Unknown Jim

The Last Post on Unknown Jim (or 3 Reasons Why I Failed)

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Failure is inevitable on the road to success. Why did I fail? 1. I am not “unknown” any longer. I have been discovered. I know what I’m moving toward. God has big plans for me, and I believe He has big plans for you too. 2. Change can not be avoided.  Change is often uncomfortable, unpredictable, and causes pain.  But I will not avoid it. I choose to embrace with joy. Change is constant. If there is no change, there is no growth. Without growth, is something alive? No. 3….read more

Thought for the Day

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Smells Like Teen (or Adult) Boredom

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  I tweet on Twitter. I like on Facebook. I wear headphones to listen to audio on my computer. I stare at bright screens filled with shapes and colors. I read countless words on the page and screen. Each one is here to entertain me.   I rule this virtual kingdom I’ve created. I pull the strings with the click of a button. Make no mistake who is in charge of this world.   The breeze will blow, the birds will sing, the hungry child cries, and I can’t spend…read more

5 Steps to Lead When You Don’t Feel Ready

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  You want me to lead? No, not me. You want anyone but me. Does this sound familiar? What do you do when you’ve been asked to do something you know you’re not ready for? 1. Take a deep breath. Seriously–just breathe. You’ll make it through this, I promise. The voices in your head will tell you terrible things. Ignore them.  This website called No More Voices is very encouraging—you can post your fears and quickly realize you are not alone. 2. Have faith. You were chosen for a reason. You have…read more

The Contents of This Book Changed My Life

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The contents of the book Start by Jon Acuff truly changed my life. When I first heard them, I was in the middle of a nervous breakdown. Each heartbeat grew in intensity. I fidgeted to distract myself, but my heart just kept pounding louder and harder. I was depressed and filled with despair. Then I heard Jon Acuff ask a question that grabbed my attention: “What do the voices in your head say?” A young lady in the audience replied,”Mine say I’m not smart enough.” A man in his fifties…read more

Free ebooks are Good. (Here is a Free Copy for You!)

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    Community matters. Community can be the difference between shipping or quitting. I am so honored to be a part of a community of writers who want to take action. Recently, the Writers Unite community I lead published an ebook titled Love Poems Deconstructed and it is NOW available!! It’s  TOTALLY FREE and you can get your copy by  clicking–> right here How did this happen? This poetry collection was not something I planned in advance. As I led a #writestuff Twitter chat during February of 2013 and I was frustrated…read more


I’m the Master of Self-Loathing (and How You Can Not Be Like Me)

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  I woke up this morning in hopes of writing, but instead I paid some bills. I shared a post on Twitter and Facebook. I wasted a fantastic opportunity to really jump start my day but instead did mundane tasks that require little or no energy.   Instead of beating myself up about it, I decided to write about it. I often have an incredible tendency to self-loathe. “When we don’t know who to hate, we hate ourselves.” Chuck Palahniuk What does self-loathing accomplish? Not much at all. It just bottles…read more

The Modern Day Writing Rules (and Why They Don’t Work For Me)

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These are the rules of writing today: 1. Have a blog and post at least 2-3 times a week. 2. Build up web traffic (via Facebook and Twitter). 3. Get as many comments, retweets and likes as possible. 4. Guest post to get even more traffic. 5. Reuse blog posts in ebooks to sell as products. 6. The more products you have the better—even if the products are repetitive. 7. Follow steps 1-6 to get the attention of publishers and build up your audience. I’m sure these rules might work…read more

A Real Creative Hero: A Video Interview with Tim Gallen

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I often talk about creativity on this blog. But I have to be honest; the key is ACTUALLY CREATING, not just talking about creating. Those who create are heroes in my mind. To actually make something and put yourself out there is a very AWESOME thing.  Tim Gallen is one of the most creative people I know. He writes all day for a newspaper (just like Clark Kent). He writes all night. He makes TV shows. I sometimes wonder, when does Tim sleep? The answer—well, he does not sleep very…read more


Blogging Burnout and How to Move Past It (And a Free Ebook!)

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Blogging burnout is inevitable. If you aren’t careful, you might even start to hate blogging altogether. The joy is gone and then you go through the motions. What do you do then? Instead of giving up, I realized “It’s Time for a Writing Revolution.” In this short ebook, I will give you some practical steps to help you figure out what you REALLY want to write about. No strings attached—this is my gift to you.   Just click right here ——-> Writing Revolution Ebook –(Right click and select save as…read more