Brian Ball @brianball

Coffee & Cookies. Level 1 rhyme.

Brian Ball last shared their writing To Fail better. Fail more often.
I used to think I was getting better. 

I was writing daily, I had a longish streak going, and I felt a twinge of satisfaction when I'd see my triple-digit collection grow.

But, I wasn't the best. Plenty of people had writing streaks 10x as long as mine. Then, of course,...
Brian's Pantry
🥟 3 Dumplings
🍵 5 Teas
🍺 4 Beers
🧇 1 Waffle
🍪 1 Cookie
🥃 1 Whiskey
🥚 3 Eggs
🥓 1 Bacon
🍊 2 Tangerines
🍍 2 Pineapples
🍫 1 Chocolate Bar


At some point the pressure to continue writing on Adagia and LIfelog and 750 is going make me snap. I can sense the impending nature of priorities bubbling up from different sources. The water is starting to boil.

At some point, I may just hook up the API and source my...
2021-03-18 02:54:54

Local Idea Stacking

Stringing words together isn't a requirement for living. Yet, many of us jump out of bed and think jumping on the keyboard to convey our thoughts is a great idea.

Community participation this morning had me digging into the thoughts of others. I read some Haiku and memories about childhood and...
2021-03-16 16:14:05

Be First In Line

Get to Adagia by 1am PDT on a Monday and you're first in line. It's eerily quiet; inviting even.

It's 4pm in the Phillipine's, 6:10 pm on the Gold Coast of Australia, and still 2am for the sound sleepers in Arizona. So, what is everybody's excuse? What time do you write?

2021-03-15 08:18:06

Brain Stopped. Now what?

There may seem like times when your brain just stops. It's got no ideas. There are no fresh connections hanging off the idea tree. 

"But wait. It's a brain, can't I push some buttons or apply some thinking pressure to get this thing started?" you ask.

Funny you should ask.

The trick to...
2021-03-15 05:41:20

If You Can't Ship — Learn


Flour and water and salt turn into bread when you work them properly and apply heat. The dough becomes the bread. It's an amazing process. 

Simple ingredients. Simple procedures. Predictable chemistry. Edible food. What happens to the bread after it enters the body is a whole other set of amazing processes,...
2021-03-13 05:22:49

CREATE: Get it done & Ship the Work.

It's easy to think your work needs to be better than it is. Putting anything into the world is a complicated calculus of effort and timing and target and resources and attention.

Constrain. This is the most important part. Limit the inputs tightly - and then do it again until you...
2021-03-11 07:54:12

Dear Love Letter

When we first met, I didn't know you, but admired you from afar. My eyes caught yours and I noticed my body responding — maybe like a magnet does as it approaches metal. It felt good. I wanted to know more.

In the right state of mind, I didn't care about...
2021-03-09 12:08:57

You Sank My Battleship


Cargo Ship. Battle Ship. Floats on water. Big as fuck. Requires a port and open seas to operate correctly.

While the water-bound usage is stronger than ever, the Internet world is adopting Ship as a verb. It means put your work into the world. Do some work. Try something. Ship it.

2021-03-08 19:50:58

Title Last

Face it, you've got no real confidence or strategy to get business. Your game — there isn't one.

Forget courses and the promise of a strategic approach. You have access to all the tools you need to get started and keep getting business already. Google anyone?

Forget strategies. Say no to mindset...
2021-03-08 01:52:54

Win Our Brains!

abrahamKim recently changed some UI stuff around.

He mentioned he wanted to move the dopamine to the end.

When and how you trigger people with the UI are some of the few tools at your disposal.

How will you interact with my attention? Are you...
2021-03-07 01:31:34