James R. Hull

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2019-03-14: First time with Tony Robbins. Hoping for a major breakthrough.

2019-03-11: Wow. This writing every day is having a huge impact on my work. Editing something I wrote only 2.5 …

2019-03-07: Great discussion today in the Writers Room about Genres and Sub-Genres. All about the difference …

2019-03-06: Once a year I get up at the crack of dawn to watch a bunch of Laravel experts do their thing. Ten …

2019-03-04: Just really love the iAWriter and Working Copy combo for blogging. All the articles and blog posts …

2019-03-03: Don’ care how many times I read Of Mice and Men. It’s beautiful every time.

2019-03-02: On Keeping a Journal Derek Sivers on keeping a journal: You’re doing this for your future self. Future you will want to …

2019-02-27: Earlier this morning, I rewrote a popular article of mine called Applying Pressure to the Main …

2019-02-22: Nothing beats a fresh bag. @bodhileafcoffee ☕️

2019-02-22: This, to me, is the hardest thing to learn when growing your own company. So, instead, celebrate …

2019-02-21: I just spent two hours (and five yesterday) banging my head against the keyboard because I …

2019-02-21: Wrote a little something on Quick Easy Wins on Narrative First this morning. Inspired by …

2019-02-20: This thing actually works! My technology controls my coffee which controls my technology which …

2019-02-17: David Milch Writes One Episode of True Detective Milch is credited as a co-writer on the fourth episode of Season 3, “The Hour and the Day.” He did …

2019-02-17: Cleaned up Things too, and now I’m ready for the week! Just need to find some way to remember …

2019-02-17: Finally took the time this afternoon to triage a year-and-a-half of podcasts in Castro. Maintenance …

2019-02-15: Reading Jobs-to-be-Done from Intercom and floored by the simplicity of this statement: When you’re …

2019-02-15: ‪Someone is experimenting with writing Throughlines that don’t integrate fully within the context of …

2019-02-14: Just finished running an online class where I was able to explain how stories operate and the Size …

2019-02-14: When you use your own app to do work, and suddenly realize how incredibly awesome it is that you …

2019-02-14: Why can’t it rain all the time? Makes writing so much easier.

2019-02-12: Sam Raimi’s The Gift just makes me miss the late 90s–a time when you could write a story …

2019-02-12: Watching Raimi’s The Gift for the Dramatica Users Group meeting tonight. Cate Blanchett, …

2019-02-12: Sometimes I write articles just to see how awesome they’ll look in Fiery Feed’s Dark …

2019-02-11: No Editing and no Cinematography Awards…crazy. Old institutions are just dying and no one …

2019-02-11: It’s wonderful to see phenomenal storytelling rewarded handsomely again in Hollywood. Lord …

2019-02-11: Author Murakami on not dreaming: I don’t dream. Stories are stories; a dream is a dream. And for …

2019-02-10: A little light reading tonight: “I think that losing the sense of free will has only improved …

2019-02-10: Dear Lord, Will Smith as the Genie is frightening. 😱

2019-02-10: Feeling really good about the next iteration of Subtext. Managed to get File Uploads out of Blade …

2019-02-07: What took 2.5 hours yesterday of frustration to not figure out, took 20 minutes to resolve this …

2019-02-07: The fact that VueJS would use Robotech to name their latest release just confirms that it’s …

2019-02-04: I was planning on pruning my email list tomorrow. Chillers gave the whole thing meaning with his …

2019-01-27: I always assumed Dark Knight Rises lacked a storyform–until I turned on the Subtitles. That, …

2019-01-24: It’s ridiculous how easy it is to change things out in VueJS. Once you have the components …

2019-01-24: Today’s Writers Room in Subtext was crazy rewarding. Started out going over new features and …

2019-01-24: So weird using my own app to work on client’s stories. I mean, don’t get me …

2019-01-16: Just wrote 600 words on the beauty that is Roma. An effortless dream you need to experience.

2019-01-15: Writing for Fun and Not Profit Basecamp moves off of Twitter and into a personal blog. Looks like micro.blog called it. 😁 Personal …

2019-01-15: Paul Jarvis’ new book Company of One is fantastically motivating. Read 15% of it so far and …

2019-01-14: I discovered the trick to writing. And I know it’s nothing new, but it’s new to me. Just …

2019-01-13: Teen Titans Go to the Movies was surprisingly great! ⭐️

2019-01-09: Buying a ticket for Laracon Online is a no-brainer. $12 for a year’s worth of inspiration? Ok.

2019-01-06: The Picture-In-Picture on the Twitter app is pretty dope.

2019-01-02: Not Selling Yourself Seth Godin on What is Marketing? As soon as we take responsibility for the marketing we do and the …

2019-01-01: So, Bird Box: Malkovich is a Trump supporter. The door is the border wall. And the bird box is your …

2019-01-01: Hmm. Turns out, if you start watching HEAT at 10:57pm, you’ll see a hooker killed at the …

2018-12-29: It’s official. The Christmas music has stopped. And the 1940s station has started. It’s …

2018-12-29: I highly recommend the Dice Ex Machina app when rolling for your abilities. Only rolled one sub-10 …

2018-12-29: Shaking things up in 2019–going to be a Goliath for this year’s D&D campaign. …

2018-12-28: When a friend–without warning–puts you on FaceTime with a big-time Hollywood director to …

2018-12-27: Wanderlust was terrific. Complete storyform, naturally. I’ll be uploading to Subtext for sure. …

2018-12-23: Finally finished editing a podcast I recorded back in April of this year! Have ten more to go …

2018-12-23: And the writing and directing on Wanderlust is out-of-control. Lucy Tcherniak’s work on …

2018-12-23: Wow. Toni Collette should win five Oscars for her work in Wanderlust (Netflix). 😳

2018-12-22: Transcribing and editing podcasts by the hearth.

2018-12-21: I used to love these last two weeks of the year because it meant I didn’t have to work. Now, I …

2018-12-21: As far as I’m concerned, the New Year starts today! Went up in the hills behind my house to …

2018-12-21: The sun reached its lowest point ten minutes ago! It’s all uphill from here 😃

2018-12-20: This is confusing to me. I like broccoli more than In-n-Out now. 🥦 > 🍔

2018-12-19: The key to coffee is just coffee. No sugar. No coconut milk. Nothing. Just coffee. Tip for the new …

2018-12-16: Just saw #Spiderverse – easily the GREATEST animated movie of all time!!! No–the …

2018-12-16: Going to see #Spiderverse now…think the last time I was this excited was for The Empire …

2018-12-14: As a father of five (one’s already in college), I can totally relate to this post on Learning, …

2018-12-14: My favorite Mouseketeer.

2018-12-14: 2018 was an amazing year for us here at Narrative First. Read all about it in our Annual Report. …

2018-12-12: Haha!!!! I DID IT! I smashed Sam AND Ben! Ben’s trying to say it was a “Stage Win” …

2018-12-12: Super Smash Bros. is super frustrating. My kids kill me in this game. I can’t even tell …

2018-12-12: Things Dark Mode for iOS came just in time to keep me from switching back over to OmniFocus. Thanks …

2018-12-11: Subtext now makes accommodations for the Steadfast perspective in a narrative. Instead of Problem …

2018-12-11: Six weeks in, still not sick of Christmas music 🎄

2018-12-10: The latest iTunes clips Spider-verse 😳😳😳😳 Feel like I did when I saw The Matrix–like I’m …

2018-12-10: Can being made conscious of something be a Source of Conflict? Sure. You had no idea there was a …

2018-12-10: The nice thing about staying off of Facebook is that you don’t have to wade through …

2018-12-10: Took my first ECG this morning with my Apple Watch. I’m proud to say that my heart works as …

2018-12-10: Another night of disappointment. Waited forever for The Favourite to start–and it never did. …

2018-12-09: Mrs. Maisel Season 2 = True Detective Season 2. Only Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson have …

2018-12-08: Completely speechless. How is this real?!

