This blog in 2015

You’d think that with me breaking the hiatus from blogging (I have a real life!), I’d come back with tales of writing and adventure.

Not really. What I’ve come back with is the realization that I hold on to too many possible blog posts, refraining from sharing until the share is meaningless. I get it in my noggin’ that I should only share posts about writing, or major events, forgetting what a blog is about. I’m not a professional, this isn’t a journal, and the subject of this blog is open to what I make of it.

There. That feels much better.

Expect more random posts this year. Real life snapshots, posts about writing, and random thoughts and links that I find interesting. This year I’d like to explore posting from my smartphone more, mostly because no matter what, it’s the one piece of connected technology I have with me at all times. That said, one of my personal goals is to journal more consistently this year. In the past, the act of writing by hand has left me with a word desert when it comes to my blog – the material I’m writing is historically appropriate for only one medium or the other, rarely both (yes, that’s right, there’s a book of handwritten entries containing the dark, seedy side of my life…).

2015 stands to be a year with some exciting changes. We plan on moving across the country later this year for my work. In 24 hours, my oldest daughter officially becomes a teenager. This is the year I’m going to get something published (because I said so).

Sit back, enjoy the ride. I’ll try and tag my posts better this year so you can weed out the ones you don’t care to read about. And welcome to the future!

Updated directions for scrivener to google drive stats

Just a quick note – I’ve added some new pages to the site (start here) that hopefully do a much better job of explaining how to use Jamie Rubin’s automagical scripts for word counts and diffs against Scrivener projects. Input and feedback welcome, technical writing isn’t my strong suit.

9 Important Tips for Sometimes Writers

I like seeing I’m not alone when it comes to writing, whether its the battle with organic vs planned writing (status: unresolved), or just sharing someone else’s observations from the trenches. Unfortunately, the latter usually only comes from the more established writers, because the rest of us are too busy gawping to get anything accomplished. Justin’s nine tips, which are more observations and reminders, are a fresh voice on the subject.

When I finally decided to get serious about writing I scoured the interwebs and talked to as many real writers as possible for the best tricks of the trade. I knew that if I could gather as much advice as possible and build a system that was personalized just for me, I’d be successful.

As a point of clarification, I’m not a full-time writer and don’t really plan on becoming one. I have a very demanding full time job that I love, a lovely wife, and an adorable/hellish 4-month-old daughter. So if you’re reading this, you’re probably a lot like me. You want to write, maybe dream of launching a blog or completing a book, but you don’t have the liberty to write for a living – at least not yet.

The rest of Justin’s article can be found here: 9 Important Tips for Sometimes Writers.