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My Favorite Places

I'm sure every person on the planet has places where they feel the most home. In random order, here are my top ten places:

The Tarantula Lounge: My garage is my ideal hangout. It's got a giant tv, video games, a giant Texas flag, great speakers for whatever music I happen to be into at the moment, my pleather recliner I've loved for six years, my bass amp, cool mood lightning. I don't know how it could be any cooler. Oh wait, I do know. I could have friends come hang out in it, which I also love to do. Long live the T Lounge.

Jazz Clubs: This may be heresy to purists, but in my mind the jazz club is as essential to jazz as the music itself. There's something special about being in a low lit, low-ceilinged room, a candle flickering on every table, people in suits and cocktail dresses, heads bobbing. It doesn't get cooler.

Dive Bars: There is a time and a place for fancy cocktails, but my Texan heart belongs in a dive bar. Cheap, bottled beer. Bartenders that know y…

Favorite Books of 2017

I read more than 60 books in 2017, and it was a blast. Below are my favorites. These are books that I read in 2017, not ones that were published in 2017:

Batman: Earth One by Geoff Johns. Johns is one of my favorite comic writers because, like Kay above, he is big-hearted. This imagination of the Batman origin is gothic instead of grimdark. It's all about doing the best with the hand you're dealt. Great Batman, great comic.
Batman: Mad Love and Other Stories by Paul Dini and Bruce Timm. The titular story is a depressing one that most readers can relate to, at least to a certain degree – sometimes we love someone despite our best judgment, consequences be damned. Mad love. That mad love defines Harley Quinn and Joker, Joker and anarchy, Bruce Wayne and his cowl. This is a great collection from some of my favorite comics writers.
Catching the Big Fish by David Lynch.
This year I watched all of the original Twin Peaks television series. As a result, I became very interested in the ma…

Observations on Making Stuff

While I can't guarantee that this was my most prolific year for both reading and creativity, it has to be close. I read 63 books (and counting), wrote more than fifty book reviews, journaled consistently, had a short story published, hosted three separate podcasts, and participated in National Novel Writing Month. My biggest takeaways, besides loving all of it, are:

Creativity is an upwards spiral. The more we read and write, the more we can read and write. Creativity is more like love and less like farts in that the more we make, the more there is. Creativity is like farts in that we don't need to share everything with everyone all the time. Best to leave some mystery.

There is time. I'm not a guy that's into life hacks or being productive. I do think we need to be mindful about the choices we make. We get the idea that we "just don't have time" for things we want to do. That's not accurate. While we don't have time to do everything, we do make tim…