2018-12-08: I used to come here all the time to buy Dungeons & Dragons modules when I was a kid. …

2018-12-07: Rapidly Developing Dreams I was writing the next lesson in an email course we offer on Narrative First–one about best …

2018-12-06: Just helped a screenwriter figure out every beat in Act 3 of their screenplay…in 45 minutes …

2018-12-06: Super excited about going over searching tomorrow in the Writers Room. Just watched it again. Such a …

2018-12-03: When you send out a mass email to your subscribers, and they all respond asking for the SAME feature …

2018-12-03: I find it almost impossible to keep this mindset, but I know its the reality of things today. …

2018-12-01: Turns out the soundtrack for searching is not just for hacking your daughter’s …

2018-12-01: Drip’s Visual Email Builder is beyond great. Stayed away from it because I remember how much I …

2018-12-01: “searching” was brilliant. Captivated from beginning to end.

2018-11-27: The new Descript 2.0 is awfully purty. And the new tagline is awesome: “A word processor with …

2018-11-25: Focusing on writing documentation this week for Subtext. Going to be thinking of it as writing a …

2018-11-19: The narrative storyform for Leave No Trace is now available in Subtext. A brilliant example of …

2018-11-16: Uploaded the storyform for Star Wars: The Force Awakens based on this article. ) Yet another example …

2018-11-14: Fixed the narrative storyform for the first season of True Detective in Subtext. Seems I had Rust as …

2018-11-13: Uploaded the narrative storyform for The Endless into Subtext this morning. First one in over three …

2018-11-11: More shots and thoughts from the Deadwood movie: We were on the new Gem set. A dozen or so cast …

2018-11-11: If you ever wanted to see how to take real life events and turn them into a compelling and brilliant …

2018-11-10: In an attempt to make myself part of the tragedy, I will say I stepped outside to thicker, …

2018-11-10: Subtext v.2 Released From the Subtext updates page: The latest and greatest version of Subtext is now LIVE! This release …

2018-11-08: Finally, finally figured out the source of an error today that has been hassling me for days now. So …

2018-11-04: Apparently there are 365 days in a year–not 360 as previously reported. Which means my …

2018-11-03: Thirteen years and one day ago my life was super easy. Thirteen years and two twins later, I’m lucky …

2018-11-01: Find Expert Help Writing Your Story This NaNoWriMo If you’re participating in NaNoWriMo this November, you’ll want to check out …

2018-10-30: Wait. What just happened? I think this app is ready to ship.

2018-10-30: Super bummed there aren’t new MacBook Pros today. That iPad Pro looks great–especially …

2018-10-29: Why the NSA Called Me After Midnight and Requested My Source Code Great story.

2018-10-29: Kristin Aardsma from Basecamp on customer service: They want our expertise, our consult. When I …

2018-10-29: First year of meditation.

2018-10-28: Hmmmm. What kind of an HBO show only takes two months to shoot, and requires “mock gunfire …

2018-10-28: The most beautiful woman in the world was born today (Oct. 27th). Happy Birthday to the one I love.

2018-10-28: The Killer’s new song “The Man” is really the Bee Gee’s “You Should Be …

2018-10-26: Just when you think you’re all ready to ship, something that was working doesn’t work …

2018-10-25: Deadwood Starts Shooting Deadwood started shooting Monday five miles from my house. W. Earl Brown: DISPATCHES FROM THE …

2018-10-25: Hawkeye Access lasted about two seconds on my phone. It’s like trying to work a WiiRemote with …

2018-10-24: Saw Paul Dano’s Wildlife today. Sublime storytelling with a strong narrative running …

2018-10-22: “Wholeheartedness is complete commitment, holding nothing back. It’s letting go of caution and …

2018-10-22: Most amazing day of coding. Eight hours straight! No interruptions. Pure heaven. Day was over in a …

2018-10-22: Setting Out – my son’s latest cue. Sounds like I’m starting a new D&D Campaign …

2018-10-22: Incredibly inspiring video of Jupiter’s moons. Perfect to start the week out right. Voyage of …

2018-10-20: Well, that seems to be trick. LOL. Blog about it, and it finally all comes together. Now onto the …

2018-10-20: Having a heck of a time setting up SSL and Discourse on DigitalOcean with Cloudflare. Such a …

2018-10-18: Super excited about Laravel Telescope. Just more confirmation that Laravel/VueJS was the right …

2018-10-17: The best part about living in Southern California is that rare moment when you step outside to take …

2018-10-12: Science is amazing. In addition to this second dip in the light curve, Hubble provided compelling …

2018-10-12: The hills above Santa Barbara. Perfect for reflection and regeneration.

2018-10-11: There really is only one podcast to listen to. The latest Cortex episode reminded me how much I …

2018-10-09: A Hobby Just for Fun I’m thankful that my hobby is my job…but it makes me think I might benefit from a hobby …

2018-10-08: I cannot stop looking at this thing! So much lighter, brighter, and easier to read. Digital Crown …

2018-10-05: Friday Night Lights and Hart High School Football Friday Night Lights with Hart facing off against Valencia. Been about 30 years since I’ve sat …

2018-10-05: Christian Bale as Dick Cheney is astounding. First time through the trailer for Vice, I thought he …

2018-10-01: The Whereabouts of the Passage of Time Toured California Institute of the Arts with Katie today. It’s been almost 30 years since I …

2018-09-30: Discord servers are like anything else: a great wealth of information and education, interrupted …

2018-09-29: Drafting a Mission Statement Justin Jackson provides a mission statement formula for creatives who make things on the Internet …

2018-09-29: Beauty on a Saturday afternoon.

2018-09-28: Update on the QLED vs. OLED debate. Went to Best Buy to see in person–no question the LG OLED …

2018-09-27: Atypical is such a great show. As a parent of a child with Autism (also named Sam!), I can totally …

2018-09-26: Trying to decide between OLED and QLED, and I can’t make up my mind! On the one hand, OLED …

2018-09-26: Going back to scheduling time instead of tasks. Got lost with my head down coding for the past six …

2018-09-26: Letting Your iPhone Go Packing up an old iPhone for resell is a sad experience. I’m reminded of this episode of …

2018-09-25: I simultaneously love and hate the new Nike Training Club app. I hate it when it’s happening, …

2018-09-24: New iPhone XS MAX opened and updated from iPhone X. I feel like I just put on a brand new pair of …

2018-09-24: I love surprises. Order says the 28th. Today is not the 28th. 😃

2018-09-23: The XS MAX is ridiculously huge! Just opened the mailing package for the leather case and …

2018-09-22: Made a video today showing off one of the new features for Subtext: assigning multiple players to …

2018-09-22: Star Wars: Anime trailer. This would probably be one of my favorite films of all time if it were …

2018-09-21: Spaceship Earth Walking about an hour after sunset tonight, I watched as the International Space Station flew …

2018-09-21: Shoot. I was totally wrong about the updated Shipping info for my phone. Still says the 28th for me. …

2018-09-20: Guess I’m getting a new phone tomorrow. When I ordered, the shipping date was the 28th. But …

2018-09-19: Why Discord is a Thing Now Thanks to Jack over at Statamic, I now know why all the developers I know are moving from Slack to …

2018-09-18: Fresh New Look for Quip This recent rollout of Quip is quite wonderful. It’s always fun coming to work and finding a …

2018-09-17: Things 3.7 New Siri Shortcuts Spectacular www.macstories.net/reviews/t…

2018-09-17: Slowing Down is a wonderful thing. Haven’t looked at Twitter in months and instant Unfollow to …

2018-09-17: Are you serious? Steve Perry going over the development process of one of his new tracks. It’s …

2018-09-17: Started Endurance training with the Nike Training Club app. The Run Club app works great for me …

2018-09-16: The coolest thing about living in a new house is the built-in server closet. Love being able to hook …

2018-09-15: Appiversary Last August marked the one-year anniversary of when I started to build Subtext,my Saas for writers. …

2018-09-15: I just realized that I can take my MacBook outside and work in my backyard. So peaceful and relaxing …

2018-09-15: One of the best things about having step-kids is getting the opportunity to re-experience and …

2018-09-14: Jeff Bezos on why 8 hours of sleep is important when making decisions Jeff Bezos said Thursday that …

2018-09-14: This interactive demo of what it’s like to be in a hurricane makes me super glad I only have …

2018-09-14: Doing the Difficult Work of the Important But the most daring and generous, those that are often overlooked and never hit a trillion dollars …

2018-09-14: Watch and iPhone secured. Surprised how quickly the shipping dates extended out. By the time I keyed …

2018-09-13: Two hours to go 😁 up by myself once again. The iPhone and the Watch are the only thing I buy for …

2018-09-12: My dad always gets me an inspiring book for my birthday. Sometimes it focuses on business. Sometimes …

2018-09-12: Merry appleMas everyone!!

