The Amazing Slave Ship

The story goes that this man, this captain of a slave ship, was roughing the harsh, stormy seas one night — rain was pouring, waves were splashing, lightning was flashing brightly in the sky. And yet, below all of that, beyond all of that, there was the hum of singing coming from just under the deck, in the bowels of the ship. … More The Amazing Slave Ship

My Favorite Short Story: The Price by Neil Gaiman

I always feel such a sense of satisfaction after reading The Price; like the feeling you get when a chip crunches just right, or when your Dunkin Donuts coffee doesn’t burn your tongue off when you sip it. It’s real good stuff, you won’t regret spending sixteen minutes on this masterpiece of a story. … More My Favorite Short Story: The Price by Neil Gaiman

Believe in Future You

When I lay down my pen tonight (well, my computer… but pen sounds more poetic), whether I am proud of what I’ve accomplished or want to burn it with a flame thrower, I am going to believe that future Cody can fix it. And, tomorrow, when I’ve gone a little ways further into the story and I’m starting to feel like I’m just going on and on about nothing? I am going to believe in my future ability to take care of the messes I’ve made. … More Believe in Future You

More Than A Hobby: Choosing To Be An Artist

Writing, and drawing, and theater – these may be just hobbies for some people… and there’s nothing wrong with that. If you want to write, please write. If you can draw, I’d love to see it. And, there’s never too many people to grace the stage. But, don’t make the mistake of assuming others who share your passions are only hobbyists like you. … More More Than A Hobby: Choosing To Be An Artist

How Stories Last

I was scrolling through my Tumblr feed last night when I came across a vastly interesting, in-depth talk from Neil Gaiman (my personal favorite writer) on the subject of how stories last. What makes some stories last for thousands of years… even while others die away soon after a single generation? What is the use of stories, why do we keep them? And, what can we, as writers and readers, learn from the answers to these questions? … More How Stories Last