Archive for September 2017

Books read in September

I read fewer books this month than in recent past months. There are reasons for that. First, several of these books were challenging to read: long, consisting of prose written in a time before people had cable, etc. This pushed my reading rate to the lower end of the range. Second, I've been working more this month as I'm crashing toward my own book deadline. Thi… read more »

Writer on deadline

I usually don't let too many days go between blog posts. So just a quick note of explanation: I'm trying to wrap up this round of edits on Off the Clock by the end of the month. Which is rapidly approaching! This book has been an interesting beast to write. Creating a first draft was easy. Almost strangely so. The editing has been a lot more difficult. I'm currently… read more »

Best of Both Worlds episode 8 – the outsourcing discussion thread

On today's podcast episode, Sarah and I discuss what we outsource, and why, and how to do it effectively in order to save time. (Please pardon my tinny sound -- ugh! I recorded in a room with an echo. I was trying to get away from my children while recording, but it's possible the alternative was worse.) We opened with a discussion of what our children eat. We will p… read more »

Fitting it all in — the long weekend report

Our school district gives days off for Rosh Hashanah, so we just finished a 4-day weekend. In my last blog post, I wrote about our Thursday excursion to Ricketts Glen State Park, which did not quite go as planned, thanks to the bull dog incident. That seems like ages ago now, though, because this weekend was so full (not busy! I don't like that word. Full.) On Frid… read more »

Ricketts Glen wins again

Long time readers may recall that in May I took my older two boys on a Cub Scout camping trip to Ricketts Glen State Park. This park in the mountains of northern Pennsylvania has some lovely (and large) waterfalls. We went on a great hike, but it rained all day, and by the end of the day, the temperatures were dropping into the 30s. Our tent was taking on water. So I ma… read more »