Sometimes You Need to Hear No

By on Jul 8, 2015 in The Scrawl |

I posted something to Twitter this morning concerning this post:   Got a blog post a-ruminatin’ deep in my ruminatin’-type part of my thinking meat. #ruminatin — Gabe Posey (@gabeposey) July 8, 2015 So you know you’re in for a real treat. I was discussing something today at breakfast and I think it has broad application for writers. So here’s my thesis statement: Our world refuses to be told no. And at first glance that sounds empowering and inspirational. Like there should be a picture of someone sweating hard and the Nike logo right below it. But there’s a problem with that thought. There are things we should absolutely be told “no” to. There are requests that must be denied. And I’m not going to give you a full exhaustive list of things, but I think you can probably think of some based purely on your own biases. My point...

Fat, Unpublished, and Nearly Hopeless

By on Jul 1, 2015 in The Scrawl | 2 comments

Two of those statements are true and one is just hyperbolic clickbait. I am fat. I am unpublished. But this post has more to do with the first statement than the latter. So why am I writing about being fat? Well, it’s something odd that has come up in my reading and in my interactions with the internet over the last few weeks and I felt like it was time to weigh in on my perception of the concept of obesity within culture and specifically within the writing world. So first up, let me give you some hard numbers. And no, not obesity statistics. Instead, let me tell you about myself. I am currently six feet, five inches tall. I weigh, as of this writing, 269lbs. I have weighed, at my peak, 377lbs. That was August of 2010. I spent the balance of 2010 and the first part of 2011 dropping from 377 to 282. I then spent from 2011-2015 sitting on that plateau. My BMI began at 44.7,...