Morning Pages

Posted on Sun 17 August 2014 in Dispatches • Tagged with personal, ulysses iii, writing • 2 min read

I’ve been trying to get back into the routine of doing morning pages. That is, the process of writing three pages of material each day to clear my mind and prime my creative pump for the day. Sometimes, I have something structured in mind for that morning, sometimes it …

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Quote: Salman Rushdie

Posted on Tue 11 March 2014 in Dispatches • Tagged with culture, humanism, literature, storytelling, writing • 1 min read

Man is the animal that tells stories about himself to himself.

Salman Rushdie, Lecture at the University of Iowa (March 2004)

It’s been years since I sat in that lecture hall, but Rushdie’s description of humans as storytelling creatures still gets me with it’s perfect simplicity. I …

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Quote: Umberto Eco on Heroes

Posted on Sun 16 February 2014 in Dispatches • Tagged with heroes, literature, writing • 1 min read

The real hero is always a hero by mistake; he dreams of being an honest coward like everybody else.

Umberto Eco, Travels in Hyperreality

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Quote: Matt Mullenweg on Blogging Without Distraction

Posted on Tue 07 January 2014 in Dispatches • Tagged with social media, writing • 1 min read

The antidote I’ve found for this is to write for only two people. First, write for yourself, both your present self whose thinking will be clarified by distilling an idea through writing and editing, and your future self who will be able to look back on these words and …

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Reflections, Resolutions, and the New Year

Posted on Wed 01 January 2014 in Dispatches • Tagged with fitness, personal, resolutions, writing • 6 min read

New Year’s Eve has always been an uncomfortable holiday for me. While for many, it’s used as a time of renewal and looking forward with hope to the future, I’ve always spent the time reflecting on what did and did not get accomplished the previous year. There …

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Quote: Chuck Wendig on Personal Brands

Posted on Tue 31 December 2013 in Dispatches • Tagged with marketing, social media, writing • 1 min read

You are not a brand. You are a human being. Writing is your craft. Story is your art. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: who wants to read a story by a brand? (“Ah, the erotic culinary autobiography of the Burger King. Finally, it is …

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Quote: Ray Bradbury

Posted on Thu 22 August 2013 in Dispatches • Tagged with fantasy, ray bradbury, science fiction, writing • 1 min read

If I’m anything at all, I’m not really a science-fiction writer — I’m a writer of fairy tales and modern myths about technology.

Ray Bradbury

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New Fiction: “What His Sister Told Him”

Posted on Sun 27 January 2013 in Dispatches • Tagged with featured, fiction, meta, writing • 3 min read

I’ve added the short story that I wrote for the Kopoint Halloween Spooktacular to the fiction section of this site. I’ll continue to add stories and fiction projects that I release online to that area as the days go forward. You can read the text version of the …

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Review: 750 Words

Posted on Sat 09 April 2011 in Dispatches • Tagged with reviews, software, writing • 5 min read

There’s a well known theory that keeping a journal, or at least writing daily, improves your day-to-day life. My anecdotal experience has shown that to be the case for me as well. That being said, it’s not always easy to keep up with it. I can’t tell …

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Ted Chiang on Writing

Posted on Sat 24 July 2010 in Dispatches • Tagged with interview, magic, religion, sci fi, ted chiang, writing • 1 min read

Great interview with Ted Chiang, who happens to be a rather brilliant science fiction writer. Seriously, if you have not read his wonderful story “Exhalation”, you have missed a gem. You can also hear an audio production of that story here.

There’s lots of good stuff in this interview …

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