Author: Jill Pollack

dog waiting by window

Are You a Writer Who Waits?

Playing Waiting Games I’ve been a little obsessed with the idea of waiting, the joys and pains of it. Expectation and anticipation are a form of waiting that offer an element of surprise, a hint of ooh, this is exciting. Other forms of waiting just suck. Waiting for events over which

Read More »

Tools of the Trade: Where did I Put That List?

  I don’t know anyone who doesn’t keep some kind of list, whether it’s grocery, ToDo, or “bucket” style. Entrepreneurs have become millionaires by creating methods to not just help us generate lists, but to get us addicted to the high of “checking the box” and feeling a sense of

Read More »

Don’t Get Mad. Make It Up.

It started out as a joke, a silly way for us to blow off steam. We invented something out of sheer frustration. Ever since I started teaching creative writing, students have been asking me for the magical elixir: What is the formula for writing a story? I found this exasperating

Read More »

How Long Is Too Short?

When it comes to professional development, how long does a training have to be? The answer of course is, it depends. Imagine preparing to teach and standing in front of a roomful of quiet, nervous colleagues who don’t know each other and aren’t quite sure what to expect from this

Read More »

Happy Holidog: Always Changing, Always Staying the Same

Each holiday, my wife puts out HoliDog. This cute little bit of fluff gets gussied up depending on the holiday. Last month it was a pumpkin for Halloween. This month it will get a Santa’s hat and a red bowtie. You know you’re at our house when HoliDog greets you at

Read More »

Smile! You’re On Camera

Video. When I watch myself in a video it’s sort of an out-of-body experience; is that really me on the screen? Do I look like that? Why do I keep doing that weird thing with my eyebrows? We are forever critical of ourselves and our presentation to the public. So

Read More »
toy robot

Am I Out of a Job?

Have you see Flippy, the robot designed to manage the fryer in fast food restaurants? It’s pretty amazing until you watch it for a few minutes and realize how terrifyingly human it seems. It’s “artificial intelligence” or AI, and is supposed to help cook french fries better, faster, and safer. It solves

Read More »
stretched clock face

Do You Have the Right Time?

The best writers–creative and business–understand the importance and power of time I’m waiting for the plumber to arrive. Ever since our revered plumber/friend Larry retired, our plumbing issues have either been ignored or a fix has been attempted by me. Never a good idea. There is mold making itself at

Read More »
hand with pen

Blocks and Blockages   I don’t believe in “writers block,” although that doesn’t stop me from whining about not being able to write. Clearly, I’m not the only one. I recently read about this cafe in Tokyo that offers free coffee and human naggers to check on you every hour to see if you’ve

Read More »
London Tube's Mind the Gap

DON’T Mind the Gap

Have you ever ridden the London tube? “Mind the Gap” is what you hear over the loudspeaker every time the Tube stops and the doors open. The ‘gap’ is the space between the train and the platform. The phrase has become iconic and it has taken up residence in my

Read More »