The Wrong Name

Ask just about anyone on the street what Christians are all about, and most of it has to do with hate. They hate gays, they hate criminals, they hate alcohol, they hate liberals. Christians, apparently, are better know for what they want to take away from the world...

Frictionless Freelancing

I wrote another book. This one is really close to my heart, if that makes a difference. I’m a freelance graphic designer by day, though I dabble in a few other side projects from time to time. I am proud to admit, though, that I’m a damn good freelancer. Over the...

Entitlement

There’s been a lot of bitter chatter online lately. People are complaining about a multitude of things. The iPhone 5 is not as exciting as some people would have hoped. The new Mumford & Sons album is too much like their first album and lacks something new...

Beer Apps for the iPhone

I grew up with parents that discouraged the drinking of beer. For the most part, I just accepted that it wasn’t the beverage for me, and so I stuck to my soda (“pop” as we Midwesterners called it). In college I had my first real encounter with beer,...

Master & Commander

In order to master your life, you must master your week. In order to master your week, you must first master your day. It sounds a bit like something Yoda would say, I’ll give you that. But these are words to live by, trust me on this. If I was asked to boil down all...

Frictionless Writing

I’m big on the idea of removing “friction” from my life. Friction, if you haven’t heard me talk about it before, is anything that gets in the way of, or prevents us from reaching, a goal. If your goal is to log forty hours of client work each week, having World of...

Diamonds & Dust

You can make diamonds. Did you know that? See, I know a jeweler. One of the old school kind, too. He works out of his house and creates everything from scratch, from $500 wedding bands to $20k engagement rings. He’s part of a dying breed of specialists, and his...

Wireframing My Fiction

When I sit down to write in the evening after a long day of design work and family time, I have a determined resolve and weary mind. This means that I have all the desire in the world to write forever, but know that my clock it ticking down rapidly and will soon...

Memories of Writing, or Why

I don’t know the dates. Like a lot of memories from childhood my earliest recollections of writing are isolated islands of events. But pieces within the memories help me narrow the gaps, reference points that act like time stamps on the photos in my mind. I remember...

How I Write

I get asked a lot how I managed to write an entire novel. The world is full of would-be bloggers, penning 400 word posts. There are fewer professional writers online who crank out a lot more. Heck, some of my favorite pieces are the ones by Shawn Blanc that get into...