Continuity

One of the most difficult aspects of a writer's life is continuity. Whether in the realm of a single writing, making sure everything matches and flows in the correct order, or in the larger scheme of life, continuing to publish regularly on a blog or sitting down and actually finishing a manuscript. Often as a…

I am a Reader

Not everyone is a reader. From the moment we learn to read, we separate ourselves into two groups: readers and non-readers. By non-readers I'm not saying they never read, just that they don't read books. They may read articles, websites, etc., but they don't commit to longer readings. I am a reader. From the moment…

Forgiveness/Bitterness

Frequently claimed by religion, the realm of forgiveness is open to everyone, but is difficult for even the most saintly. Whether this involves forgiving  yourself or someone who has wronged you. Even some who claim to have forgiven all wrongs against them, and believe it themselves, still hold a core of bitterness towards the individual…

Towards Noneness

Rick and Morty: "The Rickshank Redemption" premiered season 3 of the cult show on April 1 in an anti-April Fool's prank of epic proportions for fans of the Adult Swim show. Aside from prompting a nation-wide craze for Szechuan Sauce, a discontinued promotional sauce from McDonald's, it also re-emphasized the nihilistic nature of the show,…

Health vs. Money

When politicians tell people to skip their iPhones so they can afford healthcare, it exposes how wide the divide between average individuals and their government representatives has become. I've had health insurance three times in my life: twice were government provided, and the latest is through my job. When I had free healthcare, I used…

Luck is Numbered

Numbers, much as I hate them, are an integral part of society. From the simple, mathematical need to count the people and things around us, to more complicated interactions with the world. Different languages denote count in different ways, and different cultures view numbers as lucky or unlucky, often contradicting other cultures' views on those…

Talking With Strangers

There is a difference in the conversations I have with a random stranger encountered at a convention, restaurant, or store, and the "stranger" I run into at work or around the neighborhood... a difference in interaction between the stranger I've never met and will never see again, and the stranger I see on a regular…

Putting Yourself Out There

One of the most difficult things to do as a creative person is moving from creation to sharing. I don't mean sharing with your friends, family, or writing group (if you are a writer)... I'm talking about actually putting yourself out there. To strangers. Whether this means sending items out for publication, hanging your art…

Jargon

According to Dictionary.com, Jargon is "the language, especially the vocabulary, peculiar to a particular trade, profession, or group." Oftentimes we don't realize we are slipping into a particular jargon. Over time I have learned to recognize when I am speaking in jargon, and how to translate jargon so others can learn it as well. Everyone…