November 2007

State of the Blogs

08 November 2007 · 4 comments

For some reason it gives me a bigger thrill to know that I have 34 e-mail subscribers at Animal Intelligence than to know that I have 3400 e-mail subscribers at Get Rich Slowly. Why is that? I think part of it is that I put very little effort into Animal Intelligence. It’s a topic about […]

The Snowflake Method

07 November 2007 · 2 comments

The snowflake method for writing a novel seems needlessly complex. In general, I think elaborate mind-mapping systems for writing are counter-productive. When I write a story, I have a clear picture of who my characters are — I don’t need to write pages of notes about what they eat for breakfast. At the same time, […]

Cats Like Birds

06 November 2007 · 4 comments

I was pleased this afternoon to come home and remember that I was supposed to do prep work for dinner. I took out the chicken breasts, cleaned them, and cut them into chunks. Kris had asked me to put the chicken pieces into a bowl, and so I did. I was nearly finished with my […]

A Chip Off the Old Block

05 November 2007 · 2 comments

Several weeks ago, I drove to Brownsville to purchase a chipper from my cousin Mart. It was a long drive. I left early from work, taking the van through the scenic Willamette Valley highways. I was intentionally trying to avoid the freeway. After nearly two hours of driving, I reached Mart’s house. I chatted with […]

New Themes

05 November 2007 · 1 comment

Here’s the thing — as much as I love the theme I’ve been using at foldedspace, it gets in the way of things. It’s not appropriate for this site. I did pay $59 for it, so it’s going to get used somewhere. Just not here. Instead, I’m going to spend the next couple weeks playing […]