my name is phillip

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2019 is off to a wild start

2019 is off to such a wild start: I have a son now. He was born three weeks earlier than we expected, which is to say that we were not at all prepared. I feel like I've spent the past two weeks playing catch-up, but things finally seem to be settling down (for the moment, at least).

Pretty much all of my routines and patterns have come crashing down around me. We're slowly rebuilding our lives and learning how to function with our daily structure. We've been sleeping in 1.5-3 hour shifts, and now I can see through the illusion of the "day" with its "start" and "end". My life feels like an ongoing flow, rather than the old familiar pattern of beginning each day anew. Feels like I've closed in on W.S. Merwin's target as described in his poem "Exercise".

After my son was born, I decided to delete my personal Twitter account (my business accounts still remain; they are largely automated). I don't want to be addicted to checking my social media accounts. I'm already much happier and thinking more about my own ideas.

What I've Been Reading

I haven't had much time to read since the kid has been born (or more accurately, when I look at a book I immediately fall asleep). However, I did make it through a few before heading to the hospital:

  • Flashman was a humorous and amusing novel about a totally despicable character who seems to have everything work out in his favor.
  • The Philip K Dick Anthology and Selected Stories of Philip K Dick are excellent collections for fans of sci-fi short stories (my preferred form of bedtime reading
  • The Man Who Sold the Moon and Orphans of the Sky is a collection of short stories by Robert Heinlein. This is a very similar collection to <a data-preserve-html-node="true" href=" target="_blank">The Past Through Tomorrow, although The Man Who Sold the Moon does not contain the full collection of Future History stories.
  • I've been reading from A Calendar of Wisdom by Leo Tolstoy. I use it as part of my morning journaling to give me an additional prompt for reflection. I read each day's quotes out loud to Rozi, and it helps us both set a reflective tone for the morning.
  • I've been working my way through Robert Greene's Mastery for a second time, this time with greater attentiveness for how I can apply the lessons to my craft and business.
  • I've just started reading Emily Wilson's new translation of The Odyssey.

What I've Published



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Until Next Time

Hope 2019 is off to a great start for you,


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