Dec 282015

I was thinking about how creativity is a good thing. Even if you aren’t the “best” at whatever you happen to be creating.
IF you love it and are passionate about it then create it. If some one else gets a bit joy, happiness, or entertainment out it then that’s even better. That makes it a good thing.
So there’s my positive holiday message. (Yes, a little late but hey, there’s New Years around the corner.) Do what you love. Enjoy it. Share it. And heck if you can make enough scratch for a pizza all the better.

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 Posted by at 10:30 am
Nov 032015

I had another little thought last night. Yeah, like the title says work doesn’t equal productivity.
Let’s face it. If you’ve been in a cube farm or just about any other corporate style job, you’re bosses keep all sorts of metrics and statistics to prove how well or how poorly you are performing. Being a little worker bee, you look at those and know that most of them are junk stats that really don’t indicate how well or how productive you are. It’s numbers that fit well on spread sheet that low level manager can point and say that they are doing a good job. Then the mid-level ones do the same thing and so on all the way up the chain.
The tough part when you go out on your own is breaking that habit. Setting up stupid stats for you to keep on yourself. Yes, you need to goals and need to keep track of hours and all sorts of other things. But if you find yourself doing busy work just to fulfill some quota or goal then you fell right back into the spread sheet trap. What’s worse is if you beat yourself up for not meeting some nonsense goal.
Set your goals realistically and track the metrics that really matter. Don’t make yourself fill out TPS reports.
That is all.
Happy Monday.

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 Posted by at 10:26 am
Oct 212015

IF you’ve kept up with the old blog over the last couple months, I’ve been on the search for a Man Bag. Well, think I finally grabbed one up.
STM Scout 2
This is a STM Scout 2 that I picked up on Amazon for less than $10. One of the reasons that it’s so cheap it that it’s a discontinued model but at that price, I just couldn’t pass it up. It’s intended for 10 inch tablets but the tablet compartment fits a composition book perfectly. You see I don’t have a tablet, yet. Right now I cant justify the expense. About the only thing that I’d use it for gaming PDF’s. Every other function, I can do with my phone. So why spend the money on tablet?
Now if you do have a tablet, the bag is really nice. The compartment for tablet is really well padded like half an inch of heavy duty padding. The bag is pretty thin so if I do rip out that padding, I’ll add a bunch more space. According the manufacturer’s dimensions the bag is 2 inches thick. I measured the padding and there’s a total of about an inch. Part of me is debating whether just to rip that out. But part of me is saying, “You’ll void the warranty and what if you do get a tablet?”
So that’s just something that’ll probably bounce around inside my head for a couple of weeks. Still there’s plenty of room to carry around the essentials. Notebook, pens, emergency dice, harmonica, business cards, cables, ear buds, phone, and few other little odds and ends.

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 Posted by at 10:38 am
Oct 142015

Since I’ve been pounding away at the keyboard at various projects over the last couple of months, I’ve noticed that I have a routine already. And part of its not that good. I’m calling it the “Arc of Creativity”.
It starts with an idea. I realize that it’s a good and cool idea. I get excited. I crank a few thousand words without breaking a sweat.
Then I hit the first hurdle. Filling in all the gaps with what I’ve already written. It’s generally the kind of boring stuff but it still stuff that needs to be there. It’s not fun. But I just have to muscle through it.
Then I hit the first editing hurdle. This is another bout of drudgery. Plow through make the best of it. I feel like I don’t want to see this project again and I’m sick of it.
Then I the last leg. I can see the light at the end of the tunnel. The project is almost done. That excitement that I had when I started the project returns. It’s a joyous sprint to the end.
The project gets finished. I take a long nap. And start the process all over again.

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 Posted by at 10:19 am
Sep 172015

Yeah, it’s sort of like that. In case you don’t know, Chopped is on the Food Network. The premise is basically pretty simple. Chefs get a “mystery box” of ingredients and then have to make something good out them. Now the ingredients usually have three things that play well together but the fourth is something that’s totally off the wall.
I wake up in the morning and open up my mental mystery box. What’s in there? Well, sometimes there’s some neat ideas that work well together. Sometimes it’s exactly what I need to make the progress that I should be making on my projects. Other days, it’s a crazy hodgepodge of weirdness. Maybe I can twist this stuff to work into my current projects. Or maybe I should just write those ideas down and save them for later. Then there’s the days when the mental mystery box is empty. There’s nothing there. I have to run to the pantry and dig out the standard staples and try to make those interesting.
So yeah. My brain sort of works like that. So if you’ll excuse me time to dig into my mental mystery box and get to work.

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 Posted by at 12:25 pm
Aug 312015

Well. it’s been a month of the great experiment. I’ve gotten a lot done. Not as much as I would have liked but there’s a learning curve.
I figured it would take me a while to get into a new routine of gainful self-employment. And I’m still trying to get that done. I supposed that’s the hardest thing. After years of commuting, getting up and getting rolling is a little odd. There’s no need to punch the time clock. Which is a good and bad thing. No reminder it’s time to take a break. But then I can go hard and fast when the urge really hits. The main thing is always go.
I’ve already set my goals for September. That means more neat stuff coming soon to RPGNow. With a little luck and drive, there just might a thing two to hit Lulu and Amazon. I’ve also got about a half dozen other little ideas bouncing around inside my head. So we’ll see where that goes.
Now if you’ll excuse me it’s the end of the month and it’s time to start paying bills, balancing a budget, and checking all those crazy marketing type metrics. Ah, the work of lone wolf creative entrepreneur is never done.

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 Posted by at 11:11 am