Welcome! I’m an aspiring writer (not just aspiring to write, which I already do, but to become a “writer”, whatever that means today). Here I’ll share some of the things I learn along way about writing and all the technical nearly-relevant issues surrounding it (for instance, composing while camping at sub-freezing temperatures).
I just finished my physics postdoc at MIT, the last episode of a long series in academia, and I’m writing (and helping with house renos) in Saint Louis for a brief stint.
Along with physics and writing, I’m near obsessive about climbing, mountains and the wild outdoors.
So, for this summer, I figured why not combine them and write in the wilderness. After scouring for portable energy sources (solar, wood2, wild/water/bike mill) to power a low energy ‘computer-equivalent’ (OLPC, Raspberry Pi, hacked e-ink readers) having inconveniently given up handwriting a long time ago, I’m currently testing the combination of usb charging wood stove and my hacked nook. There can be no typing and charging at the same time, not necessary given the low power consumption of the nook and given that actual charging will coincide with open flame cooking and making tea/hot chocolate/coffee.
Between my tent and the various shelters in the BC Coastal mountains, a wealth of dried foods prepared by my most supportive mother3, and a decade of learning and experience camping, backpacking and everything outdoors, I’m ready to take to the hills. Look for me writing in the mountains when the weather warms again in 2013.
1. Where by jobless I mean simply no salaried 9 to 5 job.
2. I have a biolite stove and it’s simple and powerful (at cooking and charging!). Along with their support after hurricane Sandy, they have a HomeStove version with 95% less smoke and power output proving themselves a socially minded company I’m glad I supported.
3. This Christmas, she and I will work to get her own food blog online — coming soon!