In O'Pinions, Off-Topic on July 16, 2014 at 11:22 pm
On July 16, 1951, J.D. Salinger published a book that just about everyone (in this country, at least) has had to read at one point or another: The Catcher in the Rye. Some people love it, and some people (maybe more people) love to hate it—but others, myself included, just shrug and say, “Yeah, it was alright.”
This is actually something of a source of contention in my house. My fiancée hates Holden Caulfield with a vigorous passion; after all, he’s whiney and spends 200+ pages doing, well, basically nothing. I, on the other hand, think the book actually has some merits (and if I ever want to lose my fiancée, all I have to do is expound upon some of those merits aloud).
So it’s at great risk to my personal life (and possibly my blog followership) that I expound upon them here, if only silently: Read the rest of this entry »
In Fiction, Travel on March 24, 2014 at 11:27 am
Crystal-cool and comfortable
Bright fish swimming
Scales tickled with light
Blue to green to inky black
Pressure and darkness
Dive Read the rest of this entry »
In O'Pinions, Off-Topic on June 19, 2013 at 9:08 pm
I was clicking through YouTube last week, procrastinating (that’s redundant, right?), when somehow my eye strayed from the cat videos long enough to be caught by some slightly more serious videos featuring John Cleese and Neil deGrasse Tyson. They weren’t in the videos together, mind you, but they were discussing some of the same things: how religion, when followed too rigidly and taken too literally, can become a danger to scientific progress and society as a whole.
Specifically, John (we’re on a first name basis, you know) had this to say:
“I think that the central problem of any religion is that the founders of religions are always extraordinarily intelligent people, and what you notice as you get older is extraordinarily intelligent people are not literal minded. And the great problem of religion is when what is said by the founder of the religion, which is supposed to be taken metaphorically, is taken literally.”
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In Off-Topic, Writing on May 2, 2013 at 6:19 pm
I’ve been bad, reader friends, and waited too long to get my list of May short stories together. Consequently, the May 1st deadlines are out the door. My apologies!
There are still a few chances to submit though, so let me lay the sweetness on you:
- Deadline: May 4
- Guidelines: 6,000 words or fewer
- Entry fee: $20 (by mail) $22.50 (online)
- First prize: $2,000
- Deadline: May 6 (early bird deadline)
- Guidelines: Dependent upon category
- Entry fee: $27
- First prize: $3,000 (grand prize) or $1,000 (first prize)
- Deadline: May 15
- Guidelines: 6,000 words or fewer
- Entry fee: $17
- First prize: $1,000
In Off-Topic on April 4, 2013 at 11:33 am
Pinionpost Turns 1
Grab the confetti, slice the cake and call up the petting zoo: pinionpost is one year old today.
It’s amazing how quickly the time has gone and how much has changed—a new city, a new job—but I’m still going and don’t plan on stopping just yet.
So what does one year look like?
The number of countries represented by my visitors
The number of posts I’ve posted
The number of people brave enough (or foolish enough) to actually subscribe to these posts Read the rest of this entry »
In Off-Topic, Travel on February 16, 2013 at 12:19 pm
Howdy everyone and happy weekend!
First, please allow me to apologize for my absence. But (as is generally the case with my disappearances from the interweb) my excuse is that I emerged, instead, in the actual world.
I’ve been on vacation in the great state of California with my amazing girlfriend – sipping wine in Napa Valley, climbing steep hills in San Francisco, and dodging hungry wildlife in the Muir Woods.
Anyway, before I get back to your regularly scheduled programming, I thought I’d leave you with a few pictures (the internet equivalent of the slideshow your neighbors force you to sit through when they come back from their… thimble collecting trip… to… Yugoslavia). Read the rest of this entry »
In Off-Topic on December 3, 2012 at 1:03 pm
November has come and gone and, with it, so has NaNoWriMo. I started the month with a lot of hope and some pretty lofty goals but, alas, I am forced to now report that I have… failed.
It turns out working, blogging and drafting a novel just wasn’t possible if I valued things like time with my girlfriend and basic hygiene (and it turns out I do).
But Don’t Despair!
As I see it, I’ve still managed to write the first five chapters of a book that, until now, has been floating in that perilous space between brain cells. NaNoWriMo forced me to get concrete about my characters and my plot, and because of that I think I’ve gotten a pretty well-distilled version of things ready to go – it’ll just go more at my pace. Read the rest of this entry »
In Off-Topic on October 30, 2012 at 9:49 am
I’m doing this thing. NaNoWriMo I mean. I’ve been on the fence about it, mostly because I think I should be focusing on the novel that I’ve already written, editing it and getting it ready, but also because it has the potential to slow down my regular posts.
But as I see it, I’ve already stalled on the editing of Alberija and I could probably use a break from it. Meanwhile, I’ve had this other idea for a story kicking around in my head for long enough that I think it’s ready to be written out as a draft.
When it’s all over, I’ll put that draft away for a bit and go back to Alberija with fresh eyes – but for the next month, it’s going to be on in a way that is very much similar to Donky Kong. Read the rest of this entry »