J. Allen Wolfrum is a fiction author and former Marine based in San Diego, California.


Weathermen, The Silk Road, and Excuses for not Writing

Weathermen, The Silk Road, and Excuses for not Writing


This was not my most productive week. My plan was to start writing this week, it didn't happen. I could come up with a hundred reasons why it didn't happen, but none of them matter. The only thing that counts is sitting down and doing the work.

On the bright side, a lot of good research and planning happened this week.

I spent some more time with The Writer's Journey book in an attempt to lock in my plan before starting to write. At this point, I feel like the word "planning" means the same as "an excuse to not start the writing". That's alright, the research and planning is going to get translated into completed chapters. It just might not happen as soon as I want it to.

For research, I picked up the book, Underground: My Life with the SDS and Weathermen by Mark Rudd. The book is written by a former member of the SDS and Weathermen, from the introduction of the book.

"My friends and I formed and underground revolutionary guerrilla band called Weathermen which had as it's goal the violent overthrow of the United States Government. Conformed idealists, we wanted to end the underlying system that produced war and racism. It didn't work. From 1970 to 1977, I was a federal fugitive, living the whole time underground inside the country."

Resistance is part of the process, all I can do is push through and write Chapter 1, the rest will fall into place. Maybe this chocolate pop-tart I'm eating will help.


My reading time this week was focused on the Writer's Journey book and Underground: My Life with the SDS and Weathermen by Mark Rudd.

This isn't really reading but I came across an amazing podcast called Case File, it's a true crime podcast. I'm not really into true crime but there is a series of three podcasts dedicated to the story of The Silk Road. The Silk Road was a website on the "dark web" that was supposed to be an anonymous marketplace. As an example, think of, eBay, Craigslist, and PayPal except every transaction and listing was totally anonymous. And the website marketed itself toward the selling of illegal items, such as, drugs, guns, body parts, etc. 

The podcast does a great job of going into the life of the person who created the website and the FBI/IRS Agents who eventually caught him. They also caught several law enforcement officers using the investigation for their own profit.  Turns out, BitCoin isn't as untraceable as you might think.

Anyway, it was interesting and brings up a bunch of legal and ethical questions. Spoiler, the guy who created The Silk Road is in jail for life.


Rich and Pam are doing great. They're enjoying the relatively cold weather and the occasional fire in the fireplace.

The second batch of Kombucha is in the fridge waiting for the final fermentation stage to complete. I took a taste test this weekend, it's much better than the first batch. Batch #3 is fermenting on the counter, there's a weird white foam-ish substance on the top. I'm not sure if that's good or bad, more investigation required.

That's all from the Catranch this week.



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