Jake LaCaze

Adventures in Obsidian

Essays

2021-06-22: Falling Back In Love With The Library Join me in my garage as I romanticize the library.

2021-06-22: I’m a simple man. I see that my library has Joan Didion’s latest book with no holds, and …

2021-06-22: It’s unfortunate Washington Football Team couldn’t trademark its name, because I …

2021-06-22: Today’s entry of The Daily Stoic… Hope is not a strategy!

2021-06-21: I scoffed when I first heard people singing the praises of the disposable Pilot Varsity fountain …

2021-06-18: I just discovered that I can check out The Economist via my local library on Libby. What a time to …

2021-06-17: I just brewed 8 cups of hot water because I forgot to grind and include the coffee beans. …

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2021-06-13: I’m definitely interested in this place’s story.

2021-06-13: I’m always interested in the stories of abandoned places like this.

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2021-06-13: It’s been a while since I’ve ordered a meal that intimidated me.

2021-06-10: Bobby Gillespie is releasing a memoir? That’s a definite buy for me. Screamadelica and XTRMNTR …

2021-06-10: Looking for My Orange These days if I’m lucky enough to find something that gets me out of a funk, I refer to that …

2021-06-09: Today I used a ride share for the first time since the pandemic. Every little step toward a new …

2021-06-08: Social media has not corrupted us, it’s merely revealed who we always were. Social Media Isn’t the …

2021-06-05: It figures that I’d learn about the end of Tomoe River paper shortly after falling in love …

2021-06-05: Recently I wondered if I was done with sports. Then I started playing NCAA Football 13 again. Now …

2021-06-04: A Writerly Identity Crisis Join me in the Garage Cafe, where I share a writerly problem that has crept back into my thoughts.

2021-06-04: I was sitting in the Garage Cafe, listening to some tunes on my iPad, when my neighbor decided to …

2021-06-03: Namaste

2021-06-03: I can handle if someone dislikes my writing, but there are two criticisms I try to avoid: …

2021-06-01: I’m no marketing expert–just a lowly marketing major–but “10% …

2021-06-01: In the latest issue of Emergency Coffee, we’re breaking grammar rules, giving a shoutout to …

2021-05-28: Earlier today I finished re-reading Stephen King’s On Writing, and while I doubt King cares …

2021-05-26: I’m about a quarter of the way through my Galen Leather notebook and I think I’ve found …

2021-05-26: A throwback to my camp counselor days

2021-05-23: Useful Limitations Just because we have options doesn’t mean we have to exercise them

2021-05-21: What’s Wrong with the Car Market? from The Journal. This podcast episode hits close to home …

2021-05-19: If you’re considering getting into fountain pens, you’re probably deciding between the …

2021-05-19: Though I’m bummed I had to get my car towed this evening, I’m proud that I handled it in …

2021-05-17: Castlevania on Netflix was so refreshing: 4 seasons, 32 episodes, and it ended on a high note rather …

2021-05-15: Serious question: Is this headline ridiculous, or is it just me? At the least, “quirks” …

2021-05-13: The Obsidian Experiment is Dead The Obsidian experiment is dead. What follows is a justification of why Obsidian did not work for …

2021-05-11: Does anyone have any experience with Scribophile? I tried it briefly in the past but didn’t …

2021-05-10: My new favorite thing is the “Garage Cafe”, in which I sit at our card table in the …

2021-05-10: As of today, I am fully vaccinated. Time to party

2021-05-10: The next time I’m recruiting for a writing group, I’m going to put out feelers on …

2021-05-06: These days I keep up with the NFL mostly for water cooler chat, but this Aaron Rodgers drama is …

2021-05-05: Yeeeeeah, I’m glad I didn’t read The Plague a year ago. It hit too close to home for …

2021-05-02: Monkey see, Monkey do

2021-05-02: She approves of my new laptop backpack.

2021-05-02: How people from my hometown greet you when they ain’t seen you in a bit

2021-05-02: I love Carrollton Square.

