Notes From the Author

April 3, 2022

10:30 AM

I’m really happy about this.

I’ve never really bought the advice of “the best way to sell a book is to write the next book,” but it is nice to see multiple books getting reads in the same day.

I’m just really happy about this.

April 2, 2022

6:51 AM

Once upon a time, I thought I was going to write about hackers and virtual reality for my entire career. Then I read Altered Carbon and fell in love with stacks and sleeves and immortality through technology. Now I write about synthetic humans and the eventual loss of humanity.

This is the third time I’ve purchased these books, and I’ll keep buying them as long as I keep doing stupid things like throwing away all my physical books.

There’s nothing more that I want than for you to buy my books, but if you bought these instead, I’d be just as happy. They’re so good.

March 31, 2022

8:09 AM

I don’t really do writer’s block. I think I’ve written enough books to where if it’s just a matter of putting words on a page, I can put words on a page. They will be terrible, terrible words, but I can fill a page. What’s really getting my goat these days is just time. I simply have no time.

In the old days, I would have scoffed at anyone who said I just don’t have time to write. As my buddy Forrest related to me in a story once, If it’s important enough to you, you’ll find the time. And I suppose that’s true. It’s not like I’m not trying to make the time. It’s just that after a long day of work followed by toddler and baby time, it’s hard to keep your mind awake once the house quiets down–especially when you know you’re going to be right back up and at it at 3:00 a.m.

This past month, I’ve tried so many nights to sit down and write, and I’ve found that after a few hundred words, my brain starts to turn off. Or it starts to mutter we should be sleeping over and over again. And you know what? It’s right. I should be sleeping.

Out of the corner of her eye, Cynthia saw the woman tense up. She probably wasn’t used to being spoken to with anything other than the utmost respect and reverence. It was a common trait of those who could afford the services of the Harland Clinic—they believed their wealth and influence commanded respect. 

And in some circles, it did.

But not in Cynthia’s circles.

Not in the glassy wet streets of Umbra, California.

There, the word elite meant something completely different.

All this is to say I’m sorry if I scoffed at you for “not having the time” to write. I suppose this is my karmic payback for saying “if it were important, you’d find a way.” Well, it’s important to me, and I haven’t found a way to write more than a few paragraphs without dozing off.

Still, progress is progress, and I’m happy to be writing again.

March 29, 2022

6:44 AM

I’m starting to understand the WordPress Twenty Twenty-Two theme, and I can’t imagine theme developers are happy about it. Just like how Squarespace moved away from “themes” to “blocks,” so too has WP just made everything into modules and template parts. It sounds like a good idea, but there’s definitely a learning curve, especially if you’re too proud to go looking for documentation.

It’s a pretty deep rabbit hole, and I could spend all month working on it, but ultimately all I need is a simple page to display these notes. No menus or sidebars or complicated archive pages. Just dates and words and sarcasm.

March 28, 2022

10:41 PM

God bless the sleep and quick resume functions of the PS5. I can start and stop my games as easy as walking away and coming back when the baby is asleep and the kid is at school and the chores are done and work is over and… so on.

I always found photo mode to be kinda dumb. I used it a couple times with Metal Gear, but Horizon Forbidden West really makes you want to stop and take pictures. I don’t know why. The game really is that beautiful.

Worth every penny if you ask me.

March 26, 2022

7:56 AM

You can leave a star rating for Vise Manor without writing a review. This is great news if reviews have never really been your thing, which I totally understand. Writing reviews can be time-consuming but leaving a star rating is as easy as a few clicks.

First, click here:

On the next page, choose an Overall rating and click Submit.

That’s it. No headline, no photos, no written reviews.


6:00 AM

Today, I am the Answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe and Everything years old, and I feel every bit of it. Yesterday, I banged both knees in separate incidents, once on the steering column in my car and the other on the toilet seat in the bathroom. I don’t know what that portends, but I’ve got a hitch in my giddyup today.

March 25, 2022

8:46 PM

I’m falling in love with Obsidian, a locally run wiki-like markdown editor organizer thinger. I’ve been storing characters, organizations, tech, and even names of synthetic drugs in a mediawiki instance, which is notoriously annoying to upgrade. Obsidian is different though: it runs on my Windows machine and stores all data in markdown files. It somehow reads through the directory structure and automatically adds in any markdown files it finds. That means you can add pages just by “touching” files on the filesystem. Dope.

I’m still moving all my data over, but I’m happy to see the files filling up on the hard drive, saved in OneDrive forever.

I really like that aspect of it.

My only gripe so far is that finding a readable theme has been a chore. It starts you in dark mode, and I don’t know if the younger generation can discern colors better, but it was hurting my eyes. I had to find the plainest theme to even get through it.

Still, it’s a small price to pay to have all this data local (and backed up by OneDrive). I originally had it online because I thought people might like to browse the wiki… but there’s too many spoilers. Plus, I tend to add characters from WIPs.

Anyhow, check out Obsidian if you’re looking for a local wiki.

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