Word Count

I wanted to get a feel for how many words I've published on Free Refills since I started Season 1, so I did a quick-and-dirty word count on the folder in which I keep the final drafts to the pieces. The total? Somewhere around 40,000 words.

Now, I recognize that it doesn't all read with the hard-edged, gleam-faceted, cut-gemstone quality of, say, Cormac McCarthy. I think we can safely say that no more than 60% of the pieces published here are Pulitzer-worthy. But still. I'm proud of what I've accomplished so far. 40,000 words is about half the length of a novel, all of it drafted and published in a bit more than half a year.

But I still feel a lot of shame every time I bring Free Refills up in my browser to read something and see the ugly default theme I'm still using. It's like I hear a voice berating me: "How *dare* you prioritize the writing itself over making the writing look pretty?"

Dear Voice: You just answered your own question and furthermore you are an asshole.

The Much Awaited Season 3 Premiere!

Happy equinox. A lot's happening on Free Refills today.

We're changing the way we approach daily publishing. The Monday-through-Friday pieces that you love and rely on are now officially known as Daily Refills. (This piece right here is the inaugural Daily Refill.) You can find your Daily Refill at dailyrefill.freerefills.net. For the foreseeable future, the Daily Refill will be published on the homepage as well, but we've got big plans for changes to the homepage this season, so if you find yourself looking for just the daily pieces, the above URL is the place to look.

New rules go into effect today. You can find the rules here. Within the rules you'll find a more complete explanation of what to expect from your Daily Refill.

And perhaps most exciting, Jerry and I are launching a new project called Training Tiger Woods. Click on that link for the whole scoop.

Free Refills: Soon We Will Rule the World.™