Inhale long and deep and you just might be able to smell the stagnation of this blog.
So, in an effort scent the place with the wonderful smells of productivity - and actually write - I've decided to roll out another meme - 199 Wednesday.
I can't be more pleased Junot Diaz won the fiction Pulitzer Prize for his first novel, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, but it was Diaz's Drown that greatly influenced my current style of writing.
When I first came across Drown, I didn't know much about my writer-self. I had been an impatient writer then. Naive, as well. Back then, writing was banging out 750 words, sending them off to some literary magazine, and having editors praise me for my intelligence.
Ten years later, I'm still impatient, I'm still naive, and I'm still waiting for editors to praise me.
But I also know that a collection of loosely-related short stories narrated by young boys of color growing up in urban America can be told - and wants to be read.
Back then, I didn't know that. Back then, I needed something -or someone- to help me combat the uncertainty and self-doubt.