Rejection or even the fear of rejection is enough to deflate the best of us, and worse still, it holds us back.
Even the sound of the word is enough to make you want to roll your eyes.
To this day, I still remember my request to sing Sir Mix-a-Lot’s Baby Got Back at my high school’s annual talent show got rejected outright.
That one still hurts.
You hate it. I hate it. We all hate it. …
So here’s the thing.
My total writing output for the month of April was a big bag of nothing.
I couldn’t even attempt a new draft, that’s how frustratingly bad it was.
Let’s get real here. I’m no Hemingway and my writing wasn’t exactly lighting the world ablaze prior to this, but I was still writing something.
I’m still scratching my head, trying to figure out what in the fuck happened, but all I know is that April just kind of slipped out of my keyboard.
I struggled with ideas. I lacked any real motivation, and worse…
You see that man jumping for joy above? That’s how I feel after I’ve snagged a freebie. I tried taking a picture of me doing the same jump but I kept messing up the shot.
Anyway, that’s me, minus the ripped shorts and white socks, that is. Just imagine a thinner version with joggers, black socks, longer hair, and sitting down at a desk with half an arm raised (I hurt my shoulder so can’t thrust it up like the dude above).
I love freebies. I remember when I got a free knife set as part of some…
Next to birth, death is one of our most profound experiences — shouldn’t we talk about it, prepare for it, use what it can teach us about how to live? — BJ Miller.
Let me tell you about BJ Miller.
Doctor BJ Miller to give him his proper title.
He’s a bit of a legend in palliative care. Truth be told, I didn’t know exactly what palliative care was. So I looked it up.
In a nutshell, palliative carers are nothing short of miracle workers — they provide end-of-life care to someone with an active, progressive, and advanced disease —…
As news of Richard Donner’s sad demise hit the news outlets this past week, I found myself engaged in several WhatsApp conversations with friends about our favourite Donner movie.
“That’s a tough one to call,” wrote one on a chat.
“It’s gotta be Scrooged,” chimed in another.
“Easy. It’s Goonies!”. “Hands down, the best Donner film,” exclaimed another.
“What about X-Men?” came another reply.
“Wait, what! Donner directed X-Men?” several of us scribbled down in unison.
He didn’t. But he did produce it, alongside his wife.
“Damn, this guy’s been behind some classics!” There was consensus all around.
What if I didn’t have kids?
Where do I start?
I think 2015.
Yes, July 2015, let’s start there.
That’s when I found out I was going to be a parent (for the first time). My wife was visiting her family in Chile and I, holed up in England, was writing my MA thesis. Taking a break from the day’s writing, I got a ping on my phone. It was a message from my wife. It was a picture. No words, just a picture of a pregnancy test kit.
I was nervous.
There were two distinct lines showing on the…
The moment had finally arrived.
I can do this, I told myself as I bounced up and down, moving my hips from side to side, trying to limber up my body. I thrust out my legs out and shrugged my shoulders, warming them up for what I was about to put my body through.
I can do this, I told myself again as I rolled my neck around, trying to stretch away the tension.
Was there a stretch to get rid of the nerves I felt?
I looked over at my opponent. He was shorter than me by a few…
Writing in the November issue of The Atlantic in 1945, author and screenwriter Raymond Chandler wrote:
Let me not imply that there are no writers of authentic ability in Hollywood. There are not many, but there are not many anywhere. The creative gift is a scarce commodity, and patience and imitation have always done most of its work.
Now, if that’s not a 1940s burn, then I don’t know what is.
What gives, Raymond?
I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again. Podcasts are supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!
OK, maybe not in that particular way, but I have said they’re amazing. They’re so damn good I went out and got my own three years ago.
I even wrote about it on Medium.
What’s not to like about them? They’re interesting; they’re fun; they come in all different shapes and sizes and best of all, they’re very accessible.
Oh, and did I mention they’re free?
For all their amazingness though, there’s one tiny problem.
There are just too many of them.
How do you know which podcast…
It’s been over 14 months since the World Health Organisation declared an international public health emergency over the outbreak of Covid-19.
Our mental health has taken a battering, and it feels like we need to redress the imbalance a little.
Coping with the fallout of the past year hasn’t been easy. It wasn’t for me, and I count myself lucky to have a support network comprising family and friends and… Netflix.
We need as much help as we can get right now.
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