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"A complete and accurately defined list of projects, kept current and reviewed on at least a weekly basis, is a master key to stress-free productivity."

"A lot of on-line comics have very involved storylines, and even though the archive is online, it is faster to flip open a book and read than plow through an electronic archive."

"Actually I worked with others in small partnerships for most of my career."

"Actually, anyone who has watched Mystery Science Theatre 3000 knows that there are much, much worse movies than Plan Nine."

"Actually, I would go insane in New York, so it is good I am where I am. We're in the country. If things get too tense, I can go for a walk with the dog or watch the rabbits playing in the field."

"Also, real-world events can be reflected in a strip more easily since there is no long production process between the creation of the strip and its delivery to the reader. An artists can change his mind about the direction of the story right up to the poi"

"Anyway, I'm only willing and interested in growing the size of the business when I have an assurance that the delivery vehicles match the quality of the message."

"Beginning drivers seem to make a lot of jerky movements with the wheel. Actually they're making smooth movements to very short horizons."

"Decide the outcome and the action step, put reminders of those somewhere your brain trusts you'll see them at the right time, and listen to your brain breathe easier."

"Focusing on your values may provide you with meaning, but it won't simplify things. You'll just discover even more stuff that's important to you."

"Frankly, I'm more of a researcher, teacher, motivator, and coach than I am an entrepreneur."

"Going to cons is almost always a money-losing affair. You do it to meet your readers and show the flag with a hope of attracting new readers."

"I found it was easier to sell a personality than a process, but we've tried to simply use the personality as a vehicle for the message, not an ego thing."

"I know it's fashionable in some circles to predict that all strips will be animated in the future, thanks to massive CPU power, wide pipes and powerful animation software, but I don't see it."

"I'd love to branch out into other genres as well. But first, I want to make sure Plan Nine is running smoothly."

"I've experienced (more times than I like to admit) avoiding slightly uncomfortable conversations with others I should have had on the front end and then endured much more excruciating ones on the back end."

"If I don't know how a title will sell, I do a small run and scale up quickly if demand appears. Because I can now print as few as 100 books and turn a small profit I tend to keep all my titles in print."

"If you get too wrapped up in all of the stuff coming at you, you lose your ability to respond appropriately and effectively."

"If you want to catch fish, and really enjoy the sport, you will maintain your lures and line in some organized fashion. The best at it will always have their tackle ready."

"If you want to publish on the web you don't need a print shop, or an editor, or a publisher. You can just slap it up yourself and wait for traffic."

"If you'll be doing something you'd love to be doing anyway, get started, and don't kid yourself. If you're just thinking you'll putter around with something because it'll make you a little money, don't bother."

"It would be rude not to share what I know with those who want to hear it."

"It's hard to be fully creative without structure and constraint. Try to paint without a canvas. Creativity and freedom are two sides of the same coin. I like the best of both worlds. Want freedom? Get organized. Want to get organized? Get creative."

"Kind of hard to make an impression when you are competing against companies with a half-million dollars to spend on one event."

"Mosquitoes can ruin the hunt for big game."

"Much of the stress that people feel doesn't come from having too much to do. It comes from not finishing what they've started."

"My opinion is that anybody offended by breastfeeding is staring too hard."

"Once a week, do a thorough review of all your projects in as much detail as you need to. If you do, your systems will work. If you don't, no system will work."

"Once you've taken inventory, you can start to make sense of your runway. But then comes a second challenge: finding the time to do what you need to do."

"Remember, you're the one who creates speed, because you're the one who allows stuff to enter your life."

"Seriously, people still like the feel and smell of a book. It doesn't need batteries, cables, and you never get spammed."

"So a core unique aspect of what Getting Things Done is about, is it deals with the thought process that has to be applied on your stuff before you actually know what to organize or can manage that inventory."

"So in order to achieve clarity and be fully and positively engaged in what you're doing, you must (1) know the goal or outcome you're intending and (2) decide and take the next physical move to propel you in that direction."

"So, I'm willing to grow the company as big as it wants to get, but I frankly don't care what that size is. I don't know yet, really, how ready the planet is for my message, and that's the thing I must guard."

"Sometimes the greatest gain in productive energy will come from cleaning the cobwebs, dealing with old business, and clearing the decks."

"The hardest printers to work with are my color printers in Hong Kong, since it can mean a 3-4 month production cycle."

"There's a subtle but critical difference between something that is long term and something in the category of 'someday/maybe'. Either a project is an open loop to close, as soon as possible, or it is not."

"Well you know, for my experience, your head's for having ideas, not for holding them."

"Well, yeah, I get to decide what I publish, which is nice."

"Where do most people hang out socially at home? The kitchen. No more maids, no more servants. Today, most of us live another lifestyle entirely, in which we're all in it together, and that's the fun."

"You don't have time to do any project, because you actually can't do a project - you can only take action steps."

"Your power is proportional to your ability to relax."

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