2018-09-11: Tonight’s Dramatica Users Group found us looking at The Conversation–Francis Ford …

2018-09-10: I found a new running partner: Seth Godin and his Akimbo podcast. Perfectly timed out for a 2-3 mile …

2018-09-10: Just discovered VueX and Flux architecture and I’m wondering why I was torturing myself this …

2018-09-09: Great interview with Stratechery Author Ben Thompson and modern business and technology on The …

2018-09-09: Sunday with Seth: If you had a manager that talked to you the way you talked to you, you’d quit. If …

2018-09-09: 51 hours and 3,400 words later, I have the workings of a compelling sci-fi story fit for animation.

2018-09-08: Monoprice vs. Best Buy Cat 5e cables: $50 vs $1.50. Ridiculous. No idea how stores are going to …

2018-09-08: Ah, Fall. The kids are back in school. Which I means I turn into Jimmy-Taxicab on Saturdays. Soccer …

2018-09-07: Driving home from the pitch blasting I Am The Doctor–so you know it went well!!

2018-09-07: There can be no better pre-pitch hype music than “Duck Shoot” from The Crown soundtrack. …

2018-09-06: Proof of Concept So this is pretty incredible. While I couldn’t fully use the latest version of Subtext because …

2018-09-05: I don’t know how they do it, but each year on my birthday my kids find some way to fill my …

2018-09-04: Couldn’t decide between The Crown or Godless on Netflix. Tried both. Barely made it through …

2018-09-03: In a past life, I was an animator for Disney and Dreamworks. Classically trained hand-drawn …

2018-09-03: The Tree of Life is so beautiful. Just watched it again. Sheer visual poetry from beginning to end.

2018-09-02: I have lived near this park for twenty years; today is the first day I brought out a blanket, laid …

2018-09-01: Boston Dynamics and the Swearing Robot mod. The funniest thing I’ve seen all week.

2018-09-01: Friends in High Places Episode 8 & 8.5 of Internet Friends reminds me of all the fun times I had in my 30s playing …

2018-09-01: Internet Friends is the first podcast I actually went back and started with Episode #1 and worked my …

2018-08-31: Thank you 2017 Jim for writing the exact method I needed to make my life easier in 2018. Always neat …

2018-08-30: New Apple Watch image leaked today makes me very very happy. Super excited to see what else they …

2018-08-30: 300 days of meditation. Almost 90 hours of practice. I do and I understand.

2018-08-29: VueJS Creator Earns $16K Through Patreon Compelling article on How Vue.js Creator Evan You Earns $16k/mo on Patreon. I use VueJS everyday and …

2018-08-28: I knew that was an earthquake. Felt the 4.4 in LaVerne all the way up here in Valencia. First one in …

2018-08-28: Of Themes and Code Editors Another crazy day of work tasks stacked one on top of the other. I did find eek out a little bit of …

2018-08-27: Reading this page about Working at Basecamp is so inspirational. Not because I want to work there …

2018-08-27: Sometimes, listening to the 80s on 8 on SiriusXM can be quite a painful experience: Hey, you know …

2018-08-26: Did some light coding just to keep the momentum up. Components within components within …

2018-08-25: Spent the morning quickly building out a new Model for the Storybeats in Subtext. Was planning on …

2018-08-24: Sherlock Gnomes was surprisingly entertaining. We all went into it bemoaning the …

2018-08-24: Tonight’s feature is Sherlck Gnomes. Pizza, the open sky, and my family. Did I tell you how …

2018-08-24: Laravel Nova is incredible. Taylor finally released it this week, but I’ve been so busy …

2018-08-24: My son did an EPIC cover of the soundtrack for Detroit: Become Human. So unbelievabaly talented. I …

2018-08-24: This interview with Steve Perry on returning to music is great on a Friday morning. From Sopranos to …

2018-08-24: This rendition of The Cranberries “Zombie” is really quite addicting. I like to imagine …

2018-08-23: The design experts at iAWriter on aesthetics: We also know that what is truly good is somehow …

2018-08-22: A watershed day for Narrative First: Broke through a block in developing the next version of …

2018-08-22: So completely blown away by how fast the day flies by lately. In fact, yesterday went by so fast I …

2018-08-21: The solar system as seen from a third-person objective view

2018-08-21: Lyft iOS redesign Totally agree with these thoughts on the Lyft redesign. Beautiful experience design.

2018-08-20: I just had cauliflower crust pizza with almond cheese and pepperoni for the first time. I will never …

2018-08-20: Phantom Thread was lovely. And oh too familiar. The rare movie I don’t bother trying to …

2018-08-19: Trying out VS Code this week over my usual Sublime because it feels like a good time to switch …

2018-08-18: Sometimes you just have to spend the weekend with the most beautiful woman in the world.

2018-08-18: Funny cleaning up articles you wrote eleven years ago. In this one, I incorrectly identified the …

2018-08-18: Kevin Spacey Movie Makes $126 Out of all the people jettisoned over the past year because of sexual harassment, Spacey is the most …

2018-08-18: Returning back to RSS Feeds to keep up with everything, I’m finding the web view from Feedbin …

2018-08-18: I guess I don’t get cover bands. There was a band playing songs from another band that I …

2018-08-17: Looking over OmniFocus 3 last night, I just couldn’t do it. While there are great …

2018-08-16: Go for it, Katie. Take over the world. (Happy Birthday)

2018-08-16: Yet Another Task Manager Switch Nuts. Listening to the latest Cortex episode, Adulting Complete, I find that Grey consolidated all …

2018-08-16: First day of school, first day I’ve overslept in 30 years. Apparently, I’ve done a good …

2018-08-15: My daughter learning about storyboarding from the Storyboard Supervisor On Steven Universe. When I …

2018-08-15: New Steve Perry song released today! No Erasin’. First listen, I thought The Voice had turned …

2018-08-15: The fact that this grew from a passion for coding is truly inspiring. Ruby on Rails creator …

2018-08-15: Woke up to learn that Theodore Roosevelt lost his wife and mother on the same day–two days …

2018-08-14: Continually Learning Something New Dramatica Users Group Meeting with Dramatica co-creator Chris Huntley. Tonight’s film was the …

2018-08-14: New Steve Perry album coming out this October!! I was lucky enough to hear him sing in LA a couple …

2018-08-13: Animators in Cars Talking Storyboards: wherein I teach my 16-year old daughter the “180 …

2018-08-13: One of the greatest things about being a story consultant is the variety I’m introduced to …

2018-08-13: From today’s Daily Stoic: Your brain was … meant to separate what is important from …

2018-08-12: The Empire Strikes Back at The Hollywood Bowl Last night I took my oldest to see the LA Philharmonic perform the entire soundtrack to The Empire …

2018-08-11: Internet Friends is my absolute favorite podcast right now. The conversation is effortless and …

2018-08-11: Tonight is the Perseid meteor shower. Missed the last couple of years for various …

2018-08-10: Fitting Into the Sagas Inspired to read some science-fiction as the Summer rolls down, I decided to download The City and …

2018-08-10: I finally figured out something that I’ve been stuck on for days! This is what I love about …

2018-08-10: Finally. It rains. Whoops. Never mind. It stopped raining five minutes later.

