state of the nerd

It’s been awhile since I’ve written, and much has changed. I thought it was time to lay down some updates. Since my last post, I’ve made some big career decisions. (more…)


Fountain Pen Addendum: Neil Gaiman made me do it

In a recent blog, I shined a little bit of a light on something that I found both curious and validating. No, I’m not mad for wanting to try writing a serious literary work with a fountain pen. Neil Gaiman does it all the time. But that seed took root and bore sweet fruit. (more…)

Fountain Pens for Cheap Bastards

I’ve enjoyed using fountain pens for a number of years. This probably tickles the same part of my brain that appreciates typewriters and Victrolas. This is a really elegant writing instrument that never should have been allowed to fade back into obscurity and the hobbies of overpaid eccentrics.

If you’re curious about fountain pens, you might be put off by the enthusiasts who pay hundreds or even thousands of dollars for a pen. You just want something nice to write with, right? Maybe spending $25 to $30 on a Lamy would make sense to you if you already knew that you liked fountain pens.

What if I told you that you could have a really nice fountain pen for three bucks? (more…)

NaNoWriMo 2015: Strolling to the Finish Line

I’m eighteen days into NaNoWriMo 2015, a writing challenge to help aspiring authors to finish the first draft of a long form novel in one thirty days. And I’m going to finish tonight. Even though a real novel is closer to seventy to eighty thousand words or more, the goal here is a mere fifty thousand. It’s more like a healthy novella length. I’ve got over forty-eight thousand words committed to my first draft now, and my story is nearing its end. (more…)

NaNoWriMo 2015 Update: The Final Battle

Last week was an inconsistent yet productive week for writing. I had a lot going on, between fighting a virus and having multiple health & well-being type appointments to keep up. I ended up having one sub-par writing day, and two non-writing days.

Yet I wrote over 7,000 words yesterday and only stopped because I have a day job that I have to sleep for. I didn’t feel pressured to write to make any kind of quota or anything. I just felt the story inside of me clawing its way out. So I let that happen as long as I responsibly could.


I’ve been writing, just not here

Despite the relative quiet of this blog, I’ve been quite busy.

  • I’ve retired from photography projects. While I believe I’m pretty decent at it, the engagement model for photographic art in 2015 is fleeting at best. What takes me hours or days to create should take more than a couple of seconds to appreciate. But the world is what it is.
  • I’ve been writing more. A lot more.