Derek Tillotson

  • No Longer a Writer

    No Longer a Writer

    I’m done trying to force myself to write regularly. I like writing. In fact, I love writing. And I could “blah blah blah” about all the great things writing has done for me over the years. But when I start to consider what is important in my life, I’m not sure where writing falls. It should […]

  • Thoughts from nearly a decade in retail

    Thoughts from nearly a decade in retail

    Assuming I don’t have a change of scenery by then, this fall I will hit 10 years at the same company. That fact started to hit me earlier this year when we got some bad news at work. As I said in that post, I have no idea what the longer-term future will look like […]

  • The rut in which one is stuck

    The rut in which one is stuck

    Recently, I felt like I was in a creative rut. Since my previous post about the major change at work, I’ve found myself having a difficult time sitting down and focusing. Focusing on reading had been difficult. Focusing on writing had been difficult. Even things like prayer, doodling, and playing video games have made me feel […]

  • I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race

    I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race

    I recently shared this post on LinkedIn as a bit of a farewell to the job I knew and looking forward to whatever is next.

  • Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

    Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

    Lately, I’ve been on a kick where I’ve been reading more classics of western literature. The most recent piece I finished was the 14th century English tale Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (the J.R.R. Tolkien translation). I had a basic familiarity with Arthurian legend going into the tale–Camelot, Merlin, the Round Table, etc. Yet […]

  • Writing Again

    Writing Again

    I’m not a serial blogger, but I’m a serial blog starter. If I have just one problem (and living in a fallen world, I have many more than that), it’s that I start a personal website, maintain it for a while, then give up on it. That said, my last attempt was a bit different. […]