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Why the Heyday of the Reader Will Be the Death of Literature

It’s a good time to be a reader. Social media allows book lovers all over the world to swarm together and swap opinions and recommendations, with virtual communities forming over a shared love of literature. New releases are waited on anxiously in comment threads, and forget waiting for a bookstore to open to get the next book in a series, Amazon will ship it to your doorstep the very next day if you haven’t already downloaded it immediately to your tablet. Young people are reading more than ever before—in fact, millennials are the most likely of any age group to have read a book in the past year.

But does this heyday have a dark side? Continue reading “Why the Heyday of the Reader Will Be the Death of Literature”

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A Year of Positivity

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. Continue reading “A Year of Positivity”

Quotes

“Yes, it is true,” he was saying, “that sometimes unusually intelligent and sensitive children can appear to be stupid. But, Mrs. Benson, stupid children can sometimes appear to be stupid as well. I think that’s something you might have to consider. I know it’s very painful, yes. Good day, Mrs. Benson.”

—Douglas Adams, The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul

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Endemic Species

The world is full of oddities: naked mole rats, haunted dolls, toe socks. The whole spectrum of human emotion is an oddity if you think about it for to long. As is the entire human body. There are so many things that no one understands. And there seems to be a startling lack of curiosity in the world.

The more time I spend with other people, the more I wonder how the human race got to the point it is today. Are people less curious? Or have there just always been the select few who say, “screw your laws and customs” to the universe and go ahead and make scientific and humanitarian and technological advances despite it all? Continue reading “Endemic Species”