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What I've Learned So Far

Brutal honesty, kindly delivered from a working writer in the corporate world.

Last Build Date: Thu, 04 Jan 2018 13:27:12 +0000


“I’m sorry.” . . . “Not your fault.”

Thu, 04 Jan 2018 13:27:12 +0000

A language peeve I’ve run into with friends from time to time . . . Friend: [describes death in the family or other hard situation] Me: “I’m so sorry.” Friend: “It’s not your fault.” Please, no, don’t do that. It sends the conversation in the wrong direction because it misses the point. “I’m sorry” expresses […]

Starting Over

Tue, 02 Jan 2018 16:00:21 +0000

It’s a new year, sure, but it’s also a new chapter in my life. The most important relationship I’ve ever had has drawn to a close, so this is a season of transitions, learning, rebirth. Rebirth is painful. You have to start all over, but without the infant’s naivete that carried you through the last time. […]

May I be of professional service to you?

Sun, 19 Mar 2017 15:52:02 +0000

Greetings, friend! Like a proper hired gun should, from time to time I post here to tell people what I’m good at, what I can do for them, and what sorts of gigs I’m looking for. (Plus there’s a part at the end that tells you how you can help!) What it boils down to: […]

Start with the state houses.

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 13:24:27 +0000

Yesterday I opined that, no, Americans—and American progressives—are not “doomed” by the incoming Administration. We’re certainly not helped, but it’s not the end. Where, then, do we begin? I suggest that, while remaining vigilant and activist about what’s happening in Washington, progressives would do well to focus on local and state races. This is hardly original advice […]


Mon, 16 Jan 2017 20:09:17 +0000

The other day I had a discussion with a Twitter acquaintance who’s of the opinion that the United States—and especially any progressive agenda within it—is doomed. Though I wasn’t able to shake his pessimism, his take on this is wrong, for at least two reasons: Mordor, this ain’t. (Compare current conditions to the picture above.) Not to […]

My Year in Reading: 2016

Sat, 31 Dec 2016 19:52:51 +0000

It wasn’t great. While I did read some really nice books this year, plus lots of rewarding shorter stuff (mostly in The New Yorker and The Ringer or via links encountered on Twitter), I only finished . . . thirteen books. In fact, it’s been eight years since I read as many as twenty books in any calendar […]

What’s your default mode?

Mon, 26 Dec 2016 20:29:39 +0000

Cards on the table: I’ve decided to make my default mode writing-for-publication as a means of discovery. (Or maybe I should label that “Fair Warning!” for those of you who decide to follow me. ;) Here’s a thing I’ve discovered about myself as a writer: Setting aside some private correspondence with friends, family, and clients, […]

Thoughts on ARRIVAL

Mon, 12 Dec 2016 13:47:23 +0000

[No spoilers here.] Yesterday I went to see Arrival. I thought it was very good. In particular: Really interesting script Fine cinematography Excellent cast (Renner, I like; Adams and Whitaker are longtime faves of mine, and they’re very good here.) Truly outstanding sound design But what I liked most about the movie is that it […]

Filling my dance card with writing work.

Sun, 17 Apr 2016 18:50:48 +0000

Greetings, esteemed blog visitor! Life and work have been treating me well. That said, with some big projects recently wrapped up, I do have unclaimed space on my dance card for the coming months. In other words: Need a writer? Know of someone who needs a writer? For lo these 17 years gone by, my […]

If you had known then what you know now…

Sun, 03 Apr 2016 16:12:57 +0000

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