Oh Yeah…Audiobooks

February 16, 2012 | 1 Comment

Audiobooks at audible.com!
In 2002, I joined Audible and began binging on Audiobooks. We had recently moved to a new house which tripled my commute to 30 minutes, so I retasked the 15″ woofers in my 16 year old little truck to the spoken word. I felt like I was making the most of my car time, and was selective enough that I enjoyed most of what I was reading.… Read more

iPad at Work

October 24, 2011 | 2 Comments

That David Sparks guy. Wow.

It was only last February I wrote up a review of Mac at Work, which David had been kind enough to send to me. Here we are less than a year later, and I’ve stepped out my front door to find another padded envelope waiting for me.… Read more

Untitled: Thoughts on the Creative Process

August 5, 2011 | 1 Comment

Blaine hoganBlaine Hogan makes me sick.

Don’t get me wrong. I love the guy. I’ve known him for five years, and I’ve enjoyed every moment I’ve spent with him. He’s one of the most creatively expressive people I know, and even his Keynote presentations in grad school made me ooh and aah.… Read more

Review: Mac at Work

February 1, 2011 | 1 Comment

Last Thursday, I pulled a bulky envelope from my mailbox, happy to peel back the flap and find David Spark’s new book, Mac at Work (paperback | Kindle). David graciously offered to send me a copy for review a few months ago and I’ve been anticipating it’s arrival. By the time I crawled in bed, I’d skimmed* or intently read every one of the 368 pages.… Read more

Hey Publishers

October 20, 2010 | 8 Comments

Hey publishers,

I would like to think of us as friends. I read lots of books, and most of them I purchase so I can mark them up and revisit them. Several of you have been kind enough to send me free books to review. That’s neat, especially when they are books that interest me.… Read more

Book Review: Making Ideas Happen

May 25, 2010 | 5 Comments

With a title like Making Ideas Happen, I expected Scott Belsky’s first book would be of great interest to me, and many other Creativityist regulars as well. Belsky is the founder of Behance and the 99%, a conference built around helping creative people execute their ideas.

In the opening chapter, Belsky sums up the content of the book this way:

Far from being some stroke of creative genius, this capacity to make ideas happen can be developed by anyone.

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creating requires doing [the war of art]

November 11, 2009 | 1 Comment

This post is the first in what will probably maybe hopefully be a series of reflections on The War of Art by Steven Pressfield.

The War of Art is subtitled Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles. That is something that author Steven Pressfield apparently knows a little about.… Read more

ignore everybody: and 39 other keys to creativity

July 27, 2009 | Leave a comment

Last month, I was thankful to receive a review copy of Ignore Everybody: and 39 Other Keys to Creativity, by Hugh MacLeod (@gapingvoid). Hugh is the blogger/cartoonist behind GapingVoid.

Ignore Everybody is written as a collection of 40 essays and reflections on life as a creative. I found them to be inspiring, challenging, and encouraging.… Read more

problem solving 101

June 24, 2009 | Leave a comment

As I mentioned last week, today we are a stop for the Post2Post book tour. The featured book is Problem Solving 101: A Simple Book for Smart People, by Ken Watnabe.

I’ve alluded to it before — I think I find as much inspiration in books written for children as I do in books written for ‘grown-ups’.… Read more

the creative habit

February 24, 2009 | Leave a comment

I imagine Merlin Mann has helped sell quite a few copies of The Creative Habit, but his is one of many recommendations I’ve had for this book. Maybe it’s been recommended to you many times as well. Let me add another to the list.

Twyla Tharp is a career creative who has spent decades choreographing.… Read more

kindle 2: worth the upgrade?

February 10, 2009 | Leave a comment

I’ve been using an Amazon Kindle for over a year…most readers know that since I mentioned it as recently as last week. The announcement about Kindle 2 captured my attention, and like most current Kindle owners, I’m wondering if an upgrade would be worthwhile.

Here are my considerations, based on the feature difference between the two models:

  • Form factor – There have many gripes about the look and feel of the first Kindle.
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david allen's new book: making it all work

December 30, 2008 | 1 Comment

David Allen, the author of Getting Things Done, released a new book today. It’s called Making It All Work: Winning at the Game of Work and Business of Life.

From Amazon’s product description:

David Allen’s Getting Things Done hit a nerve and ignited a movement with businesses, students, soccer moms, and techies all the way from Silicon Valley to Europe and Asia.

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the now habit

November 5, 2008 | 3 Comments

While driving 2300 miles from Seattle to Austin this past summer, I thought it might be a good opportunity to listen to the audiobook version of The Now Habit, by Neil Fiore.

It wasn’t.

Not that it isn’t a helpful book. It is. In fact, that was the problem. I was about an hour into the seven and a half hour recording when I realized that there was too much in this book for me to digest audibly.… Read more

artist's way reflections: week 4

September 26, 2008 | 1 Comment

For most blocked creatives, reading is an addiction. We gobble the words of others rather than digest our own thoughts and feelings, rather than cook up something of our own. (pg. 87)

I hate this quote.

I agree with it, but I hate it.

It is me. I have known this to be true, but how could I argue with benefits of reading?… Read more

a whack on the side of the head

June 19, 2008 | 1 Comment

As I mentioned (or threatened) earlier, here is the second part of our tour stop for the Post2Post virtual book tour. I’d like to share with you some of my experience as I read A Whack on the Side of the Head: How You Can Be More Creative.

Whack is an easy read, but don’t let that fool you.… Read more

on writing

June 11, 2008 | 3 Comments

Reading On Writing feels like I just sat down for a beer with Stephen King and had a conversation about writing. I didn’t say much. I just listened as he unloaded his heart, experience, and knowledge right off the page. Of course, he doesn’t seem to drink beer anymore, and I never acquired a taste for the stuff, so the steins are sitting untouched.… Read more

post2post tour

June 5, 2008 | Leave a comment

I’m excited that Creativityist is going to be a stop on the Post2Post virtual book tour two weeks from today. We will be interacting with Roger von Oech about the re-release of his classic work on creativity: A Whack on the SIde of the Head.

Here’s the rundown of the tour that week:
Mon, June 16 – Get Fresh Minds
Tue, June 17 – Catch Your Limit
Wed, June 18 – The Entrepreneurial Experience.Read more

on writing well

May 27, 2008 | 1 Comment

I love words. I love the way that words can shape mental images and sway opinions. Because of this, I can recognize the bias behind what I’m about to tell you. (But I think I’m right anyway.) Writing is the foundation for creative expression.

It doesn’t matter what medium you choose, good creative expression is an expression of you.… Read more

bird by bird: the emotional center

February 10, 2008 | 2 Comments

Posting may slow down a little bit this week here at Creativityist. I will be doing a little bit of traveling. I have a number of entries in process right now, including the next installment in the capture everything series. I’ll put finishing touches on them and post them if I have opportunities on the road.… Read more

bird by bird: the unspeakable

February 1, 2008 | 1 Comment

From Anne Lamott’s fantastic book on writing (and life), Bird by Bird:

We write to expose the unexposed. If there is one door in the castle you have been told not to go through, you must. Otherwise, you’ll just be rearranging furniture in rooms you’ve already been in. Most human beings are dedicated to keeping that one door shut.Read more