Coffice Hours

Cof-fice /'kôfis/
A coffee shop one makes into an office where non-coffee shop work is performed.
(Source: UrbanDictionary)

I coffice1 frequently, and so do plenty of other people in Minneapolis. For those of us who work from home some or all of the time, it’s nice to change the scenery and be around people sometimes.

I’d like to try to meet some new people to coffice with, and maybe even build a small network of fellow Minneapolis cofficers. If you live in or near enough to Minneapolis, join the Coffice Hours Facebook group. (I was going to use Meetup, but it was too expensive and too formal.)

My plan is to post coffice hours myself at least once a week, and I hope others will join and do the same so I can meet new people and try new coffee shops.

Hope to coffice with you soon!

  1. Yes, it’s a silly word. Also I kind of like it. 

My Writing Workflow

Writers tend to obsess about their writing tools and routines. I do, at least. I probably spend way too much time futzing around with pens and pencils and notebooks and text editors and document styles. Although I don’t really have a routine. But I enjoy the tools of writing as much as I love actually putting words on the page. Besides, I need something to do when the words aren’t coming.

Despite my constant tinkering, my writing workflow has been fairly consistent for the last few years. Here are the tools I use and what I do with them.

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Camping in the Boundary Waters, February 2014

I have gone camping in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness almost every February since I moved to Minnesota, fourteen years ago. With knee-deep snow and unrelenting wind gusting to 30 miles per hour, this year’s trip was by far the most challenging (even considering the year it got down to -30°F (that is the ambient temperature; the wind chill was more like -50°F).

After about a mile and a half of slogging through the snow, we finally gave up and made camp right in the wind by digging ourselves into a drift and building a wind wall with blocks of snow. Here is our campsite:

There are more pictures from this year’s trip, and I’ve collected most of the pictures from my previous trips on Flickr.

Barbarian Movie Review: Deathstalker

Deathstalker (1983) is a movie I remember seeing every time I went to the video rental store when I was a kid. I loved fantasy, so I always wanted to watch it. Unfortunately, it was rated R, and both Erol’s and Blockbuster scrupulously observed the ratings back then. Now, 30 years after it was released, I finally got to stream it on Netflix .

It was a bit more disappointing than I thought it would be.

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