My month at Fangraphs.com

During the month of June, I had the honor of participating in the Fangraphs.com residency program. This is a “guest writer” program held by one of the most widely-read baseball analysis sites. Their goal is to showcase writers they think are doing great work for smaller audiences and expose them on a grander scale. I… Read More »

What I’m Reading: June 2017 – Technology, cyber warfare, productivity, comedy, and career advice

Summaries of the articles I found most interesting in June: Silicon Valley vs. The White House – The Eurasia Group, 6/28/2017 The Eurasia Group writes about the leaders of Silicon Valley and their interests and how those interests conflict with the interests of the Trump Administration. There are a lot of conflicts as the Trump… Read More »

I made a good tweet

I’ve been on twitter for about eight years. I have a little over 1,000 followers. I’m not a big time social media star. I tweet about the wide array of things that appeal to me or catch my eye. A few people respond to me regularly, and I reply back to them. Only three times… Read More »

What I’m Reading – April 2017: Veterans Entrepreneurs, Organizational Study, Media, Baseball, Kung Fu, and Star Wars

A wrap-up of articles I found most interesting this month. How Veterans Turned Entrepreneurs Are Disrupting The Pentagon’s Weapons Program – Fast Company, 4/3/2017 This was my favorite read of the month. Having been in the defense contracting world for several years, I understood the inflexibility of contracting – where the military defines their problem… Read More »

5 Job Hunting Lessons Learned from Stand Up Comedy

Hello, Cleveland. It’s a pleasure to be here. My name is Michael Lortz and I was unemployed for over two years. Fortunately, I performed stand-up comedy during that time, which didn’t help me find a job or pay my bills, but it did help me find humor in my predicament. When I started comedy, I… Read More »

Understanding Women – The Amazing Video

A little over a year ago, I had an interesting conversation with a female friend. Over the course of an hour, she discussed two guys: one, a male friend who was acting clingy and the other, her boyfriend who was acting like an asshole. After our conversation, it dawned on me that these two male… Read More »

Work or write: The Creative’s Conundrum

A few weeks ago, there was a huge tiff in the online creative writing community. According to reports, well-known author Diana Gabaldon advised aspiring writers not to major in English. In response to a tweet asking her advice on the career path of an author, the author of the Outlander series wrote: English major = “Want… Read More »