Open Notes


500 Words is the name I’ve given to an archive of my written work on the web.

In 1945, the inventor Vannevar Bush proposed a hypothetical electromechanical device for interacting with documents. His idea was that we would store all of our books, records, and communications in a mechanized form, in a memex as he called it, “so that it may be consulted with exceeding speed and flexibility.” He thought of it as a personal filing system to supplement biological memory.

This site is something like that. It is a memex for writing projects.

I post archives of my newsletters with short-form fiction here, as well as links to my podcasts.

When the posts are numbered they are part of a series. To read them in order, just look for #1 in the series and read up. Each numbered post spins an interlocking story, sometimes in the form of fiction.

Subscribe and when I post new fiction or podcasts, you’ll receive a newsletter about them, even before it goes into the archive.

Day to day posts can be found at my open notebook. I post to Twitter now and again at @docuguy. Twitter posts are deleted every thirty days.

Many thanks,

Lee Schneider