Tor_Complete_MBotF_ebook_2014It was exactly what it had to be.

The Complete Malazan Book of the Fallen is over 3.5 million words. It took me 8 months to read these 10 books, and at many times along the way, I cursed them and grew frustrated at the story lines. There was an entire book that I questioned the existence of–why was this necessary, and what did it add to the plot? There were names used that would then disappear for a thousand pages, only to resurface in a single sentence. I happened to remember the name, so the tie-in blew my mind, but I suspect many readers skipped right past it and didn’t catch the significance.

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Thinking through what I value, and why writing is bad for me

May 7, 2016

I’ve been trying to write a book. I haven’t been trying hard, because I’d probably be half done by now if I had been, but I have tried. I have outlines and notes and a few hundred words written, but I can’t bring myself to sit down and work. This is troublesome. As some of […]

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I would definitely recommend traditional publishing over self-publishing

April 2, 2016

Early on in college, I had a love affair with self-publishing. I loved the idea of putting everything online under the Creative Commons license, sharing what I wrote freely, and self-publishing so people could print my work out if they wanted. I loved the idea of information being free, and I figured that if my […]

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Forgiving the North Side

March 28, 2016

The guy who cuts my hair normally wasn’t available. When I looked at the schedule online, I didn’t see him listed for several weeks, so I sought out the woman who had also cut my hair a couple of times in the last year and who had done a great job. I was dismayed to […]

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Some personal thoughts on financial management

March 24, 2016

Yesterday on Meta-Manage I posted about how to manage your finances in 5 minutes or less per day. I’m always perplexed when someone tells me they don’t budget or look at their financial accounts regularly, but I know one of the reasons people don’t is because it can be daunting and seem like a lot […]

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Oh, right, I’m not in college anymore

March 22, 2016

I started college in 2003 working on a bachelor’s in religious studies. In 2006, I met April and fell in love, and I knew that I was going to need a job and some money before we could get married, so I started pursuing a full-time job and I was hired at Missouri State University […]

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I’m so glad I’m not Daredevil

February 17, 2016

I feel selfish and guilty sometimes for not being like a superhero, but mostly I’m just glad that my life is a whole lot easier than Daredevil’s.

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My life is pretty cool you guys. I should write more about it.

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I haven’t blogged much in a while, so enjoy this wall of textual updates about everything that has been going on the last few months.

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What To Do Next

January 3, 2016

It’s 2016, which means the annual retrospective has presented itself. I didn’t want it, and it wouldn’t respect my wishes. 2015 was good. I worked at Adaptavist all year and enjoyed it. April and I bought a new house and eventually sold our old one. We traded the truck in for a minivan. I graduated […]

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