The Best Advice So Far - do not feed - sketched baby dragon comic eating a cookie

do not feed

Last spring, I found myself looking into a little side gig as a content editor for a startup out of New York. It seemed a good deal at first: ten flex hours at the rate I requested. It was a rocky start even getting in the door, with impersonal communication actually becoming curt and then rude.…


The Best Advice So Far: walls — 1950s subway riders crowded and ignoring one another

walls

Today, I saw a snail on the sidewalk in front of our house. And I thought, I too am like that snail. I build a defensive wall around myself, a "shell" if you will. But my shell isn't made out of a hard, protective substance. Mine is made out of tin foil and paper bags. ~Deep Thoughts by Jack…


The Best Advice So Far - digging out - Erik with *yuck* face standing in front of a mountain of plowed snow

digging out

Last Saturday, we were told to expect the first “real snow” of the winter season here in New England. Meteorologists predicted 4 – 8 inches. Though not exactly fun, we’ve had worse. Much worse. As the sky turned slate gray and the first flakes began to fall, I settled in to finish writing last…


the umpteenth time - The Best Advice So Far - broken pocket watch on cracked earth

the umpteenth time

ALTERNATE TITLES: stupid pills a zincing ship kvetch me if you can Somewhere in the middle of 2015, life changed. Prior to that, I had just released my first book, The Best Advice So Far. I still remember the day I typed the period after the last word of the last sentence of the last chapter. It…