capture everything: tasks

January 28, 2008 | 5 Comments

This is part 2 of 5 in a series on capturing everything. Other entries:

My mind rarely seems to stick to …

and now for something completely different

January 28, 2008 | 9 Comments

This morning, I begin my last week as a pastor at Pathways Church. Next Sunday morning, I will teach in our morning service and then watch the Super Bowl as the first former staff member of Pathways.

We have …

creativityist consumes

January 26, 2008 | Leave a comment

Things have been quiet around here as my blogging energy has gone toward getting Creativityist off to a strong start these past few weeks. In spite of the attention I’ve given over there, I have no intention of dropping this …


January 26, 2008 | 1 Comment

I cherish the simplicity of a clean workspace on my computer. My wallpaper is a simple black. Almost.

One of the simple joys of parenthood has been the rediscovery of the Dr. Seuss books I read as a kid, plus …

a twitter novel

January 25, 2008 | 2 Comments

Leo Laporte and a few others are writing a collaborative story via twitter called 140Novel. They are taking turns adding to the story within the 140 character limit that Twitter imposes on them.

Who knows if it will be …

speaking of scrivener

January 24, 2008 | Leave a comment

Andy Ihnatko reviews Scrivener in his weekly technology column today: Scrivener is in the write place. I’m already on the record stating that Scrivener is an app I wish I was cool enough to use. Andy Ihnatko’s column stirs …

capture everything: buckets

January 24, 2008 | 2 Comments

This is part 1 of 5 in a series on capturing everything. Other entries:

I have always had a good memory …

daily pages

January 22, 2008 | 2 Comments

I find that ideas are best flowing when I am in a regular routine of doing daily pages. Daily pages might not be the right name in my case — perhaps weekly pages, or even fortnightly pages, would …

i'm such an amateur

January 21, 2008 | 1 Comment

“You’re such an amateur!”

Even if jokingly, these words are often spoken to let us know that our efforts aren’t top notch. It’s too bad, really, because there is something beautiful about the genuine strivings of an amateur.

Not too …

create or die

January 18, 2008 | Leave a comment

“We each have to say it, to say it in our own way. Not of our own will, but as it comes out through us. Good or bad, great or little: that isn’t what human creation is about. It is …

workflow tools: software

January 18, 2008 | 2 Comments

On Monday, I posted about the hardware I use in my workflow. Today, we’ll tackle software. One of the best things about being a Mac user is the vibrant community of independent software developers. There are affordable programs that …

creative space

January 17, 2008 | 2 Comments

At the core of creativity is finding the space to bring ideas to life. Creative expression doesn’t happen for me unless I give it the space to take shape.

I’ve already mentioned it, but I use GTD methods to …

notables – 01.16.08

January 16, 2008 | 2 Comments

It’s been quite a while since I passed along some notable links, but I’ve run across a few in recent weeks that are worth passing along:


January 16, 2008 | 3 Comments

Mariner Software released StoryMill 3.0 today. StoryMill is a program that is designed for writing fiction with built-in means to track characters, settings and a timeline. This program was originally known as Avenir before Mariner purchased the rights and updated …

creative speedbump

January 15, 2008 | 1 Comment

In about 90 minutes, the output of the creative collective will be diminished. For a few hours, Apple lovers will madly refresh liveblogs followed by lots of technolust when Apple’s online store updates with the new product info.

I’ll likely …

transforming mission

January 14, 2008 | 5 Comments

Some books read like a light snack…maybe a small package of pretzels on an airplane. Snacks aren’t bad, but sometimes you need a hearty feast. Transforming Mission satisfies the belly and fills the mind with memories and Ideas to revisit.…

workflow tools: hardware

January 14, 2008 | Leave a comment

I am a technophile. Technology can either be a tool that streamlines our workflow process, or it can be a distraction that slows us down. I experience both. All the time. But my love of technology convinces me that the …

musings of a kindleworm

January 12, 2008 | 6 Comments

My Amazon Kindle arrived last Monday — it has been a good week. I finished reading my first book, so here are some impressions of my experience so far.

The Good

  • The text is crisp, clean, and readable.
  • The

getting things created

January 12, 2008 | 1 Comment

brainThe mind is not a vessel to be filled, but a fire to be kindled. – Plutarch

I am enamored with the concept behind this quote. In this age of information, it is commonly concluded that the chief role of …

the gift that keeps on giving

January 12, 2008 | Leave a comment

Last year, for Macey’s fifth birthday, one of the presents we gave her was some money to give to a microfinance loan through That money was repaid in full to us a few weeks ago, so this morning, …