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Lost in Translation

28 August 2011 · 6 comments

All day long, I think about Spanish. Sometimes, if I’m lucky, I think in Spanish (though this never lasts for long). When I’m not working on my Spanish, I wish I were. And sometimes, like last night, I’ll stay up long after Kris has gone to bed just so I can read more Spanish or [...]


Recently, I met Charlie Gilkey for lunch at Jade Teahouse. Over noodles and vietnamese stew, we talked about blogging. (Charlie runs a site called Productive Flourishing, which contains “strategies for thriving in life and business”.) And we talked about e-mail. Junk food may be one of my biggest weaknesses, but e-mail is nearly as bad. [...]


A Beautiful Day

25 January 2010 · 3 comments

I turned in the manuscript for Your Money: The Missing Manual on Friday, January 15th (the one-year anniversary of Paul’s death), but that wasn’t the end of the work. No indeed. Right away, I dove into a marathon ten-day editing session. One by one, I’ve gone back over each chapter, polishing the prose and eradicating [...]


All Work and No Play…

20 December 2009 · 4 comments

My life right now: There’s a light at the end of the tunnel, my friends. But before I reach the light, there’s still a bit of work to accomplish.


1000 Days of Doubt

18 November 2009 · 13 comments

I think I’ve figured out one reason writing this book is so tough for me. It’s because I’m wracked by self-doubt. This self-doubt isn’t new. I’ve been struggling with it for years, and it’s just become more acute since I started Get Rich Slowly. I never set out to be a personal finance expert. In [...]



3 November 2009 · 0 comments

Once upon a time, not so long ago, there was a lazy young man who did a whole lot of nothing. And loved it. He did as little work as possible, and spent his free time doing even less. Then one day that young man grew up to find that he actually enjoyed doing some [...]


“You’re doing it again,” Kris told me last night. “Doing what?” I asked. “You haven’t posted a new entry at foldedspace in nearly two weeks,” she said. “You’re in danger of letting it get all musty again.” Kris is right, of course (as she nearly always is). But she also knows the reason for my [...]


I thought it would be useful to set down a record of the process. A lot of people have questions about what goes into writing and publishing a book. Maybe my experience can help answer some questions.

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Crossing the Streams

24 August 2009 · 5 comments

I’m always amazed when I read about people who can write while listening to non-music audio. Trent claims that he listens to podcasts while writing. How? I could never do that. It’d be like crossing the streams! (Which we all know would be bad, right?)


This article was originally published at Foldedspace on 14 September 2006. I’ve been noticing this error again lately, and so wanted to revisit the subject. Listen people, this is easy: you do not always use the word “I” when speaking of yourself and another person. I’m going to be called a grammar Nazi for devoting [...]