Spongebob Squarepants was a favorite cartoon of mine growing up, shocker. Ninety percent of “90s kids” would say the same. One episode stood out and became the official meme of students and creative professionals worldwide. If you read the title of this article, you might know where I’m going.

Spongebob, tasked with an essay on what not to do at a stoplight, sits in his clamshell desk chair eager to put pen to paper — confident he shall write “the greatest essay of all time”. Equipped with tools of the craft, he lowers his head and begins writing. Or so…

Wildfires in Australia. Presidential impeachment trial. Deadly helicopter accident that took 9 lives including former NBA star Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gigi. The UK split from the EU. Global pandemic and historic unemployment rates. Worldwide civil rights protests.

If you live under a rock, you may think I’ve predicted the next 50 years or drafted the script of an Oscar-award winning, blockbuster sci-fi. But no, that’s 2020 — thus far. As we approach the halfway mark of this historic, unforgettable year, I’ve decided to climb out from underneath my own rock. A year-long writer’s block.

Even the smallest attempts at writing led to frustration from writer's block. Image courtesy of Steve Johnson (@steve_j) on Unsplash.

One Year Ago

A northeastern homebody stripped…

A little hand-drawn depiction of my thought process. 11/10 on the art scale, right?

It’s what allows a quarterback to erase a blunderous interception moments prior, and return under center to launch a deep bomb downfield in redemption. It’s what propels the body of a hopeless romantic toward a random stranger — or a lifelong crush — while a militia of butterflies obliterate their heart in a ticklish attack of hopeful optimism. It’s what drives determined creatives, innovators and entrepreneurs to set up camp in their parents’ basement, or their uncle’s garage, and pursue their passion in life wholeheartedly.

“Your chances of success in any undertaking can always be measured by your belief in…

When I wake up, each and every morning, I sit up in bed, stretch my arms to expose my complete wingspan and let out a big ole yawn. Sound familiar? I basically play out the opening scene to an average feel-good rom-com set in the mid-2000s. Cue up a pop-rock tune with a catchy hook, am I right?!

Where the plots part ways into a storyline unique to myself is when I toss my frayed Philadelphia Eagles comforter off to the side, spin my legs from the bed to the floor and take a look down at my upper thigh…

You’re in a band? Sweet! So what do you do for a living?

If you‘ve spent time pursuing the dream of a career as a touring musician, you’ve undoubtedly answered this question time and time again. You crawl out of bed every day, fight the urge to snooze the piercing cries of your alarm, and throw on a semi-respectable outfit before trudging into the “real world”.

Whether you’re mindlessly stocking shelves at the local supermarket or drowning out deafening house music in a quarter-filled dive bar while you mop dry beer that’s caked to the floor, you do whatever it…

Philadelphia Eagles QB Nick Foles consoles WR Alshon Jeffrey after a crucial dropped pass in the 2019 NFC Divisional Round Game against the New Orleans Saints, which ended the Eagles season.

This is an excerpt from a letter to the Philadelphia Eagles Super Bowl LII Champion Quarterback, Nick Foles, who overcame adversity and critics in leading the team to the Lombardi Trophy in 2017–18 as a backup. More importantly, Foles exemplified what it means to be a genuinely kind-hearted individual in a world where those are hard to come by. If you don’t know his story, read my full letter here. Without further ado, here are the five lessons I took away from a professional athlete unlike any other.

Dear Nick,

If there was ever a piece of work that I…

Pete Long

Writer. Creative. Storyteller. Always working to continually improve and advance as an author at LongShot Media. #ItsNOTaLongShot

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