Are You Publishing Content or Producing Stories?

Ira Glass, host of NPR’s “This American Life”, talks about storytelling in terms of building blocks. Stories are built on two important things; anecdotes and reflection. You can think of anecdote as action. What is happening in the story? How is it moving along? What is the order in which things transpire? This is the root […]

How Reading a Newspaper Changed My Life

I had lunch yesterday with a friend I hadn’t seen in 13 years. It’s amazing how, with some people, you can just pick up where you left off. I am glad we’ve reconnected and look forward to getting to know her again. We talked and shared what we’d been up to the past several years. […]

Why It's All About Stories

I met someone for the first time recently. They asked me “What do you do?”. The story of what I “do” has changed over the years. I used to just say “I work for [insert company name here].” Then after a while, I started to identify more with the actual work I was doing. “I’m […]

The Story of Information

I have a secret. It’s one of those things I don’t tell people very often. But since we’re all friends here, here goes. I love databases. Yup. Databases. I find them wildly interesting. Why? Perhaps it’s because I’m a bit of an information junkie. OK, a LOT of an information junkie. I read voraciously. I […]

I Think I am Writing a Novel

It all started on Thursday night. Hubby was at work, I was hanging around Twitter and some blogs, and suddenly, the first line of my novel entered my head. I tried to push it aside, as I REALLY wanted to finish reading the post I was on, but it kept pushing its way back into […]