2018-08-09: Growing up, I loved James Horner’s soundtracks. While many of his soundtracks tend to sound …

2018-08-08: Reading all the abandoning Twitter posts, and I’m feeling way ahead of the curve with …

2018-08-08: Just rolled out my very first pivot table. My brain is loopy, but super excited about the prospects …

2018-08-08: For twenty years, my commute was 45 minutes one way. When I worked at Sony it was 1hr. 45 minutes. …

2018-08-07: There’s just something about coding in VueJS that works with the way my brain …

2018-08-06: A trio of blog posts over the weekend covering the cult of Dramatica. And my intention to make those …

2018-08-06: Went out running so I could feel somewhat human…I’ve never felt anything so oppressive …

2018-08-06: I think I’m beginning to get this whole test-driven development thing. At times I think it …

2018-08-05: Succession didn’t end the way thought it would–it ended even better. Can’t wait …

2018-08-05: You know you’re doing it right when your time spent in a meditation app exceeds your time with …

2018-08-05: Sunday Morning Inspiration DHH’s office (Ruby on Rails creator): Products are functions from Basecamp’s Head of …

2018-08-05: Saturday Drive-In Movie Tonight’s feature was Back to the Future 2. Forty-one years ago it was Star Wars. My parents …

2018-08-04: Well, as usual, trying to force a package in there turned out a bit messier than I would have liked. …

2018-08-04: Installing Chatter, a forum package, into Subtext because it’s time to start surrounding …

2018-08-04: Patrick Stewart is returning to play Jean-Luc Picard in a new series–why is this world such a …

2018-08-03: Disneyland's First Wall Not too many people know this, but this is the first wall built in Disneyland. You can see how they …

2018-08-02: The Importance of Documentation The one thing I keep putting off when it comes to Subtext, my Saas for writers, is the …

2018-08-02: Some days are harder when it comes to defending morning hours from interruption. Then again, one …

2018-08-01: Scheduling time instead of tasks…I’m starting to see things fall through the cracks. …

2018-08-01: What a great way to end the day…if you’re more of a short story writer, and …

2018-08-01: Debating whether or not I should upload my photos from my Instagram account to micro.blog. One the …

2018-08-01: I’m so used to super-stellar support and Intercom-like quick access to developers, that I …

2018-08-01: It’s not coincidence when a microcast on spirituality & meditation actually provides you …

2018-08-01: Thanks to Maizzle it looks like I’ll now be building by own HTML emails with TailwindCSS & …

2018-08-01: So unbelievably grateful for the events of the day. You ever get the feeling that there’s …

2018-07-31: After a couple of hours wrestling with Screenflow, I finally managed to get an excerpt of …

2018-07-31: Recorded the most amazing Writer’s Room today in Subtext (my SaaS for Narrative First). …

2018-07-31: I’m now fifteen podcasts behind when it comes to publishing the Narrative First podcast. I …

2018-07-31: Many in the Laravel community have been linking to this combo of Jigsaw and Netlify to create static …

2018-07-30: An introduction to The Throughlines of Pretty Woman. The perfect balance of conflict between the …

2018-07-30: Day One of my 15-minute daily limit for Twitter is excruciating. What am I supposed to do with all …

2018-07-30: Convertkit decided to change their name back to Convertkit. Seva was a horrible name, so it makes …

2018-07-30: Apparently, I’m in the mood for minimalist blogs today. I love this design of one blog post, …

2018-07-30: James Shelly’s site is fascinating to me–if for no other reason than the complete …

2018-07-30: Over the weekend I watched the G Funk documentary on YouTube Premium. Now I know who Nate Dogg …

2018-07-29: Set App Limits in Screentime for Twitter, Tweetbot, and Instagram. 15 minutes a day during the week, …

2018-07-29: A little something on Tying Objective Characters to the Story Goal.

2018-07-29: The new Irish Female voice for Siri is delightful. I feel like Kelly MacDonald is telling me the …

2018-07-29: Great workspace inspiration. I forget I can work outside!

2018-07-29: Oh man. Well, that’s not good. Screentime is down 8%–which is great–but it looks …

2018-07-28: There. That’s much better.

2018-07-28: Refresh looks fresh–rethinking the browser.

2018-07-28: An Accumulation of Ancient Skeletons From the very largest wonder: For the first time ever, researchers have watched a star race past …

2018-07-28: Funny cleaning up articles you wrote eleven years ago. In this one, I incorrectly identified the …

2018-07-27: I’ll just leave this here: When despair for the world grows in me and I wake in the night at …

2018-07-27: Well, that was easy. Hooked up Narrative First with CSS Grid. Took all of five minutes to do …

2018-07-27: Nick Basile posted a great article on combining CSS Grid and Tailwind CSS. Since Tailwind still has …

2018-07-27: Head all over the place trying to be all things to all people. All I want to do is build, and …

2018-07-27: Great wrap-up of the Release Candidate for Vue CLI 3: New Era in Frontend Development. PWA …

2018-07-26: Finally watched some demos of Vue CLI. Looks great. Can’t believe it was a year ago when I …

2018-07-26: As I develop another series for television, I’m jotting down experiences and enlightenments …

2018-07-26: Watching Taylor Otwell’s Keynote for #Laracon 2018. Soooo many ideas for improving the Subtext …

2018-07-26: Holding Space for Yourself Thinking I missed something quite cool at Laracon today–Jocelyn K. Glei’s talk on Hurry …

2018-07-26: Can’t believe I’m 100 days away from a year straight of daily meditation. Some days are …

2018-07-25: Laracon Day One First day of #Laracon was great. Watched Nova presentation as best I could. At first, I was less …

2018-07-25: Really happy with this one…been waiting weeks to find just the right time to sit down and …

2018-07-25: Deadwood starts shooting in October!! Drove by the set this past weekend and it still looked like …

2018-07-25: We interrupt this Laracon to present to you an Aeropress iPhone app! I had no idea there were …

2018-07-25: Found a great resource for live-blogging #Laracon 2018 this year. Always get inspired by these …

2018-07-25: The Dramatica theory of story is really not that complicated.

2018-07-25: Thanks to Dave Chappelle’s latest special on Netflix, all I want to do is read Iceberg …

2018-07-24: I like this. Writing taking over the top spot over the last week.

2018-07-24: The Robin Williams documentary on HBO is wonderful. Can’t imagine a fuller life. I remember …

2018-07-24: Knowing too much story structure can be a bad thing…if you don’t figure out what you …

2018-07-24: Everyone should be given a cookie when they complete a great pitch. I think I’ll eat mine now.

2018-07-23: When debating the source of conflict in your story (which sets the kind of narrative structure), …

2018-07-23: Succession renewed for another season. Couldn’t be happier.

2018-07-22: Went to Barnes & Noble for the first time in ages tonight. So much to look at-and hold. I was …

2018-07-22: Giving nature character–and a function in story. Can a Rock Be an Antagonist?

2018-07-22: Here’s a Protagonist who is NOT a Main Character. In fact, most would consider her the …

2018-07-21: The Daily Blog Seth Godin Explains Why You Should Blog Daily — CJ Chilvers The daily blog…it’s one of …

2018-07-21: When people say “Protagonist”, what they really mean is “Main Character”. …

2018-07-21: For those of you who think a story can have two Protagonists. Nope! You’re thinking of it the …

2018-07-21: Morning meditation (260 days straight!) told me, “if you go the restroom, there is …

2018-07-21: Analytics and Storytelling Statistics never work as well as we might hope. Since we’re humans, statistics don’t change minds. …

2018-07-21: On the Awesomeness of Our Subtext Service Novelist Mike Lucas discusses what he considers Subtext Awesomeness: The Narrative Argument: One of …

2018-07-20: And this is probably the greatest news ever.

