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A Balance of Ambition and Happiness

I love this quote by Bill Watterson, creator of Calvin and Hobbes, which I found through James Clear's newsletter: “...having an enviable career is one thing, and being a happy person is another. Creating a life that reflects your values and satisfies your soul is a...

Using Extra Pages in BIG ENOUGH

Just before Big Enough went to the printer, I learned there were a handful of blank pages at the end of the book. The book designer asked if I’d like to use them for promotion or a section for “notes”, etc. It seemed strange. Couldn’t we just remove the extra pages? I asked my editor and she followed up with this article about printing books.

Ready for Rain: In an Instant, She Was Gone

A new issue of my newsletter, Ready for Rain, went out to subscribers recently. It's a short, scary story about our dog Piper disappearing into the woods on a windy afternoon. It was about 3:45 when Piper disappeared and as we searched, I started to do mental...

How I’m Publishing BIG ENOUGH

Big Enough, my forthcoming book, is arriving in May. It’s being published via a partnership between me and publishing industry pros. Below, I’ll explain why I made this choice, how it differs from traditional publishing and why this option might become more popular in...

Summoning the Gumption

For Big Enough, I plan to throw myself at the marketing beast. My challenge is to learn how to market a book successfully. If I can develop a marketing strategy that fits with my style, I will have a head start for future books.

Explaining Big Enough

Now that I have a book coming out, I’m facing another kind of explanation challenge in the form of explaining Big Enough. It seems like every time I write about it, I take a slightly different path and I’m constantly wondering if I’ve stumbled upon the one explanation that works best.

Das Rad – On Geologic Time

Over the weekend a friend introduced me to the video below called Das Rad, which is a German term that means "The Wheel" in English. The film is known by the bland-but-accurate title "Rocks" in English versions. The artistry and the overall concept made a big...

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I write books and run an intentionally small company called Common Craft. This is where I share what I'm learning and doing.

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