Oof, where does the time go, eh? It’s been a busy few months since the last time I updated. Things have been in a rush in both my professional and personal life, so I haven’t really had the bandwidth to attend to this blog, but the time is finally upon us!
First, I should say that I’m writing a ton of stuff for my day job at Software Advice, much of which you can find on the company’s resource hub. However, since I write specialty pieces about customer relationship management (CRM), marketing, and other software niches, I figure it won’t be of much interest to people who follow this blog for my critical, cultural, and creative writing, so I won’t be posting that work here unless I write something particularly noteworthy.
However, you can now find my writing in a variety of cool new venues! Let’s run things down one at a time.
The brilliant Jeanne Claire van Ryzin has started a new Austin-based “online magazine of arts, culture and ideas” called Sightlines, and it’s something pretty special. While outlets for traditional long-form journalism and criticism are shrinking in Austin, this magazine is providing an outlet for in-depth looks at topics of importance to both Austin audiences and readers everywhere.
She has kindly asked me to contribute from time to time, including in the first issue. I was excited to do so, and wrote a somewhat personal post about my sense of personal identity, some now-questionable assertions I made in my book, Retcon Game: Retroactive Continuity and the Hyperlinking of America, and the nature of critiquing the arts in a post-Trump world. Check it out here:
Time Out Austin
For the better part of 2016 I’ve been contributing to Time Out Austin‘s quarterly print edition, writing features about theatre/dance and also providing listings of upcoming productions. Now, I’ll be working for Time Out on a more regular basis, providing theatre/dance-related weekly blog posts. You can check out the first one here, and stay tuned to the Time Out Austin blog for weekly posts:
Beauty and the Bitch
My friends Morgan and Mic host their own podcast, called Beauty and the Bitch, that would be of interest to readers of my work. They cover lots of topics about geeky pop culture, genre fiction, movies, and whatever else it is they’re geeking out over at any given moment.
With the upcoming Justice League movie hitting theaters this month, they kindly invited me to come on their show and share some of my thoughts about the DCEU (DC Comics’ movie universe) and about the Justice League in general. Normally I hate how I sound in interviews, but I actually think I come off OK in this one!
Here’s the episode I appear in, but you should go back and listen to all of their shows:
And finally, I’m still hard at work writing freelance reviews (and a few features) for the Austin American-Statesman/Austin360. Although almost all of these shows are long gone at the time of writing this, I wanted to post their links for posterity:
And that’s just about that for this mega-update! Sorry for the very long lapse, and hopefully it won’t happen again.