2018-07-20: New Glass Trailer. Unbelievable. I loved Split. And of course early M. Knight. Looking forward to …

2018-07-20: The only thing I will miss about going to ComicCon this year is coming home with a stack of unknown …

2018-07-19: Never underestimate the value of a story consultant speaking with his own story consultant. An hour …

2018-07-16: You know you have a great story when you can pitch a first draft and feel so confident about it that …

2018-07-15: Reading fiction for an hour first thing in the morning is the surest way to a pleasant state of …

2018-07-12: Was excited about the new MacBook Pros for about two minutes–especially with the notion of …

2018-07-11: Last night at the Dramatica Users Group Meeting we analyzed the Firefly episode “Out of …

2018-07-09: The Dog Days of Summer Teacher Alan Jacobs on how leaving Twitter and social media: has made me significantly calmer about …

2018-07-09: The thrill of living in Southern California with this as your backyard. Took firefighters all of 10 …

2018-07-08: A Sunday with King A Sunday spent napping and reading Stephen King’s The Outsider. The very best way to combat a …

2018-07-08: Succession on HBO is really quite good. You don’t hear much about it–a result, most …

2018-07-07: Messed around with Shortcuts today. Basically, Workflows but 1000x better looking. Being able to …

2018-07-07: It’s on.

2018-07-07: This #MeToo biography of Pixar is crazy. I had always heard from those who left that place that it …

2018-07-06: Personally, I would like to thank Apple for not sending me a TestFlight email for Shortcuts as it is …

2018-07-05: Episode 64 of the Narrative First Podcast is now live. This week: The Empire Strikes Back and Return …

2018-07-05: On the latest watchOS beta: firing off Siri just by lifting my wrist is futuristic. Always felt like …

2018-07-04: A Great Source of Inspiration The Work of Work “Most work is NOT coming up with The Next Big Thing. Rather, it’s making better …

2018-07-04: When I used to work at Dreamworks, Jeffrey would give us the entire week of the 4th off in exchange …

2018-07-04: Happy 4th of July everyone! 🇺🇸💥💥💥

2018-07-04: Mid-week holidays are for racing against the 2pm deadline when familial obligations intervene.

2018-07-02: Hey @hartlco, this Icro is quite nice!

2018-07-02: Great review of Subtext, our SaaS for writers from a novelist who learned more than simply how to …

2018-07-01: Hrmmm. Can’t seem to find a good introductory, …

2018-07-01: Oh no. I discovered Microsub servers, Aperture, Monocole, and Together. What crazy new Indie-world …

2018-07-01: Just a reminder–the Narrative First Writer’s Room opens this Tuesday @ 1pm PDT. Stop by …

2018-07-01: First time running into this helpful suggestion. I appreciate it iPhone, but it’s Sunday. And …

2018-07-01: First Reformed and You Were Never Really Here look promising. Struggling to think of anything else …

2018-07-01: The trick with watching World Cup is training your Preconscious to look up from your phone BEFORE …

2018-06-30: Strawberry Moon. Mars just to the right of a Summer Solstice Moon. Look up and realize the forces in …

2018-06-30: Apparently, my best friend Jason Elliot ruining Empire Strikes Back for me when I was 9 still …

2018-06-30: Stayed up late to watch Ex Machina again last night. The story is so simple. Just 4 people–one …

2018-06-30: Phillip Sheppard is some kind of mad genius. I can’t stop listening to his music for Kara. …

2018-06-29: First Week Scheduling Time Report First week scheduling time instead of tasks finished. Absolutely love it. 💪🏻 Accomplished so much in …

2018-06-29: The weekly community meetings for Subtext are a hit. Subs up today 😁 Love it when I hit on something …

2018-06-29: A Basis for Mental Relativity Dramatica co-creator Chris Huntley on the difference between Dramatica and Mental Relativity: …

2018-06-29: Kids introduced me to Detroit: Become Human and I’ve been listening to the soundtrack over and …

2018-06-28: My First Marinaded Steak Tonight marks my first attempt at cooking dinner like a big boy. Having acquired some choice …

2018-06-28: The Death of Stalin and Deconstructing Act Zero. A novelist sent me this idea of “six” …

2018-06-26: Mom & Dad: Year 48 Today was my parent’s 48th wedding anniversary. One cannot possibly comprehend how wonderful …

2018-06-25: Hmm. Not sure about Westworld ending. Parts I loved (Bernard’s moment). Parts I didn’t …

2018-06-24: Sunday Inspiration from Rob Walling Just finished this inspiring podcast with Drip co-founder Rob Walling. I can’t imagine having …

2018-06-24: Checking out the first episode of Season Two of Rapunzel’s Tangled Adventure (which I kinda …

2018-06-24: Just as I suspected-Hostiles was an incomplete story. Beautiful cinematography, haunting soundtrack …

2018-06-23: Coffee, breakfast, a short nap, writing & reading. What more can you ask for? To some, this …

2018-06-22: The Awkwardness of Scheduling Time To-Do Lists Don’t Work It’s an eye-opening exercise: you’ll probably find that it’s tough — if not …

2018-06-22: Scheduling Time Not Tasks Starting to schedule out my next couple of days by means of time, rather than space (no task list). …

2018-06-22: On Killing To-Do Lists Kill Your To Do List — CJ Chilvers The calendar doesn’t lie. It’s brutal about how much …

2018-06-22: Thinking this weekend I will setup my IGTV channel. More videos of my happy face on their way (which …

2018-06-22: The unique narrative structure of The Death of Stalin–an insanely great political …

2018-06-21: The Netflix series On My Block was so good. Just finished the first season and glad to hear …

2018-06-20: The storyform for Pretty Woman is now in Subtext, based on our Users Group analysis. Come witness a …

2018-06-19: Here’s a tip for all of you trying to install the latest iOS Betas. You can’t just …

2018-06-19: Beyond excited for this one—Subtext now exports your story structure directly into Fountain!! Grab …

2018-06-19: Started reading Stephen King’s The Outsider. Just the Kindle sample–but only a couple of …

2018-06-18: Part 3 of our videocast series, “An Introduction to Subtext” is now live. Watch as I …

2018-06-18: And by an Overall Story Throughline of Psychology I mean a narrative that explores conflict for …

2018-06-18: Death of Stalin was brilliant. Stealing the tagline “A Comedy of Terrors” to describe an …

2018-06-18: Truly, the best Father’s Day weekend ever.

2018-06-17: It’s close to impossible to find something to watch that the whole family can enjoy. We landed …

2018-06-14: Figured out the storyform for this week’s episode of Westworld, “Kiksuya”, while …

2018-06-14: The storyform for one of the stories in The Accountant is now in Subtext. There’s a lot of …

2018-06-13: Just watched Episode 8 of Season 3 of Westworld again. “Kiksuya”. Beautiful poetry from …

2018-06-13: That new Ralph Breaks the Internet trailer looked like it was from The Onion. That Walk of Shame …

2018-06-13: Listening to Josh Pigord’s interview of Drip founder, Rob Walling. Can’t believe the …

2018-06-12: Analyzing Jaws with super genius Chris Huntley-½ of the duo that invented the Dramatica …

2018-06-12: Here’s that article on Deduction and Induction and the problem with taking a …

2018-06-12: I set out to write a short blog post, and ended up writing an entire article on the narrative …

2018-06-11: Whether you’re writing, editing, drawing, or animating, may I humbly suggest you listen to …

2018-06-11: Listening to Bonnaroo 2018 on SiriusXM’s Jam On. Apparently, Nile Rodgers wrote everything.

