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Note Making

Capturing Motive and Rediscovery Enhances the Usefulness of Notes

Apr 21, 20229667 min read
What’s my motive for taking this note? When would rediscovering this note be useful? Adding these two questions to your note making template can make the act of note making more intentional … and decrease the odds that your notes will gather dust. Why Did I Start Using These Questions? When I first started taking

A Process for Reading Books and Making Notes in Obsidian

Apr 14, 2022300918 min read
A process for taking book notes in Obsidian — and lessons learned along the way.

All Roads Lead to … Obsidian?

Jul 27, 2021182310 min read
After a year of using Roam Research, I’ve moved to Obsidian.

60 Seconds to Roam

Feb 20, 20214462 min read
The least you should know about Roam Research, 60 seconds at a time.
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On Writing

Book Notes: Write Useful Books Changed How I’ll Write Non-Fiction Going Forward

Dec 18, 20211020 views7 min read

Meta Author: Rob Fitzpatrick and Adam RosenDomains: Non-Fiction, Non-Fiction WritingSource: Write Useful Books on…

If I Made Thousands of Dollars with a Self-Published Book, So Can You.

ByMark McElroyNov 30, 2021

In case that click-bait title lured you here with dreams of making a fortune, let…

Midpoint: What I’ve Learned from Writing a Novel in Public (So Far!)

ByMark McElroySep 6, 2021

A Novel Experiment In July of 2021, I started writing a novel called Parallel Lines, intending…

How to Choose Which Novel You Should Write First

ByMark McElroyAug 15, 2021

After decades of procrastination, I had more than fifty half-baked ideas for novels floating around…


30 Days of Gratitude

Aug 10, 20195465 min read

In May of 2019, I started an experiment: posting entries to a daily gratitude diary. The goal? Make a short post spotlighting something I felt grateful for once a day…

Of Frogs and Pots and Brave New Work

Jul 13, 20192347 min read

My childhood Sunday school teacher told us a fable about the nature of sin involving a frog, a pan of water, and the slow but steady application of heat. As…

The Bullet Journal Method

Nov 4, 20182783 min read

The Bullet Journal Method teaches a low friction, low-tech process for capturing ideas, recording obligations, and organizing work. The bigger promise of the book is this: by identifying what matters…


Oct 17, 20182033 min read

A long time ago, I snagged a lifetime subscription to on for something like $49.00. Man, what a bargain.’s pulsing, chittering, algorithmically-generated tracks supposedly manipulate your state…

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