About

I like making things. Trained as an engineer, worked as a lawyer, recovering from both. Perpetual novice. Enjoying my obscurity.

What I’m up to now (with a nod to Derek Sivers for the idea):

Learning classical guitar

Hoo boy, what did I get myself into? When I started learning guitar, I didn’t expect to hurl myself back into classical music. But here I am, taking my deliberate practice to the next level and working with a private teacher who’s really challenging me. I’m practicing more now than when I was a serious musician in high school! It’s a roller coaster ride, but I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Treating writing as a casual hobby again

A while back, I wrote a post about quitting fiction writing. Simply the act of saying “I quit” and getting off the query/submission-go-round lifted a huge mental weight. I don’t have any more short stories out on submission (the last rejection took ten months), so I’m revisiting my completed stories and writing one or two more for a collection I want to eventually self-publish for fun. I used to be skeptical of self-publishing, but these days I can’t think of any good reasons not to self-publish.

I’m also messing around with an outlining program called Plottr and absolutely love it. I have trouble keeping story details organized for novellas and novels, and Plottr looks like it will be a huge help. Now that I have zero expectations, it feels good to play in the writing sandbox again.

–July 27, 2021