Welcome to the fifth day of my 3K per day writing journey

2018: Day 5 of 365 writing 3,000 words per day
Word count 11,182 of 1,000,000

Dear Reader,

Right now in this moment my will to write is limited. Sometimes getting started is as simple as opening my Chromebook and starting at a blank word processing document for a few minutes. Today was one of those weird days. Things felt a little bit rushed. They felt a little bit out of sorts. Traveling for such long periods of time can take a toll on you. I’m thinking about getting my bag packed. For a few minutes today I started searching the Timbuk2 website for large size command messenger bags. My current bag is a medium size messenger bag. Everything fits into the bag, but I’m pretty much at the limit. Throughout this trip the bag has been full.

Without question I have been happy with my last two Timbuk2 messenger bags. I even purchased one for Joni. Running out of space is really a function of the gear I travel with constantly increasing. Writing using my Asus Flip C101P Chromebook has been pretty easy. Charging with the USB Type-C cable has made things much easier. The screen seems to be nicer and the overall device runs smoother. I could really tell a difference when watching video on Netflix. Before starting this writing session I wrote down 5 topics to cover on a piece of paper. That is probably going to be a key part of my writing journey this year. Naturally, it would be easy to sit down and write a series of 3,000 word open letters. Each one would probably stand alone, but that would not help build a rock solid narrative that would be interesting enough to sustain my writing journey throughout 1,000,000 words.

Maybe it will be easy to sustain a format that involves opening with a few paragraphs and then moving into a series of 5 topic based vignettes. That type of rigor will help break down the writing effort into manageable chunks each day. My goal for this first week as to really get into the practice of daily writing. It is much easier to sit down and ponder things. Even talking out loud sometimes feels easier than sitting down to write long form prose. For me it is about getting into a solid and sustained writing mode where my thoughts are easily translated to a written form. Maybe it should be effortless and free flowing. That happens from time to time. It is amazing just how much fun it is to engage in pure free form writing.

Today was one of those days that just a few moments of being creative is enough to shake things up. It is possible that sorting this year of prose autobiographically is a nod to the movie High Fidelity (2000). That realization came to me today in the middle of writing this epic paragraph of stand along prose. This work of prose really is intended to be read from start to finish just as it was written from start to finish from January to December of the same year. This could very well end up being the longest work of collected words I even end up putting together. I am highly competitive so it who knows if I would ever try to beat my previous big year writing goal. Setting a new personal best record for words created in a year seems reasonable. The reasonableness of the whole thing breaks down as you approach 1,000,000 words.

Topic 1: Wring for 30 minutes in pure silence

Ok. It has finally happened. The mute button on the television has been pressed. Sure the screen is still showing the news, but no sounds are being made. I can hear somebody next door doing something that sounds like picking things up and putting things down. Maybe they are packing or unpacking a suitcase. Outside my window the sounds of the city never really stop. Living downtown or staying downtown involves getting used to the sounds of the city. Traffic runs by and you can hear engines and other sounds. Sometimes sirens or horns pierce all of the other sounds to jump to the forefront of your thoughts. For me it is always the sounds of the wind that catch my attention. Focusing on the world around me is one of the reasons that listening to music or television helps me focused. It helps ground me to the moment and it helps me stay in my writing zone.

Something about absolute silence mixed with a soundtrack of a busy city have always caused my mind to wonder. Daydreaming in the middle of a writing sessions is inherently problematic and leads to disjointed and otherwise useless prose. Producing an endless string of thoughts could really drive us in any direction. That is the pure joy of writing. You can think about or imagine anything and bring it to life on the page. I’m waiting until after the 7th day of my 2018 writing project to start brining any short stories into the fold. I felt like the first 20,000 words should be devoted to the process of ramping up my writing routine.

Ugh. I just stopped writing to check my email for a minute or two. That did not need to happen. I should have stayed focus on the task at hand. That task is to produce 3,000 words for the day and pack my bag to go home. This week involved more travel than usual. In fact the extra travel days pushed me toward having to check a bag. That was actually a very good thing during my last flight. The overhead bin space on the airplane was highly limited. My regular Timbuk2 roller bag would not have fit. The bigger bag that I brought with me this would would not have come close to fitting. You may recall from some of my earlier notes this week that the airplane this week was truly uncomfortable. I’m hoping that maybe it was just the seat and that this next flight will be more comfortable.

You can squeeze a lot more out of 30 minutes of writing than you might think. Sit down and pick up your pen and try to write for thirty minutes straight. Getting used to typing for 30 minutes straight is really an interesting thing to figure out. This ASUS Flip C101P Chromebook has a decent keyboard, but the process of typing for 30 straight minutes can be taxing. You have to make sure you are sitting in a comfortable position and that you are not straining anything. Today most of this written session happened while laying down and staying completely still. I just had to remind myself not to pick up the remote and turn back on the volume. Distractions are very easy to encounter and awfully hard to avoid.

We are closing in on getting to the halfway point for the day and we are only on writing topic number one. That probably means that we will be able to hit the goal for today and still have some room for improvement. Deciding what to do with the time we have is a very important part of life. My commitment to spend a large part of my 2018 year writing is a conscious choice and something that I feel is very important. This topic did not hold my attention for 30 straight minutes.

Topic 2: I’m hopeful that during my flight inspiration will strike

Sometimes writing on an airplane can yield some good results. You really have to sit down and commit to writing. I throw on my Bose Qc35 wireless headphones and spin up some music. Keep in mind that for me listening to music is about experiencing an album from start to finish. I listen to the music in the way the artist intended in pure album form. That means I have about an hour or so to start typing aware before the music stops. Writing in one hour spurts can produce interesting prose. Most of the time in the past I have taken the time to collect my thoughts about life, the universe, and well everything. Those great deep think pieces are about trying to grab the universe by the soul and make sense out of everything.

From time to time writing on an airplane can be hard. Sometimes you just do not feel like writing. In those cases, I have found that working on producing segments of an article of non-fiction book to be a more reasonable thing to accomplish. That can be problematic without an active internet connection. My Chromebook does not contain my complete works in digital form. They are stored within the cloud. A cloud that is only accessible via an internet connection. Sometimes you just have to go old school and break out the pen and paper. My digital archives contain a number of half finished books, essays, and other works of non-fiction.

