writer’s block

Writing Weightless

September 24, 2012

Sometimes it is hard to get yourself to write. You sit in your favorite coffee shop chair, order a warm drink, stare at the reflections on the shop’s front windows, tapping your pencil to the trad jazz in the background. Other times, you sit down and the world dissolves into each sentence you [...]

Bookstore Spotlight: City Lights (San Francisco, CA)

June 18, 2012

As part of our newest series, TSHS members have been traveling far and wide looking for must-see independent bookstores. Being in San Francisco, you’ll feel rewarded for your diligence as a writer.  The sidewalks are often paved with quotes from poets, words from ancient languages, and [...]

Writing Utensils

October 1, 2011

Inspiration is a fancy word for dedication.  Poetry has the power and stigma of being a mystical art. How must one sit down and fill a page?  Here are three tools for getting something on the page: 1. Music I always write to music.  Music takes pressure off of the silence. I am comfortable [...]

Write into the (Summer) Night!

April 27, 2011

Summer equals fireflies, gummy worms, a newly planted garden for the Tate Street High Society planted by Messrs. Speen and Sluder, and star-studded corn hole games. Write into the night is back! Pull up your porch swing, swill chilled white wine and ink your penchant for deliciously ripe [...]


February 22, 2011

There’s nothing like a good article to stimulate “prewriting” (or at least give you something to bring up at dinner with your in-laws).  The Anniversary Issue (February 14 & 21) of The New Yorker stood out to us as particularly full of great investigative journalism, [...]

Einstein, Editing Thoughts

November 15, 2010

“Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius — and a lot of courage — to move in the opposite direction.” The concise, the simple, the subtle are the sibilant sisters of genius. Having a good range of simple to [...]