narrative allure

Or; the cause and solution to all my problems and a conceit about weaving. I’ve been consuming stories before bedtime. I know I shouldn’t. I know this from my attempts to read before bed, but I really need to cut myself off from narrative media of all kinds after 8 p.m. [File under: promises I’m … More narrative allure

arbitrary numbers

This morning, I passed the 50,000 word mark on the novel manuscript. That’s not quite 150 pages; there’s not a terrible lot of dialogue, no traditional chapter breaks to push me onto a next page here and there. 50,000 words sounds like a lot. I suppose it is a lot. My freshmen composition students will have to write … More arbitrary numbers

Pennsylvania rocks

Last weekend, I did a nine-mile hike that included parts of the Appalachian Trail. The notable landmarks on that section are The Pinnacle and Pulpit Rock, and you can see one from the other. In the image below, the upper-most white fleck on the central peak is The Pinnacle, which I could see, but when … More Pennsylvania rocks