What I was doing while I wasn’t here

20160518_213952 I haven’t posted in a while, but I’m getting ready to start a week of vacation so I’ll probably get back onto a regular writing schedule.

The first three months of this year involved no work travel, which was really nice. In the last two months, I’ve traveled 5 out of 8 weeks: San Francisco, St. Louis, Boston, London, Barcelona.

For my client in San Francisco, we’ll be publishing a case study shortly and I’m excited to share it with you all. I’ll wait to write more about it and them until it’s out, though.

Boston was great and I had an opportunity to see some friends as well as some co-workers who came into town while I was there working with a new client.

After Boston, I spent a couple of weeks writing questions for a new “agile with JIRA Software” certification for Atlassian.

I spent some time in London working on ScriptRunner for JIRA training and just generally hanging out with my co-workers, which was fantastic.

20160523_072416Then I went to Barcelona for AtlasCamp 2016 where I presented on the new JIRA certification, which I helped write and for which I am writing all the study materials.

After a week of rest, I’ll be finishing up the JIRA study materials, then beginning work on Confluence. Once Confluence is done, I’ll be writing study materials for the JIRA Software cert.

I’m also going to get back to reading. I haven’t done much PM study since I graduated in December and I don’t want to get into the bad habit of not learning and growing professionally, so I’ve ordered some new books and will begin studying again. My main focus right now is agile PM at scale.

So stay tuned for new posts in a week or two!

A Net By Any Other Name

I live and die by my calendar, and yesterday I looked at this weekend and discovered that I have just a few hours free on Saturday during which I can rest and relax. The semester has started out pretty well, but I’m busier than ever.

What is interesting is that all of these things I’m doing are very supportive of one another. That is to say, what I’m learning in my classes is helping me at work and at church; the work I’m doing at my job is giving me practice for church and school; my vision for my ministry will fuel my school and work. I feel like I’m on a rising tide, and it’s lifting all the ships.

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Winter 2009 Newsletter

I’ve been keeping up with blogging and publishing better this fall, even better than I had expected, but maybe you want to see some pictures, or maybe (for some reason we won’t discuss) you don’t check in often. It is for you that I carefully, gently, and with great love craft this newsletter.

If you’d like to receive this newsletter regularly, I’d suggest you drop your email in the bucket to get a copy when it comes out. Of course, they’ll show up here in the regular RSS feed as well, or you can subscribe to an RSS feed designed especially for them.

Download and/or view SilverPen News – Winter 2009.

What I’m working on

Is SilverPen Publishing an actual company? No, not yet, but I do stuff anyways.

Herbert the Trillionaire

I’m not really sure what this thing is. It’s a short story, and I’m publishing it as I go along, and I think it’s kind of fun. Herbert is a really rich guy who seems to have lost his memory and, with it, his hate-filled personality. Now he’s pretty easy-going and likes to help people. That seems nice?

Upcoming Story-a-Day

I don’t have a title for this yet, but I intend to begin publishing a story serially, at about 500 words a day, Monday through Friday. I’m developing the first couple of months worth of story offline before I begin posting it just in case I hit some writer’s block or horrible illness or something that prevents me from keeping up with my writing schedule. I’m not going into details of what this story is yet, but it’s

  1. filled with stuff I know about, and
  2. something I’d enjoy reading

so hopefully it’ll be OK. I’m having fun at least, which I kind of think is the point.

Building the Modern Help Desk

I’ve had this project shelved for a while, but my outline and notes are coming together more fully now. This short work of non-fiction will be a book about how to keep your job in IT, especially in regards to providing support to users. I see a lot of rigidity in a lot of people’s thinking that is probably going to lose them their jobs before too long–this book will share some theories of user support that will help make you more valuable to your place of employment.

Book about college ministry

This will be a short book (as I hope most of my books to be) about what I think college ministry should look like after being involved with it for five years. Semi-autobiographical, it will highlight strengths and weaknesses of current/traditional college ministry and lay out a vision for how college ministry could be better.

Spiritual Warfare Recap

Weekly podcast about spiritual warfare and anything pertaining to it, mostly focused on my own thoughts/studies and questions/conclusions that arise from them. Right now, I’m reading a series of books by Walter Wink.

60 Second Book Reviews

Randomly scheduled book reviews, video recorded and posted on YouTube, that essentially give a thumbs or thumbs down on a particular book. You can get the description of the book on Amazon, so all I focus on is whether I liked it or not, and a little bit about why I formed that opinion.

Picking a path

These are the things I’m actually working on, not just the things I want to work on. I’ve also got a few other ideas and projects percolating, but those are less concrete and not being actively written/developed.

It helps me to write these things out sometimes to give myself some direction and goals. I hope to have first drafts of both the help desk and college ministry books completed by the end of August 2010. I hope to begin publishing Story-a-Day (whatever that ends up being called) in January 2010.

As for Herbert, I’m kind of thinking about turning it into a children’s book with illustrations. We’ll see how that turns out down the road. For now, I’m just enjoying writing it every now and again.

Clavicle Update

First, it’s not a clavix. My mistake.

Second, we have met with our local doctor, which was much more fruitful. He gauged my movement, showed me a stretching exercise I should do, and made me an appointment with an orthopedic specialist on Friday. They will be the one to decide if I need surgery or not.

I’m not taking any pain meds, other than the occasional ibuprofen, and am generally in very little pain. The first afternoon/evening was pretty hard, but that can partially be attributed to the concussion, shock, and dehydration. Sleeping at night isn’t particularly comfortable, but it’s manageable. I have discovered that my SumoSac is perhaps the most wonderful piece of furniture ever.

I can only type one handed, and only about 30-40 WPM, so suffice it to say that my first draft of the scifi novel I’ve been working on will not be completed by August. I will, however, still be running the D&D game we are starting this Friday.

I am back at work and will be attending leadership training this week. Though my functionality is limited, there’s no reason I can’t sit and listen to people talk.

Also, for those who are curious, our weekend in Eureka Springs wasn’t quite ruined. We couldn’t ride horses or get massages, but we did go shopping. I found some great sandals for 50% off and April got a skirt and a big, floppy hat. We also had the best coffee ever at a little place in town.

Blog entries will be few and short for the next 6-8 weeks; today’s was the last one I had written in advance. I intend for the OBS to be podcast only for a month or so.

I’ll put some pictures up from our weekend eventually. Until then, I’m signing off.

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FeedBurner + Google

FeedBurner was purchased by Google some time ago, which was comforting news to those of us using FeedBurner for our RSS feeds. When you rely on a third party to handle part of your site or business, there’s always the risk that they’ll go out of business and leave you in a lurch, but that’s not really a concern with Google. They’re pretty solid, so there are no worries.

However, the other shoe has finally dropped and, in the transition from FeedBurner to Google’s FeedBurner, feed addresses are now changing. For the moment, the old address will forward to the new one, but that will presumably go away eventually, breaking the old address and forcing people to update.

I wanted to let you all know in advance so you can get your RSS reader(s) updated. The new address is http://feeds2.feedburner.com/SilverpenPub

For more information, see: FeedBurner is Dead, Long Live FeedBurner