My first short story was published in this! To kick off the summer posts, here's the first big win of the season: My first short fiction story was published in Providence College's The Alembic. This, obviously, is a big deal for me. For years, I've wanted to be a published fiction writer and now I… Continue reading First piece of short fiction published.
Big Woods Restaurant at Hard Truth Hills. Nashville, IN. That’s all for this season. Thanks for reading some of my radical transparency. I hope you got something out of it rather than my crazy repeated phrases and concepts that may or may not have made any coherent sense. Here’s what I’m working on for the… Continue reading Now for Summer 2019.
I started this book over Christmas and finished it in March. It’s the only fiction book I read and reflected on over the spring because there was a lot of research reading I was doing as a result of my diagnosis. That was planned. Other than Drew Magary’s novel The Hike, this book, and starting… Continue reading Magic for Beginners by Kelly Link
A leisurely time writing at Needmore Coffee The introduction to this book struck me, but like a lot of Newport’s work the first half is like beating a dead horse from an argument standpoint—because that’s his training as an academic. But the second half is filled with helpful suggestions. The introduction, however, is argumentative gold.… Continue reading Digital Minimalism by Cal Newport.
No not this David Finch This one. Forgive me for this one because there will be a lot of comic book puns. David J. Finch is like me—a writer, a parent, and husband. At my age, he was diagnosed with Aspergers. But when he was a kid he was also diagnosed with ADD and… Continue reading The Journal of Best Practices by David J. Finch
The first symptoms of my conditions are dysthymia and extreme egotism, which—I think—if you read this website you can see that I have that. The first thing that damages one’s relationship with others as someone with ADD and Aspergers is how self-centered they are, unfocused, and inflexible. They are used to managing themselves through their… Continue reading How to Talk So Little Kids Listen By Joanna Faber and Julia King
It's been a day. Today I found out that the new word for "pleather" is now Vegan Leather. Here is Billy Wilder's tombstone from a post by Austin Kleon. Billy Wilder's tombstone. Here's a great quote from Benjamin Percy in Jami Attenberg's newsletter #1000wordsofsummer: It begins with a glimmer. Maybe I overhear a conversation in… Continue reading Status.
The book and my journal--open to today's entry. What finally convinced me to read the Meditations by Marcus Aurelius was how frequently it was mentioned in the Bullet Journal Method by Ryder Carroll. The other thing that struck me was that Carroll was diagnosed with ADD when he was younger and eventually this led to… Continue reading The Method.
Meditations by Marcus Aurelius, translated by Gregory Hayes I read a lot of Stoic philosophy this season. I started with daily reading of the Daily Stoic blog, which led me to Letters from a Stoic by Seneca, then Meditations by Marcus Aurelius and the latter really struck me. I haven’t finished it, but I find… Continue reading A Meditation on Meditations by Marcus Aurelius.
David Milch in this summer's journal Probably the greatest fear that I have these days is what is happening to David Milch. Mark Singer recently did a profile for the New Yorker on the Deadwood creator. It moved me in profound ways. Especially the interview part where you can read the marked difference between Milch… Continue reading On David Milch.