“You Need to Commit”

Towards the end of last week, I was parsing through some old memories that decided to pay a visit in my mind. I hadn’t really thought I was in the mood to reminisce, but they came like an answer to an unasked question.

I remembered a time that I went to the skate park to skateboard, I believe it was in my early twenties. So, about five or six years ago. Relatively recent, considering I (sadly) haven’t stepped on a skateboard in nearly three years at this point. Continue reading

A Music Riddle

Consider this. I have had the same song stuck in my head for nearly a week, now. Have you ever had a song stuck in your head for an extended period of time? It’s borderline maddening, if you haven’t had the pleasure. By the time the song finally leaves your brain, you’re ready to declare a pox on all catchy music to ever have been created, or to ever be created hence. Not that that helps any, the earworm still doesn’t go away, except once it has charted its course at its own leisure. Who knows what kind of damage it intends to do in the meantime? Continue reading

An Update on my Work

Writer mood: Shoveling.

I’m currently in the process of writing my way through a new beginning for Exiles of Elara. The previous beginning, though it stood well in its own right, seemed to leave a lot of things unexplained, and I’m endeavoring to go through my novel and more thoroughly explain some of the questions that early readers have had. Most of these questions were focused on the nature of the city-state of Elara itself, and my hope is that this new beginning, paired with another interlude that I plan to write later, will help resolve some of these questions in a satisfactory way. Continue reading

Productivity and Laziness

Broadly speaking, I make an effort to do a variety of different things, any one of which would be considered healthy to do. The result is sometimes that I feel as though I am functioning quite well in my day-to-day life, and other times that the various things I am trying to do are impossible to sustain over the long term. It always depends on my mood, but I find that I can’t seem to defray which “good thing” needs to go away. Continue reading

Moving to One Post Per Week

After thinking about it for some time, I have decided to reduce the number of blogs I post in a week to one. It was good for me to experiment with two per week, and I feel good about having been able to sustain it as long as I have, but one blog per week makes more sense for me at the moment.

I dislike the notion of creating content just to create content, and I started to get that feeling with some of my more recent blogs. There just wasn’t much pleasure had in the creation, and I know that there is little point when that is the case. Especially with a little personal blog like this one.

So, for the foreseeable future, I will be updating once per week, on Mondays. See you next week.

On “Courting Insanity”

There is a Franz Kafka quote: “A non-writing writer is a monster courting insanity.” I have mixed feelings about it, in part because I think people already think of creative types as some sort of weird monster. They would never admit it, of course, but usually creative output gets celebrated only well after it is successful even as true creative output gets marginalized. That being said, there is much to the statement. Continue reading

Fear and Joy

In every situation, I believe that there are two core responses that can result. No matter what the details of the circumstance, no matter what the exact solution might be, no matter how stressful or how peaceful the environment is, there ultimately is a choice every second of every day, and it is this choice that determines your core response. Do you react with fear, or do you react with joy? Continue reading

A Response to New Hampshire

Recent results from primaries put the 2016 Presidential Election into an interesting perspective for me. Trump won popular vote for the Republican Party in New Hampshire, and Sanders does likewise for the Democratic Party. Both of these were landslide victories, suggesting, quite possibly, that we may be headed for a Trump versus Sanders general election.

I am conflicted about how to feel about this. Well, not really, I’m frankly concerned by it, but there is a part of me that is deeply intrigued. It’s the part of me that enjoys writing and a good story. Continue reading