Some of them will one day get completed and some of them are just awful false starts that will apparently reside within the cloud. I did spend some time today thinking about the structure of posts on my weblog. They are presented in reverse chronological order from newest to oldest. That makes sense for a weblog, but it is the opposite way of how I intended this 1,000,000 writing effort to be consumed. Within my standard weblog structure people will always be exposed to the latest prose vs. being able to to start from the beginning. It will probably be prudent at some point during the process to present the content in the right way.

Writing one paragraph at a time seems to be how this night is going. I seem to be writing one good paragraph and pausing for a minute or two or getting distracted. That tells me that i’m not building toward a meaningful goal. Writing with a purpose might help guide my prose toward something that will deliver a meantiful message. At the moment that message seems to be that writing for two hours per day seems to produce a lot of content about writing for two hours per day. I’m sure that things will pick up as I get used to writing at this clip for a sustained period of time. Maybe by the end of next week I will have hit my stride and we will start work on writing either a collection of short stories of a book made up of lengthy 3,000 word chapters.

Topic 3: Figuring out 6:00 AM

My alarm went off 45 minutes ago. Things happened in the last 45 minutes. Writing was not one of those things. This cup of coffee sitting next to me is acceptable. The flavor is not outstanding, but it does not taste watered down or burnt. This room has a strange little table in front of the small 2 seat sofa. It probably is meant to replace the desk layout within the room with a sofa and working table configuration. That layout change makes sense. I wonder just how much time people spend sitting at desks in hotel rooms each day. This first part of my day always unfolds rather slowly. Coffee helps. I’m pretty much ready to go and on my way after defeating this first hour or so each day.

Here is what I have learned in 5 days of endeavoring to write 3,000 words per day. The first 1,000 words normally happen like they would have any other day of my writing career. From the 1,500 mark to the 2,000 word mark a slow down period occurs where things do not generally go very well or very quickly. My second wing from 2,000 words to whatever the day ends at seems to either happen effortless or to draft out. My writing output does seem to be very bimodal. It is either fast or slow, but I do not seem to have a gear in the middle between the two.

Topic 4: Writing a leadership book

Maybe this second cup of coffee is working. I’m already thinking about writing a leadership book this year. One of the things that I have been working on drafting involves a biographical pass of my college experience mixed with some of my thoughts on education in general. That may or may not be an interesting thing to work on next week. This week I spent some time thinking about a sketch of a leadership book. All of the data driven ways to manage a workforce came to the forefront in the last decade. Some newer insights related to more qualitative methods to review a workforce are starting to appear in dashboards and infographics. People can now mix together qualitative and quantitative key performance indicators with ease. The real question would be how people are using things generated by AI and big data to lead. I think that type of leadership will end up generating a new wave of leadership books. Mixing those kind of concepts and talking about how to deal with the current changes in the workforce and economy in general could produce some very interesting reads.

Dr. Nels Lindahl
San Antonio, Texas
Written on a ASUS Flip Chromebook C101P using Google Docs

P.S. Today involved a lot of travel. Sometimes traveling helps inspire most excellent prose and other times it does not.

Upcoming 2018 Writing Topics:

— My thoughts on getting an education
— Recap of all the video camera equipment I have owned
— All the promise and failures of my first Sony camcorder
— That one with a roadtrip to Florida
— Applied AI: A use case based exploration
— My ode to minor league hockey
— Progress within general AI vs. specialized use cases
— My review of the ASUS C101P Chromebook
— On leadership and the modern workplace
— Short story “The Knock”

Feel free to leave topic suggestions in the comment section.

Day 4 of working toward writing one million words this year

2018: Day 4 of 365 writing 3,000 words per day
Word count 8,859 of 1,000,000

Dear Reader,

Dinner tonight involved ordering a cheese pizza and an absolutely wonderful raspberry filled devil’s food cupcake. Seriously, it was wonderful. A few years ago we had tried to make Roberta’s Pizza Dough Recipe from The New York Times in our home kitchen. Tonight the pizza that was delivered must have had extra cheese on it. It was a surprisingly heavy pizza. The dough from the pizza reminded me of a much thicker Roberta’s pizza. Sometimes when you are hungry just the smell of a freshly delivered pizza can bring you joy. Tonight was one of those nights. From the very moment the pizza arrived and was taken out of some type of warming container it smelt fantastic. Three very large pieces of pizza were consumed in rapid fire. A fourth piece of pizza is still waiting in the box to be eaten. Soon or later it will probably be the final part of dinner.

Before that last piece of pizza became the focus of my dinner journey a cupcake may or may not have been consumed. It arrived in a funny cardboard box. With just a little bit of effort the top of the box came off. Sliding the top of the box to the side of my tray happened almost without any thought about it. Both side flaps released and the box opened up to allow you to grab the cupcake. It was billed as a raspberry filled devil’s food cupcake. That description turned out to be true. I cut it in half and enjoyed one half straight away before returning my focus to my last slice of pizza. Sometimes a really filling and exciting dinner is enough to help me relax and begin the writing process. Without question you should be able to tell if it helped based on the last two paragraphs.

Tonight was going to be a night that included a pizza and a movie. A quick pass through the channels on the television opened the door to maybe watching Tin Cup or trying to find something else to have on in the background. Most of my writing sessions have some type of soundtrack. It might be a movie or maybe just some music. Writing without any noise or distraction does not happen very often. Maybe it would be an interesting experiment for me eliminate all distractions and write in complete silence for an evening. It has probably been more than a decade since that type of writing session occurred.

Most of my days and most of my time are filled with some type of noise. My time seems to be filled with things happening. Taking the time to meditate in absolute silence has not really interested me. Instead of silence I would rather listen to an album from start to finish or maybe even just turn on the television. Given some time for reflection that need for noise really does seem to be consistent. We do have to take the time to be reflective practitioners and think about how we want to execute our craft. We have to make a decision about how we went to move forward. The decision to strive forward should be something that receives a proper amount of consideration.

Instead of engaging in a proper amount of reflection my thoughts wondered to what it would take to hand carve a guitar. Building custom guitars has always been something that caught my attention. It predates even my need to surf the internet for new computers. Carving a guitar body by hand is probably something that I could do this year. Trying to carve a guitar neck would require a certain amount of more advanced skills. That said it would probably be possible to buy a guitar neck and carve a custom guitar body. For some reason that type of effort really does seem to come to the forefront of my thoughts. It would probably be a better strategy to spend my time reflecting on writing with purpose.

We have reached day four in the long journey toward writing 1,000,000 words in 2018. At a clip of 3,000 words per day that means that each work my writing target would be 21,000 words per week. That is larger than the minimum average words per week required to hit 1,000,000 words per year. One million divided by 52 comes out to about 19,230.77. This week I am on track to hit my targets and while that is a good thing it has also opened my eyes to just how difficult the journey will be this year.

