Secret project – revealed!

I know I said that I wasn’t going to reveal the Secret Project until March 1, but I simply can’t take it anymore–and the project defeated me. Allow me to explain. Here is the result of my Secret Project after a mere 10 days:


Do not adjust your screen: that is me attempting to grow a beard. I’ve never attempted it in any earnest way before and this time, I thought I was prepared. I looked up how to do it. Don’t shave for 4 weeks. There will be an itchy phase. People will ask, “Are you growing a beard.” It’s the “itchy phase” that defeated me. Although I tried all of the tricks I could find: washing my face with a anti-dandruff shampoo; using over the counter hydrocortisone cream, it just got worse and worse until today, I just couldn’t stop itching. It had been my plan to go to Santa Monica with a full beard and surprise everyone there, but it just isn’t going to happen. There’s no way I’d last 4 weeks. I couldn’t even last 10 days.

And so, as of about 15 minutes ago, relief:


I’m disappointed I couldn’t make it all four weeks, but boy-oh-boy, do I feel so much better. The itch that has plagued me for the last week and a half is gone. I feel like a new man!

About Jamie Todd Rubin

Jamie Todd Rubin writes fiction and nonfiction for a variety of publications including Analog, Clarkesworld, The Daily Beast, 99U, Daily Science Fiction, Lightspeed, InterGalactic Medicine Show, and several anthologies. He was featured in Lifehacker’s How I Work series. He has been blogging since 2005. By day, he manages software projects and occasionally writes code. He lives in Arlington, Virginia with his wife and three children. Find him on Twitter at @jamietr.

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