Jason McDermott
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A few days ago I posted a short note, essentially my thoughts on the ‘do what you love’ topic, which has also been covered quite extensively elsewhere. One great way to start doing what you love (as a job), is to just start doing what you love and receiving payment for it! The way I’ve […]

On format

Printing Press, by Thomas Hawk I’ve been thinking lately, about the plethora of new book distribution formats (be that electronic, audio, print-on-demand) and one thing occurred to me that I just can’t shake. How will we look back on todays written word, in generations to come? I don’t mean through the lens of nostalgia, rather […]

  • Jason,
  • January 30, 2012

Print the truth

Sign of deeper troubles over at the NYT – here’s Public Editor Arthur S. Brisbane; I’m looking for reader input on whether and when New York Times news reporters should challenge “facts” that are asserted by newsmakers they write about. … Is that the prevailing view? And if so, how can The Times do this […]

Since 2011

Late last year I decided to pull my sleeves up and give this blog a bit more attention. I looked at my namesake and decided it could be so much more. I opened textwrangler, learnt how to inspect and architect CSS, and most importantly got back into the habit of writing. I didn’t have any […]

  • Jason,
  • January 12, 2012


Have you heard of Plotto? Neither had I, up until this morning. It’s a text from 1894 by Georges Polti, which creates a structural system for creating story plots. It’s quite extraordinary, taking 36 basic plots through a staggering 1462 plot permutations. Below is one example. Plotto is being reissued by Tin House. Fun for […]

  • Jason,
  • January 9, 2012

the bigger picture

A bit of a small train of thought piece coming up.  This was inspired by these two posts by Marco Arment. I’m glad I follow people like Marco, Michael & Jason. They’re writers who take a longer view on life, industry and on this whole blogging thing, and in many ways have been doing this for […]

  • Jason,
  • December 27, 2011


Really, I think we can agree that the new twitter app for iPhone is… wait, why am I writing this? Enough already!

  • Jason,
  • December 10, 2011

What's in a name?

Brent Simmons, on blogs and authorship; Take a look at your weblog. How easy is it to find your name? I’m certain I’ll never be guilty of that charge!

  • Jason,
  • December 5, 2011

The death of writing

Most people who write for a living are thrilled by the sheer flexibility computers offer. In my case, I can rapidly bang thoughts into WriteRoom or Scrivener and then mould and shape them rather like a sculptor working on a piece of rock. When I used to write using only paper, the process was slower […]

  • Jason,
  • December 2, 2011


Today I spent some time going through earlier posts, making small tweaks or edits to image sizes – bringing the site back up to date with the new theme (courtesy of subtraction.com). Something that came to mind during this was that I haven’t been using this site as a sketchpad or notebook as much as […]

  • Jason,
  • November 18, 2009
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