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Category Archives: Writing Life

Story Days

Sorry I haven’t posted for a while.  I’ve been busy writing other things. I’ve been so busy, in fact, that it’s been over a week since the event I wanted to talk about here: my first monthy Story Days. Story Days were my idea for carrying forward the optimism and go-hung attitude I acquired at [...]

Working Out

Have y’all heard of this phenomenon called “co-working?”  The idea is that just because you are a work-at-home entrepreneur doesn’t mean you want to be cut off from all human contact.  So instead of working at home, you work at an office building, renting space there along with several other entrepreneurs.  And you can talk [...]

Are We Still Doing Resolutions?

My computer organization is still ongoing (or slow-going, as the case may be (and in fact is)).  One of the files I’ve come across is this rather depressing list. Things I Want More of in my Life Healthy food Home-cooked meals Work Reading Exercise Regular sleeping hours Keeping up with family and friends Cleanliness Why [...]

The Truth About Working at Home… With Your Husband

A while back I wrote about the ugly Truth About Working at Home. Since Mark’s joined me at home while he works on a programming project of his own, I thought it was time for an update about life in a home office for two. 1. You will spend more time making food. I’m perfectly [...]

The Curse of Knowledge

I used to love to read. In grade school, reading was my preferred recess activity, far above four square, jumping rope, and doing flips on the jungle gym. By high school, I must have scaled up to a good four or five hours a day spent cracking open a book and just blissing out. I [...]

The Buddy System Continues

Well, the first two weeks of my Buddy Pact with Becky are over, and so far it seems to be a success. Neither Becky nor I have missed a deadline. Which is good, especially since she as a real-life deadline looming and I have a desperate desire to get my book in the mail. Three [...]

Buddy Buddy

Of all the things that are hard about being a writer, cultivating discipline is probably the hardest. I’ve been struggling with it for years, for what feels like my whole life. And I don’t think I’m alone. Other people struggle with it too. A couple of years back, when I was looking for a house, [...]

Media Blackout: The Wrap-Up

My self-imposed Media Blackout is officially over. Overall, I’m really pleased with the results. Productivity went way up, and while I don’t think this is all due to the Blackout, it was a factor. Some stats: Important news stories I missed out on: None that I can find. I knew about the new trillion $ [...]

News Free Week

My day begins in a fairly predictable way. Get up, feed the cats. Check e-mail. Check Facebook. Then dive into a few of my favorite news sites and spend the next hour there. Check back a few times during the day in case something interesting has happened. All in all, I probably spend at least [...]

The Truth About Working at Home

For many people, especially creative types, working at home is the holy grail. No stress! Flexible hours! Comfy p.j.’s! And it is, indeed, fantastic. But lest the picture seem overly rosy, I offer you a few sobering facts: 1. You will find yourself wearing the same shirt for two or three days in a row. [...]