Archive for April, 2012

Reasons for Writing Ahead

I participated in NaNoWriMo during 2010 and 2011. In 2010, I crashed at burned at 38,000 words and change. In 2011, I crossed the finish line at just over 50,000 words (the standard benchmark). In both cases, I ended up with a horrendously disorganized collection of material, nowhere near ready for publication. What I learned […]

Credit Card Security

A few years back, on a business trip to Brazil, my friend showed me how he got a text message on his cell phone every time someone charged his credit card. Every time we were at a restaurant or a store, it would go off like clockwork, about five seconds after the charge was approved. […]

Throw Ideas Away

Recently, I took inventory of the books I’ve started and not finished. I discovered that I had started a total of 28 books, containing over 300,000 words of content. All of these half-written books are sitting on my hard drive. That doesn’t include any of my articles, my short stories, my old college projects, or the […]

It’s All Greek

No two people ever speak the same language. It’s been said that to a carpenter, every problem looks like a nail. I would take this analogy further. Anyone who’s spent any time working as a carpenter will start speaking the language of hammers and nails. That is a foreign language to anyone who’s never been […]

“I Know a Blog Post You Should Read”

Most of us still recommend books. There’s nothing wrong with recommending books, but what about recommending blog posts? A blog post takes five minutes to digest, if that. Recommending a book as the solution to a problem is the shotgun approach. It will probably work, but in many cases, it may not be necessary. For […]

Creativity vs. The Dark Side

Every day, I find myself struggling with temptation to go back to  old ways of doing things. I find myself wanting to go pick up some fast food and some ice cream. I find myself wanting to spend every spare second laying around and sleeping. I find myself wanting to mindlessly surf the internet with […]

Fiction to Read: The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

My cousin’s fiancé gave me two fantastic books this past Christmas. One of these books was The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss. (The other was Hard Magic, which I’ve already posted about). It kept me up reading long past the hour when wisdom dictated putting it down. I’m going to have to read […]

Dead People Shouldn’t Be in Charge

Have you ever met anyone who still held a grudge against their long-dead parents, continuing to get angry on a daily basis over things that happened decades ago? Jim Collins, in Good to Great—no, I won’t shut up about that book; just read it—shares a story about the A&P grocery chain, and how they lost […]

Quid Pro Quo

Modern culture is deeply ingrained with the concept of “quid pro quo.” I’ve found this to be a bit of a nuisance with the not-so-secret initiative I’ve been spearheading of late. The idea of “paying it forward” seems incomprehensible to a lot of people. I’ve mentioned the idea to a number of well-meaning, honest people […]

What if Employers Encouraged Entrepreneurship?

This Harvard Business Review article raised some good points about the relationship between employers and employees. It seems that no one really expects employers to provide “job security” any longer (or at least no one should). It also seems like employers don’t demand the same kind of loyalty that they used to. I remember when […]