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10 Laws of Productivity

You might think that creatives as diverse as Internet entrepreneur Jack Dorsey, industrial design firm Studio 7.5, and bestselling Japanese novelist Haruki Murakami would have little in common. In fact, the tenets that guide how they – and exceptionally productive creatives across the board – make ideas happen are incredibly similar. Here are 10 laws of productivity we've consistently observed among serial idea executors: 1. Break the seal of hesitation. A bias toward action is the most common trait we've found across the hundreds of creative professionals and entrepreneurs we've interviewed. While preparing properly as you start a new project is certainly valuable, it’s also easy to lose yourself in planning (and dreaming) indefinitely. We must challenge ourselves to take action sooner rather than later. The minute that you start acting (e.g. building a physical prototype, sharing a nascent concept with your community), you start getting valuable feedback that will help re

Time and Experience

Wednesday's in the Wood

So I started out with something like this... It's rough, but you can click it to see the full-size drawing, if you so choose. I copied it from something a long while back, but I don't remember from who, what, or where. So I apologize for the lack of a credit. Then I found that the Ranger character from the original Guild Wars game looked a lot like what I was looking for, so I made this. But I was feeling a little unsure about using someone else's art on my website, even if it were just as a mock-up for my own inspiration. So I looked around and found nothing better. Until I went to see the movie, Your Highness, Wherein, Natalie Portman, looks a fine bit like I imagine my Robyn might. So I went online and grabbed some stills and came up with these. Still not perfect, and I admit that both covers look like cheesy self published ebook covers. But I think you're getting the idea. And Robin Hood as a woman is just the first change.  

It's Not Escapism...

Be Well Rounded

The Voices

So That's Where They Keep Them

We were up at the high school for 9th grade orientation when I ran across this sign. My high school years and my experience as a parent would tell me that you can't store the students and the responsibility in the same room, because they don't mix well, but apparently they do things differently here in Kentwood. At least I know where to look for them now.  

What Kind of Game Are You Playing

A Vision of Life as Play and Possibility The rules of a finite game may not change; the rules of an infinite game must change.

Thinking About Writing

My creative energies are starting to bubble over, while at the same time I am feeling a bit over extended on my time. Between work, family, the basement project, the bathroom project, arohenTV, the Truckcast, and everything arohen.com related; I feel like I've got too many irons in the fire. And still I want to get back to writing... actual words on the page. I've got some ideas for Roderick Thane that stem straight out of Greek mythology. My library book on the nephilim has my mouth watering to sink my teeth back into Malach. Something I saw on TV started me thinking about Sitting Duct and how I might change my approach to that story. And a documentary on Drew Struzan has me thinking about Star Wars and my story derived thereof. I'm feeling the need to get back to the writing. I need to create a schedule. I need to make a timeline for what goes up when on the site and work to that schedule. I need to focus and get something done. I need to not be so scattered. But I have a

Presidents' Day

It might have started as his holiday, but It's not actually his birthday today, and he shared the day with Abraham Lincoln for a while, but these days it's a holiday to celebrate all the presidents. Here's a picture of George Washington. The first president of these here united states. Oh, I have today off. Thanks George.  

Malibu Ronn II, 2

I know that some of you have already seen this and that it's a repeat, but YouTube was blocking it from public view because I was using some Metallica as intro and outro music. I did some mild editing to remove that music and put it back up as something new in order to fool YouTube and get it back in the public's eye. Watch it and enjoy it all over again or bask in the wonderful camera work and lighting effects for the first time ;)

arohen Radio @ Pandora

Have you found yourself wishing that your music choices were more like mine. Do you wonder what I might be listening to. Did you want to know what song I was singing in the basement last week while I did drywall. Do you feel your music variety lacks a certain 'Ronness'. Well, I have a solution for that. I have worked with Pandora , to select for you, the perfect blend of songs Ronn likes. This is a project years in making. Pandora and I have been working on this project since, I don't know, like, December 15, 2005. So you're sure to hear all the music, all the tunes that Ronn likes. Arohen Radio - The musical favorings of a modern day madman.

Happy Valentine's Day

The Pope Herding Cardinals

So I was listening to NPR last year about this time, and the former pope, Benedict, had decided to resign. He claimed that his resignation was prompted by God, who told him to do it during a "mystical experience". I hypothesize that it may have gone differently. Here's my take on it.

