NaNoWriMo 2014 Participant

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.)

The story takes place in the near future and centers around Cameron Simmons, a thirty-something who works as the signateur for Acta International. A signateur (in my story) is a legal representative for a company who signs official documents completing agreements—a specialized job being that very few people know how to handwrite anything, let alone sign a document in cursive.

Speaking of the story taking place in the future, the signing pens use ink tied to the signer’s DNA, regular paper is mostly illegal, and everyone learns how to use a one-handed “invisible” keyboard in the third grade.

Those are some of the main pieces of my story, and I’ll share more when November is here.  There are a couple more details in the synopsis on NaNoWriMo’s site. Check it out here.

Global Leadership Summit 2014 Day 1

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.

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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.

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The 4 Things I See when I Look at Your Twitter Profile


Last week, I gave a group of artists a full introduction to Twitter along with some recommended best practices. At one point in the conversation, I pulled up my Twitter profile and explained why everything is the way it is. In that moment, I realized something: I take my profile so seriously because I judge the profiles of others.

So I’ve decided to make a list of the four things I see (or judge) when I look at your Twitter profile.

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Fatherhood in the 21st Century: I Missed It (Or Did I?)


When I first got a camera phone, I ruined several experiences for myself. I was so caught up with documenting concerts or family gatherings or things I saw on a walk that I didn’t get to enjoy them.

What’s worse? I never looked at any of those pictures after I took them.

So when Claire arrived, I told myself that I would document what I could when I wasn’t disrupting the moment and leave the rest to my memory. But I wasn’t convinced that I would stick with it.

This past weekend, that was put to the test.

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Brand Recognition ≠ Brand Loyalty

A couple of years ago, the Logos Quiz Game app was one of the most downloaded apps on Apple’s App Store. People all over the world were racking up scores based on the brand logos that they recognized.

The app reminded me of small documentaries teachers used to make my class watch where kids my age identified logos faster than famous world leaders. And it was bad that they recognized Taco Bell but didn’t know FDR.

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Fatherhood in the 21st Century: How Google Keeps Me Sane


The first day I was a father, everything was easy. I got to stare at the baby while the nurses took care of her. If I had a question, the nurse had the answer.

When we got home, it wasn’t horribly difficult to take care of the baby. I was a champ when it came to changing diapers and holding the baby. But when I had a question, there was no nurse around to provide an answer. So I turned to Google.

Before I explain a bit of modern obviousness, first let me explain the mindset of a new parent.

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