01-31-2018 – Work

What I’m reading: Principles: Life and Work Today was a puttering day.  I cleaned out some of the garage.  Adjusted the calipers on the Ariel Atom.  Found places for the Shopsmith attachments.   Took a bunch of crap to recycling.  Stripped my ‘art wall’ to make room for Sandras work. Did a 5 mile hike in the …

Thoughts on the State of the Union.

That was no State of the Union address tonight. That was the death of Democratic Party. President Trump was positive, optimistic, and energized as he pointed out one success after another. The stock market soars. Wages rise. Factories return. Taxes fall. Bonuses arrive. The president delivered applause line after applause line, not through well-turned phrases …

Whats your inciting incident?

A novel is not just some random collection of events. A novel is a story. It has a beginning, a middle, and an end, and they’re connected. There’s a direction to the story. The beginning is about the lead character’s pursuit of a certain ending. The middle is about all the complications that come from pursuing that …

Attack, Always Attack!

Getting stuff done is a matter of attacking each day like it’s an obstacle course in a mud run. Because that’s pretty much what it is. You can attack your day any way you like, based on the way your brain is wired and your own personal style of getting stuff done. Today I’ll toss out for your …

Head of the line?

Rome was filled with a number of rituals and practices that seem baffling today. They had distinct hereditary classes. Only certain classes and ages and positions could wear certain color togas or capes. These distinctions of importance and blood trickled down as far as dinner parties, in which certain guests were given better positions on …

Bill recommends Scrivener

I don’t take paid ads for this website. I do, however, recommend products that I think will have value to my readers. This month I’m recommending Scrivener, a widely used word-processing tool. I used to use Microsoft Word. I switched to Scrivener years ago because (in my opinion) Scrivener is way better than Word. What’s to …