Topic 1: Understanding the art of meaningful conversation

People talk to people every day. Taking the time to have a very real and meaningful conversation sometimes seems like a lost art. This is not a treatus about mining for conserational treasure. This batch of prose provides an inquiry into what it takes to engage in meaningful conversations with people. For the most part it takes a certain amount of time and energy to engage in the art of meaningful conversations. Sometimes it is much easier to sit down and write long form prose vs. trying to talk to somebody for more than 10 minutes. It feels like people are getting busier and busier. Sometimes I think that social media is breaking down long form communication.

Throughout my efforts to write 3,000 words per day this week I have developed a method for setting up my weblog posts. I pretty much set up the shell of the weblog post and continue to push in more content throughout the day. The post has a scheduled time and I have been tinkering with it up until the time it publishes. I spent some time this week trying to figure how to graphically show my writing output per year. It might be an interesting graph. At some point, that is probably be built ut as a live graphic.

Consider for a moment the principle units of communication in the workplace. Two units of communication that are pervasive are email and meetings. Both of these units of communication constrain how people exchange information by time or format. People do not want to sit and read ridiculously long emails. Brevity in the fine art of workplace communication tends to carry the day. Meetings constrain communication based on time. Really complex or difficult discussions take time. They may require more than one engagement and they may require a lot of back and forth. I would argue that people do not really have the time to engage in truly substantive meaningful dialogue anymore. Either a surface level agreement occurs on a direction or a directive is given to move forward, but the foundations beyond the surface level are not properly addressed to the point where all due consideration is complete.

Topic 2: Picking the right movie

Tonight I never managed to pick a movie to watch. It is now a little bit late in the evening to start watching a movie. Tonight would have had to be a Netflix night, but that did not happen. The number of movie channels here is pretty much limited to some HBO variations. It is amazing just how much video on demand changed my ability to pick the right movie for the night. Selection processes used to involve reviewing options and picking something that was on a channel. Beyond selection of a channel it would have been possible to put on a VHS, DVD, or eventually Blu-ray disc. Streaming and video on demand simply changed the delivery model for movie content forever. It really changed what it meant to pick the right movie.

To be honest it has caused a lot of lengthy search sessions. Some of the searches did not yield anything useful. They were just a waste of time. Given that most of the time I’m just turning on the television to have some noise in the background that is probably not a very efficient strategy. Sure the ultimate answer would just be to watch reruns of things like the X-Files, Northern Exposure, and Andromeda. That would constrain the search process and just help move things forward. It would also be a lot less interesting. Searching for new and interesting things is exciting.

Today was one of those days where the words were not flowing at a reasonable pace. It turns out that writing 3,000 words every day is a pretty big commitment. From time to time I have been known to produce a tremendous amount of words in a short period of time. Inspiration strikes and sometime that is enough to create something in a single writing session. Writing 3,000 words a day is about more than riding an occasional wave of inspiration. It is about finding a purposeful reason to write and engage in generating prose.

Dr. Nels Lindahl
San Antonio, Texas
Written on a ASUS Flip Chromebook C101P using Google Docs

P.S. I’m working on sketching out some more topics for the year. My first few days of writing have been rather ad-hoc. At some point, I will need to start writing based on a roadmap of topics. It may be easier to start writing short stories. My ability to rapidly write short stories could help push my writing efforts forward this year. Sometimes writing non-fiction is harder than writing fiction. Other times the words are ready to jump onto the page and writing is going to happen either way.

Upcoming 2018 Writing Topics:

— Recap of all the video camera equipment I have owned
— All the promise and failures of my first Sony camcorder
— That one with a roadtrip to Florida
— Applied AI: A use case based exploration
— My ode to minor league hockey
— Progress within general AI vs. specialized use cases
— My review of the ASUS C101P Chromebook
— On leadership and the modern workplace
— Short story “The Knock”

Feel free to leave topic suggestions in the comment section.

Pick up a pen and try to write during the first moment of the day

two pancakes with syrup

2018: Day 3 of 365 writing 3,000 words per day
Word count 7,244 of 1,000,000

Dear Reader,

Watching a show on Netflix may have slowed down my writing output today. I’m not entirely sure why I watched the latest season of The Ranch on Netflix. It is probably the same reason that I keep watching The Curse of Oak Island on the History channel season after season. Sometimes a good treasure hunt is enough to hold my attention. Maybe at some point the Netflix show producing algorithm will figure out how to mix The Ranch with a good old fashioned treasure hunt. That seems like a path toward failed plotlines and general ridiculous.

Topic 1: Day three may have been the best day yet

Things were running a little bit slow this morning. Welcome to the start of the day. It is either very cloudy or the sun is not up yet. It very well could be that both conditions were true. This cup of coffee is not that hot. Coffee has this magical zone between being overly cold and being overly hot. Today was one of those days where from the start I could drink the coffee straight away. It tastes like a dark maybe somewhat stale french roast of some sort. Maybe it would have been a good idea to read the sign before pouring it. Things like that seem to be less important during the first hour of the day. Waking up and immediately writing is not really something that is going to ever happen. It takes a couple of minutes to get going. Planning on a productive morning writing session may not be the best idea. You could say that I am an early riser. Those first few moments of the day are simply not my favorite moments.

During the course of traveling I have always turned on the ESPN television channel in the morning. Mike & Mike in the morning was a staple of my traveling routine. For some inexplicable reason the near perfect broadcasting tandem of Mike & Mike has now become Golic & Wingo. I’m reserving my judgment on the new program for another couple of weeks. Arriving at a true broadcasting partnership may take them a little bit of time. Watching sports programming in the morning is really about that first fifteen minutes or so of the day. Those minutes are not entirely useful. They occur during a boot up phase that just sort of happens. Tomorrow for fun I am going to set a pad of paper and a pen by the bed under my phone. Alarms will go off. I will pick up the pen and try to write for 5 minutes straight.

