I believe it’s de rigueur to tell everyone a little bit about how you work and the tools you use. It’s kinda neat to take a look inside someone else’s toolbox and learn a little bit about how they do what they do, so I’ll let you peek over my shoulder for a minute, if you’re interested.

Most of the time, I do my writing at a mid-century modern desk (vintage, late 50s, early 60s) I was able to rescue from being discarded by a former employer. It needs a little refinishing, but I like the way it shows its age. It had been through a lot before I adopted it and it’s been through a lot with me. I park my rear in a vintage wooden student’s chair that I think I found around the same time as my desk.

More often than not, if I’m sitting at my desk, there’s a cat on my lap, on my shoulder, or pawing at my leg for a quick head scratch. We have three very affectionate cats.

I’ve found that the iPhone can be a very productive writing environment. I’ve written some fairly long pieces (even the bulk of a sermon, once) on my iPhone. Sometimes, inspiration hits when you’re not near a computer and it’s amazing to have a tool for capturing that lightning whenever it strikes.

I use WriteRoom to edit text on iPhone, iPad and Mac. For larger writing projects, I use Scrivener, by Literature and Latte. When I need to create beautiful printed documents, I use Pages.

When I’m recording music, I use a Blue Yeti USB microphone or, occasionally, a Blue Snowball. I also have an Apogee Jam USB audio interface, which I use to record my Fender Deluxe Players Strat (I have the blonde finish) or my Seagull Entourage Rustic acoustic with a Fishman Rare Earth humbucking soundhole pickup.

I use Garageband on Mac, iPad and iPhone; and I also sometimes use FourTrack on iPhone.

I use a mid-2012 11″ Macbook Air (1.7GHz I5, 4GB RAM, 64GB SSD), an iPad (first generation) and an iPhone 4S. We’re an all Mac house — we even have a second generation Apple TV.

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