This is part of an ongoing series called Blinders where I explore some of the ways I streamline my computer workflows to minimize distractions.
My digital life took a turn for the better this week. Here’s a peek:
Nothing special? Look pretty boring? Exactly. I was able to put the final piece in place toward having a clean, distraction free screen.… Read more
I’m posting my reflections earlier this week because some of this material has been sticking with me a lot. To mix it up, allow me to offer a few quotes from the chapter that captured, and troubled, me:
- The need to be a great artist makes it hard to be an artist.
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Each of us possesses amazing resources of knowledge, wisdom, and creativity. Our organizations need to learn to respect, nurture, and accomodate this wealth of human capital. We need to learn how to liberate the power of peers to create extraordinary organizations. Unfortunately, the way most companies are managed today, they fail to make use of their most valuable resource — their people.” — Jeffrey Nielsen, The Myth of Leadership… Read more
Stretch your fingers and prod your imagination — NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writers Month) commences at the end of this week. For the would be novelists out there, I thought it might be helpful to offer a comparison of Scrivener and StoryMill.
(Update: you also might be interested in a more recent post where I compare Ulysses 2.0 with StoryMill and Scrivener.)
Both of these applications are popular tools designed for the writing process.… Read more
Only four more weeks in The Artist’s Way Collective! Today we being week 9 focusing on Recovering a Sense of Compassion. Please share your thoughts in the comments below. (If you aren’t participating, feel free to share your reactions too.) If you are using your blog to process your experiences, please leave us a link.… Read more
This week has been filled with one of life’s creative blockades — half of our family has been sick. So, I don’t have time to offer a reflection. But for the sake of consistency, here are a few quotes from the chapter I found helpful:
- “Imagination is more important than knowledge.” – Albert Einstein (pg 131)
- For the artist, to become overly cerebral is to become crippled.
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As the weather turns cooler and people hunker down for the winter, I guess their energies are refocused into some creative pursuits. There are two shared creative projects coming up in November. Are you considering doing either of these?
- NaNoWriMo – November is National Novel Writing Month.
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The idea that one can or could at any time separate out by some process of distillation a pure gospel unadulterated by any cultural accretions is an illusion. It is, in fact, an abandonment of the gospel, for the gospel is about the word made flesh. Every statement of the gospel in words is conditioned by the culture of which those words are a part, and every style of life that claims to embody the truth of the gospel is a culturally conditioned style of life.… Read more
For those looking to rotate some new content onto your play list, I give you some of my favorites of late. And if you’ve had your coffee, you might notice a theme here…
- For my Explosions in the Sky or Sigur Ros loving friends I’d suggest you give a listen to Joy Wants Eternity.
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And this means, as is well known, that his theology has the character of inaugurated eschatology, that is, of a sense that God’s ultimate future has come forwards into the middle of history, so that the church is living within — indeed, is constituted precisely by simultaneously within! — God’s new world and the present one.” — NT Wright, Paul: In Fresh Perspective… Read more
(This is the final post in a series reflecting on David Bosch’s six distinctives for a missiology of Western culture. See the introductory post for a little background.)
in the context of the secularized, post-Chrsitian West our witness will be credible only if it flows from a local, worshiping community.
Of all of Bosch’s six distinctives, none resonates with me more than this one.… Read more
Could it be possible that The Artist’s Way Collective is starting to draw near to the home stretch?
Today we being week 8 focusing on Recovering a Sense of Strength. Please share your thoughts in the comments below. (If you aren’t participating, feel free to share your reactions too.) If you are using your blog to process your experiences, please leave us a link.… Read more
There is an Apple store about five minutes from my house. I don’t end up there as often as I expected I might, but it’s been very convenient for times when they, oh…say, totally redesign their laptops and I want to see them in person.
Yesterday, I swung by the Apple Store on my way back from a lunch meeting to take a peek at the new MacBook and MacBook Pro.… Read more
I haven’t posted any reflections on The Artist’s Way for the last few weeks. Please don’t tell anyone.
Like others, my interest has looked like a taffy machine moving in and out of engagement with the process. Some of the reflections from the reading this week have been helpful to me, especially when it comes to the daily pages.… Read more
I’m working on my memoir.
Let me be clear…I have no grand ideas about publishing my life’s reflections. I’d much rather encode my soul in fiction rather than bare it for the likes of you. (No, not you…I mean that other person who is reading this right now.)
As a writing and growth exercise, I’ve been trying to write one personal memory a day.… Read more
For Blog Action Day, my friend Bob Carlton (let’s be honest…he’s everybody’s friend) invited me to join a parade of Austinites to blog about the issues of poverty here in Austin.
I have to admit I have regretted it a bit. Like Julie, we’ve only been here for a few months.… Read more
Take a deep breath…The Artist’s Way Collective is past the halfway point. Today we being week 7 focusing on Recovering a Sense of Connection. Please share your thoughts in the comments below. (If you aren’t participating, feel free to share your reactions too.) If you are using your blog to process your experiences, please leave us a link.… Read more
(This post is part of a series reflecting on David Bosch’s six distinctives for a missiology of Western culture. See the introductory post for a little background.)
A missionary encounter with the West will have to be, primarily, a ministry of the laity.
I suppose one might argue that the laity are being given more opportunities for responsibility in churches now than they have in decades.… Read more
It has been nine months since I received my Amazon Kindle. It has been a great device, and I blogged some initial thoughts here, as well a post on Creativityist about how it has been helpful for research.
While the Kindle has been a convenient way to read literature, both classics and contemporary, it’s main appeal to me has been as a research device.… Read more
Maybe I need to temper my recent ravings about Slife. Why you ask? Because according to Slife, I can type at about 1326 words per minute. I’m a decent typer…but not that decent.
This morning I was working on a project in Scrivener. I wrote 7 paragraphs, and according to Scrivener, 420 words.… Read more