Recently I watched Cast Away for the first time. And then I immediately reworked the outline for my WIP (work in progress). I think Cast Away is a visual writer’s manual.

We start out with a snapshot, or a small, curated scrapbook, of Chuck’s (Tom Hanks) life before the storm…


This weekend I was watching the Chemtrails Over the Country Club music video for the hundredth time. It’s a cinematic trip as all of Lana Del Rey’s songs and videos are, and I am completely in love with the song and the visuals.

The reason I was watching the video…


From 2011 to 2013, I had the pleasure of attending SUNY Old Westbury where, under the tutelage of a brilliant group of professors, I studied writers and women from all over the world, of all different backgrounds. I was especially interested in, under the umbrella of literature, queer studies, and…


We are more than six months into the newest hellscape dimension here in the US and it makes me sad that no one can just enjoy something for what it is, or leave it alone if they’re not interested. I’m talking, of course, about Netflix’s newest offering, Emily in Paris.


There is something to be said for watching an artist reinvent themselves in real time. It’s like watching an icon in the making. Although Miley Cyrus hasn’t exactly been obscure since she was, I don’t know, BORN, with every new era she reaches new heights.

After a false start (that…


It is hard, but you might have to teach it to yourself entirely. Yes, there are classes. If you can afford them. There are many books. Cheeky essays, lessons in disguise. …


When I declare myself an introvert, people are shocked. “You?!” In their interrobang, I hear but you’re so opinionated/loud/funny/good with customers. What they don’t know is that once I go home from work, I can barely speak, or move, or even think, from all of the overstimulation of the day…


In one of my favorite books on creativity, Big Magic, Elizabeth Gilbert writes, “[T]he only way an idea can be [made to] manifest in our world is through collaboration with a human partner… [I]deas spend eternity swirling around us searching for available and willing human partners” (35). She goes on…


There is a saying: the cure for anything is salt — sweat, tears, or the ocean.

The ocean is full of secrets and dreams. it has the power to cleanse, to heal, to pull you under. They say salt — the kind in tears, sweat, and the ocean — is…


One of my favorite quarantine reads was Elizabeth Winder’s Marilyn In Manhattan: Her Year of Joy. My reasons for reading it were twofold. First, I’m doing research for my novel, which partially focuses on a silver screen siren circa 1956. Secondly, because I consider Marilyn Monroe to be of the…

erin kratina karbuczky

A writer living in the Pacific Northwest. Currently writing my first novel.

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