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 one thing very well. Dang, this coffee is good. I need to work this Coldplay album back into my rotation.… Read more

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 been blessed in our time at Pathways — from helping to shape some of the earliest dreams, to connecting with people in the community, to our first Sunday gathering and on.… Read more

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 blog. It will continue as an outlet for my personal and theological wonderings…and wanderings.… Read more


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 few I wasn’t familiar with. Everytime we read Dr. Seuss I come away with a smile on my face and a stirring in my soul.… Read more

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 a good story? I am more interested in watching how creativity can be stirred within a collaborative process.… Read more

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 my interest and notches me one more step toward coolness.

One thing I can say about Scrivener…it has a great model for a trial.… Read more

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 — some friends even call me Rain Man, though I’ve forgotten who they are.… Read more

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 be more suitable. I’ll go ahead and stick with daily as a reminder that they are worth doing that often.… Read more

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 long ago, someone pointed out to me that the word amateur shares the same Latin root as the word love.… Read more

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 that we have to try; to put it down in pigment, or words, or musical notations, or we die.”
– Madeleine L’Engle

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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 have been coded to help with just about any task or project you can think of, and most of them look great.… Read more

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 help my creative process. Not only do they help me diligently capture ideas as they come to me, but they also help me free my mind of details to focus on forming and expressing those ideas.… Read more

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:

  • Our Compact Life – Tom and Malora are related to some friends of mine. They have made a compact to not shop this year and you can follow their experience on this blog.
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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 it.

I picked up a discounted license for Avenir when it was on MacZot a few months ago.… Read more

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 be following Engadget’s coverage, though I usually find one or two other sites to refresh as well.… Read more

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.

This book is a classic on mission, and rightfully so. David Bosch traces the history of how mission has been understood, and how that understanding has been shaped by context.… Read more

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 streamlining surpasses the distraction.

When Amazon launched the Kindle a few months ago, Jeff Bezos stated that they designed the Kindle to just disappear in the hand of the reader.… Read more

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 battery life and wireless signal have both been excellent. I’ve charged it a few times, but haven’t even gotten the battery below halfway yet.
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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 human brain is to remember and store all that information we come across.… Read more

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, we sat down and selected a new recipient of those funds.… Read more