2021-05-01: I once heard a piece of professional philosophy that went something like: If you’re not …

2021-05-01: With today’s launch of my monthly writing newsletter, I continue my trend of pretending I know …

2021-04-30: The Haunted House Next Door, a new vignette at Turkey House Publishing, is an exploration of how we …

2021-04-30: This morning I learned that “spicket” is not a real word. The word I was looking for is …

2021-04-29: Another new story at Turkey House Publishing… The Bird Watcher The story can best be summed …

2021-04-29: Attempting to write a novel has forced me to eat humble pie as it has shown me that I’m still …

2021-04-27: I’m interested in and fascinated by the ways we sabotage ourselves. My latest short story at …

2021-04-27: In the last couple years, I re-watched The NeverEnding Story with my son, and everyone asked if he …

2021-04-25: I prefer not to read books by the same author back to back, but after re-reading Albert …

2021-04-25: Emergency Coffee--a writing newsletter I will be dropping the first edition of Emergency Coffee, my writing newsletter, on 05.01.2021. This …

2021-04-23: Some things I’m using to push me toward finishing a novel/novella: Write 500 words a day. …

2021-04-23: I don’t think I’ve watched a movie so far in 2021. This is not intentional. It’s …

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2021-04-20: Where were you when oil went negative? 4.20.2020

2021-04-20: I’m not proud of what I’ve written so much as I’m proud of the fact that …

2021-04-18: I’m excited to have picked up When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalinithi on Kindle for $2.99. …

2021-04-18: I tried administering CBT to my dog while she was on “the couch”. We got a lotta work …

2021-04-18: Peer pressure has led to the adoption of a now page. I’m trying to lean into this whole …

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2021-04-16: My first live music spiritual experience was courtesy of Radiohead in 2008, shortly after I had …

2021-04-13: I recently obligated myself to write at least 500 words every day. I intended to fill my obligations …

2021-04-11: Sometimes I use MindNode to outline story ideas, but I’m not sure it’s worth it for me …

2021-04-11: Epictetus has been dropping some fire in the last couple entries of The Daily Stoic: 4.10 It …

2021-04-10: Last night the sky was spoopy.

2021-04-10: Spring time is baseball time.

2021-04-09: I’ve been listening to “A Real Hero” incessantly over the last few days and have …

2021-04-09: This week, inspired by the Shuffle plugin for Obsidian, I made a goal to write 500 words every day. …

2021-04-08: Philip K. Dick’s The Man in the High Castle is the first book I’ve given up on this …

2021-04-06: I haven’t had much inspiration for new stories lately. Fortunately, the Shuffle plugin for …

2021-04-04: I’ve gone back and forth over whether to keep everything on one site or to separate certain …

2021-04-03: I’ve started working on my own writing manifesto, a declaration of my writing goals and …

2021-04-03: Obligatory “I spent some time outside” selfie

2021-04-03: I almost forgot I was still in DFW.

2021-04-02: The last couple writing group meetings have gotten derailed, but we had a make-up session tonight. I …

2021-03-31: Making order out of chaos

2021-03-31: I don’t know why it took me so long to realize my Obsidian vault could benefit from an …

2021-03-31: Using metadata rather than hashtags is a good way to clean things up in Obsidian.

2021-03-30: I’d say the daily notes portion of my Obsidian setup is coming along nicely. I’m hoping …

2021-03-30: Twitter ain’t never sent me nothing like this. Wordpress neither. Thanks, @jean!

2021-03-30: A Morning Dive into Obsidian

This morning I decided to take a bit of a focused deep dive into Obsidian. I started by expanding …

2021-03-29: Adventures in Obsidian

When you're young, you can't help making fun of your elders' inflexibility. You know you used to …

2021-03-28: Due to micro.blog peer pressure, I’ve decided to give Obsidian a real shot. I’m curious …

2021-03-27: My daughter has her own sense of style. Gotta give it to her

2021-03-25: New Blogging Platform, New Blogging Style

I hopped onto micro.blog earlier this year. I forget exactly when because this is, I believe, the …

2021-03-24: 28 Days Later vibes

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2021-03-23: Adjusting to pandemic life was tough, but after the glimpse from the last few weeks, I’m …

2021-03-23: “Yeah, I stole your man. What ya gonna do about it?”

