Hey, Mom! Talking to My Mother #249 - How Warren Ellis Works
Hi Mom, Behind again. It's Tuesday March 15th as I write this and I am writing for Saturday March 12th, and I am ill. I spent yesterday on the couch and plan added couch time today. But first, catching up on my blog letters to you. How are you, Mom? Is being a spirit better than being in or around a body?
So, a couple of days of fillers until I can get back to regular production. I am looking ahead on the blog, and I have plenty of things stashed away in drafts.
Today, I return to a familiar subject: WARREN ELLIS.
I have been thinking a lot about my own writing lately. In and out of consciousness yesterday, I had plenty of time to daydream about my fictional story pursuits.
But just for work in general as well as writing, I am fascinated by how people work, and more than many, I am fascinated by Warren Ellis and follow his outpourings faithfully.
Here's his solicitation from his email newsletter, which he sends faithfully every Sunday, even when he is too busy to fill it with as much interesting content as usual, kind of like how this blog functions.
Consider subscribing. It's an intriguing Sunday read and it's NOT just about comic books.
Please do me a favour: if you enjoy Orbital Operations, please spread the world. Share it, give people http://orbitaloperations as the subscription address. Thanks.
Here's the Life Hacker article. I don't have permission to share as I am, but I am giving due credit. I am just going to paste it in, mainly, so I have a more convenient place to re-read it.
It's not a perfect paste job. The longer horizontal boxes for buying things will run into my side bar content, but that's okay. I am leaving off the comments, but since a couple of blokes did a nice job with a retrospective of Warren's best work, I will include those posts as nice places to quickly access some of the best stuff, like Planetary, Global Frequency, and of course Transmetropolitan in comics and the novels. I also LOVED his recent e-book of essays, CUNNING PLANS. Check it out.
I learn a lot from Warren. Thanks for existing, Mr. Ellis.
I AM WARREN ELLIS AND THIS IS HOW I WORK
Current Gig: Writer, many kinds of things. My next two serialised graphic novels, INJECTION and TREES, begin publication in the middle of May. I write a monthly column on technology for Esquire.com.
One word that best describes how you work: Constantly.
Current mobile device: iPhone 6 regular just arrived, finally replacing the iPhone 5 I’ve thrashed to death. The 6 is experimentally living in an Anker battery case until I decide if adding more size to the already stupidly huge thing is worth it.
Current computer: Lenovo T440 touchscreen. Dell XPS 13, 2015 edition.Chromebook Pixel, original.
What apps, software, or tools can’t you live without? Why?
- My phone is always in reach. Always. I live on it.
- Field Notes notebooks and Pilot Frixion black pens. (And also the littleMoleskine Volant notebooks, which fit better into my current EDC pack, which is a repurposed Handspring Visor leather slipcase.)
- Chrome and Gmail. Mailbox on my phone.
- Anker external batteries for the phone.
- Audacity, for my podcasting hobby.
- Dropbox and JungleDisk and four WD external drives.
- Notepad! Probably insanely, I write rough drafts and my newsletter,orbitaloperations.com, in Notepad, like an old man.
What’s your workspace setup like?
What’s your best time-saving shortcut or life hack?
What’s your favorite to-do list manager?
Besides your phone and computer, what gadget can’t you live without and why?
What tools do you use to write?
Do you find yourself always working on something? Or when you finish a project, do you take time to let your mind wander without concern for what’s next?
What everyday thing are you better at than everyone else? What’s your secret?
What do you listen to while you work?
What are you currently reading?
Are you more of an introvert or an extrovert?
How do you recharge?
What’s your sleep routine like?
Fill in the blank: I’d love to see _________ answer these same questions.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
Is there anything else you’d like to add that might be interesting to readers and fans?
Have someone give you a kiss, and tell you that I love you.
Talk to you tomorrow, Mom.
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- Bloggery committed by chris tower - 1603.12 - 10:10
NOTE on time: When I post late, I had been posting at 7:10 a.m. because Google is on Pacific Time, and so this is really 10:10 EDT. However, it still shows up on the blog in Pacific time. So, I am going to start posting at 10:10 a.m. Pacific time, intending this to be 10:10 Eastern time. I know this only matters to me, and to you, Mom. But I am not going back and changing all the 7:10 a.m. times. But I will run this note for a while. Mom, you know that I am posting at 10:10 a.m. often because this is the time of your death.