On the mend

After some strange neuropathy a few years ago put my banjo-playing on an indefinite hold, I tuned and attempted a roll today. It wasn’t that good, but it’s a start.

Interview: Saxon Henry

I was interviewed by Saxon Henry for Adroyt.

Saxon Henry helped me structure the book through her blog-to-book strategy, one of her services. It was an extremely rewarding process she wanted to have me share so that others who might be struggling to publish a collection of works might be inspired to take the leap.

You should check it out; good stuff. The questions are better than the answers, but then you won’t know if I’m making that up unless you read the interview and judge for yourself.


Today I discovered entirely by accident that I had deeply affected someone else’s life. It was not my intention to do so; I was merely living my own. Fortunately, the affect was a positive one.

It is intimately humbling and terrifying to think another human being would make life choices based on something I said or did.

Rejection letter reply

Hey guys,

Thank you for actually sending me a rejection letter. In a world where the default is just to do nothing, you have already risen up to the 1% of desirable companies to work for. I get why you may have rejected my application in that you are able to attract a large number of qualified people who are begging to work for you and you can have your pick. You deserve that privilege; it appears you are earning it daily.

If you have gone as far as sending me a rejection letter, I’m hoping I can convince you to take just one more step and let me know generally (or as specifically as your HR policy allows) what skills or attributes about me did not qualify for the open position. I understand from my friends and family that I may have some qualities that they endearingly call “quirky.” You may have seen these in my cover letter, résumé or online presence. I’m not for everyone, but as I only apply to open positions where I believe I am a match, the dissonance is a bit puzzling to me. Will you help me understand me better?

Thank you for the time you have given me already by reading and responding to my application and reading this response. I do hope I have convinced you that just a little more time in a reply is worth your time.