Category Archives: Thoughts

And My New Favorite German Word is… Fledermaus!

I miss studying language. I took French in middle/high school, German in college, and Arabic in college/grad school. The roots and origins of words has always fascinated me, and I will still look up words that catch my fancy. Continue reading And My New Favorite German Word is… Fledermaus!

A Philosophy of Ice and Fire

Season 7 of Game of Thrones premiers in five days (!),  and I for one am stoked. A lot has been made of the philosophies one can glean from these stories, so I wanted to give my own thoughts.

The ongoing argument is that George R.R. Martin is a nihilist and created these stories to beat his readers over the head with tragedy and suffering.

I disagree, and I will use this post to explain why.

Spoilers ahoy! I will be freely discussing spoilerish information from both the books and the show, so if you’ve somehow managed to avoid them to this point, this post is probably not for you. Continue reading A Philosophy of Ice and Fire

Friday Write-Day: What Comes After the Writing?

Wow, has it already been two weeks? The last two weeks have felt hectic, likely because they sort of were. PW and I have been house-shopping. We thought we had found the one, but our inspector turned up some unforeseen issues, so we’re bringing in more experts to have a look.

As you can imagine, this has occupied my time and mind-space for the last few weeks. But the writing continues, and moves forward! Continue reading Friday Write-Day: What Comes After the Writing?

The Ultra-Secret First Draft – Total Reveal!

I just finished reading the first draft of Jessie’s first novel, and I’m going to reveal everything about the novel against her wishes say as little as possible to avoid her furious flailing.

Jessie, in advance, I apologize. I knew you would not let me do this without your prior approval, so I had to be sneaky. Continue reading The Ultra-Secret First Draft – Total Reveal!

“Servers Are Not Entitled To An Opinion”

…and other phrases that will get you permanently banned from a restaurant.

Disclaimer: This is not my story. This happened to a coworker of mine on shift yesterday. He surely handled it with more poise and grace than I would have.

Follow along with me as I go through the steps to recreate yesterday’s 86ing (banning) of a couple at the white table cloth steakhouse I work at: Continue reading “Servers Are Not Entitled To An Opinion”

Friday Write-Day: A Very Strange Week

I’ve had a severe lack of motivation all week, hence the non-title card for this post.

I was going to write a piece about how the sense of failure in one aspect of life can trickle down and impact other parts of your life. But that seems crass in the wake of Chris Cornell’s death. Continue reading Friday Write-Day: A Very Strange Week