The year 2018 was kind off odd for me in terms of my online essay and blog-post production. It was the sparsest year yet in terms of posts on this site (don't worry, I've no intention of shutting down, but I do need to be more selective in what I write here and more proactive in getting it done), but I also wrote stuff for the Official Site and I joined The Geekiverse and wrote there, so now I'm just getting more spread-out. I don't see this trend going any farther than it already has in 2019. I'm happy with my existing slate of outlets, and while I have considered a newsletter or a Patreon, I have at this point ruled both of those out.
(I know, I know: digital marketing types will cringe in horror when I saw that I'm not doing a newsletter, because for some reason apparently newsletters are really, really effective. Things is...I just don't want to. Sorry!)
Anyhow, here are some links to things I wrote in various places online, starting with this very space!
From the Books: Ursula K. Le Guin on JRR Tolkien
A Weekend in the Finger Lakes
Pi Day: A collection of annual shenanigans (including, surprisingly, a pie in my face)
Memories of Dr. Janice Wade
Thoughts on The Last Jedi:
"Amazing. Every word of what you just said was wrong."
"It's time for the Jedi to end."
"We fought to the end."
A flyboy, a mechanic, and a janitor walk into a bar....
A Rose is what Moses supposes his toeses!
People will come, Rey!
Snokin' in the Boys Room
"Are you the fellow who designed St. Paul's?" "No, that's CHRISTOPHER WREN. I'm...."
Attack of the Screw-ups
"Happy beeps, buddy. Happy beeps."
THE WEST WING and storytelling in miniature
Of jokes and their proper placement
Why writers should read poetry
My main work at The Geekiverse is a column series called "Curios from the Outer Rim," wherein each installment focuses on some media property of geeky interest--book, movie, comic, album, whatever--that isn't brand new. In fact, I have imposed a rule of not writing about anything less than fifteen years old for the column. Here's the ones so far (other "current commentary" articles of mine over there can be found on my list of all articles):
Introduction and Five Summer Movies
Saluting Sir Sean Connery
Time After Time
The House with a Clock in its Walls
The Serpent and the Rainbow
Die Hard 2 and Die Hard: With a Vengeance
Superman: The Movie at 40 (part one)
Superman: The Movie at 40 (part two)
2001: A Space Odyssey at 50
So there's my productivity in 2018. More to come in 2019, I hope! Excelsior!