Crowdfunding Your Project: 9 Things To Keep In Mind

Last Tuesday I had a lot of fun participating on the radio show Aspects of Writing with James Kelly. The topic of conversation turned to crowdfunding for writing projects. However, I thought it might also be good to write out some of what I've learned from using...

Weight Loss and Me

Shortly before my second daughter was born I decided that I wanted to lose weight. I had watched my parents struggle and suffer through various forms of bariatric surgery, and I wanted nothing at all to do with it. So I changed my diet and lost weight. Over the course...

bedtime

i lie ready at the starting line of sleep tank's full of exhaustion this race should be good (tiny speedsters with a big head start already careening towards the finish line can't lose not again) lights cycle yellow then green GO she's off and I watch her shooting...

Daughters of Jerusalem (Station 8)

Our paths wind with mystery through a murky wood. We know not the destination, but we pretend to choose our way points. Even then, the path seems fickle and capricious; we catch a glimpse of glittery gold through the trees, then cry and wail as the path doubles back,...

Introvert Open For Business

  So I have a confession to make: I'm an introvert. For those of you who know me well, this is probably not a surprise. For others, however, this may be significant news. I'll forgo the usual defense of introversion that normally follows; others have done it better...

How Cyberpunk Predictions Came True

My introduction to cyberpunk was through the writings of William Gibson. I devoured Neuromancer, and partially enjoyed Count Zero and Mona Lisa Overdrive. (The pseudo-mystical elements left me a bit cold.) I loved Burning Chrome, however. From there I explored the...

Random Thoughts

Don't you hate it when you have a bunch of posts that you've got half formed, but none of them actually gel? I have several ideas for today's post but none of them came together in a satisfying way. For example, it struck me a few weeks ago that the predictions of...

Habitual Stress: Overwinding/Fractalnoia in Everyday Life

Today I want to explore habitual stress. Habitual stress is ever-present fear that your life is balanced on knife-edge. That every year, every month, every day, you need to keep track of more stuff. That at any point you could lose control and it would mean disaster...

The Scientific Method Is Crap

Last year I taught middle school earth science at a local private school part-time. One of the things that immediately struck me was their attitudes on science. In particular, they were really hung up on finding out "the answer". Eventually I was able to track this...

Being a Storyteller in the Age of Narrative Collapse

Last week I mentioned that the Wired opinion article "Why Living in the Present Is a Disorder" held enough inspiration for a series of articles; this post is another in the same vein. This week, however, I want to focus on the idea of narrative collapse:...

Have a Darth Vader Easter

So my wife was out shopping when she was surprised to find (among the leftover and heavily discounted Easter candy) Star Wars Easter Eggs featuring pastel Darth Vader  heads. I'm going to let the end of that sentence soak in a bit, because I had to do a double-take...

Why Higher Education Will Continue to Suck

I recently read a great opinion article on Wired titled "Why Living in the Present Is a Disorder". There was enough inspiration there for an entire series (which are on my "to do" list); however, the thing that really struck me every time I read the article was this...