I’m Telling You, this Timer Thing is Golden

The timer is a powerful tool of productivity. I’m telling you, it’s almost magic. I’ve talked about the power of timers before, but I’m taking another run at it for two reasons. First, timers have gotten more sophisticated recently. I work on a standard PC style laptop that runs whatever the latest version of WindowsContinue reading “I’m Telling You, this Timer Thing is Golden”

Tribute to a Tribute

It’s not hard to find a Foo Fighters fan. At least not in the circles I run in. [Pauses to allow dad joke-laughter to subside]. Saturday night I stood for several hours, barefoot in my office with the sound from Wembley running through my serious bluetooth speaker, dancing my ass off. And crying.  Crying likeContinue reading “Tribute to a Tribute”

Seven Weeks to South Louisiana

In mid October I’m going back to Louisiana for a good, long visit. And the biggest problem I’m having isn’t completing the growing stack of tasks I want to knock out before I get there, but keeping my expectations in check. But since this is a literary sort of blog, let me take a stepContinue reading “Seven Weeks to South Louisiana”

One Thing at a Time

I’ve been suffering from these little bouts of desperation. Brief moments when I suddenly feel helpless. Hopeless. Just lost in a swirl of conflicting pulls from as many directions as I can hold in my head at one time. In the middle of an online guitar lesson, I feel like I should be writing. ButContinue reading “One Thing at a Time”

Live Like Rogan, Like Jocko – All Them Kings

I’ve been away for a couple weeks (not that you noticed). And while I was not writing my Monday blog, I had another realization. Call it an insight . . . which I would like to share with you now. There are some shining examples of productivity, intelligence, and industry out there these days. IfContinue reading “Live Like Rogan, Like Jocko – All Them Kings”

The Spirit in the Body

What follows is the result of a thought experiment in which I asked myself what I would say to my son if, in the hypothetical future, he finds himself struggling with “the meaning of life.” After nearly 50 years of life, these basic claims are the only ones I can make with full confidence. jasonContinue reading “The Spirit in the Body”

[Full Story] How Tina Came to Work at Cecil’s Bar

What follows is the complete short story that is the second installment of this short series I’m posting to Kindle Vella and Substack. It’s basically me procrastinating on the next draft of my third novel. A couple blogs back I posted the opening lines . . . but here’s the full deal. About a 15Continue reading “[Full Story] How Tina Came to Work at Cecil’s Bar”

20 Years Today

There’s a little bridge in Louis Armstrong Park in New Orleans, which encompasses Congo Square, the birthplace of jazz. 20 years ago today I stood on that bridge in the only suit I owned, Chuck Taylors on my feet, hand in hand with my hot Chinese girlfriend wearing the only dress she had with her.Continue reading “20 Years Today”

A Baseball Short Story

So, I had this idea to write a handful of short stories, all set in South Louisiana, of course. The reasons are pretty straight forward. One is, I have so many different ideas for scenarios and characters that I need a way to easily clear them through the literary docket of my mind. Otherwise, they’llContinue reading “A Baseball Short Story”

The Stories You Have to Write

The novel I’m working on is still far from reaching its full potential. Which is to say, it’s not really going well. But despite this fairly obvious reality, I’m still really into the story and, more to the point, I feel a strong sense of resolve to keep working until I reach the end. I’mContinue reading “The Stories You Have to Write”