BLOG UPDATE: Starting 11/26/16

I’ve mentioned before that Februaries are terrible for me, but that doesn’t mean Novembers are off the hook.

Douglas MacArthur would tell a story about his father, an army captain stationed in New Orleans. A cotton broker tried to bribe the captain with a large sum of cash plus a night with a Southern gal. MacArthur soon reported to Washington to inform his superiors, “I am depositing the money with the Treasury of the United States and request immediate relief of my command. They are getting close to my price.”

I haven’t given up writing or telling stories in my life just yet. But with osteochondritis dissecans in one knee, overstrained muscles in the other, a virus that induces headaches and dizziness whenever I read or look at a computer, and all of these maladies in addition to my usual anxiety and depression issues, let me tell you… they are getting close to my price.

Word Salad Spinner may receive a few updates in a couple of weeks. But until further notice, I’m relaxing my “1,250 words a week” requirement, and may even go radio silent for a month or two. I invite you all to peruse the several tens of thousands of words already on the blog… but it’ll be a while before anything new appears. I will spend that time recovering and preparing new great material for you all!

Lichten Über Alles (Part 1)

UPDATE: It seems that the medical nightmare that is my 2016 will not end. I’ve developed an inner ear infection, meaning that I can’t read books, stare at computers, or write much without intense dizziness and lightheadedness. This will go on for a few weeks. I’ll likely have to lie down just after typing this. The point is, you’re going to see some re-uploaded essays of mine for a while… but I promise to only post essays that provide an essential look into my backstory. Until we meet again, fair blogger!

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The Best Countrymen I Know

I’m posting to my blog on Election Night, as yet another indicator that I’m not good at planning out my writing in advance. No one will read this post right away. As I write these words, no one has yet won the tight presidential race, and even if I posted something about this race, the content would be outdated in a matter of hours anyway. To be frank, once this paragraph ends, I wish to never discuss this election again. So I’m going to talk about American citizens that have influenced my life in a positive way. These people on the list aren’t family (who are all great) nor are they friends my age (who are also all great, except for you, Jed). They’re people who I don’t see much of anymore, mostly because I’m, to borrow and rearrange a phrase, standing on their giant shoulders to look at the horizon. I don’t know whom they vote for, and I plan to never find out. Who made Nick Edinger the writer, performer, and person he is today? For that, you can thank…

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