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Saturday, July 23, 2016

Read It All

Posted by Tim Stobbs on January 13, 2016

So the other day I ran into a reader who pointed out something to me about the blog…reading all 1850 post in my archive is a pain in the butt do to the organization of the archive as you have to go month by month and scroll by three posts at a time.  So to deal with this problem I added a new page to the blog called Post List which lists every single post in this blog from newest to oldest.  So yes, I’m enabling the brave souls that want to binge read the blog.  Have fun!

Tim

Timmy Fell Down a Well

Posted by Tim Stobbs on November 30, 2015

So you must be wondering by now, did I hit my head and fall down a well and have been recovering in hospital for the last month? Um, yes that would make a good story but the simple fact is I decided at the last minute to do National Novel Writing Month again. So I wrote like 2/3 of my next novel…or ~54,000 words (which is about 216 pages in manuscript format) over the month of November.

Now that is over I’m dropping down to a much saner pace to finish the novel and so you should start seeing several of the posts I started to write in the last month finally get finished and posted.  So I did think about you guys, but didn’t actually finish any additional posts.  On the plus side I’ve learned that I write a LOT faster if I do just a bit more plotting of my work in advance.  Since I typically don’t do that with these posts I’m sort of curious to try the idea out here and see what happens.

But so you have idea on what’s coming, I’ve got some material drafted on:

  • Net worth updates
  • Career history
  • The nature of time and your perceptions of it
  • Government changes and your tax bill

If you have any requests, please let me know in the comments and I’ll add them to my stack of post ideas.  Meanwhile I’m drying off from the well.

Down the Rabbit Hole: Writing New Book

Posted by Tim Stobbs on June 24, 2015

Holy crap?!?! I didn’t realize I haven’t posted here for so long.  Sorry about that folks.  I’m currently down the rabbit hole of writing a new non-fiction book.  After struggling for a while, I finally got a workable angle on it and I’m roughly half finished (~38,000 words so far).  So yes, you get less posts in the short run as I get consumed by my project.

Working title is: Break the System.  So while I do touch on some similar topics as my first book, Free at 45, of financial independence and happiness, I widen the scope of this one considerably to bridging any large scale change to your life.  So weather it be shifting careers, changing your hobbies or following your crazy dream of your ideal life or even just retiring at 65, I want to help you make the change with this book.  You can see why finding a workable angle has been a problem for me. ;)

Just so you know, my writing process tends to go like this…lose myself brain dumping ideas, and writing parts of chapters for several weeks until I get close to a workable first draft.  Then I shift to edit mode and hack the crap out the first draft and cut back to the core ideas/chapters I want to include in the book.  For example, in Free at 45, I cut a full third of the chapters from the first draft (30 chapters) to the second draft (20 chapters).  I expect something similar this time around as I cut back on duplication or too much similarity between chapters and hack out those ones that don’t support the book that well.  Then after that I clean up the book a bit more I’ll be sharing it with a few people for some beta reader feedback.

I’ll keep you all in the loop as the book moves along and I’ll try to remember to actually write the odd post here as well.  Have a great summer.

Tim