Berin’s Rules for Blogging

Following up on Berin’s Rules for Social Media, here are Berin’s Rules for Blogging. A concise set of guidelines and expectations around what I do here in this space, as well as why and even a bit of how I do it. This should be considered a living document, which means I reserve the right…

Monastic Discipline and Deep Work

I’m reading a book called Deep Work by Cal Newport, about how the internet and modern life have forced us into a pattern of shallow and superficial thinking. We live in sound bites, YouTube clips, and constant interruption. It’s hard to dedicate time to deeper, more meditative contemplation on any issues. It’s a problem because some…

I Am Neither Dead Nor Dreaming

In the coming weeks I have some very aggressive deadlines. To be able to hit my marks, I won’t be posting here or on most social media with any scheduled regularity. It’s not unplugging so much as adjusting priorities around how I utilize my time. I’m just going to be less chatty for a while.…

How to Balance Productivity with Self Care

The cascading clusterlove of disquieting apprehension proceeds unabated. It’s exhausting to feel shaky and panicked for most of your waking hours. Especially so when you have a lot on your plate and tight deadlines. By turns I’m overanalyzing things, forgetting what I’m supposed to be doing, and trying to accomplish several things at the same time. My…

To Whom It May Concern

As Dancing Lights Press has begun to gain some traction and credibility, I’ve started to receive unsolicited submissions from writers and artists. While my first instinct is to be flattered, most of the people don’t seem to have any idea who I am or what I do. There’s either no salutation, or a simple “to…