Nick Wynja

Updates

This page lists all the status updates I've posted to my site. Some appeared under the "Currently" section. You can subscribe to these updates or follow along on micro.blog.

January 28, 2021

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.

April 27, 2020

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.

January 30, 2020

Bookshop.org launched this week. It’s an indie alternative to Amazon for books. Read about it on Poets&Writers.

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.

January 2, 2020

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.

November 21, 2019

Happy to discover goaccess, a terminal-based web log analyzer. I moved away from third-party Javascript analytics years ago but as I focus more on my site, it helps to have some basic, privacy-respecting information on traffic patterns.

November 18, 2019

Recently refactored a couple of my most useful writing and publishing utilities: with pd 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 micro.blog updates).

November 17, 2019

Just finished reading a couple monumental American novels and updated my “Reading” page with notes: Underworld by Don DeLillo and Cormic McCarthy’s Blood Meridian.

October 20, 2019

Thank you for the kind words of condolence on the passing of my brother-in-law, Tony. Someday I’ll tell you his story.

Reflecting through old essays from years ago. I republished a few that were meaningful: On Suffering, Methodical, and 1000 Miles

October 7, 2019

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.

August 9, 2019

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.