Yes, it’s been two months since my last update. I’m sorry to both of you who read this website, but my life has simply been too crazy for words – written or otherwise.
We are currently going on week three of living in a hotel room while the contractors rebuild our condo. It could be a lot worse – we’re in a two-bedroom suite with a fridge, stove, dishwasher, three TVs, two bathrooms, three beds (and a pull-out couch if we really needed it) – so we have plenty of room to spread out. But it’s still not our home. We’re looking forward to getting back into our place as soon as we can, though we just got word this week that we’re looking at another two weeks before that can happen. The transition has not always been fun, but I feel like we’ve fallen into some good routines and a comfortable mental place that has made the transition a little easier. But, again, it’s still not our home.
Of course through all this, I’m still writing for mentalfloss.com. I wrote some of our Watercooler Ammo emails, so I can’t show you those, but I’ve been writing my regular entries, too, so I’ll post those real quick (these are in chronological order, oldest to newest):
Roll Over Beethoven: 6 Modern Deaf Musicians – This one was fun and got a few good comments and links. Can’t ask for much more.
Large-Scale Legos: BrickExpo 2010 – This was a quickie post I did that was a pretty decent-sized hit. I love how the ones that take me an hour to write end up getting more hits than the ones I spend a week researching and writing…
Phony Philatelists: Four Stories of Stamp Forgers – I really liked this one, but I think I was the only one. This was the start of a slump for me, unfortunately. I was writing what I thought were some really interesting topics, but the readers just didn’t agree. I think they might have been better fits for the magazine, perhaps.
10 Postmasters General Who Weren’t Boring – This was part of mentalfloss.com’s 10/10/10 celebration, where the whole day was filled with 10 Lists. I’d actually written this article about a year before when I was pitching for a similarly-themed issue of the magazine, and, due to all the crap we had going on with the condo, I had no choice but to just turn this in instead of coming up with something new. I always liked this one, but it was a bomb. In fact, pretty much the only comments I got were people telling me I missed something or I was wrong about something. Thanks, folks…
Nectar of the Gods: Alcoholic Mythology – This was the start of my recovery from the depths. It wasn’t a huge hit, but it got some really great comments from readers.
Sex! Drugs! Racism! 8 Controversial Candies – This one was inspired by my lovely wife. Her initial thought was banned candies, but I had to adapt it to controversial ones because there aren’t all that many candies that have actually been banned. This was my return to good standing. I think 82 comments (currently) might be a new record for me. I think I was most proud of the comment from one of the inventors of my childhood (and adulthood) favorite, Big League Chew, a product featured in the article. That was pretty cool.
So, yeah – writing, living in a hotel, and just generally getting by. That’s the story of our family right now, which is about as exciting as it reads on the screen. I wish I had more to tell, but, well, now you know why I haven’t written in two months. That being said, I’m working on another long-form blog entry, which I’m going to try to get to soon. Or maybe it’ll be 2011 by the time I write again. You can never tell around here, ya know?