• business

    Now What?

    A few weeks ago, I quit what I thought would be my major project of 2021. That project was writing another technology book. So I had my reasons to quit, but this has left a big hole in my plans for 2021. See one of my 2021 goals is to build up a passive income. the book would have contributed to this via royalties which is part of the reason I agreed to the project. It seemed like a gift at the time. What Now? Passive Income? You’ve probably heard people throwing this word around, and passive income is something that I’m personally passionate about. This is essentially a business…

  • business

    I Quit My Book Contract

    You have to know when to quit. That is what I told myself last week as I sent a email to my editor that effectively ended my book contract that I negotiated last year. The book that I had been planning toiling under for the past three months is now toast. Why? The first red flag popped up in February when I wrote the post Should You Write a Tech Book? My intention for this post was to give a behind the scenes view on what it was like to get published by a major industry player. It was meant to be an exciting pseudo-narrative, the kind of post I…

  • business,  code

    Should You Write a Tech Book?

    Are you considering publishing a book with a company like Apress, No-Starch, or O’Reilly? Maybe you have been contacted by someone who noticed a blog post that you wrote or a YouTube video? I’ve been down this road a few times now and there are some things that you need to know. Jump Right To… What You Need to Know About the 10 Phases of Publishing Publishing Myths Busted Should You Write a Book? How I Became an Author Years ago I ran a blog where I talked about my iPhone app business. My audience grew fairly quickly to a peak of 5,000 visits per day because at the time…

  • business

    Can This Code Determine Work Satisfaction?

    Back in the Summer of 2018, I was in the middle of a work crisis that was so bad that went to see a therapist because I was afraid my mental health was at risk. The therapist I met with concluded that I was in the wrong job and we decided to work together to find my professional sweet spot. The idea was that my job was affecting me negatively and it was time to make a change. This therapist introduced me to the Holland Codes, a system developed by Dr. Holland that identifies a person with three out of six personality types that can be matched to jobs. You…

  • business

    Personal Freedom

    I have been avoiding this topic for most of my adult life. Even when I’ve been at my lowest point. Even when I felt the worst. It was just too hard. Too much work. But wait, let me back up and give you some context. What am I talking about? Sounds serious, right? So, about two years ago I had a mental health crisis. Or at least I thought I had one. I was having panic attacks. I felt extremely anxious and occasionally depressed. I started drinking more than normal. My world felt like it was closing in on me. And it was. This was all toward the end of…

  • business

    Seizure

    The Moscone Center was quickly receding, sitting perched in the middle of a typical San Francisco street. There were palm trees, the air was cold, the sunlight unnaturally bright; a stunning cityscape painted over a layer of griminess. This morning, there is no hint of the scene that played out in the week before. The reason I was here. I had flown in last week to attend a software developer’s conference. This was no ordinary conference with morning donuts and talks on best practices. This was Apple’s World Wide Developer Conference or WWDC. At that time in 2008, WWDC was the only place in the world where you could go…