A Proper Hello

First things first (or fourth, or …)

This is probably the fifth or sixth time I’ve tried starting some sort of blog. When my first girlfriend broke up with me, I word-puked all over some startup’s Dropbox-linked minimal thing, but once that was done, it was done (and I’m not even sure if the host would still be there even if I remembered what it was). I put my Master’s thesis online,1 sort of like a blog, if you’re willing to call something that is totally not a blog a blog (hey, I’m trying to self-promote here, though really I think the biggest thing that keeps me from writing is the constant editor in my head whispering readers, readers so that I can’t do anything but think of that other person, the possible future reader, and what they’ll think of me). At some point last year I tried (on this Github repo even!) to do some kind of Failure blog inspired by Baton Rouge’s first annual Failure Fest, but eventually I burnt out on that too (shocking).

But I’m really going to try this time. I’ve decided I’m done with thinking about a reader, or posturing like I don’t care, or whatever it is I’ve been doing that means I’m not writing. That’s what I want to do; it’s what I’ll do. I’m also going to edit my own writing.

So there you have it: first of all, this blog is a practice for my writing and an outlet for talking about the stuff I read or watch or listen to or experience.

My name is Case

I’m a writer by training and a reader by trade. I get to read books to small children for a living, which is as fulfilling as I thought it’d be. Honestly the hardest part is figuring out which books are best for a big group: just today I tried I’m My Own Dog by David Ezra Stein and it did not work. The humor was lost on a big group of twenty, and kids to boot.

Anyway, I’ve been journaling for a bit and now wanted to take it to the next level, which in 2017 is online. So here I am. Online.

Instructions to the Cook

It’s funny – as I was cleaning up my Readlist, removing things that had been on my Amazon wishlist that I’d already read, I noticed that Instructions to the Cook: A Zen Master’s Lessons in Living a Life that Matters (Glassman & Fields) was included. It was funny to me because I forgot that was on my list, and checked it out from the library a few weeks ago on a whim regardless. Like, I guess I’m interested in Zen and cooking, right?

Anyway, the book was terrible. I ended up reading maybe 20 pages of it and returning it because Glassman seemed to only talk about how much he had gotten out of his Zen practice, not actually how to practice or what to do. It seemed really egoistic, so I just put it down. And there’s my first review.

  1. I’m linking to the Github repo instead of a generated page because I’m still trying to get these published. – Note: LOL of course I’m not, anymore at least! Here’s the link: