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 …

The Room to improve

Epictetus reminds us: “It is impossible for a man to learn what he thinks he already knows.” He tells us that this is the “first task” of philosophy: to get rid of our preconceptions, to do away with the dogmas we have in our heads. Be humble. Be open to things you don’t know, or things …

01-28-2018 – Work

What I’m reading: Tunnel in the Sky (I like to revisit Heinleins juveniles every 6 months or so, jsut for a refresher on the great one.) Took a short hike with Molly this morning (Sandra was still recuperating), trail was packed with people, we probably passed 6 or 7 people, which makes for a not fun …

Your series needs a map

Readers like a series, so it’s good marketing sense to write your novels in a series. But that raises a question. How do you map out a series of novels? Mapping out one novel is hard enough that many novelists choose not to do it. They write their novels without a plan, and then work extra hard on …