Tell a better story to improve your life

Posted on Sun 12 November 2017 in Dispatches • Tagged with mental health, self improvement • 7 min read

The tangle of human lives is spun with stories. Every relationship, every shared belief, and every history is made up of such things. More importantly, your stories are what define you, whether you are conscious of it or not. Being aware, being conscious in your tale telling, can make all …


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Writing Report Card: October 2017

Posted on Tue 31 October 2017 in Dispatches • Tagged with publishing, report card, submissions, writing • 1 min read

I’ve been writing a lot more lately, shifting my work from a secret passion to more of a serious pursuit. The last few months I’ve been making steady progress on project DARK CONDUIT, and producing short stories which I’ve been submitting to fiction markets. The last couple …


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John Darnielle’s Lyrics Slay Me

Posted on Fri 20 October 2017 in Dispatches • Tagged with music, podcasts, quotes • 2 min read

When you punish a person for dreaming his dream,
don’t expect him to thank or forgive you.

The Mountain Goats, “Best Ever Death Metal Band In Denton

I’ve been listening to the podcast I Only Listen to the Mountain Goats, which is a wonderful show about music, being …


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Goodnight, Writer’s Ledger. Hello, Pacemaker.

Posted on Mon 16 October 2017 in Dispatches • Tagged with development, writing • 2 min read

I’ve written here before about one of my side projects, a suite of productivity tools for writers called Writer’s Ledger. The idea began from a desire to convert the spreadsheets I use for tracking manuscripts to a reusable web app. The idea would be that you could define …


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Survey: How do fiction writers work?

Posted on Sun 10 September 2017 in Dispatches • Tagged with surveys, writing • 1 min read

Are you a fiction writer? Do you find yourself curious about how other writers work and track their progress? You are not alone.

I am fascinated by the processes that people use to blend their creative work with the business of making art. I’ve even dabbled with the idea …


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18 Essential Apps for Getting Shit Done

Posted on Tue 05 September 2017 in Dispatches • Tagged with assorted geekery, productivity, security, tech, writing • 10 min read

OMG, a workflow post! Apps, tools, productivity, oh my!

Listen, we all know that no app can make you more productive by itself. Your methods are always more important than your tools. But even knowing that, l love reading about what other people are using in their day to day …


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Office Atemi: it’s not all hugs and rainbows

Posted on Mon 31 July 2017 in Dispatches • Tagged with aikido, business, conflict, martial arts, self improvement • 3 min read

Since my post about Aikido at work a few months ago, I’ve received a number of questions that have the same theme. Take this one from reader Kevin:

I like what you’re saying about resolving conflict, but doesn’t that [mean] you’re always reactive? Where I work …


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The Delirium Brief: the magical deep state is here to save you

Posted on Mon 24 July 2017 in Dispatches • Tagged with books, reviews • 2 min read

Delirium Brief

The Delirium Brief by Charles Stross
⭐️️️️️⭐️⭐️⭐️️️️⭐️ / ⭐️️️️⭐️⭐️⭐️️️️⭐️

It’s hard not to love Charles Stross’ Laundry Files series as a concept. A clandestine government agency of computational demonologists defend the world from horrors beyond space and time, all while trying to keep up with their expense reports. Magic is just applied …


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N.K. Jemisin on the secret of oppression

Posted on Sun 23 July 2017 in Dispatches • Tagged with politics, quotes • 1 min read

Tell them they can be great someday, like us. Tell them they belong among us, no matter how we treat them. Tell them they must earn the respect which everyone else receives by default. Tell them there is a standard for acceptance; that standard is simply perfection. Kill those who …


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My faithful companion: mutt

Posted on Fri 21 July 2017 in Dispatches • Tagged with assorted geekery, email, personal • 2 min read

About a month ago, on a whim, I started an experiment where I stopped checking my personal email on my phone, or via the web. Instead, I moved all my personal email activity over to Mutt. Yes, I’m now one of those nerds. The ones that use unnecessarily complex …


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