Picking up a pen during the first few moments of the day and trying to write should be a very attainable goal. Finding the time for epic writing sessions is what the march toward writing 1,000,000 words in a year is all about. Writers write. Writing an average of 3,000 words per day involves making about a 2 hour commitment. According to statistics from my Fitbit my average night of sleep is less than 8 hours. To make the math a little more interesting I’m going to round up and accept 8 hours as an average night of sleep. 8 hours out of 24 breaks down to 33.33% (repeating of course) of the day. If you can spend 1/3 of the day sleeping, then working toward writing for 2 hours per day or 8.33% (repeating) should be easy. Writing 3,000 words per day is for better or worse a daily commitment of 8.33% from each day. Between working and sleeping you are probably talking about having 2/3 of your day automatically committed. That means that you have to figure out what you want to do with the 1/3 of the day within your control. Obviously, I am making the decision to spend over 730 hours writing in 2018. That might seem like a large number. It is only 8.33% of the 8,760 hours that will make up the totality of 2018.

Topic 2: Working toward writing 1,000 word essays

Let’s face it sitting down and writing 3,000 words on the same topic in one shot is a very elusive goal to try to achieve. Working toward writing a series of 1,000 word essays is a more reasonable goal. It probably would have been a better idea to try to write about 500 words at a time and move from topic to topic. That probably is not going to work to help push things forward. Daily writing can be about observing and reacting to external stimulus in a written form. Alternatively, daily writing could be about reflection and writing out internal monologue. Either way the process of writing is generally about taking a topic and exploring it. That exporation tends to be wholey a function of how the writing engages in the process.

My personal writing process tends to be a mixture of stream of consciousness style writing and highly outlined prose generation. Sometimes you sit down with a piece of paper and a pen to outline a future writing project. You can take and expand each section within an outline with annotation to bring forward robust details. Imagine a process where you build a loaf of bread by putting together one crumb at a time. Within that analogy it would not be a process of re-assembling a loaf of bread. It would really in truth be the process of assembly. Bread normally comes together through a baking process. You pull of the ingredients together and allow a variety of processes to occur depending on what type of bread is being made.

Topic 3: Random stream of consciousness style writing

Writing with a purpose. Writing driven by a definitive point of view. Striving forward to write about things that matter in a meaningful day. Those are things that I know need to be a part of my daily writing routine. Much of what I write is driving by basic somewhat random stream of consciousness style writing. To me that means sitting down in front of a blank page or maybe an otherwise blank word processing document and writing. The exercise usually begins in the same way. You can have an idea that sparks the need to write. Accepting that spark of inspiration and sitting down to write is a different process than engaging in pure stream of consciousness style writing. My sleep threshold is pretty low. I can clear my mind and fall asleep just about anywhere at just about any time. That is almost the same way writing normally starts for me.

It works like this. Everything gets setup to get going and start writing. I clear my mind of any worries, concerns, or any real thoughts about anything. In that moment of pure acceptance of my surroundings nothing is really happening. From that nothing something normally springs forward into existence. That could very well be both the best and worst part of the process. Sometimes a writing session will produce absolute nonsense. Other times it producing something that is usable and useful.

Topic 4: Two alarms went off this morning

A vibration based alarm on my Fitbit started to wake me up at 5:30 AM. That alarm never really seems to be 100% effective. At 5:35 AM a rather loud alarm on my Pixel 2 XL phone started blaring. It was louder and did require me to move a lot farther to turn it off. That was enough to start the process. I fumbled around to find the remote control. Without really looking at the buttons a few flicks turned on the television. It seemed like a good idea to navigate from the information channel to the flagship ESPN television channel. Both Golic and Wingo seemed happy to be on television today. I’m sure having the new show and the combination of college and professional football being in full swing helps matters.

A pad of paper and a pen were sitting right next to the bed. I knew my goal was to sit up and start writing from the very first moment of the day. Somehow that goal turned into a moonshot. It was not something that was going to happen. The day started with a few minutes watching Golic & Wingo on the television. I managed to walk by the pad of paper and ignore it before starting the day with a shower. Two choices existed for coffee today. The hotel provides some type of french roast coffee and a nearby Starbucks sells a wide variety of coffee. Naturally, I would have liked to have two shots of espresso and begin the day. Instead I settled for a cup of french roast coffee. Probably 90% of all coffee I have consumed was not mixed with anything. Coffee without anything added to it remains and probably will always be my prefered beverage. That previous statement probably should be modified somehow to include espresso. Revision operational definitions after the fact remains a questionable practice. Consider that reality acknowledged.

Commercials do make the new Fitbit Ionic smart watch look pretty good. I’m on my third Fitbit band/watch. My original fitbit band had this tiny sense pebble inside the band. It was a difficult to charge and it ended up failing at some point. My next Fitbit was highly forgettable. It was the Fitbit Surge and it was easier to charge if memory serves me correctly. It got torn and i purchased a Fitbit Blaze. Oddly enough that purchase provided a stable and usable watch. It works well enough and I have a nice looking metal bend for it that makes it feel like a regular watch. Given that it is a perfectly serviceable and working fitness watch I do not really feel the need to purchase the newer Fitbit Ionic watch. Incremental product improvements between versions are often not enough to encourage me to upgrade.

Dr. Nels Lindahl
San Antonio, Texas
Written on a ASUS Flip Chromebook C101P using Google Docs

Upcoming 2018 Writing Topics:

— Recap of all the video camera equipment I have owned
— All the promise and failures of my first Sony camcorder
— That one with a roadtrip to Florida
— Applied AI: A use case based exploration
— My ode to minor league hockey
— Progress within general AI vs. specialized use cases
— My review of the ASUS C101P Chromebook
— On leadership and the modern workplace
— Short story “The Knock”

Feel free to leave topic suggestions in the comment section.

Getting ready for the long 2018 journey to one million words

Getting ready for the long 2018 journey to one million words

2018: Day 2 of 365
Word count 5,527 of 1,000,000

Dear Reader,

Welcome back to the second post in my new 3,000 word per day writing series. It will be a series that will pretty much last all year. You may have guessed from the last post that pretty much every day of 2018 will be full of rather lengthy, rambling, and otherwise thoughtful weblog posts. Writing one million words in the same year will make for a very big year. Truly I am expecting 2018 to be a big year. To that end my brand new Chromebook is up and running. I’m quickly and without much fanfare getting used to typing on my new ASUS Flip C101P Chromebook. Overall the system build and feel between the ASUS Flip C100PA-DB01 and the C101P are pretty much the same. The keyboard is different between the two devices. I am not able to exactly describe the difference between the two keyboards. Maybe later this week. Chromebooks really are reasonably priced for the hardware that you get. I totally get how and why they are becoming more pervasive within schools.

