Ian Philpot

Writer, Father, Husband, Dabbler

Fatherhood in the 21st Century: Dreams and Nightmares

Fatherhood in the 21st Century: Dreams and Nightmares

Something happened when my daughter was born. Something so subtle, that I didn’t realize it until today (over two years later). Something so intense that it excites and frightens me at the same time. It’s one thing, but it has two affects. This one thing (I’m still not sure what to call it — maybe it’s just fatherhood in general?) makes my dreams brighter and my nightmares darker. My dreams have never been so aspirational, so high-reaching, so…BIG. My dreams go far beyond me. (Even in marriage, my dreams were heavily related on what Erin and […]

Garbage and ‘The Idea Machine’

Garbage and ‘The Idea Machine’

I have never met a person who found satisfaction in removing garbage from the bin in the kitchen, taking it into the garage (or outside), and putting it into a garbage can.

As a matter of fact, a lot of people put off taking out their garbage.

If we’re honest, we even push the trash down to create space so the next person will have to take it out. (more…)

“You’ve Taken to Fatherhood”

“You’ve Taken to Fatherhood”

I was at a tux fitting last weekend for my best friend. I’m his best man.

Afterward, we went to a restaurant with his father, his fianceé, her father, and another groomsman.

I’m in the middle of my cheddar ale soup and one of them says to me, “You’ve really taken to fatherhood.”

Then someone else says, “You’re a natural dad.”

“Wow! That’s so nice! Thanks for saying that.”

^^That’s what I didn’t say.

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NaNoWriMo 2014 — 2 Days and a Cover

I’m now two days into writing my NaNoWriMo novel, The Signateur, and I’m over 5,000 words already. (That’s one day ahead for anyone counting.) Better yet, I’m learning more about my characters and my story as I write them. It’s always so interesting to me how, though I’m consciously in control of the story, my subconscious is also in charge of some part of this. It can lead to surprises about who I thought a character was and who they end up being. But what I’m most excited about is sharing my cover for the novel. It […]

Why I’m Writing a Novel

Why I’m Writing a Novel

It occurred to me that I’ve written a lot about what I’m writing but very little about why I’m writing. So, on the eve of National Novel Writing Month, let me share why I’m attempting to write a novel this November. Very few people know that I’ve had several of my poems published in a couple of literary journals. Those people are either related to me or they’ve read the small line at the bottom of my “writer’s résumé.” I don’t talk about my published poetry because I feel like I’m too young for people to […]

NaNoWriMo 2014 — 3 Days Out: Planning and Tools

NaNoWriMo 2014 — 3 Days Out: Planning and Tools

There’s just three days until the craziness of NaNoWriMO begins and The Signateur comes to life.

I’ve got my plot.
I’ve got my caffeine supply.
I think I’m ready—which means I’m probably not.

Ready or not, I already feel that this year is going to be good. I’ve been planning and I’ve even started crowd-sourcing part of my novel. (more…)

NaNoWriMo 2014 — 2 Weeks Out

NaNoWriMo 2014 — 2 Weeks Out

It’s fall.
The trees are changing color.
Pumpkin spice is everywhere.
It’s novel writing season.

I’ve written about my novel attempts for the last few Novembers (2011, 2012, 2013), so I’m going to skip the full National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) explanation and just jump right into it.

For 2014, I’m writing a novel titled The Signateur. It started as an idea I had shortly after I abandoned my novel last year. When I was looking for story ideas for this year, I found it in my Ideas folder in Evernote. (Score one for technology.) (more…)

Impatient, Millennial Dad

Impatient, Millennial Dad

I’m five months into fatherhood.

The days are long.
The weeks are short.
My sleep hasn’t yet recovered.
And I love every minute.

But, though Claire is constantly hitting milestones that are advanced for her age, I want her to be older now. (more…)

Global Leadership Summit 2014 Day 1 and My Most RT’ed Tweet

Global Leadership Summit 2014 Day 1 and My Most RT’ed Tweet

For the last seven years, I’ve attended the Global Leadership Summit (#GLS14), and it has consistently been one of the biggest resources in equipping me for adulthood, the workplace, and life.

This is my fifth year participating in the social media room, which is a wired room shared by about twenty of the most talented bloggers, photographers, and social media specialists in the church world. (more…)

Email Marketers Should Leave Holidays Alone

Email Marketers Should Leave Holidays Alone

Memorial Day weekend means a lot more to me now that it’s also my anniversary weekend. I woke up that Monday relaxed and ready to spend time with my family.

As I got of bed and checked my phone, I had four notifications from marketers trying to get me to buy something.

As someone who has sent marketing emails, I have always been conscious of sending an email at the right time. But I also made decisions not to send people on holidays or other special occasions because I knew it was ethically questionable.

So on Memorial Day weekend, I felt conflicted—understanding the plight of the marketers but also wanting to be left alone on a holiday—so I just deleted the emails and went about my day.

On the Fourth of July, I woke up with five marketing emails in my notifications, and I was upset. (more…)

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