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Site Update: Is this thing on?

Over the last week, I've been doing significant updates under the hood of the site. Ideally, the page looks very similar to how it looked before, but it's now connected to ProcessWire on the back to make it easier to update. One visible update is the complete overhaul of the Design page to include examples of marketing materials that I've created. Check it out for all your beautiful international photo and… View More

Another Day, Another Update

After a bit more work, the blog page is switched over to the version with a ProcessWire backend. It's been an interesting challenge to hook the pieces up, and has included learning some common CSS tricks that aren't difficult but that I've just never motivated myself to learn. For example, styling an unordered list to create a navigation menu, code that was included in the page numbering for ProcessBlog. Always nice to learn something… View More

On Writing Downhill

One especially helpful term that I’ve heard for creative writing is to “park your writing downhill”: never leave your writing at the end of a scene because it’ll be harder to start up from a dead stop. Instead, write a few lines into the next scene to give yourself somewhere to start. In the way that parking your car pointed downhill is easier than pointing uphill, giving yourself somewhere to start makes getting going… View More

Year in Review 2022

It’s that time of year for the retrospective, where on the cusp of a significant switchover from year to year, we look back on recent times and reflect. I haven’t done one of these in a while but it seems like a good idea now, both as a means of jumping into more writing and because, in spite of 2022 being a real slog, it was a slog with purpose. It was the final grueling steps on big quests and, well, that’s worth… View More

Novel Hot Take: The Vanished Birds

This is part of an experimental periodic series of posts with quick reactions to various novels. Rather than a full review, I’m pulling out one or two things that I think are interesting. To be honest, The Vanished Birds by Simon Jimenez isn’t exactly the kind of book I usually read. While I love the argument of it, as I’ll get to in a moment, both a space setting and the dreamlike writing style is not usually… View More

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