Put your Kindle on airplane mode to keep library e-books as long as you want. If it’s not connected to the internet, it can’t return them.
If you’re going to rant about something or explain to people how to do something, make sure you’re correct. Even if you’re mostly correct and have a really good point, that one little thing you don’t have right will shoot a hole in your argument so big you’ll never be able to come back from it—especially if you’re ranting on social media, where you have the time and ability to check yourself.
You’re allowed to take a day off. You don’t have to be constantly going, constantly doing, constantly achieving. A day of Netflix and reading is just as good as a day in which you finish a project. (more…)
Use paintbrushes instead of makeup brushes for eyeshadow. They’re cheaper and work like a charm. (more…)
R is for revolutionary.
As in, I’ve always felt a deep need to be something more than I am. It was fine when I was in school. There was always another grade to get, year to move up, class to pass, project to finish. But now that I’m supposed to be content with my life, I’m very much not. I’m getting the itch to change the world, and I don’t know what to do with it. (more…)
No matter how un-self-centered we try to be, the truth is we’ll always be wrapped up in our own worlds, and worrying about other people’s happiness and well-being will fall behind more pressing concerns. It happens. But if, like me, you need a reminder of how you can improve the lives of the people around you—while putting in minimal effort, because come on, we’ve all got busy schedules—this list is for you. Everything on it takes very little time and even less effort, but as a result, you’ll vastly contribute to someone’s happiness and quality of life. Plus, people will like you more. (more…)
Another year, another set of resolutions I’ll keep for a month, forget about for six, then pick up again at the end of the summer because I feel like I need to do something with my life. Hooray! Last year’s resolution, like many of the years before, was to get internet famous and keep this blog updated. And, for once, I actually did okay on both. My Instagram followers more than doubled, I created a Facebook page for myself as a writer, and my blog stats have organically tripled. I’ve kept myself writing—literally all the time. I’m rarely not writing. And I’ve even started looking into publishing opportunities.
So what are my goals for the new year? Continue all of that, of course. Continue working on my book(s). Exercise. Drink enough water. Stay happy, healthy, and thriving. All the usuals. But this year I’m adding one: Write more positively. (more…)
How do you tell the difference between passion and getting unnecessarily angry over things that don’t matter?
Is it paranoia to notice the smallest changes in something, or insight?
What even is a poem? And how do you tell if it’s good or not? And why do you sometimes like the ones you put no effort into better than the ones that took days? (more…)
Bet you think this is going to be about the poetic lifestyle and how it relates to nihilism and slowly drives you insane. It still might go there. But that’s not the goal. The goal, if I’m being totally honest, is to update my blog: something I haven’t done in weeks, despite the promise I made to myself to keep things going. (more…)
Tonight seems to be more about organizing and less about writing, and I don’t know whether it’s from a lack of creativity, the fact that I do nothing but write and my mind just gave up, or some reason I’m just not thinking of. Probably all of the above. And also none of the above, because it’s not actually possible to run out of creativity. It’s a finicky fountain of manic self-hatred and joy, but it runs forever.
Anyway, that’s what I started the alphabet challenge for, however many years ago I actually started it. Blogging is hard.
So, P is for pregame. (more…)