My Birthday Bash: Presents for You

Yeah, my birthday is almost here, and I decided this year to celebrate by giving presents to other people. And not just on my actual birthday, either. I’m giving away presents every day next week, plus a couple of presents starting today. So what are your presents? Day One (that’s today): Any two of my… Continue reading My Birthday Bash: Presents for You

Light Through Fog

I worked all weekend, and have been working nights for a while, in addition to working on the course. See, around the same time that I was getting ready to take How To Think Sideways live, I got this request for a short story from an editor who was putting together an anthology. That’s basically… Continue reading Light Through Fog


I had the most amazing breakthrough today. Still writing the Think Sideways course, and was sitting in the little snack area in our local Target brainstorming the whole world-building/pre-planning process for novels (Lesson 7). My two guys were off looking for video games, and I had my carry-along notebook out and was drawing flow-charts, trying… Continue reading Breakthrough!

Not Dead. Definitely Swamped

I hadn’t planned on the week following registration for How To Think Sideways being a week of troubleshooting all the many things that broke on the system software; thought we’d tested everything, but you only think that until a course goes live and real students start taking it. Anyway, this week I’m playing catch-up writing… Continue reading Not Dead. Definitely Swamped

Bombarded by Writing

C Breathes So I was sitting in the cafe in Books-A-Million waiting for my guys to finish doing Manly Things at Best Buy. I’d forgotten to bring knitting. I’d forgotten to bring my Think Sideways planning notebook. I’d forgotten to bring my “C” planning notebook. So I picked up a cheap-o notebook, and a pen… Continue reading Bombarded by Writing

How Thinking Sideways is Different Than A Whack On The Side of The Head

I’m doing this as a separate post because I figured it was going to be invisible in comments. (Where I originally answered the question.) Here’s the question I got: KalevTait Says: April 13th, 2008 at 12:09 pm I don’t know how related it is, but you might want to look at ‘A whack on the… Continue reading How Thinking Sideways is Different Than A Whack On The Side of The Head