Chromebooks are really easy to setup these days. That is not a sponsored statement. I just appears to be true. Switching between two Chromebooks literally involved about 5 minutes of downtime. This Chromebook had to be plugged in to charge out of the box. That was easy enough with the USB Type-C cable ASUS provided. Having the ability to charge my Chromebook from one of my portable battery packs really does provide peace of mind. After pushing the power button the screen started up. A wifi connection had to be made and then my profile was ready within a couple minutes of logging in to my Google account. Somewhere in the background applications might have been downloading or something, but I have been writing from Google docs and all it requires is a web based connection to get going.

Sometime during Q3 of 2017 I switched from using MIcrosoft Word as my primary work processing document software to Google Docs. Both pieces of software work well enough and have been a part of my writing routine for years. Google Docs has just been my go to writing application for some reason. The Microsoft Office 365 version of Word for Android and Google Docs are not all that different. It could just be the layout of the ribbon or something in the aesthetics, but I do strongly prefer Google Docs at the moment. That could be something that will change again this year. Google Docs have much stricter size limits vs. Microsoft Word. Writing at a pace of 3,000 words per day I will hit the character limit for a Google Doc in short order. That limit for a Google Doc appears to be 1,024,000 characters. My goal this year involves writing one million words. If that character limit is correct, then Google Docs are at least an order of magnitude smaller than necessary.

I thought you might enjoy some thoughts about new years eve specific to his year. Please consider that compared to most new years eve stories this one will be somewhat boring. It was however interesting to me. It probably would not rank very highly in your new years eve story lists. This year for me new years eve was interesting to say the least. This year things just happened. I learned that they have a party near the San Antonio riverwalk for new years eve. Seriously, I’m pretty sure that REO Speedwagon and Pat Benatar played in the park outside my hotel room. People in and around the area were a little bit out of control. Vendors were selling things that flash and light up. Snacks seemed to be everywhere.

It was much louder and much much colder than I expected. People were everywhere. The music started after dinner time and the crowd just kept growing. Getting to my hotel took a lot longer than expected and was very frustrating. Some of the roads were closed. Figuring out how to navigate closed one way roads in a town you do not know is a recipe for complications and confusion. Google maps was not prepared to handle the sudden changes in road direction. That is probably a design flaw in the software. At what point would the algorithm notice that trafic has changed directions on a road. I’m assuming that road closures and redirections are not registered anywhere that Google could ingest. They have the data, but the algorithm was not learning from it.

I’m already starting to realize that to hit my writing goal of 3,000 words per day it might take 3 or more writing sessions per day. It would be possible to ensure that an early morning and a late night writing session occur. All of the folks that were in the room next door probably would have been more productive writing. They played some sort of card game that involved yelling numbers. Whatever game they were playing the rules escaped me. I could not figure it out. My ability to understand party games has always been rather limited. That probably has to do with the fact that I never really played any party games.

I’m going to go ahead and warn you now that in my long history of writing weblog entries some if not all of the paragraphs might seem somewhat unrelated. These last few paragraphs are emblematic of the problem we talked about related to writing about the same thing in a long form way vs. producing several thoughtful, but otherwise unrelated paragraphs and hitting publish. Sometimes writing for the sake of writing without any real form or purpose can be satisfying, but it will generally be uninspired and hard to read.

Let’s get back to the start of my day. Today started off in a highly problematic manner. Seriously, it was highly problematic. Ok — I was hungry and did not want to wait for breakfast. Breakfast did start at the time on the hotel room card. It started 30 minutes later. That gave me time to shower before breakfast, but I managed to spill coffee on my sleeve getting back into the room. Opening the door was easy enough, but the process of turning the handle just did not occur properly. I could see the coffee come out of the cup and watched it hit my sleeve. Thankfully it was a dark blue shirt and I was able to sort of wash the coffee out and move on with my day. This incident was not the worst coffee related travel moment of my career.

It happened right before an early flight at the Denver airport. I was making my way to board the airplane. Either somebody bumped into me or things just did not go well. An entire cup with 2 shots of very thick espresso went flying into the air. It tumbled down across my tan top coat, shirt, and pants. Some cleanup happened in a rather rushed way. Whoever was sitting next to me was probably wondering why I smelled so strongly of coffee. The espresso all over me probably helped fill in any gaps in the story. That was one of those moments that I remember happening, but I try to forget about it. Ever since that moment I tend to stand still long enough to finish my espresso shots before walking anywhere.

Maybe it would be a good idea to talk about espresso shots for a bit. My trusty Starbucks Verismo machine failed the other day. It started brewing espresso shots that had a strongly burnt taste. That might sound a little bit strange. It was not a normal part of my Verismo espresso pod machine. It got bad enough that the machine had to be considered broken beyond repair. It was not they kind of machine that could be responsibly repaired. A whole lot of my writing has been powered by shots of espresso. That will probably continue to be the case.

It was not until graduate school that I even started to drink coffee. Coffee was not something that even remotely held my attention. Something magical happened in graduate school. Classes in the master of public administration program at the University of Kansas involved a lot of reading. As the amount of material that I needed to read increased the amount of coffee in my life increased dramatically. Going from zero cups of coffee to some was a major change. It did reduce the amount of soda that I was consuming which in hindsight was probably a good thing.

Buying a coffee pot happened without much fanfare. It happened after realizing that microwaving instant coffee was not going to cut it. My initial experiences with drinking microwaved instant coffee now seems somewhat ridiculous. At the time they were just a part of my daily routine. I remember the red can of instant coffee and where it at on the shelf. My routine involved putting instant coffee in a cup, adding water, and using the microwave. At some point, it seemed like a good idea to buy a coffee pot, some filters, and a can of real coffee. To the best of my recollocation at this time related to the items I am able to recollect that last container of instant coffee may have gone unused. It might still be sitting in a box someplace.

Starting tomorrow I’m probably going to have to get better about signposting and writing distinct sections of prose. Two consecutive days of 3,000 word posts without any section headers or subheadings might be a little bit beyond reasonable. Maybe the best method would be to focus on writing three solid 1,000 word sections or three distinct weblog posts. Writing 3,000 words in a day does not mean that it has to be published within one weblog post. It is probably a better and more realistic writing strategy to produce multiple posts per day. Readability will probably improve using that strategy. I really wanted to just sit down and write out of the gate this year. That probably explains why these two posts happened. You can blame a combination of hubris and vanity for these two rambling posts.

Part of writing every day is about improving. Along the way you will probably get to see to what degree I am aware of my bad writing habits. You will also be able to tell if my writing habits improve. Throughout the journey to write 1,000,000 words in a year my writing style should change and improve in a variety of ways. Only time will truly tell, but at this point I’m hoping to be able to look back at this moment and see a solid trend toward improving prose.

