Creative Sprints (failvid-17)

In this Failed Writer video, I talk about how I chip away at my creative projects. I’m definitely no model for success — every week I consider dumping my novel — but I still manage to keep doing creative projects every week. So here is my tactic, sort of.

By the way, I’m use the Clear app for my creative list making. Check it out.

Want to see all my Failed Writer videos? Check them out here.

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Closed for retooling + Is this video funny?

Hi there. Just wanted to let y’all know that I’m going to take a little break from online-y things. I need to think through my online projects. And I want to clean up a few non-online things (like family, book, sleep, intestines).

And when I get back to it, I’d like to shift things up a little. I might revive the I’m a Failed Writer series to tackle a few writerly issues on my mind. I also want to adjust The Creative Turn project. Perhaps play with both the format and the content. I want to talk less directly about writing. I also don’t want to require audio + video every single round. Or necessarily keep doing straight-up interviews. It’s been a fun experience so far, but I’m ready to f#!@ it up a little bit. So stay subscribed to The Creative Turn podcast or my website for an update once I get my head on straight. And even before I get my head on straight (pretending that I intend to…), you may be privy to a few experiments around here. Wow: did I just use the word privy? Sorry.

Oh. Unrelated side note. Is this video funny? Or just 81 seconds of un-funny suffering?

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What’s a podcast app and why should I give a shit?

There’s an enormous disparity between my geek friends and my literary friends when it comes to how they listen to podcasts. While my geek friends argue over the subtle quirks between their seven favorite podcast apps (aka podcatcher, aka podcast client), quite a few of my literary friends don’t know what the hell a podcast app is. And when they do listen to a podcast episode, they do it by going to a website from a browser on their computer and clicking play.

I want to change this.

Not the part about us geeks arguing over trivial features – no one can stop that, it’s a force of nature – but I want stop this method of playing podcast episodes from the browser. There is a better way, and you’ll be able to discover and hear so much amazing stuff if you learn this one thing from the geeks. Here’s a little video I made for those who want to learn a few reasons why podcast apps are useful. It also contains a tutorial for an easy way to get started for free if you have an iPhone or iPod Touch. Even if you don’t have one of those snooty devices, the basic premise is the same with another smart phone or a computer.

WARNING: This is a seven-minute presentation/tutorial meant for a newbie podcast listener. Also, it isn’t (yet) full of jokes… just a few of them in there…


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in transition

I’m kind of obsessed with people going through transition and how they talk about it. Not just because I’m mean and don’t want anyone to ever be stable, but because some big stuff bubbles up during these periods. And I’m struggling with my own transition as things wind down with my book tour and I try to figure out where the hell I’m going.

I’m sure if you look at it a certain way, everyone is going through transition — everything between birth and death is transition. But all metaphysical bullshit aside, there are these two friends and bloggers who I’m a little obsessed with right now. These are two totally different people in totally different realms. Both going through transitions. Please don’t tell them I’m obsessed… they might laugh and point. More so.

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Change Is Scary (even on a crappy blog)

So I’m experimenting with an entirely different website theme. Even though I liked my previous dark and dreary theme, it was getting to be a pain to fine-tune and it was not so mobile-device-friendly. I’m trying out a new theme by Spyr Media. What do you think? I feel like I just walked in to a new bar and I’m still testing out its vibe. I’m still not positive that I’m dressed right for this place. I’m still exploring their cocktail menu. But I think I like it. If you don’t like it, let’s blame Michael Schechter over at bettermess.com. He’s had a nasty habit of giving me a lot of smart advice lately.

By the way, a new video will post on July 14th. It will also be about change.

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I’m A Failed Writer #13: Beyond Microsoft Word… Or Not

I started out this video with the intent of trying to get writers to stop using Microsoft Word and ended up paying tribute to an overly-sentimental romantic comedy from the 80s. It’s a new level of failure.

Even though I’m passionate about the writing tools that I use, I also worry about spending too much time thinking about the tools rather than thinking about the product. I’d rather have a clunky tool and solid writing practice than a brilliant tool and little to show with it.

So here it is. My quasi-passionate (and ultimately failed) rant against Microsoft Word:

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Pathetic Apple Fanboy

Last week, a few friends mocked me about my affection for Apple products and so I got this idea to record a video making fun of me and my gadgets. Except I couldn’t get the video funny enough, and I was whispering the whole time because I’m a nervous weirdo (and my toddler was asleep in the next room), and my editing job is just psychotic, and now I just need to get my ass back to writing and stop fiddling with this silly video. But I still didn’t want to throw it away entirely.

So here it is. My failed, not-so-funny attempt at an Apple Fanboy gag:

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