announcing 501Words

May 4, 2010

The tagline for this site is Soul. Workflow. Mac., but I’m aware that I’ve spent more time writing here about Mac and workflow lately than about the soul. Certainly the iPad has contributed to this as many of us are learning how it can reshape our workflows. (And there will be more about this, as […]

in the meantime

December 22, 2009

Last summer, an idea for a project was born out of a project that was in the midst of failing. (Seems to work that way a lot for me!) For the last month or two, I’ve been busy working on this project — a humongous meta collaborative writing project and exercise. Or something like that. […]

you are…really [the war of art]

December 2, 2009

This post is the second in what has now certifiably become a series of reflections on The War of Art by Steven Pressfield. In the past few months, our four year old daughter has made the shift from scribbler to conceptual artist. When she draws, she no longer needs to tell us what she’s drawn…usually. […]

the inspiration archive

September 29, 2009

As I promised a few weeks ago, I have a few posts in the works with some tips on managing my workflow for web design. This would be the first of those… I’ve been building websites for about 15 years, mostly for personal projects like this one. There have been some side jobs here and […]

ignore everybody: and 39 other keys to creativity

July 27, 2009

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. […]

eternal timefulness

March 27, 2009

The process of creating renews my spirit, and I find myself attuned to the details of life rather than being stressed by being overwhelmed. I find myself listening rather than shouting into the void. Creating art opens my heart to see and listen to the world around me, opening a new vista of experience. This […]

max's words

March 11, 2009

Sometimes, our kids have a hard time listening while we do the bedtime routine. And by sometimes, I mean every night. When it’s really not going well, I have to warn them that we won’t read a story if they don’t listen better. That almost always works. On the rare occasion that we do skip […]

steven pressfield on creative work

February 20, 2009

Creative work is not a selfish act or a bid for attention on the part of the actor. It’s a gift to the world and every being in it. Don’t cheat us of your contribution. Give us what you’ve got.” – Steven Pressfield’s final words in The War of Art

private library

December 19, 2008

A few months ago, I posted about a writing house that author Michael Pollan had built for himself. Along the same lines comes this video of a Private Library designed and built for a writer on Long Island: Private Library from A Space In Time on Vimeo. By the way, I found this video via […]

creative soundtrack

November 24, 2008

When I’m designing, I can listen to just about anything, whether it be a podcast or whatever music I’m in the mood for. If I’m doing just about anything else, the playlist is shorter. If I’m reading, writing, or just working through some ideas, I need to listen to music that doesn’t have any lyrics […]

have a creative november

October 24, 2008

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. The goal is to write a 50,000 word […]

a memory a day…

October 15, 2008

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 […]

michael pollan hq

August 27, 2008

I’ve become familiar with Michael Pollan through books like The Omnivore’s Dilemma and In Defense of Food. Tonight I ran across the images above, which are pictures of his writing house. He built it himself (which is documented in an earlier book called A Place of My Own). Larger pictures are available on his website. […]

creativityist hq

August 8, 2008

As we’ve gotten settled in our new home in Austin, I’ve tried to give my office enough attention to make it an appealing workspace from the get go. I’ve had a few seasons of life where I had a tidy office, but mostly my office in the past has been…shall we say…a tad frenzied. In […]

the artist's way collective: an intro

August 2, 2008

Three years ago, I worked my way through The Artist’s Way at the recommendation of a friend. The book make a strong impression on me. As I am entering into a new season of life, I’ve decided to go through it again this fall. I think it would be fun and meaningful (and beneficial!) to […]

on writing

June 11, 2008

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 […]


May 1, 2008

A few days ago, I stumbled on oneword. Here’s a description of the site: simple. you’ll see one word at the top of the following page. you have sixty seconds to write about it. as soon as you click ‘go’ the page will load with the cursor in place. don’t think. just write. Sometimes, when […]


March 4, 2008

The Only Moment When We Were Alone – Explosions in the Sky. Go ahead and listen to it right now. I’ll wait. (If you don’t have it, get it. You need to have it.) The 4:26 mark in the song is… Wait, what are you doing? Don’t jump to that part. Let it build so […]

creativity begets creativity

February 8, 2008

Two elemental fears sabotage my creative process time and again. The first fear is that my creative expressions won’t be received well by others. It would take many blog entries (and hours of therapy) to unravel that fear. That’s not what this blog entry is about…I’m afraid no one would want to read about that […]


January 26, 2008

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 few I wasn’t familiar with. Everytime we read Dr. Seuss I come away with […]