I’ve never been a big fan of either solitaire or masturbation; they both always seemed a bit pointless to me. – “My Favorite Games”
One of the things that’s made this blog easier to write over time is my increasing practice of doing certain kinds of columns on certain days, which decreased the time I had to spend figuring out what to write about. You’ve probably noticed how much shorter these “back issues” have grown over the past three years; that’s because I don’t have to write about all the news and links columns, and that was eight or more columns per month at the time. But even outside of that, there were a lot of columns whose formats or even topics were predetermined. Take February 2013, for example; once we remove the harlotography and fictional interlude (“Cora Pearl” and “Point of View“, respectively); the holiday columns (“Oimelc“, “Mardi Gras” and “St. Valentine’s Day“); the weekly Q&A (“Off Track“, “AC/DC” and “There Ain’t No Bad Guys“); the Cliterati reprints (“Skin To Skin“, “Caring Professionals” and “Straining at Gnats“); the monthly “favorites” column (“My Favorite Games“); a diary column (“Symposium“) and one of my periodic summaries (“Savage Breast“), I only had to come up with seven topics. Those were: why some women are attracted to murderers (“Bad Boys“); how tyranny starts and grows (“Us and Them” and “The Devil’s Toys“); the Irish governments’s sick catering to abusive nuns (“Unclean Situation“); how prohibitionists lie with numbers (“Number Puzzle“); how “sex trafficking” is used to justify tyranny (“Blunt Instrument“), and how “authorities” have adjusted their “Super Bowl” rhetoric (“Learning Curve“).