I pushed a major rebuild of Paperback last night. I’ve learned a lot from building and managing it over the years. Simple is solid; Do it the right way; Make it last. You can read about the new features and my thought process on the blog.
End of December 2020 – Reflecting on the year we shared. We won't be on the other side of crisis when the ball drops but it will be a significant milepost on our journey of rebuilding. I'm grateful to be feeling peace and joy for what's to come.
I’ve been enjoying reading in the extra downtime I’ve had lately. I recently finished Joan Didion’s Slouching Towards Bethlehem and now in the middle of Cory Doctorow’s Walkaway (which I got delivered from my local book store).
You might not know but a lifetime ago, in 2012, I published a short book of essays. All this recent reading made me think of reviving it. I’ve posted a download of Coffee Shop Contemplations for free for you.
I browsed through it again and I’m happy to say the essays have held up pretty well. Might be helpful if you’re needing some encouragement in the midst of this uneasy time.
April 2020 – The world has changed unimaginably since my last update. We are still healthy and well in New York City despite the tragedy that surrounds us. Wishing everyone good health.
February 2020 – Started a new job a few weeks ago. I'm settling into the change and finding creative energy again. Picking up old projects with fresh eyes.
I’ve updated all of the links on my reading list to point there rather than Amazon. They have an affiliate program as well as a dividend they give back to independent bookstores.
Without a publishing schedule I’ve gotten into a habit of writing without purpose. I’ll start and not establish where I want to go with a piece and that just leads to meandering.
Time will tell what format posts will take. Looking at my recent archives, it’s a mix of standalone essays and poetry. I may get back into more personal thematic writing too.
January 2020 – I’m challenging myself to publish on my site more frequently. I’ll let you know about new posts here. You can also subscribe by email.
Happy to discover
terminal-based web log analyzer. I moved away from third-party
helps to have some basic, privacy-respecting information on traffic
Recently refactored a couple of my most useful writing and
publishing utilities: with
you can print markdown drafts from a single command to a well-set
layout perfect for editing, and whiskey, the engine
that powers my website (and
Thank you for the kind words of condolence on the passing of my brother-in-law, Tony. Someday I’ll tell you his story.
At the beginning of August, we tragically lost our brother-in-law, Tony, in a motorcycle accident. Through the struggle of his loss, I have learned more about myself and the world around me.
October 2019 – Fall gives us a chance to recalibrate, trading in busy summer nights for reflective autumn evenings. Where will we find ourselves when the warmth of the sun has set?
The book has taken a positive turn and seems like it might be a novel rather than a book of essays. I had never considered writing fiction but the words have been coming out fine. It’s nice to have dialog so the voice in my head isn’t the only one talking.
Speaking of books, I published a list of what I’ve been reading over the years. I hope to be adding a substantial amount to the list during my time off.
August 2019 – I’m off work now for some time. Aside from taking care of the home, I plan to spend time writing my book and getting out around the city.
June 2019 – Sometimes life gets in the way of art but that’s probably how it should be. Summer is here and that draft might have to wait—what a shame it would be to miss the sunset.
March 2019 – The work continues on my travel book project. I’ve got a stack of draft print-offs, a highlighter, a red pen, and a love story to tell. There’s still a lot of work to do but I can see it coming together.
Winter 2018 – I’m working hard on some major writing projects. In the meantime, I’ll leave you with this little rhyme of mine:
This place I write my thoughts for you
“Like happiness, it must ensue.”
Note stories, lived by, held today
From the path, enjoyed, along the way
November 2018 – For the last two months since returning home from our three-month, round-the world honeymoon, my wife and I have been working on apartment projects. We’re getting it cozy and comfortable for a winter of reading, wine, and writing.
September 2018 – I’m back in New York, newly married, and fresh off a three month, round-the-world honeymoon. My wife and I are getting adjusted back to life in the city and establishing a more creative-centered lifestyle here.
August 2018 – I’ll soon be returning home from my wife and my three-month round-the-world honeymoon adventure through Europe, Southeast Asia, and the U.S. I’m working to pen the feelings of love and blessing I am overflowing with.
May 2018 – This summer, I’m getting married and traveling through Europe, Southeast Asia, and the west coast of Canada and the US for three months with my new bride for our honeymoon. I’m excited to share my journey with you so please follow along by RSS.