I have long admired Maria Popova’s Brain Pickings while being completely overwhelmed and intimidated by it. To be able to spend that much time and energy to go deeply into so many topics is a dream for me. Maria takes such care with her work, it’s an inspiration.
Which leads me to the work I do with my mentor M. Todd Gallowglas, whose tutelage in Literary Criticism has opened my mind to new ways of reading and writing. It’s tough work sometimes, learning new ways of thinking usually are. I have become completely enamored with it.
The Nine Tenths Project is Gallowglas’ annual challenge to himself for writing. He writes a vignette a day and publishes it on his Patreon. This project is open to anyone. It’s exciting to watch the story unfold.
The genesis of my own annual challenge to write and publish daily came while on lunch break not long ago. Gallowglas’ The Stopwatch Chronicles is part of the inspiration. His vignettes are nothing short of breath taking, some only a few paragraphs.
I suppose I would describe my project The Daily Communiqué as a way to address all those newsletters in my email that I set aside as something I’ll write about “later.” Later is now. Welcome to the show.