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An Interview on Writing, with Garth Stein

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I have no idea who Garth Stein is, although I have heard of (but have not read) his novel, The Art of Racing in the Rain.

His take on how he writes (or doesn’t) squares with mine to a near perfect T.

When and where do you write? I write like writing is a job. I have an office. I go to it. I fart around in the mornings, tending to business, editing, reading. In the afternoon, I look at the clock and think, “oh, crud, I have to get something done! It’s almost time to go home and fix dinner!” So I write furiously until I go home and fix dinner.

I also liked this bit:

What’s your advice to new writers? Take acting classes. Actors need to know all about the motivation of their characters. They need to know where the character is coming from and where he is going to, what he wants, what he needs, what he will die without having, etc. Even though it might not all be in the text, it has to be in the mind of the actor playing the part.

You’ll find the entire interview at Advice to Writers.

Written by Jeffery Battersby

May 6th, 2015 at 10:41 am

The power of Pomodoro

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Starting this week I will be taking over the weekly reigns of Working Mac at Macworld.com. This week I take a look at the Pomodoro Technique, something I use when my focus is at a minimum. Kicking off a timer will often help me get back on task.

Working Mac: The power of Pomodoro (or, how to slice your time to stay on task) | Macworld

Written by Jeffery Battersby

May 6th, 2015 at 9:12 am

What Does Intelligence Mean?

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…tests are not measures of anything other than one’s ability to operate in artificial environments under forced and arbitrary time constraints in a sweaty room proximate to one’s tormentors, victims, crushes, exes, old best friends and frenemies.

Great article on standardized testing from Amanda Stern. You’ll find it at The Mid: What Does Intelligence Mean?

Written by Jeffery Battersby

May 4th, 2015 at 4:23 pm

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First Look: Office 2016 for Mac Preview

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This morning Microsoft offered up a preview of Office 2016 for Mac. I had the pleasure of giving the suite a go in advance of its public release.

My thoughts on the Office for Mac 2016 Preview are here, at Macworld.com.

Written by Jeffery Battersby

March 5th, 2015 at 8:46 pm

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NY Times Media Columnist, David Carr, Dead At 58

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Crazy. Saw him with Beau Willimon talking about House of Cards last spring in DC.

NY Times Media Columnist, David Carr, Dead At 58

If you haven’t seen his recent column regarding Brian Williams, you should. Spot on.

UPDATE: This was Carr today talking with Edward Snowden: LAURA POITRAS AND GLENN GREENWALD IN PERSON WITH EDWARD SNOWDEN VIA LIVE VIDEO

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February 12th, 2015 at 10:55 pm

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QuickBooks Self-Employed Review

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QuickBooks Self-Employed is a a new offering from Intuit designed with self-employed sole proprietors in mind, helping them parse business and personal expenses and make sure they pay the correct amount in quarterly taxes and pay them on time.

My Macworld review of QuickBooks Self-Employed here.

Written by Jeffery Battersby

February 11th, 2015 at 11:03 am

Harper Lee To Publish New Novel

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I was heartbroken for a brief moment when I saw Harper Lee’s name in breaking news. Now… pretty happy.

Harper Lee, Author of ‘To Kill a Mockingbird,’ Is to Publish a Second Novel | via NY Times

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February 3rd, 2015 at 11:21 am

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