It was just a couple years into my website development career when I began to recognize that my clients could be sorted into two camps: those who prioritized pragmatism, and those who prioritized perfection.
The more pragmatic clients embraced quick … [Read More...]
Storytelling isn’t just about entertaining audiences. Good storytelling connects with readers on an emotional level. This connection between the reader and writer can even compel readers to take action.
The pairing of stories with a call-to-action is a w … [Read More...]
This must have been what it felt like to be God. To have complete control. To end life on a whim. I was nine years old when I experienced this power, and I wielded it to dreadful effect.
I don’t think I was evil, even though my actions were certainly cru … [Read More...]
About a year ago, RaeLea and I met with our boss, who we contract with to provide wellsite geology and mudlogging services on drilling rigs in North Dakota’s oilfield. Kathy had just finished constructing a mammoth new headquarters for her business, and she o … [Read More...]
I remember distinctly the moment I realized that I possessed the power to win the lottery. All I needed to do was purchase a single ticket, and my accumulated quota of luck would be siphoned off in exchange for an immediate financial windfall.
The Powerball … [Read More...]
Strangers often stop me to ask (usually with an English accent), “Excuse me good sir, but I must observe that you are a specimen of the human physique. How often do you visit a gym to maintain such a fine figure?”
Though that has never actually happened, if … [Read More...]
For me, being a writer is an ongoing conflict. I have thankfully never suffered from a shortage of story concepts, and I have been blessed with something resembling raw talent for crafting plots and characters. Yet, assembling the various components into … [Read More...]
I talk to my Future Self almost every single day. As a matter of fact, I have been talking to my Future Self regularly since early 2011.
It has been less of a conversation and more of a monologue, with my Present Self writing to my Future Self. You m … [Read More...]
WARNING: the following story should not be consumed by readers with strong gag reflexes. As a matter of fact, this story should probably not be read by anybody.
Don’t say I didn’t warn you.
I wish that I could tell you that this little tale is ficti … [Read More...]
A good friend of mine recently asked me, “What do you think is the most important trait of a successful relationship?”
I answered right away, without thinking (because I all-too-often do talk before thinking), “Honesty.”
Then I paused for a moment and cor … [Read More...]
There is one personality trait above all others which I believe can be blamed most for lack of success among creative people. I recognize this trait because it is a flaw I was afflicted with my entire life without even knowing it.
Creative people tend to be … [Read More...]
During the process of my personal evolution, I had begun an informal list of sayings or phrases I wanted to eliminate from my vocabulary. Though widely accepted and used by popular culture, I began to chafe at their negative connotation. So, “I’m too old for th … [Read More...]
I have an addiction. Well, several of them, truth be told. However, we all have addictions or guilty little pleasures. Coffee, pastries and chocolate of any form are among some my beloved addictions. Pursuing the book aisle is one of my everlasting favorites. … [Read More...]
We are all consumers. We are consumers of material things, of course, but we are also consumers of ideas. Whenever we watch a movie, read a book, or play a game, we are consuming content.
Some of us take the time to actually create something new. N … [Read More...]
Now is when many of us set goals for the coming year. Setting goals is easy. Assessing ourselves--really holding that mirror up--is not so easy.
These are five questions I ask myself every year:
What did I accomplish this past year?
What do I hope t … [Read More...]
It is so exhilarating when we are making rapid progress towards our goals. For some of us, that might mean steady weight loss as part of a diet and exercise program. Or, it might be seeing our daily word count accumulate as we develop our writing s … [Read More...]
As a small business owner, one of the biggest challenges is figuring out pricing. You want to be fair to the customer, competitive with the industry, and yet of course profitable to make it worth your while.
This was a balance I struggled with and in some … [Read More...]
I love “Aha!” moments.
You know what I’m talking about; those sudden strokes of "genius" that fill us with excitement and make us giddy to share our moment of glory with others. I also love moments where introspection and self-awareness meet personal evolu … [Read More...]
Most of us have subjects we are passionate about. When that passion develops relatively early in life and continues to be a passion as we develop our professional careers, that is what I call a Persistent Passion.
I am fortunate to have at least two … [Read More...]
I am sure, at some point, you have had someone tell you: “It is what it is.” Maybe it was when you were bringing a problem to their attention, or expressing frustration with the status quo.
This particular phrase invaded my vocabulary around the time I ent … [Read More...]
I had never possessed half-dollar coins in all my life. Granted, at the time I had lived just thirteen or fourteen years. When I saw the shiny nickel likeness of John F. Kennedy resting on the table unattended, I knew that was my chance to have them as my o … [Read More...]
It’s not enough to just be good at the work you do. You also need to cultivate the perception others have in your work.
Perception matters, whether your aim is to educate prospective customers, woo your lover, or seek a promotion from your supervisor.
Like s … [Read More...]
“I don’t remember where I was when I realized life was a game. The more seriously I took things, the harder the rules became.”
--lyrics from “À Tout le Monde” by Megadeth.
Life isn’t fair. As my own means of coping (and flourishing) in this absurd world we … [Read More...]
Everyone has regrets. Anyone who says they have lived life without any regrets is either lying, they are not introspective, or they are a narcissistic sonofabitch.
My greatest regrets in life have been when I ignored my instinct.
Most of the time, these … [Read More...]