Inexplicably, I can't listen to fiction as audiobooks; it just doesn't go into my head. But non-fiction is totally fine, even preferred, read aloud.

Currently moving between three very different writing projects – a TV pilot, a horror pitch, an academic chapter – and can almost hear my brain thunking as it changes gears.

Last night, my partner and I both had dreams about ghosts, and then woke to the dog barking at nothing.

I'm sure it's fine.

I am visiting my sick parents and man, getting old is a bad idea. Maybe vampirism has been the answer all along?

I finished David Graeber's book DEBT at just the right time: when America is losing its mind over cancelling student debts! The book's at its most interesting when talking about how the language of debt has infiltrated so much of our thinking, especially about morality.

(The Lord's Prayer? It's really "forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors"...)

I enjoyed THE SANDMAN a lot, but it did remind me that I often enjoy looking at drawings of people more than people themselves. (Plus Morpheus was a little too pouty even for me.)

If writing doesn't pan out for me, I'd like to become a nap consultant. Best times? Best durations? I'm your man.

Having One Of Those Days where living a creative life just seems pointless. So much work for so little reward. Hours, days, months spent on projects for only a handful of reactions. I wish I could say it felt worth it.

Starting a big new project and, as always, get stupid butterflies that - this time - I'll have forgotten everything I know about writing.

Amid today's onslaught of superhero movie trailers, I'll make my usual plea: read comics instead! They're usually much weirder and more interesting than their film adaptations.

@Giagia It's not really "scary", exactly, but there are a couple of pretty intense and violent sequences, mostly near the beginning...

Almost finished John Darnielle's DEVIL HOUSE and it's great. It's like an experiment: what happens to True Crime thrills if you crank empathy up to 11? And, like the NYT review said, you have almost no idea where the story will go.

I'm free of COVID isolation tomorrow! I plan to squint into the sun, hiss quietly, and return indoors.

I've put aside the novel I'm writing between drafts two and three. It's been a couple of months now and it's amazing how I can see all this room to change things, whereas before it felt so locked down.

Halfway through my first ever COVID week, and – while it's been miserable – I will say that I'm enjoying the licence to nap.

Apparently, when I was a kid, I'd count time in Muppet Shows. "How many Muppet Shows til the weekend?" Streaming services would've ruined my whole chronology.

@shinesurge Ah that's interesting! Yeah, everything has its own structures and rhythms. Sometimes I'm still surprised how skills don't translate between different mediums. If you can write a novel, who knows if you can write a movie? If you can write a movie, who knows if you can write a comic?

Weird structural thing about writing comics: you don't just need a cliffhanger at the end of every chapter or every scene. You need a (small) cliffhanger at the end of every page.

New tattoo: an eye sigil from Ted McKeever's comic METROPOL.

I just got sex-themed spam with the subject line "hey man can you fix my laptop?"

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