Have You Done Your Beautiful Deed?

To the body and mind which have been cramped by noxious work or company, nature is medicinal and restores their tone.1 I’m propelling myself out of bed on a Tuesday morning and I’m of two minds: Congratulations! says one. Go the hell back to sleep says the other. After enough inoculation, I’ve become pretty good at ignoring the latter. Don’t get …

Walk the Walk

I wonder about the trees. Why do we wish to bear Forever the noise of these More than another noise So close to our dwelling place? We suffer them by the day Till we lose all measure of pace, And fixity in our joys, And acquire a listening air. They are that that talks of going But never gets away; …

A Real Wolf

“Never intentionally take a day off. Life will give you rest days.” – Jocko Willink We’re heading to the hotel this evening. Yesterday was a final day of moving the big stuff off the first floor of the house. We’re at a bare minimum right now. Our whole family won the allergy lottery and even though we clean on a …

Keep Your Commitments

A long day of packing and moving furniture. It’s hard to keep the eyes open and my chin off my chest. But here I am. At least a few words. Sorry, nothing earth-shattering to proclaim or well-meaning advice to give. Nothing other than to say, “Keep your commitments.” So far, 35 for 35 on daily blog posts. 55 more to …

Tell Your Fears to Go Eat Mud. Play BTFI.

Has the increased level of attention in the years since the show came on made you feel like more of a perfectionist in your writing? Is it more challenging to write now?   Yes! And that doesn’t necessarily just revolve around the show. Although the show may, indeed, be part of it. The books have been enormously successful. I think …

This Is Where It’s At

You can get with this, or you can get with that. You can get with this, or you can get with that. You can get with this, or you can get with that. I think you’ll get with this, for this is where it’s at.   – The Choice is Yours by Black Sheep You ever experience those times where you …

Percolating

“I realized that I was going to have to get up at five in the morning if I wanted to write fiction. It took a while, the alarm would go off and I’d roll over. Finally I started to get up and go into the living room and sit at the coffee table with a yellow pad and try to …

The Art of Getting Used To It

“They’ll never wear me down. I have a name for lasting out the worst.” – Odysseus from Homer’s Odyssey As the Fates would have it, I was still not going to be granted a full night of sleep. Maybe they’re trying to tell me to get used to it. Get used to it. Now there’s an interesting thought. How many things …

The Eyes (Barely) Have It

They’re bloodshot. They’re dry. They’re hard to keep open. I probably got about four hours of sleep last night. Maybe three the night before. Such is the nature of rotating on-call weeks for my day job. Yet I’m able to drive into my air-conditioned office, sip on my venti Starbucks dark roast (don’t judge), and type this with fully functional …

2016 Check-In

Happy Beginning of 2016. A quiet urge nudged me to come back and provide a State of the Phillip address. So here I am. It’s a new year, which of course means it’s time for the requisite resolutions that we rarely keep. So why do we rarely keep them? I see two obvious problems: It’s generally known that people don’t follow through past the first month …