As Was Written Returns

It is with great pride and pleasure that I announce today that As Was Written will return to the stage September 28. Tickets go on sale Wednesday, July 18.

The live event filled with talented, original poetry, prose and song is back in action with a fresh new lineup of folks, including: Jeff Maurer, comedian and writer from New York who was a semifinalist on the seventh season of NBC’s Last Comic Standing; I’m Leaving You, sketch comedy group from Carrboro and Wilmington, North Carolina; Katie Dill, talented songwriter vocalist and multi-instrumentalist from Newark, Delaware; and Minhaj Arifin, author of How Desis Became the Greatest Nation on Earth, from Fairfax, Virginia. John-Mark (who recently released his first short story collection, I Want You To Be My Second) and I will also be doing our thing, per usual. We’ve also got more to come.

For full lineup and show details, head over to the website. I’m excited to be back in action after what has been a busy year full of pleasant surprises and opportunities. More on that to come. In the meantime, get your tickets to the show and I’ll see you lovely folks in September.

A New Sweater Vest For Tim Did It

One of the best pieces of advice I brought back from Brooklyn Beta last October was that, in order to “Make something you love,” sometimes you have to get out of your own way. Luke Wroblewski placed special emphasis on the fact that once an idea escapes our own head (where progress is generally stalled), it’s fairly easy to make iterative changes from there. The important part is just getting the ball rolling.

Quick statement of the obvious that may not be necessary but I’ll write it anyway: A personal website design isn’t anywhere near as important as creating the next, say, AirBnb or Kiva. By all means, if you’ve got those idea, go great those. Now. Don’t worry about your personal site, it’ll be there after you’ve changed the world and/or your bank account for the better. But our sites are where we share a part of ourselves with the rest of the world – be it for business or entertainment purposes (or both). And, as it goes, we are our most difficult clients sometimes. This is why, with that in mind, I decided to just hop right in.

I took a similar approach to the redesign as Elliot Jay Stocks. That is, scrap the old site, start from anew and design within the browser. So, last night, I whipped open my battered ol’ HP Pavilion, fired up Notepad++ (Yuck face all you want, Mac heads!) and got to fiddling with code and responsive design. The result is what you see here.

Another statement of the obvious: this thing still needs work. In fact, it will continue to undergo iterative changes. But the important part is that I have a workable starting point.

I’ll use this site to share projects, As Was Written updates, random musings about anything from design to comedy (or both), short stories I’ve read at recent shows and, of course, Twitter soundbites.

I am very much open to site feedback so feel free to either leave a comment below, or send me an email at