Why do I do what I do? Why does anyone do what they do? Why do we keep moving? Why do we want things, like things, have opinions, learn? Because we want... happiness? But why do we want happiness?
We are nearing the end of a school year and a long season of busyness. This is leaving many of us sleep-deprived, stressed, and even depressed about a variety of things. Here are a few reasons why: You don't have adequate rest. You aren't enjoying moments. You aren't getting enough sleep. (Yes, sleep and rest … Continue reading Stressed Out?
You have probably heard the common phrase “don’t talk about religion or politics with a stranger.” Often, the only defense given if you question this idea is “people get touchy.” But is that really that great of a reason? If people get touchy when talking about these issues, I don't think the solution is to … Continue reading How to Approach Touchy Subjects with Total Strangers
Let me tell you a story. In 1926, NBC (the news network) was founded. Then came CBS in 1927, CNN in 1980, and then... FOX in 1996. The result: immediate uproar. The liberals no longer owned every single news station in the country. Someone was disagreeing with them! And, as we all know, the last thing liberals … Continue reading The Media Monopoly
How does one read a book the right way? Are there certain practices and behaviors that are often disrespectful of a book or the author? I would say yes. This is all in a half-joking manner, but there are truly some things that I think we should remember when reading a book. Judge Every Book … Continue reading Book Etiquette: Reading the Right Way
As a writer and weaver of stories, one of my favorite things to do is create characters. I love writing characters more than writing their dialogue, explaining a world, or even creating a plot. Building a character makes you feel like you're making a whole new person. Often, when you've finished, it's hard to believe … Continue reading Creating a Main Character for Your Novel
Recently I had a short argument on Twitter with an author who was detailing her experiences with sexism in the writing and publishing sphere. Obviously, I don't know her specific story and I couldn't tell you much about her. But what set me off of her hashtag and following was the obsession with identity and … Continue reading An Introduction to Identity Politics
I am publishing a novel. It's called The Fantastical Journey of Gavryn Wickert, and it's about a boy who finds himself in another world and must take part in a battle against a cruel Queen's dictatorship. As adventurous as that sounds, it's really more about his internal battle and the relationships he builds. I finished it at 2:02 … Continue reading An Update on My Novel
I am a dreamer. I don't mean that I sit for hours, hoping to have something in the future, or even that I have a lot of dreams. I mean that I think about a lot of things most people don't care to give thought to. Most of us are burdened down with our wants … Continue reading Think Outside of Your Universe
In the last few decades, liberals have done a pretty good job of making conservatives look bad. It doesn't matter that we fought against slavery and kept this country unified in the 1800s. It doesn't matter that we gave women the right to vote in 1872. It doesn't matter that we elected the first female … Continue reading Why I’m a Conservative