Not doing NaNoWriMo, but Scrivener is a yes

I’m not doing NaNoWriMo. Again. Perhaps it’s because I don’t have time and I’m really getting in the way of myself. Perhaps it’s because I just want to move on my own schedule. Perhaps it’s because I always feel NaNoWriMo is extremely gimmicky and gimmicky doesn’t work for me. Perhaps it’s because, at the moment, [...]

Finished #GameOfThrones — Now What?

Yesterday I finished reading A Dance With Dragons, by George R. R. Martin, the fifth and latest book in the A Song Of Ice And Fire series. I don’t really need to tell you what happens in the book, as it was published in 2011 and I’m sure everyone who actually gives a damn has already read [...]

My essay now up at Cato Unbound

My response essay to Jacque Otto is now up at Cato Unbound: Read it, and all the others!

I am now (Cato) Unbound!

I’m extremely pleased to announce that I am participating in the May 2013 edition of Cato Unbound (@CatoUnbound), the most intelligent online journal of intellectualism. The topic of this month is fusionism, specifically between libertarians and conservatives. My good friend and America’s Iron Lady, Jacque Otto (@jacque_otto) is kicking off with a lead essay, followed [...]

More Op-Eds

I’m back in the op-ed writing business. One piece, on how CPAC (which just concluded) screwed everything up, is now available at And yes, it is called “CPAC Is Doing It Wrong.” The other piece, about an event at the Cato Institute on social media and drug violence in Mexico, is available on theblaze. Yes, [...]

Switching to the Cloud

I was really looking forward to getting some more progress on my novel done, which meant defragmenting it again after writing some stuff on another program. I happen to love the thing known as WriteMonkey, which is a full screen, distraction free writing program. Unfortunately, I tend to just starting writing things, leave them on [...]

Defragging the Novel

I have finally pulled together about four different word files, two different physical notebooks, and the proverbial partridge in a pear tree on my novel. I had it sitting alone for a little while, but now I have returned and got it up to…51 pages. Huh, didn’t realize it was so long. But darn, at [...]

This Month in Success & Failure

The good news is, I submitted my entry for the DC shorts screenwriting competition yesterday. It was probably not the best I could do, though I had been fiddling with it off and on for the past month, and I decided that it was time to submit. Supposedly, Leonardo da Vinci once said “Art is [...]

On The Need To Stop Choking

I was doing some job searching, and one area I was looking into was English teaching in Japan. I spent a year in Japan while in college, and I must tell you, it was one of the best times of my life. I spent Halloween night alone on a mountain covered in torii, as part [...]

Challenge Completed

I should point out that the “challenge” I received previously was actually done on time. (Sort of.) I just forgot to post that I had. Now, I have to go back, revise, edit, and maybe I can get that piece out for publication.