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My First Novel Took Me 25 Years to Write

I just published my first novel, titled Ferment. Although the idea for the novel and the actual process of the novel all happened within the last two years, the book has been at least 25 years in the making. The first time I started writing a novel was in 1992. I was majoring in creative writing and …

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Howl.com

I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by startups,         weakened caffeinated bloated, hunching themselves over glowing screens at night looking         for a syntax error, filthyheaded coders burning for the algorithmic         connection to the starry dynamo in the machinery of Steve, who overworked and malnourished and burned-out and tired stayed …

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A Long Swim in Hell

This summer, I took part in a 5 kilometer open water swim called The Swim to the Moon near the town of Hell, Michigan. Here’s my account of why I did it, how I trained for it, and what it was like. Who am I? I swam competitively as a kid and in high school. …

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What writing death notices taught me about writing

I’ve been a professional writer for 22 years. The first time my writing was published was in 1993, when I was the circulation manager for a small weekly newspaper in Detroit. The full-time reporters considered the job of writing death notices to be beneath them, and shoved it off onto me. I loved it. Each …

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My Writing Cave Quest

A couple months ago, I started a writing group. My vision for the group was that once a week, my writer friends and I would get together to write, talk about writing, act stupid, and share stories. I named the group the Hemingway and Gump School of Writing. I chose a location that served beer and coffee and …

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The Many Insults of the Web Developer – Part 4

Sidebar: Showing Off My 90s Design Skillz I was primarily a programmer, writer, and boss for most of my web development career. In the early days, however, I used to also do web design. I like to think that I did a lifetime worth of great design work between 1996 and 2000, so I retired …

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The Many Insults of the Web Developer – Part 3

I managed to stretch out my first project for several glorious months. Eventually, though, the amount of work started to taper off and I turned to thoughts of finding more work for my awesome one-man business. It was at this point, just a couple months into my career as a web developer, that I made …

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The Many Insults of the Web Developer – Part 2

MWS 1997

My 18-year long career as a self-employed web developer started with the best project for the best client I’ve ever had. It was 1996, and I was working as an editorial assistant for Software Development Magazine in San Francisco. My job consisted of copyediting, some writing, and running errands. I worked for a great company, …

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