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A Man Divided

I blog in two places. I run multiple websites covering the many projects that I have live and active on the web. I wear many hats — too many, perhaps — and it’s all starting to take its toll on me. I feel as though I am struggling through an identity crisis. I...

Thoughts on My Social Hiatus

In my own imagination, my absence from social media has been as pronounced as Kiera Knightly’s lower jaw, but in reality I think I’ve barely been missed. No worries, though. I’ve done this before and know what to expect, though it’s been years since my last hiatus....

Wallflower

You would think that being in my late thirties would find me equipped with amazing insight into who I am and what makes me tick, but I am still learning new things about myself every day. Perhaps I’m just changing periodically at a fundamental level, leaving my mind...

Digital Lung

I’m on the edge. I’m on that slender precipice that sits between caring and giving up. I feel like I’m watching my heart evolve from some great height and my priorities are passing away to make room for something new. I couldn’t care less about...

The Game, the Merit and Reality

The Game I don’t like to play ball. For marketing, that is. I wrote a book a few months ago, and released it to the world. (That’s a scary thing to do, by the way.) Part of publishing a book is the marketing, and if I’m honest, I just don’t...

Picky

I’m incredibly picky. I wrestle with this fact daily, trust me. Psychology tells me that this is most likely rooted in an deep dissatisfaction with myself, something that I project on other people and systems. Perhaps that is true, but there are other reasons. I...

Generic PayPal Payment Pages

I’m a freelance designer, and the vast majority of the payments I receive from clients come through PayPal. The beauty of PayPal is that people can use either a PayPal account, or use a credit card without an account, to pay for my services. Stripe is fantastic...

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...

Courage & Failure

I don’t know anyone who loves to fail. They exist, sure. But I think we tend to call those people defeatists, or fatalists, or something else that invokes a depressive notion. The hard reality is that failure waits out there for all of us, like a prowling lion that...

Paper & Pixels

In a recent post about to do lists, C.J. Chilvers (thanks to Shawn Blanc for the link) makes a case for his move from a GTD computer application to a paper-based system. This is just one more post that I’ve read this week that I wished I had written myself. My system...

Capture, Capture, Capture

I’m a creative professional. My job as a designer is to solve problems creatively for my clients. My job as a writer is to find thoughtful, inspiring ideas to dialog and share with you, my readers. Whether I’m branding a company or drafting a simple piece for my blog,...