on sweet tooth

“Sweet Tooth” an adaptation of the Vertigo series from writer/artist Jeff Lemire, debuted on Netflix earlier this month and has been accumulating positive reviews and word of mouth. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9zG9RuJb3QU The series’ debut caused me to realize it was almost exactly a year ago I first encountered the comics it’s based on. In summer 2011, Voce … Continue reading on sweet tooth

editors, blogging and platform/publishing confusion

Rough couple days for the media, mostly because the rules have been thrown out. Over the last few weeks a bruhaha has been bubbling around Substack, the hot new email publishing tool that allows writers to charge subscription fees to readers. The substance of that is nicely summarized by Annalee Newitz: Substack is not merely … Continue reading editors, blogging and platform/publishing confusion

Random Writing Advice From Movies and TV

Let’s get this all out in the air. Last Friday, for reasons unclear to me, everyone started sharing their own Harsh Writing Advice on Twitter. https://twitter.com/ChrisThilk/status/1355273806080831491 Inspired by some of the helpful, ironic and flat-out funny advice that crossed my timeline, I thought I would round up some great writing advice from movies, TV series … Continue reading Random Writing Advice From Movies and TV

2021 Writing Encouragement Courtesy of “Disenchantment”

Luci is here to help you finish that project. If you’re looking for a way to get your new year's writing started on the right foot, you need look no further than Luci, the helpful demon on Netflix’s “Disenchantment.” During the eighth episode of the show’s second season, Bean is trying to process the complicated … Continue reading 2021 Writing Encouragement Courtesy of “Disenchantment”

Job Losses, Like Coronavirus, Could Be Nearing a Second Wave

Of course the first wave never really ended, but let’s move past that. This is what the official unemployment rate looks like, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (PDF), as mapped out over the last two years. The problem has been exacerbated by the continued resistance of Congressional Republicans to pass another round of … Continue reading Job Losses, Like Coronavirus, Could Be Nearing a Second Wave

Remote Learning Is Prepping Kids For Lack of Work Privacy

[Extreme Dr. Forrester voice] I know who you are and I saw what you did.] Stories like this have been coming out with some regularity since late March as schools across the country invest in some mix of digital tools to monitor students during online classes and physical equipment to track them and take their … Continue reading Remote Learning Is Prepping Kids For Lack of Work Privacy