Archive for November 2015

How did NaNoWriMo work out of you?

Until last year, I didn’t even know that November was the beginning of National Novel Writing Month, until I saw this piece over at author John Scalzi’s blog.  Known by the hash tag of #NaNoWriMo, wannabe writers are encouraged to write a novel in the time frame of one month. Not necessarily a good or... Read more »

Feeling Overwhelmed by your Todo List? Tackle it 1 hour at a time

Everyone is busier than ever before in the History of the World.  I know because I asked two people on the El platform and they told me so, before nonchalantly walking to the other end of the platform. My #Protip for dealing with overwhelming projects is to tackle it 1 hour at a time.  Schedule... Read more »

The Death of the Phone call

I do not like to talk on the phone.  Sure I can call and make an appointment to have my hair cut or see the podiatrist.  And I talk to plenty of people on the phone in my line of work.  But when it comes to having a personal conversation, I break out into hives... Read more »

5 quotes that resonate and have meaning for me

I have tons of quotes scattered throughout the harddrives of my computers.  When I kept a journal (both physical and electronic) I would sometimes put a quote at the top for stylistic affect.  There’s just something about a good quote that inspires and resonates with you.  Here are five quotes in no particular order that... Read more »

Clearing the clutter of memories

<strong>Memories Vault:</strong>  Four decades of crap fits nicely in here.  There are some other smaller boxes of specifically segregated items, but for the most part, I managed to get it all in this big container.
Last summer I had the opportunity to bring home a carload of boxes from my mom’s house. There were star wars toys and comic books and other oddities. And there were at least three boxes worth of paraphernalia known as memories. I took a quick first pass through it all last summer and probably tossed... Read more »

Don't Overthink the New Starbucks Red Cup Design

If my Facebook feed is any indication, certain groups are up in arms about the new look for Starbuck’s Holiday cups.  A friend linked to a Buzzfeed piece that reads more like an Onion article.  “The Starbucks coffee cup change smells more of political correctness than a consumer-led change,” British conservative MP David Burrowes told... Read more »

Rethinking WeMail: Still not for me but works for some

I use to be firmly anti-WeMail.  For those who don’t know, We-mail is a shared email account belonging to a two people, usually a couple in a romantic liaison.  (Think   Like a joint checking account the idea is that the email is used, accessed and managed by both members of a relationship.  I... Read more »