Category: Productivity

Scene from the Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back

About three months ago I resolved to start using Google’s  URL Shortener  service. It was free and offered basic analytics allowing me to track the number of clicks for my shortened URLs. I had hoped Google might one day incorporate https://goo.gl/ into Google’s massive and powerful Google Analytics program. Google is, after all, an ad […]

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I stopped writing for a long time because I focused on perfection. Instead of filling an empty page with content. I filled it with my frustration. I had already written a novel. So far my first and only book. Every time I tried to write something else I would get stuck. I stopped because of […]

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Five years have now passed since self-publishing my first novel, Living on Empty. (Also available at Apple iBooks and Barnes & Noble).  It is a strange feeling. A somewhat abstract feeling was knowing I wrote an entire full-length novel five years ago.  A year’s long journey that came to an end with a finished product composed of […]

Burning the midnight oil often is the romanticized image of writing. Writing sometimes is not as beautiful as we might dream. However, the harder a writer works the more material they produce. With more material brings with it accomplishment and a larger portfolio. Time and time again I doubt my ability. All creative people do […]

Finding time to write usually means sleeping less. When writing is not yet one’s single source of income one must find time to write. I would prefer to be writing whenever I wanted and anytime of the day, but I have not succeeded in the endeavor. Perhaps one day. But not today. Until then am […]

  No one tells you writing the second book is even harder than the first book. After one writes the first book the first question often asked: “So, when is the second one coming?” I have no flippity flopping idea. It will come when it comes and when I am ready and able to write […]

He walked into the coffee shop and ordered a Triple, Large, Half Sweet, Non-Fat, Caramel Macchiato. He waited impatiently while stroking his goatee, fixing his large black-rimmed glasses, and checking his twitter account. They called his name twice. He didn’t answer because by that time he was in the middle of typing a massive email […]

ONLY THE BEGINNING Hello. I’m here now. Better late than never. Right? I have been wanting to do this for some time now. Having traversed the long narrow and winding road of writing a first novel I thought I had earned a small break. I sunk in my chair feeling very tired. My fingers were […]

Disclaimer: This blog post is full of silly adverbs. You’ve been warned. Read a Book. That sentence is no longer as simple as those three minute words might have originally conveyed. In the world of today (today being 2015), reading a book is followed not only with what? but also how? What you read is part-one or […]