Sermons, Reflections, Thoughts, and Musings.

Crowdfunding Your Project: 9 Things To Keep In Mind

Last Tuesday I had a lot of fun participating on the radio show Aspects of Writing with James Kelly. The topic of conversation turned to crowdfunding for writing projects. However, I thought it might also be good to write out some of what I've learned from using...

Introvert Open For Business

  So I have a confession to make: I'm an introvert. For those of you who know me well, this is probably not a surprise. For others, however, this may be significant news. I'll forgo the usual defense of introversion that normally follows; others have done it...

How Cyberpunk Predictions Came True

My introduction to cyberpunk was through the writings of William Gibson. I devoured Neuromancer, and partially enjoyed Count Zero and Mona Lisa Overdrive. (The pseudo-mystical elements left me a bit cold.) I loved Burning Chrome, however. From there I explored the...

Random Thoughts

Don't you hate it when you have a bunch of posts that you've got half formed, but none of them actually gel? I have several ideas for today's post but none of them came together in a satisfying way. For example, it struck me a few weeks ago that the predictions of...

Habitual Stress: Overwinding/Fractalnoia in Everyday Life

Today I want to explore habitual stress. Habitual stress is ever-present fear that your life is balanced on knife-edge. That every year, every month, every day, you need to keep track of more stuff. That at any point you could lose control and it would mean disaster...

Being a Storyteller in the Age of Narrative Collapse

Last week I mentioned that the Wired opinion article "Why Living in the Present Is a Disorder" held enough inspiration for a series of articles; this post is another in the same vein. This week, however, I want to focus on the idea of narrative collapse:...

Have a Darth Vader Easter

So my wife was out shopping when she was surprised to find (among the leftover and heavily discounted Easter candy) Star Wars Easter Eggs featuring pastel Darth VaderĀ  heads. I'm going to let the end of that sentence soak in a bit, because I had to do a double-take...

Securing the Cloud

I'm a big fan of Google products. I love gmail, and I was thrilled when Google launched Google Drive -- a way to store stuff on Google's servers so that it's accessible from wherever you are in the world. There's just one problem: your stuff is literally accessible...

New Business Cards

Updating my websites has given me reason to update my business cards, so last week I ordered a new set from Moo. The reason I chose Moo is that they offer Printfinity -- the ability to print a series of images on your business cards. I loved the idea of being able to...

The Gift is NOT in the giving

My wife related a story to me recently about a recent experience at a local grocery store. (I don't know which one, but I hope it wasn't Weis.) When she reached the cashier the woman was gushing. Evidently, there was a family of four a few places in front of my wife...