2018-06-10: Tonight’s episode of Westworld–“Kiksuya”–was pure art from beginning …

2018-06-09: For Those of Us Making a Difference Seth Godwin on paying for software: I like paying for my software when I’m buying it from a company …

2018-06-08: Woah, crazy. Siri Shortcuts just suggested a calendar event tomorrow based on a text message …

2018-06-08: Subtext weekly update. Over 100 registered users, working on 190 stories with 267 narrative …

2018-06-08: Feels great to be blogging again about story structure and narrative. Today, brief thoughts on the …

2018-06-07: Being in the mood to write, like being in the mood to make love, is a luxury that isn’t necessary in …

2018-06-07: Hill Charts in Basecamp Basecamp’s innovations always make me wish I had a team of story structure experts. New in …

2018-06-06: The Spider-Man clip really messed with my head this morning. Nothing makes me long to be an animator …

2018-06-05: New watchOS told me I had a new memory this morning. But these memories are not our own. Our backups …

2018-06-04: Cannot, for the life of me, figure out how to get this Raise to Speak feature on watchOS 5 to work. …

2018-06-04: WWDC Time!! Been watching for years, always imagining the day I would have a legitimate reason for …

2018-05-31: Uploaded the storyform for Mad Max: Fury Road. Surprise! It’s the same story as Black Panther: run …

2018-05-30: Solo With My Son I don’t know what everyone’s talking about–I loved Solo. Smiled throughout and the soundtrack …

2018-05-30: Yesterday, I hosted my first demo of Subtext-my SaaS for rapidly developing complete stories. The …

2018-05-29: Mr. Aurelius today in The Daily Stoic: Get straight to doing what nature requires of you, and speak …

2018-05-26: Subtext, our story development service, right where it belongs.

2018-05-25: Band of Brothers and The Pacific all weekend long. Hard to imagine the first is 17 years old.

2018-05-25: Real Favicon Generator is the real thing. Seriously. Just created all assets for every device in …

2018-05-25: In a Star Wars mood this weekend? Why not amplify it with a deep thematic discussion of the first …

2018-05-25: With the latest version of Subtext firmly in place and running smoothly, I can now revert my …

2018-05-20: The best part about watching Black Panther is speaking like a Wakandian for the rest of the day.

2018-05-17: Max Richter may very well be the greatest composer of heart-wrenching emotional music. I CANNOT stop …

2018-05-17: Uploaded the story structure for my favorite Black Mirror episode “Nosedive” to Subtext. See …

2018-05-13: Change Is Good At Disneyland It’s very weird to visit a familiar place at Disneyland, one you’ve been visiting for 30+ years, …

2018-05-12: Oh my God. Just finished watching the greatest show in television history. #CobraKai is unbelievably …

2018-05-12: Binge-watching Cobra Kai and pretty much loving every single moment. Whoever made this is super …

2018-05-08: The 400th storyform added to Subtext, my SaaS for writers: Han’s substory from the original Star …

2018-05-07: Saw my first Iridium Flare last night: a 5 second window where the sunlight reflecting off a …

2018-05-05: 183 days of meditation in a row. Half a year of waking up, sitting down, and centering the mind. The …

2018-05-01: Just found out my latest client lives in Moscow. Worldwide baby!! All I need is one of those Emperor …

2018-05-01: Weird. Last night was Day 2 of eight hours of sleep and I actually experienced two full dreams. I …

2018-04-30: I submit to you the very best way to start off your week this Monday: Meco’s medley of The …

2018-04-30: Hmph. Turns out sleeping eight hours is AWESOME!

2018-04-29: Sleeping More When You Do What You Love DHH of 37 Signals caught my attention (like he usually does) on Twitter today. This time, it’s …

2018-04-26: Watching YouTube videos of wargame fanatics cover my favorite of all time Advanced Squad Leader. …

2018-04-26: Girlfriend and I decided we’d rather watch the Season Two premiere of #Westworld again over …

2018-04-26: Early start to the day. I have seven weeks of podcasts to edit, a big-budget screenplay to load up …

2018-04-25: Being an Entrepreneur Seth Godin describes what I love about my weekdays: Entrepreneurship is a chance to trade a …

2018-04-25: The Story Structure of I, Tonya Resumed uploading storyforms into Subtext this morning. Today’s feature is I, Tonya–the …

2018-04-21: Never thought the day would come, but I just removed Editorial from the dock on my iPad. With the …

2018-04-20: In celebration of the Season Two premiere of Westworld this weekend, we present the narrative …

2018-04-20: Back at the content game this morning. After four weeks of intense heads-down coding, I’m …

2018-04-16: No greater feeling in the world than to spend an hour on the phone with a writer halfway around the …

2018-04-15: A Quiet Place got me out of the house, but sadly–no real story. There was potential with the …

2018-04-14: Carrie Kemper is brilliant. Haven’t laughed so hard for Silicon Valley. Saved what I thought …

2018-04-14: The Passing of Art Bell For those who doesn’t know, Art Bell was the radio voice of UFOs and unexplained phenomenon in …

2018-04-12: Really missing writing as of late. I’m beyond excited about the new features rolling out with …

2018-04-12: It can be no coincidence that The Map Room track from Raiders plays at the SAME EXACT time I’m …

2018-04-07: Vasquez Climb A short drive through Sleepy Valley to arrive Vasquez rocks—or “Space Rocks”, as we like to call …

2018-04-07: While the title of this storybeat might say otherwise, the implications of what I’m building are …

2018-04-06: Nothing better than working like crazy for hours on end, day after day, on a project you love, and …

2018-04-03: First Look at the Story Structure of Raiders of the Lost Ark The Story Structure of the Raiders of the Lost Ark A tweet from director friend @ClayKaytis inspired …

2018-04-02: Driving home last night, I heard Greta Van Fleet for the first time. And now I can’t stop …

2018-03-31: Finally! Set project to add Character Arc and Storyforming videos to the Story Atomizer earlier this …

2018-03-30: Explaining Complicated Things in an Easy Way “It’s the mark of a charlatan to try and explain simple things in complex ways and it’s the mark of …

2018-03-25: Target Family Festival Spent the day at the Rose Bowl with the love of my life. Listened to Charlie Puth, DJ Questlove, and …

2018-03-25: Geeking Out Over Productivity I have no idea how I ended up following Zachary Lang on a Twitter, but I sense a kindred spirit: I …

2018-03-23: Re-reading The Paleo Solution while suffering through the Finn/Rose storyline in Last Jedi. Jar Jar …

2018-03-23: Excited to finally wrap my head around Drafts 5 and its new Workspaces feature. There’s a lot …

2018-03-23: Uncovering the Major Plot Points of a Complete Story Quite happy with this latest article: Uncovering the Major Plot Points of a Complete Story, the …

2018-03-23: An incredibly taxing week both on mind and body. After an intense focus on one topic, I experienced …

2018-03-17: Listening and Loving Cortex I honestly love the Cortex podcast so much. This latest one on why Goals are Dumb is another great …

2018-03-16: Holy Hell! Why didn’t anyone tell me about Hidden Citizen’s Revivals LP?! Epic …

2018-03-16: Not really quite sure what is going on lately. I keep writing and writing. Another day of 4,000 …

2018-03-16: Noticing my micro.blog Timeline is mainly replies to other conversations. Seems like not as many are …

2018-03-15: 4 hours and 4,000 words later I’m finished writing for the day. 😅

2018-03-15: A Daily Process of Writing Just wrote 1800+ words about The Florida Project–something I had no idea I was going to do an …

2018-03-14: Princess Leia’s theme will always get me.

