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When I Waked I Cried to Dream Again

Warning: There is no greater point to this article. Just sharing with you a little bit about me. If you're not into that, feel free to skip it. Here's something you may or may not know about me. The first company I ever started was in 2001. It was called Lancaster Acting Company. We were...

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When Perfection is Achieved

Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away. Antoine de Saint-Exupery ___ Many times people feel as if they are lacking something in order to start a new business, plan a new adventure, launch a new product, try a new approach. That’s rarely the case. One...

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A Case for Traveling Slowly

A few nights ago I was careening down a lonely two lane highway somewhere in Nebraska on my way to North Dakota. It was late at night. Sometime after 10, I believe. I had been driving for hours. I'm not sure if this happens to you, but once I surpass a couple hundred miles of the poetic...

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You Can’t Have it Both Ways

A couple weeks ago I almost sent out the first print edition of the Misfit Quarterly with vestiges of text and a few images that were certainly less than crisp. Most people wouldn't have noticed the difference. And because of this I just barely sent it to them. But then I remembered. The point isn't...

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Bravery & Defiance

"The sum of all our answer is but this:We would not seek a battle, as we are; Nor, as we are, we say we will not shun it." Henry V at Agincourt Bravery is the highest virtue. Bravery runs into the castle to save the girl and slay the dragon. It courageously seeks out the tallest giant, the...

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A Gluttonous Saturday and the lure of Infinite Scalability

Last Saturday, while roaming Charleston for some of it's heralded gluttonies, Melissa suggested we go to Butcher and Bee for a burger. What attracted her to the restaurant is something quite remarkable. Everything is handcrafted. Besides a few cuts of meat from a very local farmer, they literally make everything else onsite. They bake their own bread....

A Gluttonous Saturday and the lure of Infinite Scalabilityajleon

Announcing: A Truly Independent Book Project

Eighteen months ago, I canceled a book contract with a major publisher because I realized that I had sold out to write a book that wasn't me for an advance, and the desire to be chosen.
 For the sake of a little money and possible fame, I agreed to become a hired gun instead...

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Why I Cancelled My First Book Deal

Eighteen months ago, I canceled a book contract with a major publisher because I realized that I had sold out for an advance and the desire to be chosen. Under their auspices, I would have ended up writing a sanitized version of the book I was meant to write. So, a few weeks into...

Why I Cancelled My First Book Dealajleon

Swagger

All the world's a stage, and all the men and women merely players. William Shakespeare Fake it til you make it. Oprah Winfrey On a rainy October 25th in 1415, King Henry the Fifth found himself in a field called Agincourt, surrounded by a vitriolic French army preemptively celebrating his demise. His men were sick, demoralized,...

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A Tiny Announcement: Misfit Conf Fargo

Great things are done by a series of small things brought together. Vincent Van Gogh said that. And I truly believe it. And in many ways, I bring that ideology to my work. The last five months has been a blur of creativity for me, between the launch of , the beginning of my journey to travel around...

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