When Metaphor Breaks Down

We as a species love to speak in metaphor. Perhaps it’s a learned trait, perhaps it’s hardwired somewhere in the poetic soul of humanity. Perhaps it’s just our feeble attempt to grapple with things and ideas that would otherwise be incomprehensible or our desperation to avoid careful, nuanced understanding at all costs. Many experts and laypeople have written about metaphor and its relation to thought—does … Continue reading When Metaphor Breaks Down

Anne Shirley, Literary Life Coach

“It’s all very well to read about sorrows and imagine yourself living through them heroically, but it’s not so nice when you really come to have them, is it?” So says my dear fictional friend and kindred spirit, the incomparable Anne Shirley. As I’ve been rereading this favorite from my childhood, Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery, it has become clear to me how … Continue reading Anne Shirley, Literary Life Coach

Feeling Hollow After ‘Final Fantasy VII Remake’

After finishing Final Fantasy VII Remake, I mostly feel hollow and haunted. It’s a specter that’s followed me, even during Animal Crossing sessions. The characters and world hang low and silent—but ever present—against my mind. It’s no different with the original Final Fantasy VII. Countless people have loved a game that has torn them down, only to build them back up again. The story, the … Continue reading Feeling Hollow After ‘Final Fantasy VII Remake’

No, You Can’t Reinvent the Wheel, But…

In his comedy special “New In Town” John Mulaney remarks that the satisfaction of cancelling plans is akin to using heroin. Having never used heroin myself, I can neither confirm nor deny the validity of this statement; I can however affirm that I love not doing things. I’m a homebody through and through, and I can’t remember any time in my existence where I would … Continue reading No, You Can’t Reinvent the Wheel, But…

How to Jump Off Cliffs (And Create Fearlessly)

Here’s a little background about me. I have an M.A. in biblical studies from one of the top five seminaries in the country (and the numbers separating the top five are thin at best). During my tenure of study, I learned from some of the most highly published and respected Bible scholars and theologians currently in the game. Furthermore, I had opportunities to listen to … Continue reading How to Jump Off Cliffs (And Create Fearlessly)

The One Where Somebody Lies …Badly

I love the show Friends. It’s my go-to, I-don’t-know-what-to-watch, put-it-on-in-the-background show. I know the characters better than I know most of the people I work with, and I could probably quote you all of Chandler’s best one-liners. It’s the show my roommate and I bonded over in college, it’s the show that I watch when I have too much on my mind to sleep. I … Continue reading The One Where Somebody Lies …Badly

Things To Do at Home (When You’ve Done Everything Else)

Life is crazy right now, which you already know because you’re living it, too. It’s going to take a lot of effort to get through this with our sanity intact, but I know we’re up to the challenge. There are plenty of great posts out there already with ideas to keep you occupied while quarantining or social distancing, but can you ever have too many … Continue reading Things To Do at Home (When You’ve Done Everything Else)

5 Things About Writing That I Learned From My Dog

My wife and I got our first dog together in November of 2019. I should first clarify by saying that of course we grew up with dogs, both us with labradors whom we loved and adored, but the dog we took in during the waning months of 2019 was our dog. Like never before in our lives we were solely responsible for the health and … Continue reading 5 Things About Writing That I Learned From My Dog

An Argument for Literary Perseverance

Nearly every job I’ve ever had I’ve quit for a reason that was, in all reality, rather unsatisfactory. I cleaned pools throughout college and, when told my future sister-in-law was moving to Georgia for work, I decided to quit altogether over the phone that same day, at a pool I was cleaning no less, rather than ask for a single day off. My first real … Continue reading An Argument for Literary Perseverance

Our Favorite Strong Female Characters

Today is International Women’s Day! So we here at the Lit Nerds thought we’d celebrate with a few of our favorite female book characters. Whether badasses, babes, or just adorable cinnamon rolls, we love our well-written women. If you’re looking for a way to celebrate, check out one of these ladies’ stories! Gideon and Harrow the Ninth Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir “How do … Continue reading Our Favorite Strong Female Characters