We are pretty much at the halfway point for my daily writing goal. This weblog post has already devolved into writing about writing. You cannot stop writing. That would not be good. Instead of stopping you just have to acknowledge that things are slowing down and change topics. All of that could have been avoided if my efforts had been focused on writing about college football. This time of year is full of promise and hope for some schools. College football bowl season does allow a lot of schools to finish the year with a win and celebrate the season. Having attended the University of Kansas for about 5 years you may or may not be surprised to know that our household pretty much stops all activities other than watching sports during Kansas basketball games. That same truth is not self-evident about University of Kansas football games. Don’t take this the wrong way. I want to better fan of the University of Kansas football team. We drove to the Tangerine bowl back in 2003 and the Fort Worth Bowl in 2005. We cheered and celebrated those seasons.

Maybe watching KU basketball is our most defining and consistent family activity. I might have watched more Kansas City Royals baseball as a kid, but they play a lot more games. Seriously, they play a lot more games each year and they were easier to find on television. Watching sports has changed so much over the last few years. Moving to high definition really changed the sports watching experience. The proliferation of sports channels on television and the rise of the digital video recorder have also changed the experience. We spend a lot of time reviewing the basketball schedule and determining if we will be able to watch the game. That same amount of attention to detail does not occur during football season.

Sometimes getting into the habit of writing takes time. Establishing a routine takes a different amount of time for different people. For me it takes about two weeks to change my routine. Getting back into the habit of writing long form prose on a daily basis will probably take about two weeks. Writing and writing for long periods of time is very different from talking to people. Producing academic prose is a different story. That element of my writing never really developed into a routine. I tend to write academic prose in spurts based on deadlines. Sometimes inspiration will strike and I will produce a bunch of academic style prose in one session.

Watching the Georgia and Oklahoma game go to overtime was somewhat thrilling. A four team playoff at the end of the year to crown a national champion is interesting. Each year the games always seem interesting when they are announced. Sometimes they turn out to be good games and like anything else sometimes they turn out to be highly questionable. Sports really is on the few things we watch in real time unfold to see what happens. Some folks might claim to watch based on some type of love for the game. That is possible. Maybe Golf fans could make that argument in a slightly more compelling way.

Writing and watching college football may not have been the best idea this evening. New years eve really did take a lot out of me this year. It was very loud and unpredictable. It is amazing just how much waking up several times in the middle of the night can impact the next day. Coffee of course always seems to help. Espresso maybe helps just a little bit more.

Dr. Nels Lindahl
San Antonio, Texas
Written on a ASUS Flip Chromebook C101P using Google Docs

P.S. I did manage to edit this weblog post, but that does not appear to have helped very much. Some of the content ended up being a little disjointed. That happens. I knew that was going to happen. It is something that should have been avoidable.

2018 Writing Topics:

— Recap of all the video camera equipment I have owned
— All the promise and failures of my first Sony camcorder
— That one with a roadtrip to Florida
— Applied AI: A use case based exploration
— My ode to minor league hockey
— Progress within general AI vs. specialized use cases
— My review of the ASUS C101P Chromebook
— On leadership and the modern workplace
— Short story “The Knock”

Feel free to leave topic suggestions in the comment section.

An open letter on writing one million words a year

2018: Day 1 of 365
Word count 3,010 of 1,000,000

Dear Reader,

Breaking down the goal of writing 1,000,000 words in a year might take a little bit of math. I’ll try to keep the math from becoming distracting. You are lucky that you came to the right place to think about your new goal. This is an open letter about my thoughts related to writing 1,000,000 words in the same year. Welcome to the start of the journey. It should be interesting… it will be a big year for me in terms of writing. Given that I will never attempt an American Birding Association (ABA) big year this is probably as close as I will ever get to that type of sustained effort. My hope is that my big year will inspire others to chase a writing goal. This endeavor is not about setting records for writing or anything like that type of nonsense. The effort is purely to motivate me to actively engage in the habit of daily writing.

Maybe you have stumbled upon the 3,000 word per day writing challenge on accident or maybe you are an intellectual thrill seeker, avid reader, or just an extraordinarily curious individual. Writing a million words in a year seems like a daunting and near impossible task to accomplish. Even writing out the goal of writing 1,000,000 words in a year requires a little whimsy. If you break it down by month one month at a time, then you are dividing 1,000,000 words by twelve months. That calculation comes out to exactly 83,333.33 (repeating of course) words per month. You could think about it in terms of paying a weekly writing tab. That would require dividing 1,000,000 words by 52 weeks. From that point you can start to imagine writing an average of 19,230.76 words per week. That number might seem a little outrageous, but it could be broken down to a daily goal. Each day throughout 2018 you would be endeavoring to produce an average of 2,739.73 words per day.

Making a commitment to writing 2,739.72 words per day would require time for some consideration. Let’s face it writing that many words per day will require a little bit of planning and a whole lot of resolve, dedication, and inspiration. To make the attempt more honest and responsible I rounded the daily target up to 3,000 words per day. Dividing 1,000,000 words by 3,000 words per day ends up at 333.33 days. That means that it would really take 334 days to hit the 1,000,000 words target for 2018. For those of you who are really good at math you may have already guessed that generates a buffer of 31 days. Creating a buffer will be one of the most important parts of the the writing 1,000,000 words in a year goal. Let’s face it… at some point during the long journey toward writing 1,000,000 words in a year will involve a few setbacks, false starts, and maybe a sick day or two. That pretty much concludes the math that will be included in this open letter. I tried to work it naturally into my prose. My intent was to allow a little bit of math to inform the nature of the challenge vs. distracting from how difficult of a process it really would be to accomplish.

If you have the same type of writing habits that i do, then you know writing when you are sick just does not work out very well. Prose generated during a cold is usually lacking, disjointed, and otherwise devoid of quality. That pretty much means the 31 day buffer is really more of a necessity for the journey to be successful. It is not a nice to have. However, if for some reason that allows me to hit the 1,000,000 word per year target a little early, then that is probably a good thing. Keep in mind that writing 3,000 words per day involves producing about 6 pages of single spaced prose per day. Opening a word processing document and just writing 6 pages will require some type of planning.