2018-03-13: Dramatica Users Group Meeting Tonight, we looked at _The Accountant_—a Ben Affleck thriller with ALOT of story 😄. Turns out the …

2018-03-13: I can’t decide if The Accountant is brilliant, or super convoluted. It would take me ten …

2018-03-11: This day is going by waay too fast. I hate Daylight Savings. The older I get, the sillier it …

2018-03-08: Listening to 1940s radio and “Run, Rabbit, Run” comes on and suddenly I’m paranoid …

2018-03-08: Grammarly just corrected my spelling of Gael Garcia Bernal in my Coco analysis. Thought it only did …

2018-03-07: Pretty excited about this week’s podcast and how it all came together. It covers something I …

2018-03-06: I’ve watched the trailer for Lost in Space so many times today. There’s just something …

2018-03-06: The easiest headshots to find ever–Coco is now uploaded into the Story Atomizer. Discover the …

2018-03-05: Uploaded the storyform for Three Billboards. First one with hand-off Influence Characters. In …

2018-03-04: Catching up with a lot of Naval this weekend. Working hard on making the following part of my base …

2018-03-04: Well, I guess The Shape of Water is a great movie now. And I got 11 predictions right this year. No …

2018-03-04: First time ever watching Oscars by myself, but I’m still making my predictions! I usually run …

2018-03-04: The Shape of Water was OK. Sweet tale, but no story. Enjoyed Billboards, Lady Bird and Get Out more. …

2018-03-04: Writing "Rights" Things In this interview last year, Naval suggest rereading your favorite books. One of my favorite writing …

2018-03-03: Three Billboards was great–and it had to be written with Dramatica! That’s the first …

2018-03-03: Reworking the Analysis of Coco Working through an analysis of Coco with other Dramatica aficionados, a mistake in my article this …

2018-03-03: Went with the first episode of Alan Ball’s Here and Now on HBO. Sheesh. Talk about someone at …

2018-03-02: Had planned on watching some Best Picture nominees tonight. Seen Lady Bird Dunkirk, and Get Out but …

2018-03-02: A reader pointed out that Narrative First lacked an RSS feed 🙄 Forgot to reinstall after the upgrade …

2018-03-02: Rain, fireplace, iPad Pro, iaWriter, and UK 1940s Radio. Luckiest man alive.

2018-03-01: Thriving in Twenty Years Absolutely relate to Naval Rivikant’s comments to Tim Ferris: I think the best way to prepare …

2018-03-01: Go lightphone. Or you could just uninstall social media apps. 🤣

2018-03-01: What Star Wars and Black Swan Share in Common Always found it interesting how much Natalie Portman’s character Nina in Black Swan shares …

2018-02-28: Ralph Breaks the Internet looks way too much like The Emoji Movie. Bummer.

2018-02-27: Indifference is solid middle ground. It’s not about avoidance or shunning, but rather not giving any …

2018-02-27: Editing my weekly podcast with Descript is such a joy. I keep forgetting how painless the editing …

2018-02-27: Holistic Storyforms Added Cary Fukunaga’s adaptation of Jane Eyre into the Story Atomizer this morning. Always nice to …

2018-02-27: The Habit of Task Management When you have a vague or distant goal — like “be a great singer” or “make a million from my music” — …

2018-02-26: Ship When Useful Because — and let’s be honest — in the mind of the creator, a project is never done. There is always …

2018-02-26: Building Better Mental Models of Story After running through a bunch of stinkers this morning, finally came across my analysis of her. …

2018-02-25: Well, this seems to be the beginning of the end. Just scrolled through 380+ tweets I missed out on …

2018-02-25: And now I know why Japan’s Your Name was that country’s number one film forever. What a …

2018-02-24: Finally saw Coco. Some of the animation was incredible, but the secret bad guy thing is really …

2018-02-23: Blogging from the Future The coolest thing about the Things watch app is that after you dictate into your Watch task that you …

2018-02-22: Explaining the Greatness that is The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Like the show itself, there is so much to love about the storyform for the first season of The …

2018-02-21: Came back from running to find my girlfriend beaming with excitement. Fiddling around with the story …

2018-02-21: Finished recording next week’s podcast. So much easier and purposeful when you set boundaries …

2018-02-21: What a surreal experience using your own app to write an in-depth narrative analysis of several …

2018-02-21: Particularly proud of this analysis of Lady Bird. The integration with the Narrative First app is …

2018-02-21: Easing Back into Things Federico Vitcci has a way of making you completely overhaul the way you do things just because of …

2018-02-20: The best thing about Peaky Blinders is walking around the house, and in perfect Irish brogue saying, …

2018-02-19: Time for Care & Attention Listening to the first episode of Seth Godin’s podcast Akimbo and feeling tons of validation …

2018-02-17: Lady Bird was quite nice. Felt much longer than the hour and a half it was (not a bad thing). The …

2018-02-17: I can already see it starting to slip…the anxiety of opening Tweetbot to a count of 327 …

2018-02-17: Moleskine added Actions–a basic task manager–to their excellent Timepage, basically the …

2018-02-16: The Joy of Editing a Podcast with Descript Just finished editing this year’s first podcast with descript. 6 hours to produce an hour of …

2018-02-16: Another Look at Mother While putting together the analysis for the 2009 South Korean thriller Mother, I noticed an …

2018-02-15: First day working with descript–an insanely useful audio transcription service. Plan on …

2018-02-14: First article of 2018: Dramatica: A Journey Towards a Better Understanding of Story. There really is …

2018-02-14: A Dramatica analysis of Dr. Strangelove from last night’s class. Satire without a story. …

2018-02-13: I can fix bugs in my web app from my phone. During a class. The future is amazing.

2018-02-13: Holistic Problem-Solving Narratives The little known-gem Enough Said makes its way into the Atomizer today. Stories driven by Holistic …

2018-02-12: The Magic of Quickly Building Ideas for the World So, this is what I was working on this weekend, and what I’m releasing tomorrow: Storyform …

2018-02-12: Atom Egoyan’s haunting The Sweet Hereafter now in the Atomizer. Read the group discussion for …

2018-02-12: Can I get a gold medal for finally getting this VueJS component to work?! Working all weekend and it …

2018-02-11: 100 consecutive days of daily meditation—marking a milestone in my path towards better health. Seems …

2018-02-10: My daughter, who will likely turn out to be a far more successful artist than I ever was, just …

2018-02-09: Ok. So I thought Falcon Heavy’s duo-side booster landing was pure magic—but those Shooting Star …

2018-02-09: Teaching Story Structure at Career Day So easy, even a Kindergartener could understand 🤓 Thank God for Summer, who stepped in & helped …

2018-02-08: Noticed @kaa posted his home screen and thought I would share mine (in case anyone is interested!). …

2018-02-08: My narrative analysis of Professor Marston and the Wonder Women. Such a great film, with a wonderful …

2018-02-08: I absolutely love writing on an iPad Pro with iAWriter. I know everyone is hot on Ulysses right now, …

2018-02-07: My son wrote yet another beautiful piece of music, Whispers Under the Barrens.

2018-02-07: Learning so much at @LaraconOnline today, enough to keep me busy for weeks improving Narrative …

2018-02-07: Amy Schumer’s Trainwreck and The Lion King now in the Atomizer, both the SAME exact story. Which is …

2018-02-07: LaraconOnline all day! 🤓

2018-02-06: Elon Musk & Embracing Failure I love how Elon Musk just doesn’t give an f—. A third of his rocket blew up on …

2018-02-06: Witnessing the launch of of #FalconHeavy reminds me of getting up at 4:30 in the AM to watch the …

2018-02-06: on keeping a Commonplace Book Working on creating a digital Commonplace book for all the wonderful things I come across during the …

2018-02-05: In light of Philadelphia’s win yesterday, we uploaded the unique storyform for Creed into the …

2018-02-03: Professor Marston and the Wonder Women. What a beautiful honest film. Excellent story.

