John Pappan's blog

Native Crossroads Film Festival

Last week, I had the privilege of going to the Native Crossroads Film Festival: Bodies in Motion with a few other Cowley writers. It was very fun as well as informal. I learned about Native American culture as well as some culture of Mexico as well. The first film we watched was called "Rariihuuru- The Letter".

Cow Town

This week, a group of writers and myself got to explore the original town of Wichita better known as "Cow Town." We all loaded up on the bus and headed there. I didn't know what to expect because no one really told me what Cow Town was. I thought it was just a town that had loads of cows walking around it. When we got there, there were no cows in sight.

Writing Classes

Over the past two semesters of my first year of college, I have taken four creative writing classes. Each one has helped me in various ways. If you want to write even if it's just for fun, I recommend finding one that suits you and pursuing it. They are very helpful and you will learn a lot. The only thing you need is a want to write to pass.

E-books and the Real Deal

Do you prefer to read a physical book or an E-book? I personally have read from both and prefer to read long books (typically over 400 pages) on my Kindle but read shorter books (under 400 pages) in a paperback. Although I do enjoy reading with the lights off and with a Kindle or Nook or whatever you prefer, that is possible. I can snuggle up under a blanket and enjoy a nice read.

Dodge a Daily Schedule

If you are anything like me, then your have a daily schedule that you follow. Mine is pretty simple. I have to go to classes, go to work, do at least one sudoku puzzle (to keep my mind fresh) feed my dog and myself, do my chores, read at least a chapter in a book, keep my space tidy, many other random things,  and finally write at least one page worth of content whether it be for class or for myself.


No animals were harmed in the making of this blog (although I was eating a double bacon cheeseburger while I edited this). Eat less chicken and eat more beef. If you just happen to be a vegetarian or really like cows, then this blog is not for you.


Everyone loves a tv show that gets you hooked instantly and one of those shows is Longmire. This past week some of the MMR staff got the chance to go up to OSU campus and meet the author of Longmire. I know you are probably shocked there are actually books, most people are. The author is Craig Johnson and he currently has thirteen Longmire mystery novels out, along with four short story collections that are based on Walt Longmire's life.

The Wonderful Smell of Books

Everyone has smelled a new book and an old book and have chose which smell they like better. I personally prefer the smell of old books. This smell is what draws us to the library or to bookstores to pick out a different book to sit down read and occasionally, shove our face into the center of the crease and smell it. Don't deny it. We all have done it at least once.

Holiday Season

This time of year is my favorite because it gets cold and there are three major holidays back to back. This is the time of the year were we can just sit back and relax while enjoying life and time off from school and work.

Nimrod Conference

Last weekend, four students, two teachers, and I went to the Nimrod Journal's writing conference in Tulsa Oklahoma. It was the first time that I had ever been to a writing conference let alone any conference, so I wasn't really sure what to expect when I got there. At the conference, they had many different classes that you could take but the one that I took was Publishing 101.