I plan to update the my manifesto yearly.

May 2016 – Year 1:

“This is not for you.”

I thought it appropriate to title my first posting with the opening words from one of my favoutie books of all time, Mark Z. Danielewski’s House of Leaves.  This quote is partly true: this blog is not entirely for you, the reader, but partly for me too.  The goal of this blog is simple, to keep a public record of my thoughts and travels while I study abroad, away from my mother city St Louis, in Lancaster, England1.

For those who don’t know me intimately, these days few do, here’s a few things about me:

  1. As of 25 April 2016, I’ve decided that a life of sobriety is my best option for me personally and professionally. I’ve had a fun time and a really, really, bad time but as Act I comes to a close2, I’ve decided it’s about time to start making some changes.
  2. I’m not a particularly religious person, but I hold a certain level of spiritual belief. I’m more of a Dr. Scully than a Special Agent Mulder. I don’t want to believe but I have seen and experienced things which I cannot entirely explain.
  3. I make a point to live an intentional life and I strive for the same in my writing, both academic and creative. I hate fluff and I hate word counts because they’re asking for fluff.  Expanding on this point, my favourite literary movement in Western culture is the Modernist era.  I greatly admire their reverence of tight, minimalistic, language.
  4. I’m a minimalist. If I had a station wagon, I could live out of it with room for a dog. I’ve been on this path since 2009 and have no desire to stray.  My master goal is to buy a tiny home3and live off the grid in a populated culture center that is progressive enough to permit my home.
  5. I don’t like the number four. Everything has to be three or less or five and more.  Four makes me uncomfortable.

What to expect:

This blog is mostly a place for me to post book reviews, journal entries, literary analyses, linguistic curiosities, and whatever else I feel like4.  It’s been a strange ride so far and here’s your ticket; so shut up5 and take a ride with me.


  1. My plane leaves 1st October 2016 and I will be studying for the full academic year.
  2. I think in narratives. It’s a bit of an obsession, of which I have many, and so I came up with a theory about a life lived in three acts. Theory: A healthy age to live to is 84.

84 / 3 = 28 Act I: 1 – 28; Act II: 28 – 56; Act III: 56 – the end.  This theory will have to continue to be rethought as the first person to live to 1000 is likely to already have been born and that’s not necessarily as bad as you might think.

  2. Including but not limited to: essays, short stories, comics, rants, photography, misc.
  3. This is not meant to discourage comments, it’s just a loose reference to the Hunter S. Thompson documentary “Buy the Ticket, Take the Ride”.