Posts from the “Process” Category

Signed Bookplate for a SASE

Posted on April 2nd, 2012

Did you buy a paperback copy of enough ? How would you like to get it signed by me for nothing more than the cost of a couple of envelopes and postage stamps? You would? Great! Here’s what you can do… Mail a self addressed stamped envelope (SASE) to: Patrick Rhone 627 Ashland Avenue Saint Paul, MN 55104 Once received, I will reply with a personally signed Bookplate (ex-librīs) label that you can stick on the inside of your copy of the book (I recommend either the inside cover or title page). Thus, you can tell all of your friends and neighbors that you have a signed copy of enough . And, if you don’t have a paperback copy of enough yet, you can…

Writing on The iPad

Posted on March 31st, 2012

Complete “raw footage” video of me being interviewed by intrepid tech reporter Ojeda-Zapata about writing enough (and, in general) on the iPad.

Cover Story

Posted on March 23rd, 2012

One of the most important things to think about, when it comes to selling a book, is the cover. The cover is the first thing people see on a book. Often times, it is the cover alone that encourages people to buy. And, increasingly, they are seeing it as a thumbnail image on a book sellers’ s website at a size no larger than a postage stamp. In coming up with the cover for enough, the layout and design team (Randy, Aaron, and I) needed to strike a balance using the same methods, questions, and strategies that  I share in the book. We needed to come up with a cover that was minimal, communicative of the ideas within, yet compelling and readable even at…

How To Read Enough

Posted on March 21st, 2012

When I envisioned the paperback copy of enough, in it’s final form, the picture I had in my mind was less about how it would look but, more importantly, how people would read it. As Steve Jobs famously said: “Most people make the mistake of thinking design is what it looks like. People think it’s this veneer – that the designers are handed this box and told, ‘Make it look good!’ That’s not what we think design is. It’s not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works.” I wrote the book with the goal of making it look good and work well. I wanted something that was easy to read as one normally does, front to back. I…

Now Available…

Posted on March 20th, 2012

I’m pleased to announce the launch of my new book, enough. It is available starting today in Paperback, ePub, and Kindle format. This series of original essays help to answer the question, “What is enough”. Enough is a very personal metric. Like our center of gravity, each of us must find what is enough by swaying from less to more until a comfortable medium is found. The goal, then, is not to find what is, or will be, enough forever. That is impossible. The goal is to discover the tools and strategies you need to find what is enough for you right now and provide the flexibility to adjust as the conditions change. The essays in this book explore many of the methods, practice,…

About Writing Enough

Posted on March 5th, 2012

  The entire draft manuscript of the Enough book was written using PlainText for iPad and iPhone by Hog Bay Software. Most of this work happened on the iPad but two initial essay drafts occurred on the iPhone as it was what I had available at the time. Sometimes, my writing brain decides to start working at times when my preferred tool is not at hand. I wish it cared about me more than that but it is a very selfish muse. I decided on using the iPad and iPhone exclusively for this book a couple of weeks before I actually started writing the first essays. I had long wanted to experiment with the iPad as a tool for long-form and long-term writing and…