to normal. Note: To catch up on... Read more »

Kierkegaard finale (or "Why your hobbies matter now more than ever")

Kierkegaard finale (or "Why your hobbies matter now more than ever")
I clicked the blue publish button. Closed the laptop. Walked down the foggy street to that little bar in Rosario, Argentina, right by the Paraná River. Søren Kierkegaard was still there, jotting down notes on a napkin. Note: This is a work of fiction/philosophy. For this post to make more sense, I recommend starting with the first... Read more »
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Chicago, Argentina (Kierkegaard Intermission)

There’s a little bar in Rosario, Argentina right by the Paraná River. The Paraná River starts in Brazil, carves south through Paraguay, then makes its way east through Argentina emptying into the Rio de la Plata. It’s the second-largest river in South America, trailing only the Amazon. I’ve never been to Rosario. Never been to the bar... Read more »

Rough Drafts: Don't worry about grammar

In my opinion you dont have to worry about grammar especially as a new writer just starting out. There will always be time to go back and add the comma after “In my opinion.” You’ll have time to debate using “don’t” or “do not.” You can second guess whether the introduction should be one or... Read more »

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 »
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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 »

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 »
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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 »