Figuring out a long rang daily writing plan will require a little bit of thought out game planning and a lot of luck. I could not sit down and write down 365 topics worth 3,000 words each to write about in one sitting. That would be a near impossible goal to try to achieve. My guess is that I will need to keep a rolling list of topics that is about 25-30 long. That list will need to be actively replenished as useful thoughts arrive. Writing a long form essay is in some ways about tapping into at least some degree of passion about the topic. Writing without passion opens the door to some seriously grim possibilities. Given that amassing 1,000,000 words of connected prose will create a weighty tome of my thoughts it seems like a good idea to keep them in a somewhat readable package.

Throughout 2018, I have made a commitment that I will be writing 3,000 words per day. That pretty much means that I plan on working out of the same word document each day and producing regular daily blog posts from that prose. Separating the content by type will make it easier to manage and read. Dealing with the 1,000,000 word document would be like working through a mix of autobiographical prose, fiction, and non-fiction essays with no real sign posting or rhyme or reason. During writing sessions I tend to move from topic to topic with little logical progression. Something might catch my attention and it will generate 1,000 words of prose. That burst of writing could be followed up by some a short story or maybe a long form essay about the current state of the universe.

Signposting changes in direction will be important to avoid confusing readers and keeping the prose crisp and well organized. This first installment of thoughts on my new 1,000,000 word writing goal for 2018 will be created without any section headers or other notations. This is really just an open letter to kick off my writing efforts and to advise anybody that stumbles into this writing montage midstream about the journey and the ultimate destination. Those folks who keep up with my 3,000 word per day writing journey will probably have a much better idea of who I am and how i think at the end of the journey. Reading 1,000,000 semi-autobiographical words by the same author mixed with some short stories should be one of the most definitive ways to know somebody that exists. You may even get to see an unedited look at my short story writing skills.

You cannot hide your thoughts and feelings within long form daily writing. That might be one of the reasons why the original wave of weblogs was so personal and inviting to readers that were surfing the internet for a new style of distraction. Every time a red squiggle shows up I tend to hit spell check (when I have an internet connection), but outside of that mechanism for checking quality these words will pretty much fall as they may on this digital canvas. It is possible at some point that an editor will clean up my grammar and maybe correct any massive mid sentence false starts. When you are writing in long form in a digital method sometimes it is easier to just hit return and move on from a bad sentence. I generally just keep writing at the point. That means that all of my false starts and half formed sentences live on in word processing documents stored on the cloud.

My plan for all of my 2018 words is to compile them in a published form and make it available in a printable format sometime in early 2019. It may end up being a coffee table sized tome. You might think that type of speculation about getting to the finish line will involve putting the cart before the horse, but I prefer to think about it as beginning with the end state in mind and working backward. Most of my writing happens to be a stream of consciousness style effort. I really only know that I am going to start writing and that at some point I will stop. That is one of the reasons that having a list of topics will be so important. Without that list I will end up writing an endless string of disjointed auto-biographical vignettes. That could very well be the problem with my current writing. Having a general goal and a cohesive theme might make it easier to read.

Most of the writing that I do on a daily basis is not really intended to be consumed. I write to satisfy my need to create prose. It is a need that has spanned decades and sometimes can be overwhelming and all consuming. That does not mean that catching the spark of creativity does not sometimes help produce better and more meaningful prose. It does mean that most of what I have produced over the last two decades is really just self-serving and may or may not bring a reader some type of enjoyment or insight. Sure that is probably not the right thing to say in this opening salvo on the journey to writing 1,000,000 words in the same year, but it is an honest and heartfelt warning. Maybe my whole weblog should have come with a warning statement. It does clearly say at the top that this is a weblog featuring writing and thoughts. That is a pretty basic admission about the content the reader should expect.

My personal expectations for writing 1,000,000 words in the same year are pretty simple. I plan on reaching the point of exhaustion for most if not any topics that have caught my attention. For better or worse that means that I plan on deploying and executing a writing style that is a little different from my standard word economic highly direct prose. Everything should be able to stand alone and tell a story separated from the whole. Each day should be thought of as a separate event. A unique sprint toward the goal of producing 3,000 words. Sure that might create a small amount of repetition, but that should be acceptable at this point. Reading in general is an activity that is self started and down by choice.

You should think carefully about beginning the journey toward writing 3,000 words per day. It should be a journey that you embark on by choice without reservation. Building a robust daily writing habit is important and requires having a routine. You could easily decide to write 3,000 words today. Maybe it would even be a good idea to think about writing 3,000 words per day for a week. Moving up the goal from a week to a month or a year would take a little bit of planning and a lot of dedication to your craft. My expectation for this year is that my writing style will improve and mature along the way. Without question the practice of daily writing helps craft more usable words. Writing academic prose that can be published is a part of my standard yearly goals. Throughout 2018 that goal will be suspended and i will only focus on writing academic related prose if it happens organically. Writing at this type of pace will require publishing and sharing pretty much everything. That means any academic work that occurs will have to be shared real-time and it will be a very progress view of my writing efforts.

Academic work is typically highly edited and refined. That is a far cry from sitting down and writing 3,000 words before hitting publish on the weblog. You can imagine that some type of rework may have to occur for anything that ends up being stitched together to form some type of long form academic work. In terms of working an outline and putting things together that is fine. I expect that some of my efforts this year will end up getting pulled apart, edited, reworked, and ultimately formed into something altogether different from the original prose.

Sometimes taking a topic and writing to the point of exhaustion can involve tremendous overwork. To operationally define writing to the point of exhaustion please consider that turn of phrase to mean that everything that could be said or evaluated for a topic has been written. It pretty much means that you wrote all that you could and now your efforts are complete. That is not a style of writing that I typically engage in or have enjoyed over the years. My writing efforts typically involve working a topic until something else catches my attention. You can imagine the two styles are very different and that writing in a more exhaustive way will be a major change to my writing.

This year will probably be a year that involves a lot of changes. I tend to write long form prose in spurts and that type of writing efforts is entirely based on my feels at the moment. Throughout 2018 I will pretty much have to devote every spare moment to writing. You can imagine that will be challenging. Keeping a list of topics to write about will help me keep momentum and ensure that I have enough to write about to hit the daily word target. Sitting down and writing will only get me so far down the path to writing this many words.

Please keep in mind that most of my efforts will be written, but not edited. They are a snapshot captured from a pure stream of consciousness captured in a written format. Some of it will be useful and some of it will no doubt drone on into arcane and verbose prose no doubt reminiscent of Vogon poetry. That truly is not the intent of this exercise, but it could be a direct output of it. With respect to that very possibility please accept my humblest apologies for my failure. I will endeavor to do my best and to bring you the best possible collection of 1,000,000 words written in sequence every created. That really should not be all that difficult to achieve. I’m not aware of any other sequential bulk writing efforts.

