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All Things Considered

As some of you may know, my wife, Dominique, and I, had a son a couple of years ago. Recently, this son has begun throwing temper tantrums–throwing himself on the ground, flailing on his back, and screaming. However, and this is the gooey center of this Drumstick anecdote, our son is already smart enough to understand that the floor is essentially a sheet of vinyl on concrete, and thus...

Go Get It

I'm very self-conscious when I run. And Dom's reassurance of nobody's looking at you is hard to believe because when I'm out driving and see someone running, I'm looking at them. The weird thing about anxiety is that when I'm running, I'm assuming people are laughing at my posture, slow pace, or dope-ass dad bod. But when I see people running, I'm usually thinking, go get it, girl (or boy, as the...

Man on the Run

Been seeing a lot of sunrises lately. I like going for a run in the morning, at first light, which is around 6:15/6:30 this time of year. There aren't many people out, not many cars to deal with. Just a lot of rabbits and one time a mountain lion. I bet you didn't know they had mountain lions in Pflugerville, but they do. The Pflugerville Mountains are famous for them.

Tracking Well

For some reason, El Matador is really into trains, so this past weekend, we headed out to the Cedar Park Railroad to ride. It was a short 15 minute jaunt around the park and behind some houses. There were butterflies and people playing cricket. And all the while, Matador simply leaned back in his mom’s lap and took it all in. There’s so much to do around Austin… and we’d...

You Don’t Say

The characters have been talking a lot lately, as if they’re just sitting still, spinning their wheels. This happens sometimes when you’re following four POVs and only one is really churning. It’s easy to get discouraged, but the only answer is to press on. Write the lengthy conversations; later, we’ll come back and frame them in something more exciting than two ladies...

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