Brainstorming

Basic Courtesy

Quotable Sage Cohen

“Many of us have this idea that we’re meant to be perfect as writers. Instead, try thinking of your writing as akin to your fingerprints. They are what they are – unique patterns that exclusively represent you – not good or bad or better or worse than anyone else’s. Instead of trying to perfect your writing, then, strive to get acquainted with this pattern and become more and more proficient at expressing it. There is no endpoint in this process, and we will never arrive at “perfect.” So why not give up the chase right now, and just enjoy the resonance and beauty of our humble, flawed writing as it is?” —Sage Cohen

There are Three of Us

Like A Monkey On Your Back

Saddle Up!

Natural Born Entertainer

Count the Changes

Today, I finished listening to The Count of Monte Cristo which was written by Alexandre Dumas in 1844 and narrated by Richard Matthews in 2002. All 35-CDs worth. That's a lot of hours. Probably, that's about as many CDs as it takes to record the 464,000 words, give or take, that make up the story. Still, it's a long trek. But, as I thoroughly enjoyed the material, it was time well spent and I am happy to have done it. The Count of Monte Cristo By: Alexandre Dumas Narrator: Richard Matthews Imprint: Books on Tape Genre: Fiction - Classics Release Date: June 13, 2006 ISBN: 9781415932001 Set against the tumultuous years of the post-Napoleonic era, The Count of Monte Cristo recounts the swashbuckling adventures of Edmond Dantes, a dashing young sailor falsely accused of treason. The story of his long imprisonment, dramatic escape, and carefully wrought revenge offers up a vision of France that has become immortal. The 2002 film, The Count of Monte Cristo, starring Jim Caviezel

Unnecessary Cat Videos

Watch these cat videos and make me an internet sensation. You know you love cat videos. Everybody loves cat videos. You want to watch. You want to share. You want at least one of these to go viral. You know you do. With that said. Here are the videos. Unnecessary videos. Cat videos. Unnecessary cat videos. Aren't those the best kind. I made a trilogy. Because trilogies are always more epic.

King Me

My First Writers Conference

I know. I know. The other website gets all the love of late. There's not a lot I can do about that, this site is supposed to be all about the writing. Well, today, I have something writing related to share with you. Today, I signed up for a local writers conference. It's through the local library,  Kent District Library (KDL) . Apparently, this is the third time around for them. For me, it'll be the first. Here's their add copy...

KDL Writers Conference

  KDL Writers Conference is Back! What: Third annual  Celebrate the Mitten Writers Conference When:  Saturday, March 29, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM Where:  Cascade Township Branch Cost:  Free Lots more info here! Registration starts today for KDL’s popular conference for writers!  Published authors including — but not limited to — novelists  Kristina Riggle  and  Aric Davis  and publishing insiders from Christian publishing giant  Baker Books , literary agent and editor  Credo Communications and self-published authors’ helper  PublishSavvy , just to name a few, will share their experiences and tips on how to take your writing to the next level, book marketing and social media, query letters and book proposals, and more. All genres and skill levels are welcome.  Separate  pre-registration  is required for morning and afternoon sessions and participant spots are limited.  Co-sponsored by Baker Books, Credo Communications, Publish Savvy and Pot-Boilers. To register, call 616-784-2007 or  click on

A Writing Conference, hmmm....

Today, I signed up for a local writers conference. It's through the local library, Kent District Library (KDL) . Apparently, this is the third time around for them. For me, it'll be the first. Here's their add copy...   KDL Writers Conference is Back! What: Third annual  Celebrate the Mitten Writers Conference When:  Saturday, March 29, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM Where:  Cascade Township Branch Cost:  Free Lots more info here! Registration starts today for KDL’s popular conference for writers!  Published authors including — but not limited to — novelists  Kristina Riggle  and  Aric Davis  and publishing insiders from Christian publishing giant  Baker Books , literary agent and editor  Credo Communications and self-published authors’ helper  PublishSavvy , just to name a few, will share their experiences and tips on how to take your writing to the next level, book marketing and social media, query letters and book proposals, and more. All genres and skill levels are welcome.  Separat

Wealthy

Sad Groundhog Day

Damn that dirty rodent, he's let me down again. Here's the bad news straight from his website, groundhog.org

Origins of First and Ten

Back in the day, way back, I'm talking ESPN 2K5 days. That's like 2004. I was working at MCI WorldCom. There were a bunch of us guys with Xboxes. We played some games. Halo, TopSpin, and football. We had LAN parties. We had Xbox Live. And we had an online league for football. We called, or rather, I named it, First and Ten. It went on for two seasons. There was a trophy and everything. I loved it. I've never been able to get a group of guys together like that since. Ah, the good old days.