Tag Archives | Philosophy

Hedonism through Abstinence?

My decision to give up drinking had a strange point of origin. I finally committed to the decision after reading an article on the subject by Roger Ebert, but I first started thinking about it after an embarrassing episode on Facebook. Someone I know had posted a link to a video of a large-breasted woman […]

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New Tagline

When I first started my blog, the tagline was “Writer, Editor, Publishing Consultant”. It was a reflection of the things I do professionally, in approximately the order I wanted to prioritize them. Over the years, my actual duties for Gumboot Books and Live Your Dream Workshops meant writing was, in fact, a far distant third […]

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Digital Content vs. Copyright (Part 1)

or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying & Love the Kindle In talking to people at workshops and conventions, I’ve encountered a number of preconceptions regarding the publishing industry, digital content, copyright and the associated business models. I have a few strong opinions of my own and I’m curious about how people will react to […]

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Future of Publishing

The future of the publishing industry is something I put a lot of thought into. I care about this subject not only as a publisher, but as a writer and reader as well. For anyone else who cares about his subject, watch the following video. Not just the first half. Watch it all. I’ll wait.

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Robert McKee

I attended Robert McKee’s Story seminar quite a few years ago and wrote the following article based on my impressions a few days later. I stumbled across the article in my files recently after not reading it since first typing it out. It’s a little unrefined, but I still like the premise. Robert McKee may be the […]

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McKee Article

I’ve added a new section to the site called Articles. My intent is to post a combination of random pieces I’ve written over the years as well as any reader-contributed pieces that are too long to serve as blog posts. The first piece is about Robert McKee’s Story seminar. I’m very curious to see what […]

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New Habits

Had a request for my workout routine so I thought I’d devote a couple of posts to it. I actually started “working out” almost two years ago. At that point, I didn’t feel like it was realistic to fit the gym into my schedule. Instead, I decided to try and build fitness into my daily […]

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Many people I know have a distinctly negative view of change in the world. They approach anything new or different with the assumption that it is some sort of corruption of something older (and therefore better). The way I see it, when something changes or is invented, it’s because someone or something saw room for […]

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Everything should be made as simple as possible, but no simpler.  – Albert Einstein Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm.  – Winston Churchill Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone elses opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation.  – Oscar Wilde

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Many people seem to think of karma in the Hindu sense – the actions you take in this lifetime dictate your position in the next one. A few people also recognize karma in the Japanese Buddhist sense – the events in our lives are destined and there is no point in complaining too much or […]

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