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KeyboardAfter posting yesterday’s “750 Words – Just Type” I got an email from my mom asking, “You’re not having a nervous breakdown, are you?” So I thought it deserves a bit of explanation. No, I’m not going crazy. Here’s what it’s all about.

There’s a book called The Artist’s Way, that prescribes writing 750 words every day, just to clear your head and write. I like this challenge and take it from time to time when I go to make a journal entry and don’t know where to begin. I just write, freeform, often stream of consciousness, often in a dialogue with myself, using any method that motivates me to keep writing.

Yesterday, as I was trying unsuccessfully to stay focussed, I posted to Twitter and Facebook: “typing 750 words just to write… about all the reasons my fingers pause on the keys.” An friend from church in high school responded on Facebook: “That’s flippin hilarious, man. As usual, you stun me.” So instead of keeping my post private, as I usually do, I made it a public post, figuring I’m entertaining someone.

And just for the record, that bit about hating Buster Benson was tongue-in-cheek. I am jealous of the cool projects he starts, but he’s a inspiration. Buster started a site, 750words.com, to help facilitate and track this writing exercise. He’s managed to accomplish some really cool stuff building online communities. Check out his projects at Enjoymentland.

So I’m not crazy, and I don’t hate anyone, I just think it really valuable to write freeform once in a while, even if it scares your mom.


750 Words – Just Type

March 26, 2011

5:30 PM Sitting in the studio with the door and window open, zoning out to the birds twirlee deeing and chweep chweeping. Do we really need language to have thought? Maile and Anais went to run and swim and I stayed behind hoping to do some of this, thinking and writing. I’m getting better at […]

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The Recipe

February 8, 2011

I’m hungry for my music to connect me to my people and lead me on an artistic adventure of song and service. So, to drive this metaphor into the ground, I need a recipe for a big wonderful meal so I can concentrate on following the directions and stop just snacking on junk food. What […]

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The Hunger

February 7, 2011

I’m hungry. I’m hungry for connection. I’m hungry for my music to get out of my head, around my circle, out into the world where it can make new friends and I can follow its path on an adventure to find my people and share with them what I have. This cartoon came today and it […]

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Visualizing The ENGLISH @ WORK Model

February 4, 2011

Maile produced these infographic sketches of the ENGLISH @ WORK model for as it has evolved over the last three years. I’m proud on so many levels.

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My Network Visualized

January 26, 2011

I’ve been wanting and waiting for someone to give me a visual interface for my network. Nice job LinkedIn: inmaps.linkedinlabs.com/network

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Lauren’s Piggy

January 16, 2011

From onstage during Family Time Rocks!‘s gig in Lewisville, TX.

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Technology, The Seventh Kingdom?

December 5, 2010

Technology is anything invented after you were born. Technology is anything that doesn’t work yet. I love these two half-comic definitions quoted by Kevin Kelly in this TED talk. Paraphrasing Kelly: The real tricks are exploring the exploration. Technology is about better ways to evolve. The infinite game. A cosmic force begun at the big bang. […]

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Focus On The Work, Not The Tools

June 30, 2010

I’ve been fretting about which tool to use. Which private wiki? Which CRM for my contact lists? I haven’t been writing and staying connected. It’s such a small, almost unconscious distraction that lead me away from making art and spreading it to getting lost in the details. The answer staring me in the face is […]

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