Tag Archives: Writing

Geek Speaks… Fiction! With Veronica Scott

Geek Speaks… Fiction! With Veronica Scott

From her fascination of the sinking of the Titanic to her work with NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, best-selling author Veronica Scott has had numerous influences in her science-fiction romances. Read More

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Finding Time for Creative Outlets When You Don’t Have Time for Anything

Finding Time for Creative Outlets When You Don’t Have Time for Anything

It has been my observation that most people need some form of creative outlet to avoid becoming angst-filled despondent misanthropes. I keep sane by writing science fiction and the occasional GeekDad post. There is something in the human spirit that demands an outlet. We need to create, to imagine, to leave some record of our thoughts and interests, and when we are thwarted in that goal it creates a destructive pressure that comes out in equally destructive ways. But how do you find time to be creative when you’re a working a parent and almost every waking moment of your life (and then some) is accounted for? Read More

Q&A with 101 Things I Learned Author Matt Frederick

Q&A with 101 Things I Learned Author Matt Frederick

Matt Frederick’s 101 Things I Learned in Architecture School went on to become a bestseller. The book was such a success, Frederick decided to turn the 101 Things I Learned idea into a franchise, and it now has over 500,000 books in print. To date, he has coauthored, edited, and illustrated six additional books with Grand Central Publishing. The latest is 101 Things I Learned in Engineering School. We sit down with the author to ask him how he did it. And learn some stuff about engineers. Read More

Procrastination Destination

Procrastination Destination

Housework would never get done if it weren’t for procrastination. It’s amazing how important the organization of the spice cabinet is when I have a writing deadline. But the internet gives me so many, many ways to distract myself from the task at hand. Read More

Improve Communication With Trees, maps, and theorems by Jean-luc Doumont

Improve Communication With Trees, maps, and theorems by Jean-luc Doumont

Highly powered writers I respect recently recommended the book Trees, maps, and theorems by Dr. Jean-luc Doumont as a set of coherent recommendations for improving communications, and I am happy to report I can now concur, and I look forward to trying to catch one of his talks on his US tour.

As a science/technical writer, I often hope to write the book, the document, the instructions that rescue someone in particular need. Similarly, I often hope that some book or document will save me, have the juju I need to solve a particular problem. Read More