One afternoon. I think. I hope.

She really came two days too early. I had planned to be finished with everything work-related by the end of last week. And I would have made it, were it not that Lara was too eager to meet her parents and her big brother. She came a couple of days earlier than the ‘due date’,Continue reading “One afternoon. I think. I hope.”

A reasonably-sized novel

This post marks the half-year point of daily blogging. I started off on the 30th of January, caused by my dissatisfaction with the amount of writing I (get to) do for my job as a scientist. There is just so much – what would you call it – noise? The job supposedly comes with aContinue reading “A reasonably-sized novel”

I’m nervous, man

I have felt pretty much constantly nervous over the past couple of days. Our second child is due August 2nd, and that’s not too far away. Our first son Rafa came quite unexpected – ten days early – and birth started early in the morning, after a late evening of dinner with friends. We wereContinue reading “I’m nervous, man”

Some days are better than others

Some days are better than others. This is also very true if you write daily blog posts. On many days, something will come to you at some point in the day, and if it is worth it, you will remember it (or equally often you won’t). On other days, you know what you want toContinue reading “Some days are better than others”

A more productive routine in three simple steps

Five months ago, I was worried about not writing enough, and atrophying my creative writing muscle. And I guess it really was true. Since October 2020, my days were filled with running up and down different facilities at different locations and managing different experiments with the team. For five months in a row, that meantContinue reading “A more productive routine in three simple steps”

Stop thinking, start writing

Prologue One should not have Zoom meetings all day. Geez, that messes up your head. I have been staring at a screen since 8AM this morning, and only briefly stopped to grab a bite and bring my son to bed after lunch. I have been outside (at 5.30PM) to water my tomatoes. That’s when youContinue reading “Stop thinking, start writing”

Nothing is ever good enough

There are only a couple of options that I have considered suitable for myself to spend my time doing to make a living. The first one being running my own business, the second being writing. However, thus far I have mostly stuck with the third option, the one of becoming a scientist. Since I wasContinue reading “Nothing is ever good enough”

It’s a bit of a milestone, no?

Today is a special day, as it marks the last day of three months of my daily writing challenge. This post is also my 100th blog post. (I already had a couple of older longer format posts on here from over the years, if you wonder why the maths don’t match up) I started thisContinue reading “It’s a bit of a milestone, no?”

To my clickbait friends :)

A couple of days ago I was working on my daily routine of mindless scrolling through Twitter, when my attention was grabbed by one particular Tweet that asked an interesting question. It was something like ‘I posted a link to a recent blog post of mine that I found important to share with the world.Continue reading “To my clickbait friends :)”

Small ideas

I’m staring at my screen and I have totally forgotten what I wanted to write about… what happened? One of the benefits I observe from having written every day for two months now, is that you tend to get these ‘small ideas’ for stories or conversations to write about and that keep bubbling up inContinue reading “Small ideas”