Turtle's Pace

Justin Andersun
A newsletter with big ideas and bad doodles.
Created 02 Dec 2020
  • Two Lists
    14 Sep 2021 • 4 min read • 1 0
    This is part five of my “Draft One” series on writing the first draft of a novel. My past articles featured a strategy to Go Big with creative endeavors, a tactic for small but meaningful progress wit...
  • The Shapes of Euchre
    06 Sep 2021 • 3 min read • 2 1
    The other day, a friend and I taught Euchre to our partners. For those not familiar, Euchre is a popular card game in Michigan. Since my friend and I grew up playing it, we were blind to its strangene...
  • Bones Before Flesh
    30 Aug 2021 • 3 min read • 3 2
    This is part four of my “Draft One” series: Writing the first draft of a novel. Strategies (i.e., Go Big) set a direction. Tactics (i.e., Pomodoro) enable the strategy to happen. Principles (i.e., Don...
  • Don't Miss Two
    23 Aug 2021 • 3 min read • 0 4
    This is part three of my “Draft One” series: Writing the first draft of a novel. Let’s start with a dogsledding reference. My last two articles were a foray into this framework: A strategy (i.e., Go B...
  • Pomodoro
    03 Aug 2021 • 2 min read • 2 0
    This is part two of my “Draft One” series. You can reference the last post if you aren’t familiar! Writing the first draft of my novel, I discovered a few strategies and tactics that might help other ...
  • Draft One
    29 Jul 2021 • 3 min read • 1 0
    Exciting news! I finished the first draft of my novel. After a year of cycle time and six months of effort, a full draft is sitting on my desk. It’s a thriller that follows a timid young professional ...
  • Doorstops
    02 Jun 2021 • 5 min read • 1 1
    April 2021. Mount Hood, Oregon – A midnight alarm stirs me from my bunk at the Timberline Lodge. There’s a wall of snow outside the window, making the wood-walled chalet especially dark. A prime setti...
  • os28
    26 Apr 2021 • 3 min read • 2 1
    I turned 28 last week. Late-twenties are an odd age—a major fork in life’s road. For some career-oriented urbanites, 30 is the new 20. For other family-oriented suburbanites, the biological clock is t...
  • Death of Default
    19 Apr 2021 • 3 min read • 2 1
    The Palm Springs of Washington… While Miranda Cosgrove didn’t share this view, I appreciated the analogy. Yakima’s a little desert town, a quick weekend escape from a West Coast metropolis. When my gi...
  • Seven Plus or Minus Two
    09 Apr 2021 • 2 min read • 2 0
    At work, I inherited this tool to help people use a poorly designed product. While the long-term solution was to address core issues in the product, this supporting tool had low-hanging fruit, such as...
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