Planning

Learning new things

I’ve been doing a lot of learning new things lately. My day job has been full of new learning. So much new learning. New programs, new systems, new ideas, new ways of working. I’ve been taking on a new writing strategy and kind of way of thinking and that’s a lot of new learning. I finally bit the bullet and took on a new DAW this weekend and am trying to learn to use that and learn a new way…
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Brain Capacity: Where are you spending yours?

I’ve had a couple of really good chats with friends this weekend. Thinking about brain capacity, what you spend your brain energy on, wearing it down, and being short on capacity. I kind of having been letting that shift around in my head a little and based on some of those conversations, here are my thoughts. I have several different kinds of brain capacity and different things spend down different buckets. Organizational/details: This is the stuff that is the focused…
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The Year of Story

There are a lot of New Year’s Resolutions and 52 weeks of and 365 days of things. I generally like to try to aim to build on and do things without imposing too much structure because then I become a overly, inappropriately devoted to the structure instead of the things. So I like the Year of idea. (Thank you Cortex!)   Year of… I’ve been thinking about what my year is. I didn’t have a great plan or strategy. A…
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IWSG: Quitting

The Question Did you ever say “I quit”? If so, what happened to make you come back to writing? Quitting Yes. Very yes. Absolutely I quit. I didn’t think it was something I could do. I thought it was something that was in my past. There was a tale that I wasn’t creative and I believed it. I completely bought it. I thought that writing was something I wouldn’t be able to do anymore. That part of my life was…
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Switching Costs

I use mostly Apple products at home. I’ve had a few issues and questions and some people have asked me why lately. I also listened to an episode of Cortex (that I can’t seem to find anymore) that talked about switching costs. So why do I use Apple products? (I don’t exclusively, but enough that it is my prominent computing tool at home.) NOT Microsoft! Because I use MS tools at work and when I get home I want to…
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Google and workflow

I use Google in my workflow quite a bit. I use it for a lot of tracking what I’m doing, spreadsheets to track episodes, spreadsheets for authors, spreadsheets for books and sales, spreadsheets for giveaways, audio, critiques and much more. I use it when I’m working with authors doing audiobooks. I use it when I am giving suggestions and feedback on pieces. (Oh I love it for that.) I use it for collaborative work. Every time I finish a piece…
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Prompt: Brain Scans

Happy Friday! I find myself often being prompted to write based on a news or newsish story I read. I thought I’d try posting those on Fridays and see if people like it. Prompt: Brain Scans Article: Could brain scans determine guilt? from a great podcast that I really enjoy Quirks and Quarks. (The transcript has been included and more information.) Questions: What happens if we start to really come to have a solid handle scientifically on who people who…
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Compulsion

I see something come up fairly frequently in conversations about writing, becoming a writing, why you write. Some people talk about it like it is a compulsion. It isn’t for me. I don’t have to write. I won’t die if I don’t write. Writing isn’t like breathing. I have during times of my life not written fiction at all. This is sort of two fold… Not a compulsion Compulsion for me is when I stand at the door to my…
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What’s the point?

I’ve been wondering a little lately what’s the point? Not in general. I mean a little in general. But specifically with intellect. What’s the point in being the smartest person in the room if you never bring anyone with? At the times in my life I’ve recognized that I’m smart (which are not all the times, sometimes I haven’t been…sometimes I haven’t recognized it) I want to do what it takes to bring everyone else along. I don’t want people…
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Time Tracking

Because of a whole bunch of things I’m giving a shot to better time tracking for a little while. Not sure I’ll do it forever, but I’m going to aim for through March. Though March might be a bad month, is there a good month? Why? I want to better understand where my time is going. What am I spending time on that I don’t want to. Am I doing the things with my life I want to? Am I…
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