2021-03-21: I’m goin’ out West Where they appreciate me

2021-03-21: I was recently reminded me of the SPAM haiku archive. If you’re looking for a way to waste …

2021-03-19: Wagon rides are more fun when you bring friends…lots and lots of friends

2021-03-19: This morning someone responded to a work email and addressed me as “Jack”. Such …

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2021-03-17: Play Me A Few Notes, Sonny

For me, getting older has been a bit of a mixed bag. In some ways, life gets easier as I figure …

2021-03-15: I was planning to release a short story collection on Kindle, but now I’m thinking about …

2021-03-14: The toddler life has been rough, but in this moment, all was well.

2021-03-13: Someone recently shared a story about how he had to dodge the clothesline whenever he backed out to …

2021-03-12: I’ve been in a writing funk lately. This morning I forced myself to resume a certain short …

2021-03-11: The New Routine

I had just started getting a hold of a routine when the pandemic came along and crapped right on my …

2021-03-04: I’m ready for the return of spring. I need to take advantage of the weather and longer days by …

2021-02-27: “It’s coming right for us!”

2021-02-27: Inside the old George Bush home in Midland, TX

2021-02-27: Our world has never been so divided. Literally.

2021-02-27: A couple years ago, my son picked up this bookmark and said, “It’s you, Daddy,” …

2021-02-26: An abandoned car and RV in Terlingua, TX

2021-02-26: The Baker Hotel in Mineral Wells, TX

2021-02-26: The old scout shack in Texon, TX

2021-02-26: The smokestack monument in Thurber, TX

2021-02-26: Inside the former Reagan County courthouse in Stiles, TX

2021-02-26: The former Reagan County courthouse in Stiles, TX

2021-02-24: Our last visit to Fry’s, in January 2020. I had never before been sad to see a store withering …

2021-02-20: The Lessons of 2020 and Beyond

2020 is behind us, but the mood carries on, so we find ourselves in limbo, able to reflect on our …

2021-02-19: Reading Ernest Hemingway’s In Our Time makes me realize that I don’t dislike …

2021-02-19: 2 takeaways from 2020 and beyond: When criticizing a system, don’t compare it to Utopia. …

2021-02-17: She’s had enough.

2021-02-16: The good thing about the power outages from Texas Snowpocalypse 2021: I’ve had more time to …

2021-02-15: Felt cute, might delete later

2021-02-15: 2021 mood

2021-02-14: Snow is overrated, y’all.

2021-02-14: Today I’m thinking about the time a group of us were at Cafe Brazil and the waiter said, …

2021-02-14: Journaling doesn’t work for me; it ends up a mundane retelling of the day’s events with …

2021-02-12: Last night I prepped the John Wick trilogy for my Plex server, and now I’m itching to rewatch …

2021-02-11: Your hand in mine

2021-02-11: This morning I finished Play It As It Lays, the first Joan Didion fiction I’ve read. My …

2021-02-07: Going through the Micro Monday archives, I recently listened to #83, in which @jeremycherfas and …

2021-02-06: The birthplace of my future next great American novel AKA last night’s Airbnb

2021-02-05: Just a few candles short

2021-02-03: Technology is great, but it’s made certain aspects of storytelling more difficult. From The …

2021-02-03: One of the most refreshing things about micro.blog: I haven’t seen any gifs or memes. Not that …

2021-02-02: What do you mean you forgot the Blue Bell? Fine, I’ll get it myself.

2021-02-02: When life imitates art

2021-02-02: Life tastes good.

2021-02-02: Rain, rain go away

2021-01-31: Cannon Beach, 2018

2021-01-31: Nerding out together

2021-01-31: My Sunday happy place

2021-01-30: The alien grave in Aurora, TX

2021-01-30: Cottontail Joe

2021-01-30: An old single-serving friend

2021-01-30: A precious moment I’d forgotten

2021-01-30: When baby naps, the toys must nap.

2021-01-30: My very own reserved spot

2021-01-29: Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill House is the first novel I’ve read in 2021. My …

2021-01-18: Confession: I once wrote an instruction manual for using a chimney starter for a technical writing …

2021-01-10: A relaxing night outside with the dog

2020-12-25: 2021 Goals

I no longer see goals as pending accomplishments but as immediate motivators. Little happens without …

2020-11-30: Places That Once Were

Landmen have an interesting relationship with history. Some will harken back to the good old days of …

2020-04-29: The Happening in Aurora, Texas

When you hear about Texas, a few things may come to mind: