Playlist for My Novel

Yesterday I wrote a post about how I respond to that dreaded question about my inspiration for my current novel. It was a bit facetious, but I do find a lot of inspiration in songs. Of course there’s a lot more to it than that. Writing a novel is a complex process and it takes a lot more than a little seed from a song to get those creative juices flowing. It takes a whole […]

I Can Haz Inspiration

Writers get asked constantly where they get their inspiration, especially after describing the plot for their latest project.  The first time you’re asked this question it really knocks you for a loop. You’re left groping for a succinct way to summarize a process that is about as easy to define as the alchemical recipe for turning lead into gold. After you’ve been asked for about the twentieth time you realize that most of them don’t […]

Turntable and Google+ and Spotify, Oh My!

In the last two weeks I’ve managed to work my way into three different limited release web applications. Turntable.fm and Spotify are both music related services and Google+ is Google’s new social network which it is pitting against Facebook. With three such intriguing services to try out it’s been hard to get much work done, but at least I have some great things to share with all of you. Here’s a little bit about each […]

Google+ is the bee’s knees (so far)

I just got into Google+ and I’m loving it so far. For those of you that haven’t heard yet, it is Google’s new social network. Admittedly I haven’t done much as I’ve had it for about an hour, but to me it’s much easier and more intuitive than Facebook. On FB I’m constantly having to ask my wife how to do things (because it annoys me trying to hunt things down and she knows it […]

No More Weekly Weigh-ins

So, I think I’ve decided to stop doing weekly updates on my weight loss progress. It was becoming too much of a focus for me when I stress out about something I tend to avoid it, rather than getting really dedicated. It all starts with one little spate of neglect and then I feel guilty and stop working on things all together. I don’t want to do this with my weight loss. This needs to […]

Saturday Weight Loss Check-in No. 3

I’m sitting in a park full of people that are enjoying the live music and party atmosphere of the Arcata Farmers Market, but I’m pretty bummed. I did a pretty good job with exercise this week and I didn’t splurge on food at all. But when I weighed myself this morning I’d only lost a pound. It’s disappointing and I don’t know how to get past it. I need a good way to exercise that […]

Saturday Weight Loss Check-in No. 2

This week the diet was pretty much the same, except we went out to eat at a lovely Mexican place called Rita’s. I had a ginormous vegan chorizo tofu burrito and way to many free chips and salsa. I actually did this twice. The first time was way back on Sunday or so and the second time was immediately before my weigh in. Yeah, that was really smart. Load up on heavy foods before you […]

How We Travel

I get so wrapped up in what we’re doing, sometimes it’s easy to forget that not everyone who comes to this blog knows what we’re doing. While the About Me page gives a general idea for what we’re doing I figured I could go a little more in depth here. We consider ourselves vagabonds, but the description isn’t 100% accurate since we do plan to have a series of temporary homes. However, we don’t have […]

Saturday Weight Loss Check-in No. 1

It’s been a hectic few weeks since I made my first weight loss post. In that post I guessed my approximate weight at 250 and set a target of 160 pounds by the end of the year. Well, today I finally got around to picking up a cheap scale and weighing myself. Assuming that my initial guess was correct I have lost *drumroll* 8 pounds! I’m now at 242 pounds. When I got the scale […]