Plowing through 4

I was proud of the work I did while in San Francisco. Heck, I was proud that I worked at all. When I’m not at home, for any length of time, I have a tendency to let my writing slide by. I tell myself that it’s okay to take a few days off from the ...

Certified 2

Certified
The SF Marathon, in order to be more environmentally friendly, gives out e-certificates to its finishers. Here’s mine. They are still saying that my time is unofficial, but there it is nonetheless. Next up, New York. Time goal? Is it too early to say 3:15?

8-7-6-5…3:34

At the suggesting of one of my running buddies, I break the marathon down into four parts. Herewith, my rundown of the four parts of the San Francisco Marathon. 8: The first part of the course if mostly flat until the 6 mile mark when the course takes a sharp turn, goes up a short ...

Variations

I’ve been doing good with my writing. Usually when I go away, I don’t write every day. I let the writing slide. I came to SF with a plan, though, knowing what specific things I would want to work on and making sure I had them to do. A new piece from Variations and editing ...

SF Marathon: 1 day, 11 hours and counting

SF Marathon: 1 day, 11 hours and counting
I got my bib number for the SF Marathon today, number 2032. (If you want to track me you can try it here.) I got two free shirts and bought a third (sorry, honey), found free bottles and wandered the expo for about ninety minutes before finally heading out into the cold San Francisco summer. ...

The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde

The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde My rating: 4 of 5 stars Fforde’s novel is a wry sendup of everything that is great about genre fiction, especially my favorite genre, detective stories. Peppering his first novel with offbeat characters both from his own fertile imagination and from the pages of some of the great works ...

Water on board

Water on board
I understand the ban on liquids on commercial airliners. Not completely, but partially. When we were in India, the ban was not very well enforced. Depending on the security personnel on duty, I could walk through with a full liter of water. Other personnel would tell me I had to throw it out. Still others ...

Unlikability

I’ve been thinking a bit recently about unlikable characters, specifically protagonists who we find unpleasant to follow in a novel or story. This came about after my wife read my nearly completed novel — which has the working title novel(2). One of her comments was that she found the main character terribly unlikable. The word ...

novel(2) Treatment

Would you read this book? Tucker has problems. While on vacation he has an accident in his father’s car and is forced to spend a week with his parents. His wife announces she’s leaving him. He loses his job. His parents arrive for a surprise visit, mysterious about their intentions. His life is spiraling out ...

Outsourced

Outsourced
Even The Onion has outsourced to Asia.