Some Resources to Get You Through This Bumbling Attempted Coup

U.S. District Judge Matthew W. Brann speaking to the only lawyer still willing to argue Trump’s case in Pennsylvania, Rudolph Giuliani, on Tuesday: “You’re alleging that the two individual plaintiffs were denied the right to vote. But at bottom, you’re asking this court to invalidate more than 6.8 million votes, thereby disenfranchising every single voter… Read more »

How I Got the Doctor Who News

Last week, I was by myself in Vermont, trying to make progress on the new book I’m writing. I had no cell or Internet access, except when I drove into town, which I didn’t do very often. Here’s a view of the meadow I could see as I wrote. One day, I drove into town… Read more »

January Cold Randutiae

A couple years ago, we had one of those winters that never really got started… hardly any snow, and the temperatures weirdly high. Spring came and I felt like I’d been cheated. That’s certainly not happening this year. And here in Cambridge, our frequent temps of 10 and 20°F (-12 and -7°C, approximately) are downright… Read more »

Snowy Randutiae for a Sunday

Yesterday was one of those perfect winter days wherein the snow begins early in the day, but lightly – the five-flakes-per-minute variety – then slowly builds, and your own schedule brings you out into it while it’s beautiful but not yet gusty and difficult. I had a magical snow walk, then got home to a… Read more »

Sunday Morning Randutiae

Some randutiae is more random than others, and the more recently I’ve come home from a big trip, the more random it’s likely to be :). My attentions and passions are spinning around in all different directions as I settle back into life at home. It’s recently come to my attention that the default on… Read more »

Writing Tools (Bright and Dark)

A few weeks ago, I showed you all the book map that I built for my office wall. This tool has proven itself to be invaluable. I consult it constantly as I’m working. It’s a stupendous structural aid as I reorder the events of this book and refocus the plot. I WANT TO MARRY IT…. Read more »

Good Is The Enemy of Great

It’s raining here today in Cambridge. I’m listening to DMX’s “Lord Give Me a Sign;” José González’s “Storm;” and The Cinematic Orchestra’s “To Build a Home.” I wonder if there are any TV fans out there so fanatical that you can tell from these songs (and maybe from my subject heading) what I’ve been watching?… Read more »

Randutiae for a Monday, Plus, a Bitterblue-related photo

First, I recommend the show “Ocean Giants” on PBS’s Nature. It’s about HOW AMAZING WHALES ARE. (It’s also about how adorable whale videographers are, but I think that’s accidental.) Did you know that bowhead whales, which are only found in the Arctic, are believed to be capable of living 200 years? They are extremely wary… Read more »