now recording observations on tumblr

I made a Tumblr for my field reports. I hope to post there on a more regular basis, while reserving this blog primarily for new fiction, book reviews, and whatever else is not a field report. Like anything, this is subject to change (read: fail) without notice. Those of you on Tumblr please visitI’m still orienting myself and some company would be nice.

UPDATE (March 2018): The corporate overlords at Tumblr have inexplicably flagged my site as possibly containing sensitive material, whatever that means. My Tumblr doesn’t even have images and I can’t imagine more innocuous text than the field reports I was entering there. Regardless, my appeals to them to lift this censorial block have so far been ignored. As a result, only logged-in Tumblr uses who are not operating in ‘safe mode’ may view the field reports for the time being. I’d be even more annoyed if I’d been posting there more regularly, but well, I’m still pretty annoyed…

UPDATE (May 2019): Tumblr essentially destroyed my site, which is maybe just as well, since my enthusiasm for the project had waned. I never could get any answers from Tumblr so I’m done with it. I’m happy to report, though, that I just did a limited print run of a compendium of field reports. So there is that.

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  1. kalidurga

     /  February 26, 2015

    I need to begin doing something like your field reports. I’ve thought of that before, after reading something about Kerouac doing word sketches. It sounds like a good exercise in many respects.

    • Glad to see you are on Tumblr, too. Yes, the deliberate nature of this type of writing appeals to me. And you’re right, it’s very much intended as an exercise. I’ve never been able to consistently write every day, which I’ve made an uneasy peace with over time, but I’m hoping this will stimulate my brain for other writing. I’m also an obsessive observer, so I thought it would be fun to get systematic about documentation.

      • kalidurga

         /  February 26, 2015

        Same here, an obsessive observer who’s looking for some way to stimulate more frequent writing. Guess that’s part of why we like each other’s blogs so much.

  2. I find your new collection of not so mundane things comforting.

  3. taidgh

     /  May 2, 2015

    Nice! I’ve been reading your field reports – they are liberating. It got me thinking of my own observations. I’ll be keeping my eyes peeled for the CSM.



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