Wrapped and Packed

I am going on a little trip around the country. Because it’s not a work trip I get to play around, which means I want to verify my old idea that I am traveling too heavy. For this one I’ll take my phone and Chromebook. That’s it. Since virtually all my stuff goes online anyways I...
[NSFW] Fulcrum – A Dead Salesman

[NSFW] Fulcrum – A Dead Salesman

I approach writing the way I approach most anything: release early, release often. From time to time I am publishing snippets here that feature somewhere inside the Fulcrum Universe. Most of it are either parts of the book I am not quite sure if I want to keep them, others are just me playing...

Piano Activism

Arne Schmitt travels the world to make music. He might not be the first musician to play the downtown pedestrian zones of many famous cities but he surely doesn’t have that much competition in the piano department. When the city of Frankfurt denied him a street musician’s license...
“Serious Journalists Only”

“Serious Journalists Only”

This was, no shit, a true conversation today. The original is in German, the magazine in question is a pretty well known German mag: They: “Thank you for applying for a position with us” Me: “Thanks for getting back to me. To clarify, this is not a full time position application...

Alpine Nights


A warm easterly wind blew music and laughter my way, the sound of the water splashing against the boats was hypnotic, and the lights of the cable car in the distance flickered as the wind swayed the gondolas. The great thing about vacations is that they have an end. Not that I wanted to leave, but knowing this would be my last night at the lake made it so much more important to stay in the moment, take it all in, enjoy as much and as well as I could.

Walking back from sitting at the shore for a while I was intercepted by my hotel’s receptionist who invited me to join her and her friends for one last beer. It would be much, much, later before I finally fell into my bed, secure in the knowledge that I had taken in everything I could.