At a glance, my decision might strike some as sheer madness. After all, isn’t homeownership the very pinnacle of adult achievement? The embodiment of financial security? The foundation on which you raise a family and set down roots? Certainly, for many, that white picket fence symbolizes a dream realized. Yet, for creatives like me...
A common question I see on Facebook or in writing groups from newbie authors is, “How much can I expect to earn publishing my book?” This is a pretty easy question to answer, but it might discourage you. This is a long post, so let me quickly summarize some things: 1. most books don’t earn
Picture this: You’re sipping an iced mojito on a Thai beach or bargaining for fresh produce in a bustling Moroccan market. Sounds dreamy, right? The idea of packing up and starting afresh in a foreign land might sound daunting, but there’s a ton of reasons to take the plunge. Here’s a list of 25 compelling
Matrix 4: Resurrections doesn’t deserve a movie review, for many reasons: it’s not that interesting, or enjoyable – almost as if it’s consciously and deliberately avoiding the point of the cinematic experience as entertainment. It is not entertaining. Luckily my wife and I were the only ones in the theatre so we could...
Real quick: Medium is a side-project by Twitter CEO that’s mostly unmonetized but gets a crazy amount of traffic; making it one of the biggest content sites on the internet. You *can* get paid by views under certain conditions and *some* writers are making real money ($1000~$10,000 a month) but it’s not easy to do
In August of 2012, we were paying too much for our apartment. Like stupid expensive in Los Angeles, where everything is stupidly expensive. Then, one day I went to the office to pick up a package and saw a flier that said we could break our lease FOR FREE if we used a
We first came to Bali last year and spent two months. I enjoyed it, my wife didn’t. That was mostly my fault, for booking hotel rooms instead of villas so she could have a kitchen and her own space (living on a bed kind of sucks for weeks on end). I convinced her to come
Six years ago I wrote a personal post about the challenges of being a full-time digital nomad, “Starting over with nothing at 32.” Over the years it’s gotten more traction than I expected so I thought it was time for a reprieve. I recently turned 38 (during the winter solstice) and I still have just
This is an interview with indie author Chris Fox, a fantasy novelist and YouTuber who has been killing it for years and is a self-publishing legend. It’s part of an online Q&A we did on Facebook, and I’ve reposted the answers here so they can help more indie authors. There’s a lot of valuable content
When I finish my PhD, I’ll finally be able to use my love of research to write about truly interesting things. One my next projects will be “Paid to Create” – which, originally was going to simply be about how to make money with your creativity, kind of a practical manifesto for this blog. However
Since finishing my PhD in literature, my wife and I are truly location independent and write full-time. One of the biggest productivity hacks I’ve found is to put myself in beautiful and inspiring environments (that are mostly distraction free). While some argue they can “write from anywhere” – I’m a firm...
This week I wrote and published 3 adult coloring books, with several more in the works. This is one of my favorites. It’s a very different kind of adult coloring book. There are no lines. It’s more like a guided set of self-actualization exercises, which asks you to imagine and draw specific scenarios. I’m giving 5