I haven’t blogged since the World Cup. Ugh. I planned to dazzle you all with my soccer expertise and genius, but I got busy with other things and mostly just lazy. But I did do some blogging over at World Soccer Talk, and I’ve continued since with various stuff about the Premier League, MLS, and the USMNT. I’m something of a regular contributor there now, i.e. paid. Not a ton, but being paid for soccer writing is better than…well, not being paid.
The process is slow getting pitches approved and such, but I still have a great regular gig over at The Freelancer. There are some really talented writers working on it, and plenty of articles there have been great and helpful to me.
I’ve been awful reader in 2014. Well, reader of books at least. Though my Twitter faves and Pocket list are insanely backed up because I haven’t read nearly enough from there yet either. But the last great book I read (and finished) was Justin Hocking’s “The Great Floodgates of the Wonderworld,” an awesome memoir about surfing, mental health, and Moby Dick. Not perfect by any means, but very good at…well, being a memoir. Hocking touches on each of his subjects quite well, though the half-assed political asides seemed weirdly wedged in there. But the book has made me try Moby Dick yet again, and to learn how to surf. The Washington Coast is nothing like Rockaway, Hocking’s surf mecca outside of New York City. But his story as a whole really resonated with me, and the Moby Dick-like structure actually worked really well for me. Short chapters fit my awful attention span quite well. So either way, I’m hoping to get the hang of surfing over the next couple months (soon, with a hooded wetsuit and gloves) as well as drag myself through Melville’s magnum opus.
I’ll try to update my “Things I Like” page, ASAP. Plenty of things need to be tossed in there.