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):

Starting classical guitar lessons

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 my way through the Royal Conservatory of Music’s graded repertoire with a private teacher. Ear training, music theory, music history, and sight reading are all part of the training. My current self and my teen self are now back together, and I’m excited to see what happens.

Working on a short story collection

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 (a few days ago, I received the last rejection letter I was waiting for–it took ten months), so I’m re-polishing my completed stories and writing one or two more for a short story collection I want to eventually self-publish. 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 playing 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.

–June 20, 2021