Writing today involves using a brand new keyboard. We will see exactly how much use it can handle before the keys start to wear out. Under my normal writing usage a laptop normally lasts about 3 years. Oddly enough the laptop does not come with an estimated number of words the keyboard can provide. That specification does not make the key features list. Technology aside the process of gearing up to write 1,000,000 words in the same year is mostly mental. Good posture and avoiding strain will be important, but the will to write every day will be the most important factor along the way. It will be the key part of the journey. It will for better or worse be a true journey.

Reading 1,000,000 words written by the same author in succession during the same year will be an interesting journey for the reader. My goal throughout this endeavor will be to keep some general themes at the forefront of my writing and avoid approaching each day with a true tabula rasa writing agenda. A general theme within all my writing is the intersection of technology and modernity. That theme typically informs my evaluation of civil society and technology in general. Throughout the last year I have spent a lot of time and effort evaluating, learning about, and coding using various artificial intelligence systems. Writing about artificial intelligence will probably be a key part of my 2018 efforts. Talking about and reacting to artificial intelligence related topics is easier than writing about it. Maybe writing in a style similar to the way I talk would help break down that barrier. We will see which way that one ends up.

Here we go. Buckle up. Enjoy the pose. Thank you for stopping in and reading my thoughts. If you only get to read this first day of prose, then thank you for dropping by and I hope at some point you are able to circle back to the other 99% of my writing efforts. Naturally, as a consequence of my writing efforts my YouTube live streams may have to move to a weekly cadence vs. daily. Digging into artificial intelligence and other technology related news on a daily basis and recording a video has been a good learning experience, but I will be prioritizing the creation of prose over the creation of video content throughout 2018. I can say preference for live streams vs. cinematic daily life vlogging still holds true.

Dr. Nels Lindahl
San Antonio, Texas
Written on a ASUS Flip Chromebook C101P using Google Docs

P.S. I had some thoughts that were not related my open letter, but they may inform my mood during the writing of the letter. Those thoughts are about my comfort during a flight from Denver to San Antonio. The seats this United Express flight were not very comfortable. I would have guessed that the airline would have spent a little bit of time and energy researching seat comfort. The seats on the ERJ175 Embraer REgional Jet are very spartan. They do not seem to have any real padding or cushion comfort build into the design. They also seem to be strongly compact vs. the seats I normally expect to see on an airplane.

2018 Writing Topics:

— Recap of all the video camera equipment I have owned
— All the promise and failures of my first Sony camcorder
— That one with a roadtrip to Florida
— Applied AI: A use case based exploration
— My ode to minor league hockey
— Progress within general AI vs. specialized use cases
— My review of the ASUS C101P Chromebook
— On leadership and the modern workplace
— Short story “The Knock”

Feel free to leave topic suggestions in the comment section. This first open letter would be the best place to drop a topic suggestion. I will try to avoid turning off comments on this post. Over the course of writing 3,000 words per day for an entire year any suggestions are welcome. They might spark an idea for a topic or ignite my passion for writing in general.

The 3,000 word a day writing habit

Maybe it was the city upon the hill that drew my attention. It was more or less a vision for contemplation that captured my attention. A lot of things will need to catch my attention to help spark a 3,000 word a day writing habit. That pretty much means that I need to sit down in front of the keyboard and dedicate a pure hour to the practice of writing. Just like somebody who practices the piano or guitar to improve their skills. The daily writing habit helps to improve writing skills.

Most people do not willfully record and publish their piano or guitar practice sessions. Maybe the guitarist Buckethead is the exception. Brian seems to churn out albums at an unprecedented rate for a guitarist. To keep up with that type of prodigious creativity I would have to encourage and embrace my tendency to engage in stream of conscious writing. That is a relatively easy thing to accomplish.

It works the same every time. You sit down and start to write. Whatever comes to mind is where you start. From that point in time you just focus on embracing the practice of writing and let the words take you forward. My general state of momentum helps me embrace striving forward. Focusing on the past and dwelling on things can be a part of being a reflective practitioner, but it has to be couched within a guiding principle that involves striving forward. Improving, learning, and refining strategy are all good things to do based on past results. Over thinking things and just remaining in the intellectual weeds of the past does not really benefit the future.

Inherent within the struggle of striving forward is the next step. That step informed by the last but independent. Each step powered by good intentions. We tend to keep striving forward. To write 3,000 words per hours you have to pretty much surrender all reservations and just go with it. Writing for the sake of writing. Each impulse converted into words and plastered on the page. Making that happen involves just going. You pretty much have to let your mind focus on the task of writing and stay in that creative pocket for as long as you can.

Distractions are pretty much inevitable. Life involves so many factors that push and pull on your time. Dedicating an hour a day to writing for the pure purpose of writing used to be something that was a part of my daily routine. Every night before going to bed a writing session would occur. Some of those sessions were much more productive than hours and that is ok. Sometimes gold pours out and sometimes it does not. Part of the process is striving forward and embracing the good days and trying to get as much out of the great days as a possible.

Writing with citations and in a proper academic style typically takes longer. Some topics I can write about and cite as i got without picking up books. That harkens back to the time I spent writing and reading about civility and social capital. I remember the thrill of just finding a library shelf and reading every book related to the topic at hand. That type of reading is oddly satisfying. Understanding how different contributors to the academy took on challenging topics and how they dealt with them in print helped me understand topics in a deeper way.

Some of my more satisfying writing sessions have involved writing either short stories or fiction chapters. It has been a long time since I had the time to sit down and just writing a story. Being in the habit of writing tends to help me produce a wide variety of different things. Focusing in on one topic for 3,000 words would really help ensure a great degree of depth vs. the breath introduced by jumping around from topic to topic. Reading disjointed prose probably won’t be fulfilling. It probably will not be fulfilling for the writer either.

Taking the time to truly think about something in a deep and meaningful way can be fulfilling. For example, I could write about the rise and inevitable fall of the National Football League. That topic probably has enough ground to cover to fill several volumes of notebooks. A large portion of the population probably has an opinion on the subject. It would probably end up being somewhat controversial in parts based we just don’t agree on anything anymore. Spending the time to write about the nature of truth in general and just how hard it is to gain agreement anymore might be a better use of my time. That type of treatise about the nature of truth would be a great inquiry, but it would probably also be less readable.