Cheri's Hypertext Monster

11 Aug 2021

My Theory of Cities

I have a theory of Seattle. Perhaps it’s a theory of cities in general? My theory is that most people don’t ...
11 Aug 2021

The Half-Swanson

In the wake of the revelation that Apple is scanning my photos on behalf of third parties I’ve been considering a...
11 Aug 2021

🎃 Current Mood 🎃

Meme: Morticia from the Adams family doesn’t want to go outside today. Too much sunshine and blue sky!

09 Aug 2021

Read: Apple is trying to redefine what it means to violate your privacy. We must not let it.

Tim is your daddy and as long as you live under his roof, you live under his rules. He can enter your room whenever he likes and search your drawers.

I do enjoy Aral’s sharp sassiness.

09 Aug 2021

Today I am grateful for:

  • Cooler weather
  • Grocery delivery
  • Leggings (so comfy!)
  • Work I enjoy
  • Morning coffee with my sweetie
09 Aug 2021

2021-08-07: Bothered by The Stand

Writing Journal We’re halfway through the recent CBS adaptation of Stephen King’s The Stand and while I thin...
08 Aug 2021

Finished Reading: While Justice Sleeps: A Novel by Stacey Abrams 📚

The premise (Supreme court justice plants a trail of clues about a conspiracy before falling into a coma) strains incredulity in several places, but overall I enjoyed it.

08 Aug 2021

2021-08-07: Writing Journal

Writing Journal The real University, he said, has no specific location. It owns no property, pays no salaries and recei...
07 Aug 2021

2021-08-07 Writing Journal

Writing Journal At the start of each of my Emerald City Spies novels, Seattle speaks in the prologue. Here’s a bit...
06 Aug 2021

Looks at Apple privacy

Looks at Android privacy


Carrier pigeon, anyone? Maybe we can get a discount on a large flock if we pool our resources. I hear they come in “space gray.” 😂

05 Aug 2021

📍 South Lake Union, Seattle WA

A smooth blue lake hosts a small fllock of Canadian Geese and the mirror reflection of a squat brown bank building. A mellow summer morning with clear skies.

04 Aug 2021

It's All Just Water

In her fabulous book of essays, Trick Mirror, Jia Tolentino describes the perils of our current internet culture: There...
04 Aug 2021

Emerald City Comicon tickets just went on sale.

I have a feeling this year’s costume will include a mask…

03 Aug 2021

In case you’re curious how long it takes to stop your fingers from auto-opening Twitter after you stop using it… For me: 54 days.


Elmo Meme. Elmo raises his arms in victory above the flames!

02 Aug 2021

Watching: Destroy All Planets 🎥

When squid aliens from outer space capture a pair of boy scouts Gamara the nuclear turtle comes to the rescue.

01 Aug 2021

Collected Readings on Social Media & Smartphone Abstention

Assorted readings on the web. Jonathan Franzen is Fine With It I Get Better Sleep: The people who quit social media I Us...
01 Aug 2021

Collected Readings on Social Media Criticism

Recommended reading. (Books) You Are Not a Gadget by Jaron Lanier How to do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy by ...
29 Jul 2021

A new arrival to Port 66: the Silver Muse. She’s a pretty little thing compared to the obscenely large mega-ships we’ve been seeing lately.

The front of a small cruise ship. It has a pointy nose and silver lettering.

27 Jul 2021

2021-07-27 Writing Journal

Writing Journal I have three stories all muscling their way forward right now. It’s fun to bounce from one to the ...
26 Jul 2021

I ♥️ this city.

Seattle at twilight in a thousand shades of blue. A cityscape.

26 Jul 2021

Currently Reading: The Mafia At War - Allied Collusion with the Mob by Tim Newark 📚

Prevented from participating in the rule of their own land, Sicilians depended on their own extended families for justice and assistance.

24 Jul 2021

Hmm. Our new neighbors seem a teensy bit full of themselves.

I’m tempted to add an extra moon to their unobstructed panoramic views.


23 Jul 2021
22 Jul 2021

The Blue Hour

The Seattle Cityscape in Dusky Blue and Gold

21 Jul 2021

2021-07-21 Writing Journal

Writing Journal Writers are often whacked with the reminder that “plumbers don’t get plumbing block.” ...