Great Starting Points
What a Picture is Worth is a regular feature where I dig out an old photo from a past adventure and write a short post on the context.
Bardo’s Poetry Book is a collection of random poems. I am not a poet, but a friend has inspired me to read more of it and think more critically about its place in the constellation of my creative pursuits.
Cast Iron Cookbook is a collection of recipe posts, mostly involving a bit of cast iron, sourdough, or campfire mystique that make the good-enough-to-write-about cut.
BardoTube is all the posts where I included a video of some kind to supplement the text.
Lists are not Clickbait is a category of posts where I’ve made lists of things. Some people really like lists, and sometimes a good list is all you really want to read anyways.
A rotating slate of weekly topics keeps me from falling into a rut and avoid day after day of repetition. These are simple prompts to inspire my writing, rather than strict guidelines. That's to say, these rules are not rules, just nudges.
I’m a distance runner, but a lot of my training takes me into the wooded trails near my house. I don’t (always) think of running as purely exercise and fitness, but rather as a way to explore off the roads and asphalt surrounding my suburban home. I don’t intend to write about training, but instead about some of the things I think about or discover while on the trails.
After the weekend is over, Mondays are for waxing about self or purpose. These could be some personal backstory, words of insight about why and how I do what I do, or just an update about this blog itself.
Aspirational, historical, or on the fly, I’m inspired to write and sketch my adventures nearby and far flung. Whenever I’m not sleeping at home, I’m travelling, and words are possible.
Over the summer of 2020 I got it into my head to write some short stories about a fictional version of my aspirational self. Parse that out. I’m leaving Wednesdays open as an excuse to do more of this, but even more broadly. Prose, short fiction, serialized stories, and maybe even some dabbling poetry may appear on Wednesdays.
I wanted an excuse to muse about gear, books, recipes, and other kit that I own or would like to add to my collection. I’m neither sponsored nor provided any of these things. I just find them interesting or useful, and worth writing about. These are not reviews so much as my wandering thoughts about stuff.
- Backyard: Clean-Up
It’s always striking to me that we live in a deeply seasonal place. I’m sure that other parts of the planet go through the...
- Backyard: Fire
It's been about a month since I settled on my backyard firepit solution but I haven't said much about the pit itself save for...
- Backyard: Blogging (a How-to Guide)
As spring approaches, and the snow melts into a nurturing moisture that slowly starts to restore the greens to the grass an...
- Honey Brown Sourdough (Part Two)
Yesterday morning I started preparing an experimental loaf of sourdough where I replaced all but a little of the water in the r...
Community spirit comes in many different shapes and sizes. Sometimes it comes in the shape and size of a larger-than-life...
- Backyard: Saturday (or, a list of rejected backyard blog topics)
After nearly a week of deeper restrictions that have left me (and most law-abiding residents of the city) without many places...
- On Streaks and Inevitable Solo Runs
It's unlikely that you've been following any of the specific news emerging from my little corner of the world, but as of midnig...
- Backyard: Travel by Flower
It's Travel Tuesday, and even tho I cannot go anywhere I have been plunging plugs of soil from the yard as I deal with some v...
Some Other Points I’d Like to Make…
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