Category Archives: Creative

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 »

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 »

What I am reading – March 2017: Insight, Innovation, Tribalism, Media, and Star Wars

A brief selection of articles I found interesting this month: My Insights About “What is an Insight?” – LinkedIn post by Craig Fleisher, 2/9/2017 Written by a past professor of mine at USF, Dr. Fleisher provides very interesting insight into insights. Fleisher discusses that too many analysts just provide information, without providing insight. Fleisher defines… Read More »

What I’m Reading – January 2017: Military, Media, Star Wars, and Beer

A wrap-up of articles I found most interesting this month. (I promise few if any articles on the new American president.) Why America is Self-Segregating – Data Society Points, 1/5/2017 I could write a lot about this article. Researcher Danah Boyd explores America’s drift into social segregation by using examples of the military, military contracting,… Read More »

Everything Comes to He Who Hustles While He Waits

That’s a line from Thomas Edison Inventor Hustler Here is bottom line, for those wasting time Not paying attention Because they can’t afford free speech I’ve been hustling I’ve been waiting I’ve been working hard for years Waiting for the big payback In the words of the Godfather of Soul People said James Brown was… Read More »

Jedi, Friends, Lovers, and Princesses

I write about Star Wars often on this site, but I wasn’t sure how to write about the passing of Carrie Fisher. She was important, but I was more into other elements of the saga, from the Jedi to the aliens. I was fine with letting others discuss her impact on their Star Wars fandom.… Read More »

What I’m Reading – December 2016: Analysis, Intelligence, Media, Protests, and Comedy

A wrap-up of articles I found most interesting this month. America’s National Security Agencies Under Trump: Lessons from the Nixon Administration – War on The Rocks, 12/21/2016 War on the Rocks takes an interesting look at distrust between the president-elect and intelligence agencies. So far, Donald Trump has shown hostility towards intelligence organizations. During the… Read More »

What I’m Reading – November 2016: Internet Freedom, Propaganda, Comedy, and Dystopia

A wrap-up of articles I found most interesting this month. Freedom on the Net 2016 – Silencing the Messenger: Communication Apps Under Pressure – FreedomHouse.org Since 2011, FreedomHouse.org has released annual reports on Internet Freedom – the ability to communicate ideas via the internet. According to their “About Freedom House” page, the “freedoms of speech,… Read More »