Blogathon 2012: lessons learned, and organizing the scatter

As we come to the end of another annual Blogathon, it’s time to reflect on what worked this month and what didn’t. At least, that’s what I do at the end of May. I imagine everyone else is celebrating and getting drunk. Hardly a surprise, I’ve had difficulty sticking to a single topic since I […]

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adventures with an iPad: Flipboard

Back when I first got my iPad 2?all of four weeks ago?reader and fellow Blogathoner Don Gonzalez suggested that I try out Flipboard. It’s a free app for consuming media in a magazine-like format, and it seemed popular so I gave it a shot. Wow. I’m really glad I listened to Don. I’m still getting […]

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better storytelling

I blogged earlier about how good writers are also good readers. Even reading something that you absolutely hate can help you refine your craft. Today, I want to explore a similar topic?how there are some stories that reach out and really grab you, stories that make you want to be a better storyteller yourself. These […]

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my new favorite place

For a looong time, I’ve been looking for the perfect “office away from home.”? Every so often, I think I’ve found it even though I’ll have to compromise on one factor or another. I’ll find a place that’s nice and quiet, but it’s not within walking distance. Or there will be that coffee shop I […]

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the challenge of older tales

One of the reasons I love writing is that I’m never finished learning my craft. There is always room for improvement. This should be somewhat reassuring to many writers of all stripes?at least, that was my reaction upon reading Dean Wesley Smith’s excellent blog post on the subject not too long ago?but it can also […]

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adventures with an iPad: navigating the cloud

A few days after my iPad arrived, I took a free iCloud class at the Apple Store. I wasn’t all that surprised that at 42, I was the youngest person in attendance. And, unfortunately, although our teacher had announced at the beginning of the demonstration that he wouldn’t use class time to troubleshoot specific questions […]

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