2018-02-02: Brooklyn finds a home in the Story Atomizer. Find out how this film successfully makes the narrative …

2018-02-01: January was the best month on record for Narrative First, the company I started 2 ½ years ago …

2018-02-01: The stunning 45 Years now in the Story Atomizer. Less than 3% of all stories feature a Main …

2018-02-01: Finally surpassed my previous personal best—and over the holiday season too 😊

2018-01-31: The phenomenal Captain Fantastic is now up on the Atomizer. The holistic nature of Viggo’s character …

2018-01-30: I want to be on the moon tonight: “You would see a red circle of sunlight scattered toward …

2018-01-30: My analysis of Mom and Dad, a fun tale—no story—with Nic Cage being crazy Nic Cage. #storytelling …

2018-01-30: Keep shirking your duties as a princess and you can save your people. We all can’t be princess, but …

2018-01-29: Hacksaw Ridge in the Atomizer. Adding backlog of storyforms from Narrative First this week, …

2018-01-27: Twins are learning object-oriented programming at their video game creation class. The cycle …

2018-01-26: Longest most exciting day ever. 🧐

2018-01-26: La La Land.

2018-01-26: No matter how many times I do this, I’m still amazed at the difference in Plot progressions between …

2018-01-25: The Narrative First Atomizer was built by a writer for a writer. Which means you can start and stop …

2018-01-24: Losing Touch are Features Wow. This is amazing: @dhh That’s how I felt when I left Facebook many years ago. I was worse off …

2018-01-24: Just finished The Toys That Made Us. Great Netflix doc on the making of the Star Wars line of toys …

2018-01-23: Writing ✍️ several different stories at once with clients is so much fun. I went from a …

2018-01-22: Fresh new face for Narrative First in 2018. 😊 Learn all you can about narrative structure and how to …

2018-01-21: That phone call on a Sunday morning that says your 2018 is going to be very, very busy.

2018-01-21: Columbus. What a beautiful and moving film, every shot a meditation on character and growth. 🎥

2018-01-20: Apparently I didn’t start going to Dramatica classes until 1998, not 96 like I used to think. Which …

2018-01-19: Perfect weather to watch Lord of the Rings. Actually, maybe even to read it! 📚

2018-01-19: Just add coffee.

2018-01-19: Back to blogging this morning. Have a lot to write about and I’m super excited to share everything. …

2018-01-18: Next week, I get to visit the Dramatica archives. Which is just like visiting the DisneyARL, only …

2018-01-18: Dungeon Masters and Storytelling Statamic creator Jack McDade explains why I loved playing D&D when I was a kid, and why I love …

2018-01-17: Daughter and I wrote an entire story about time-traveling teenagers, based on the story structure of …

2018-01-17: Steps towards Perfection This is exactly how I feel about the latest release of the Narrative First Atomizer. There is so …

2018-01-17: Another "*" Playground! Everyone has playgrounds nowadays...This looks fun and will undoubtedly make its way into Narrative First as a means to help writers understand conflict is not subject matter. twitter.com/staufferm…

2018-01-17: Idea to Outline in Five Minutes So how do you find the deep thematic structure for your story in five minutes? 1. Enter the kind of …

2018-01-16: 8 hours of my life devoted to finding out that all I needed to do was add the word ‘groups’ to one …

2018-01-16: Knee-deep in policies, and gates, and auth 👨🏻‍💻

2018-01-16: Big day here at Narrative First. Something I’ve been working on for the past couple of weeks is …

2018-01-15: Nothing like a good run 🏃 to clear away those mental roadblocks.

2018-01-15: Just discovered this: every event from Lord of the Rings retweeted in real time. Combined with my …

2018-01-15: I love the track Sea Wall from Blade Runner: 2049 so much. It feels like the end of all things. But …

2018-01-15: Create the environment that houses your art. 🎨

2018-01-14: Never been so excited before on a Sunday night in my entire life for what’s coming this week. What …

2018-01-14: Back on the Paleo, cause I got dreams.

2018-01-14: Sunday inspiration: Michaelangelo was worth $47 million. Real Artists Don’t Starve, They Thrive. …

2018-01-14: I feel like Wind River could have been so much more. 🤨

2018-01-13: Ok. I put 52 hours into this so far this week and I can’t stop laughing at how Awesome it turned …

2018-01-13: It doesn’t bother me at all that Harry Escott’s track Brandon from the Shame soundtrack is a …

2018-01-13: The entire house to myself all weekend. Let’s get this Lemmatizer built and out the door! 😎

2018-01-13: Finally “round-tripped” my journey through The Daily Stoic. Noticed highlights I set a year ago and …

2018-01-12: Half an hour to decide what to watch tonight. Finally landed on What We Do in the Shadows. Spooky! 🦇

2018-01-12: Why oh why are there so many different words in the English language? Just when I think I have them …

2018-01-12: The English language is not surprisingly non-functional when it comes to modeling sentences. Can’t …

2018-01-12: Seeing the fan reaction for #TangledTheSeries and knowing I played a part in getting them there is …

2018-01-12: Just added to Narrative First: the storyform for Spider-Man: Homecoming. Discover the unique …

2018-01-12: Another from Epictetus today: “There is only one path to happiness, and that is in giving up all …

2018-01-11: Equity is not a function of your environment…for those of you super-focused on things outside …

2018-01-11: Breakthroughs in coding are the best. What once was resistance is now effortless flow. Hard to …

2018-01-11: Force the Main Character to be the Protagonist in your story and you might miss out on some unique …

2018-01-11: Two entire days of my life spent in quiet reflective meditation. Wonder what this number will look …

2018-01-10: The order of events carries meaning: a slap followed by a scream means something completely …

2018-01-10: Dramatica Story theory is all about helping you effectively communicate that message your heart …

2018-01-10: 4 months ago I had no idea what #Laravel or #VueJS was and now that’s all I sleep & dream about …

2018-01-10: Looks like I’ll be updating the storyform for La La Land in the morning. The emotional beats for Mia …

2018-01-09: I think I might be sold on the Success Outcome. The “we’re going to build an entire unscripted film …

2018-01-09: And you would think by now I would get the Overall Story Outcome right! 😡 I saw La La ending in …

2018-01-09: Analyzing La La Land with Dramatica co-creator Chris Huntley and a handful of Dramatica Story …

2018-01-09: That little gold button? The Storytime feature now lets you randomly select a different Gist for the …

2018-01-09: Perfect for this dreary Tuesday morning: the storyform & Throughlines for Manchester by the Sea. …

2018-01-09: Just when I was settling into using Things, Todoist comes out with this end of year report and now I …

2018-01-08: Five left to go! (Hardest part is done) Looking forward to helping writers improve the quality of …

2018-01-08: Coming soon…an entire narrative structure based on the message you want to tell, NOT …

2018-01-08: Awesome. 9.5 hours later, the framework is built and ready for massive creativity.

2018-01-08: Love that my job involves texting: Objective character elements supersede “characters” and are …

2018-01-08: So excited to see this all come together. And on a rainy Monday too! 🙂

2018-01-07: Love the hope and optimism of this year’s Golden Globes. The energy and vibr is really …

2018-01-07: Client and writer-extraordinare Mike DiMartino (Avatar: The Last Airbender) signing for the release …

2018-01-07: My perfect Sunday morning.

2018-01-07: So, Baby Driver was a huge disappointment. Fun musical at first, but the lack of an actual story …

2018-01-06: Yes! First pass on new Outline feature. Afternoon coding session on a Saturday created something …

2018-01-06: What you’re working on today isn’t the endpoint; it’s the foundation for what’s next.

2018-01-06: Part Two of Three all coded now. Just need to make the outline template pretty over the weekend. …

2018-01-05: And with that, we’re done! 360 storyforms complete with Thematic Arguments reducing Dramatica’s …

2018-01-05: Pretty amazed at how off many of the encodings are for the Dramatica Comprehensive Analyses in DSE. …

2018-01-05: Thematic Arguments completed for 233 films, plays, and novels. 127 to go! Need to get these finished …

2018-01-05: Unbelievably wonderful day at work today. No time for new content or storyforms. Entire day booked …

2018-01-03: Finally discovered my invite for micro.blog–a year in the making! Looking forward to clearing …