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 guitar and ukulele at the same time

Musical cross-training! The guitar and the ukulele are both fascinating instruments and there’s no way I could choose one over the other. While the ukulele has a shallower learning curve at the beginning, it has its own challenges that make it as difficult to master as the guitar, especially since I want to learn how to play classical music on it.

I’m also studying music theory and ear training. It feels great to have daily music practice back in my life, and I can’t wait to see where it leads.

Easing back into writing fiction (for myself)

Last month, I wrote a post about quitting fiction writing. My thoughts about submitting haven’t changed, but I recently felt that familiar tug of stories wanting to exist. I have drafts of several short stories that might make a fun collection, and I still have notes for two novels. If I finish these projects, I’m self-publishing them. I used to be skeptical of self-publishing, but these days, I can’t think of any good reasons not to self-publish.

I have a more positive attitude toward my writing again, and that hasn’t happened in quite a while.

–April 18, 2021