1. The Mobile Writer an eBook by Julio Ojeda-Zapata at the Kindle Store →

    Since we are on the subject of writing, I wanted to once again mention a great resource for getting the most out of writing with a mobile device — The Mobile Writer by Julio Ojeda-Zapata.

    I write the foreword for this and, as one who has kind of become known as “the guy who writes on his iPhone”, I am featured often throughout. That said, even if this were not true I would say, for only $3.00, this good bang for your bucks.

    Following, is the foreword I wrote to give you a peek at what it is all about. Enjoy:

    "You’re doing which with what?"

    This was, more often than not, the response I got last year when I first mentioned to people that I was writing a book on my iPad.

    "So you are writing a book about your iPad?"

    "No", I would say. "I’m writing a book and doing so entirely using my iPad."

    ""Ah, so you must be using one of those fancy Bluetooth keyboards they sell for it."

    "Actually, I’m only using the onscreen keyboard."

    "OK, that’s just crazy! Why would you want to do that?"

    "Several reasons", I’d explain. "I want to prove that the iPad is a perfectly capable computer for getting real work done. I also want to find out how such constrains affect my writing. Would it cause me to work slower, be more careful, and omit needless words? As someone who tries to promote, and is writing a book about, working with just enough of what one needs, the iPad alone seemed enough for the task. Plus, it’s a really good marketing angle for the book."

    "So it’s just a stunt then? To sell the book?"

    "No", I would insist. "I actually write most everything now this way. I quite enjoy it. In fact, if it’s something that will be a thousand words or less, I most often do that on my iPhone with my thumbs."

    It’s a wonder someone did not call the proper authorities to have me committed at this point in the conversation…

    Nothing crazy about it though, the iPad and iPhone, seem to me to be the perfect writing machines. They are regularly always with you so they allow you to start writing almost anytime and anywhere. When one can let go of the fear and let built in tools like auto-correct help, you might be surprised how fast one can become on the built in keyboard. But, as explained, part of the benefit is that it also can slow one down just enough to be more intentional with the words they choose and careful about the accuracy of the typing. I actually find I make less typos and am more quick to catch those I do when doing so in this way. In short, the iPad and iPhone help me write more often, in more situations, and write better.

    In the time since I wrote a book on my iPad, the number of great writing apps available for both platforms has exploded. Many are so good that I prefer them over any of their similar desktop computer counterparts. From minimalist plain text editors to full-fledged word processing and page layout alternatives, there is a writing app out there to fit any need. And, perhaps even more importantly, these devices are seen even more by the general public as equal tools for getting the job done.

    This is all to say that one owes it to themselves to give it a shot. Make the effort to realize the powerful creative tool these devices can be. I hope the coming chapters may help you down that path. If nothing else, you will have a new alternative. But, like me, you just may find an exciting new way to write.

    Patrick Rhone
    09.15.2013

    Sent from my iPad mini

  2. Some Thoughts About Writing — A Minimal Guide is my new collection of back pocket wisdom for those who wish to be successful writers. This guide will give you all you need to know about what it takes — especially for those looking to write for an online audience.
In addition, the eBook is a “living” guide. It will be updated as more questions, feedback, thoughts, and topic ideas not yet covered come up. The book currently contains a lot more than the preview I link to below. And there are even more great sections to come. As updates are made, those who have purchased a copy will receive notification of future versions available free download.
You can buy a copy right now for only $5.00.
You can also preview quite a bit of what’s included in the book.
Either way, it’s a bargain.

    Some Thoughts About Writing — A Minimal Guide is my new collection of back pocket wisdom for those who wish to be successful writers. This guide will give you all you need to know about what it takes — especially for those looking to write for an online audience.

    In addition, the eBook is a “living” guide. It will be updated as more questions, feedback, thoughts, and topic ideas not yet covered come up. The book currently contains a lot more than the preview I link to below. And there are even more great sections to come. As updates are made, those who have purchased a copy will receive notification of future versions available free download.

    You can buy a copy right now for only $5.00.

    You can also preview quite a bit of what’s included in the book.

    Either way, it’s a bargain.

  3. parislemon:


Genius. 
Alex Colon has a full review.


OK, this idea is full of win. Ordered.

    parislemon:

    Genius.

    Alex Colon has a full review.

    OK, this idea is full of win. Ordered.

  4. Artifacts: Patrick Rhone — Unretrofied →

    Patrick Rhone has kindly taken some time to tell me about all the items he keeps in his pocket and bag. I really dig the fact that most of them writing supplies.
    An overview of what I take with me — both in my pockets and my bag — when I leave the house (with pictures). This was fun to do and I thank Chris for including me.
  5. minimaldesks:

Miłosz Bolechowski’s stunning workspace.

Wow.

    minimaldesks:

    Miłosz Bolechowski’s stunning workspace.

    Wow.

    (Source: Flickr / meewosh)

  6. "1.24.14" (by Apple)

    Beautiful. Shot entirely on iPhone.

  7. The PC Weenies | The Simplest Ideas →

    Today’s PC Weenies comic was inspired by this post.

    Very cute. I’m honored.

  8. I made this little guy in my journal yesterday.

    I made this little guy in my journal yesterday.

  9. (via Object #04)

So beautiful.

    (via Object #04)

    So beautiful.

  10. Apple - Mac 30 - Thirty years of innovation (by Apple)

    Imagine what we can accomplish in the next 30 years.

    Happy 30th Mac! The first Mac I owned myself was the Performa 550 but had used many at work before that. I fell in love and never looked back.

    I’ve owned dozens since and am still just as amazed and impressed today with my MacBook Air as I was that first time I used a Mac.That is the standard all technology should have.