Calvin is a novel by Canadian author Martine Leavitt. It’s a teenage love story about a boy with schizophrenia who thinks he’s become the living embodiment of Calvin from Calvin and Hobbes. His logic is sound, if you believe in magic. He also sees Hobbes. Believing he can be cured if Bill Watterson will draw one more comic strip — Calvin without Hobbes — he embarks on a pilgrimage to find the reclusive artist.
It’s a young adult novel, and only 180 pages, so it’s a quick read. It’s a delight to read as a long-time fan of Calvin and…
Two weeks ago today, I had a kid. Well, my wife had a kid. I just watched. And now I have a daughter.
Even before she was born, I started thinking about how I’d write about her online.
Since I sometimes live on social and other digital media as much as I do in meat space, it would be weird to never mention her. It’d be like keeping a huge part of my life secret — something no one should have to do.
Too often, we develop scripts for communicating with external publics. Call a help desk and the person on the other end is likely reading from a script. The same is true when you answer a call from a telemarketer.
The problem with scripts is that they lack authenticity.
I say: toss away the script. Scripts are for computers. People want conversation.
I’m not saying we should do away with key messages. Key messages are vital to ensuring that we’re communicating the right things to the right publics. …
This may be the most common topic for articles written on Medium. It seems every other article on Medium is about Medium — why you should move your blog here, why the editor is so great or, ironically, why you shouldn’t write for Medium.
With that in mind, I ask that you bear with me for a moment.
I rarely write blog posts anymore, which makes switching to Medium attractive for some of the reasons mentioned in this article (such as having a place to publish infrequently, that I can then point to from Twitter, without the need to pay…
Husband, father, writer and communications professional. I write words on the Internet for a living.