Writer’s Log, 7/3/14: Publishing Contract Signed

An update on my book writing activities. As you all know, I completed my first book, about self-tracking, at the end of 2013. Today I signed a publishing contract for that book. It’s with Bateman Publishing, one of New Zealand’s top indie publishers. Just remember that last year’s Man Booker Prize winner was published by … Read more

Writer’s Log, 31/12/13: Book Completed!

Just in time for the new year, I have completed the final manuscript of my book about consumer health technology. Weighing in at 72,965 words, the writing and editing is done. Now I just need to get it published! But that is a task for the first part of 2014. I’m feeling proud that I … Read more

Thoughts On 23andMe & The FDA

This week the world of consumer health technology got a rude shock, when the FDA warned personal genomics company 23andMe that its marketing was in violation of the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act (the FD&C Act). The FDA seemed most concerned about the potential for 23andMe customers to misread their DNA results and take unnecessary or … Read more

Writer’s Log, 25/10/13: First Draft Done!

Today I completed the first, rough, draft of my book about consumer health technology. I’ve now got a 70,000 word document sitting inside my computer. 12 chapters. A friend suggested I print it out, so it feels like a real book. I think I’ll do that, to feel the weight of paper on my fingertips! … Read more

Writer’s Log, 22/8/13: Over 50k Words

This morning I completed the ninth draft chapter of my book, on the topic of consumer health technology. I’ve now written 55,000 words, so I’m roughly 3/4 of the way there. I’m really pleased with the progress I’ve made since my previous Writer’s Log at the end of June. My goal at that point was … Read more

Writer’s Log, 28/6/13: Half Year Report

We’re halfway through 2013, so it’s a good time to update you all on my book project. My book is about how Internet technology is revolutionizing the health and wellness industries, by empowering you – the consumer – to take control of your day to day health. I’ve had fun researching and writing it. I’ve … Read more

Writer’s Log, 12/4/13: 20,000 Words

I just went past the 20,000 words mark in my book. It took me about 3 weeks to write the first 10,000 words, but just over half that (8 working days) for the second 10,000. And yes, I am tracking my daily book progress too, amongst all the other self-tracking I’m doing! I’ve now written … Read more

Why I’m Disappointed In 23andMe – Hopefully Its “Personalized Recommendations” Will Help

When I began my book project on consumer health technology, I had two classes of technology in mind for particular attention: Quantified Self (a.k.a. self-tracking) and personal genomics. I’ve found plenty of material to write about in the Quantified Self area. However I’ve been disappointed in my findings about personal genomics. I’m also not so … Read more

Writer’s Log, 28/3/13: My First 10,000 Words

Today I reached the 10,000 words mark in my book. 10,335 words, to be exact. I’ve finished the first draft of one chapter and am about 75-80% of the way through a second. I actually started the latter chapter first, but I’m waiting on some extra information from the company I’m writing about. So I moved … Read more

Why I’m Bullish on Smart Watches

At the start of this year I noted the return of the watch to technology innovation. The renewed interest in watches is largely thanks to Pebble, a crowdfunded smart watch that got a lot of attention at CES this year. It’s looking increasingly likely that watches are going to be a big driver in the … Read more

Quantified Self at SXSW 2013

Industry analysts at Altimeter, Chris Silva and Jeremiah Owyang, did a welcome overview post of the technology that mattered at SXSW this year. Welcome because nearly every other SXSW post I saw was about the parties and corporate concerts…although I have been extremely guilty of that too at past SXSWs! I didn’t miss going to … Read more

Food Logging & Changing Diets

This week I decided to make a change in my diet. In order to measure how my body reacts to the new diet, I’m logging the food I eat – at least for the next week in the adjustment period. There are no shortage of apps and websites that enable you to log your food. … Read more

Writer’s Log, 17/1/13: The Lone Paddler

It’s been over a month since my last ‘Writer’s Log’ entry. Partly that’s because I’ve been experimenting with other methods to keep my social media profile active. Also I began a private book journal this year. Perhaps that pushed the public one to the background. However, a friend reminded me this week that it’s been … Read more