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Category Archives: The Tools

NaNoWriMo Prep – Templates and Worksheets

Trying to get all your ideas and characters organized for National Novel Writing Month? I can help! It may not always be obvious, especially to those closest to me, but I love being organized. What’s probably more obvious is that I played a lot of role-playing games growing up. I think it’s safe to say […]

Productivity

Not just doing more in less time. Look, I’m going to admit something to you here. I’m lazy. Not only that, but I feel terrible about it. Yes, that probably will come as a shock to most people who know me in real life, away from this strange digital construct we call blogging, but it’s […]

Free Stock

Regular readers know how I love free. Okay, look, I put this stuff out there week after week and I’m honestly not even sure that anyone ever reads this at all. I don’t know, maybe I just do it to keep the search engines happy, or maybe just out of habit. Worse, maybe I just […]

Free Creative Business Course

Seems like everyone is looking for a “side hustle” these days. Personally, I’ve never felt very comfortable in a real entrepreneurial role, but even I have gone hunting for a side business on occasion, trying to get a leg up. When I was in college, I wrote. I’d always had the idea that I might […]

Character Records

Keeping your dramatis personae straight can be a chore. Back in the day, when I played Dungeons and Dragons, my favorite part of the game was creating characters. I know, it’s weird, but, there it is. I don’t know what it was about filling out the forms, either the ones we created or the fancy […]

A Vulgar Tongue

Language is the key to culture, real or imagined. Regular readers of my blog will know that I am a dyed-in-the-wool geek. I mean, totally hardcore. I started playing Dungeons and Dragons in the Seventh Grade and did, on and off, through college. I still, to this day, have a significant bookshelf of roleplaying games, […]

Building a Great Minimalist Studio

Another resource for photographers. I think one of the reasons I initially was interested in photography was because I was shy, but wanted to meet people. I figured that a photographer would meet beautiful people, which seemed like a great idea in my teens and twenties.  Actually, it’s still not a bad idea, except I’m […]

Daily Photography

I encourage you to indulge in your hobby daily. My favorite hobby is photography. I’ve wanted to learn photography since I was in high school, but, until the birth of digital photography, it always felt beyond my reach.  I got interested again because, about ten years ago, someone asked me what I liked to do […]

Writing Advice

And encouragement! If you’re doing NaNoWriMo this month, you should be four days into your book today. But, maybe you’re cocky and are really just going to get started tonight after work. Either way, you can still do it! Fantastically prolific authors, especially some of the more well-known pulp writers, churned out books in very […]

Actual Writing Tools

Now, you’ve got your setting, characters and story, so all you have to do is write it. Easy, right? Okay, maybe not so much, but still totally doable, so don’t despair. This week I’m going to talk exclusively about tools to do the actual writing with.  There are a lot of fancy software packages for […]


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