bon anniversaire

I turned 36 this past weekend, which was also Major League Baseball’s opening weekend. It’s an auspicious beginning, I’m telling myself: my new year coinciding with the literal start of my favorite season. The beginning of the month presented the first anniversary of Short Relief at Baseball Prospectus. For something like 55 weeks now,  I’ve written … More bon anniversaire

Tom Petty & My Favorite Songs About Writing

All three of those songs are on an ugly yellow and purple cassette somewhere in my garage, collected with everything else I taped directly from the radio, all of the songs without their opening chords because of the delay in moving from recognition to the dual click of play and record, the lunge across my bed or away from the Super Nintendo controller. … More Tom Petty & My Favorite Songs About Writing

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