Writing Update

It’s been a while since my last update. Writing for Multiversity Comics has been a lot of fun, but my first real project was time-consuming.

I’ve written reviews for each episode of Luke Cage Season 2. You can find them at that link or my author archives page over there since it’s all I’ve written on my own.  As of right now, they published up to episode 10. Episode 11 will likely go up tonight, and 12 and 13 may be up by the end of the week.

It’s an excellent show. I think it’s the best at least since season one of Jessica Jones.

I submit something for the Wrapping Wednesday reviews every week. If you’re looking for a comic to read, these reviews are often helpful.

And there the Saturday Morning Panels, which I also enjoy taking part in.

Over in the techie world, I’ve lost track of what’s been published, which is probably not good. I can point to this, though, which I am proud of.

There’s also this post, which involves Ruby, my favorite programming language that I never use.

Lest I forget, I also wrote a post for Simple Programmer about how I use Bullet Journal.

I’ll write something here soon. Probably during or after my upcoming week in Belize…





The Low Spark of High Heeled Boys

If you had just a minute to breathe
And they granted you one final wish
Would you ask for something like another chance?

Or something similar as this?
Don’t worry too much it’ll happen to you
As sure as your sorrows are joys


It’s a shame there’s so few live videos of Traffic. Enjoy.


Common Courtesy vs Strategy vs None of the Above

You arrive at the elevator bank at work. Several others are already waiting. It’s one of those banks with 3 or 4 doors on each side and call buttons placed in the middle of each wall.

An elevator arrives near you as you approach. You know you’ll be getting off soon since your floor is near the bottom of the bank. Do you wait and let a few of the others on first, or scramble to get on as quickly as you can?

Some people might wait because regardless of where the elevator is, it’s courteous thing to do.

Others might wait because if they get on first they’ll just have to ask everyone else to move when the elevator gets to their floor.

Some might wait for both reasons. Not forcing everyone to get out of your way is like the courtesy you display when you wait your turn.

Others would just plow on and then force everyone off two floors later. I share an elevator system with many of these folks.

Tom Wolfe is good at writing that last set of characters. He can write the guy that rushes to get on first without looking up from his phone and stabbing coworkers with his half-open golf umbrella. A few pages later, he might even make you feel for the guy.

That’s good writing.

The Writer’s Life?

While this blog hasn’t been getting the attention it deserves, I have been getting a great deal of writing done.

Over at Baeldung I’ve finished four posts in the past two months. There’s a good chance these titles don’t mean anything to you. No worries.

I also finished six posts for HitSubscribe, but only three are live so far. (Yes, the crediting is a little funny for one of these.)

These posts often take a bit of research and planning to put together, but I’ve been able to complete them more quickly of late.

And, because I am not busy enough already, I applied for spot reviewing comics over at Multiversity Comics. So far, I have two mini reviews posted there. (Scroll down for my mini-reviews of Legenderry Red Sonja or Daredevil, respectively.)

Getting this much work done has impacted my schedule, but I can’t overstate the value of dumping Facebook. Dropping over to browse my timeline was a common way to avoid finishing a tough paragraph or solving a difficult edit request. With that option gone, I went through some mild withdrawal and came through it with double my old speed.

Raptitude talks about how dumping social media can help productivity in a new post titled Want More Time? Get Rid of The Easiest Way to Spend It.”  I couldn’t have said it better.

Writing more has also influenced how I think. I’m carrying a journal for the first time in my life. It’s something I’ve resisted for a long time, but it’s helped me with getting my thoughts out onto paper, even if longhand is painful for me. I’ve also set aside my beloved podcasts for reading. In a bizarre manifestation of serendipity, I started A Man in Full the day before Tom Wolfe died. The book made me want to return to fiction.

So I’ve done that too.


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