Day 295 of Project 365: Today’s smile.


Today’s smile started when I picked FunkyPlaid up from the airport this morning and it hasn’t been far from my face since.

FunkyPlaid even managed to decorate a little for Halloween! I’m so glad he’s home. Work and exhaustion are solid distractions from my loneliness, but life is so much better when he’s around.

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Writing from: my study in Portland, Oregon. Listening to: FunkyPlaid turn the pages of the book he’s reading.❤

Day 6 of Project 365: Defended.



FunkyPlaid successfully defended his doctoral thesis today! I’ve thought about writing those words for as long as we’ve been on this path together, so by now I should have something momentous to say to mark the occasion.

As a younger person, I believed fervently in the ability to put any feeling or experience into words. Every day I live a little longer I realise that there are fewer and fewer experiences that can be fully articulated. Something is always left out.

That’s not a bad thing. It’s a large part of what drives me as a writer and as a human being: in the former case, to try to express the ineffable, and in the latter, not to do so.

Goodness, this took a philosophical turn. Fitting, as it is honour of my newly-minted Doctor of Philosophy, and also fitting considering just how many words he wrote to earn the title. There now, in non-philosophical terms: I am heart-crackingly proud of FunkyPlaid, his achievement, and his humility and grace through it all. The rest of this shared moment I’ll savour wordlessly.

Don’t stop believin’, a lip dub for FunkyPlaid.

Screencap from Don't Stop Believin' Lipdub

After 299 emails, 5.09 GB of movies, weeks of very little sleep, and so much iMovie-bashing, I present my birthday gift for FunkyPlaid, a lip dub of Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin'”.

Thanks so much to everyone who participated, who lent moral support, who tolerated my dithering over the choice of song, and especially to the Gamescape crew who stealthily set everything up to show him the video at the store tonight.

(He was floored.)

I regret not being able to include more of everyone. There was just too much rock for one video.