As if my writing and editing schedule wasn’t already crazy enough, I decided to jump headfirst into the National Novel Writing Month. My book is called No Where In This World and explores the complicated story of a family torn apart by the loss of their young daughter. Here are the opening pages:
The fan chopped the air. Jackson's shirt was slowly drying but the white sweat rings never leave. His hands were rough like gravel.
He was hermitted in a dim corner. His mind wandered. She always told him how rough his hands were. "Daddy, you need to take care of your body. Your hands hurt."
He chuckled. "Sweetie my hands are rough because of my job..."
"Well that's no excuse. If you want, I'll put lotion on your hands."
Do you know that your productivity depends on your workplace?
Proficient freelance workers and students might notice changes in their productivity while working at home. Good workplace impacts the three C's in our life: creativity, concentration, and cleverness.
Today I want to show you how to make your working place at home better.
I believe that visual information is better for our perception, and I was lucky to find a useful infographic by OmniPapers to prove it. It can help you make a better place for working at home. Firstly, pay attention to the general info. Secondly, take a look at hints.
I want to thank everyone involved with the We Believe launch including but not limited to my wife LeAnn, Joshua Torrey, the endorsers, and everyone who pre-ordered it and/or shared it on social media.
We Believe has over 350 pages of invaluable and timeless resources for your personal worship. The kindle version is available right now for $2.99. That's special pricing that will be available until Reformation Sunday—after that pricing goes up to $4.99. The paperback is $8.99 during pre-order. That's only $0.22 over physical cost of printing the book. After release, the paperback will be $12.99.
Also, if you've purchased either format of We Believe, please fill out the form below (bottom) to receive a free bonus ebook by the end of November.
When my second daughter was born, I held her in my arms and regular words just didn’t seem enough. I sang her lullabies and started playing with words. This lullaby can be sung to “Twinkle Little Star.”
I have some exciting news. My next book will be releasing September 25, 2015. We Believe: Creeds, Confessions, and Catechisms for Worship will be a straightforward resource for ordinary Christians wanting a handsome and easy to use volume with all the must have documents from church history. The current structure is:
- Foreword (Surprise Writer!)
- Introduction by Mathew B. Sims
- Chapter 1: The Catholic Creeds
- Apostles' Creed
- Nicene Creed
- Athanasian Creed
Editing takes effort and even with the best effort I labor through some articles and books. Maintaining focus takes practice and keeping focus after reading through a manuscript a handful of times takes some tricks. Here are my best practices to improve your editing.
1. Full Page Mode
To maintain focus through a long project especially I prefer to move to full page mode. First the aesthetics of the white space provides a ripe atmosphere for creative work. Second it removes distractions. Email is closed. The background is covered. There’s no quick temptation to check social media. Full page funnels the gaze to the writing at hand.
She will rise
her dust transformed
emulsified with eternity
I spent this morning organizing for my next project and collecting research. I’ll share more of these sneak peeks as I add further content and research.
Coffee is the elixir of the writing life. Here are my favorite beans to consume. Full disclosure. My favorite region for coffee is Guatemala so you’re going to see many beans from that illustrious Central American country. If you’re looking to test a coffee that isn’t your standard grocery store fare I recommend looking for a good single origin coffee with fruit flavors that was grown at the highest altitude you can find. The higher altitude will usually yield a less bitter coffee. Ethiopa has some very good high altitude beans (5,000 feet +).
This is my go to beans for day to day drinking. This bean has strong pineapple and apple flavors with roasted nuts.
I am by nature a night owl, but I’ve found I write better in the morning. So to start the year I’ve started going to bed before midnight so I can get up earlier. Here’s my new schedule.
- Bed before midnight
- Wake at 7AM
- Mundane stuff until 7:30AM
- Take oldest daughter to school
Now here’s the golden snitch. I immediately go to Panera, purchase a cup of coffee, and sit to write/edit until 10AM then I head across the parking lot to Barnes and Noble and read for about an hour then head back home.