My New YouTube Project

I’ve been watching Youtube for a very long time. And I don’t mean that as how one might say “I watch Netflix”—this is not a hobby or a downtime thing. When I am doing something like cleaning, cooking, laundry, I have it playing in the background—I have a constant stream when I am doing something that doesn’t need my full attention.

It’s at the point that, on a chore day, or a day where I need to cook a shit-ton, I look at a 4-hour video as something that won’t last me even the length of that day. Continue reading

Busy Is Better

Look, I like being able to just chill, too, but, trust me when I tell you this, and it may go against a lot of the thinking people seem to have: but being busy, having a lot to do…is a good thing.

I recently, like within the last week or two, tried to double my projects; I drastically increased the number of items on my daily checklist, and, against all the usual “logic” on the matter, want to know what happened? Continue reading

Forget Failure

Don’t regret failures, what purpose does lingering serve? Living means success outweighs the failures. Being alive means that fact. If failure was most action’s result, we’d be dead.

And the world is still standing.

So: failures are not the end.

Hope is a beginning. Continue reading

You Can Buy Potatoes for How Much?!

I tend to not get too political here on my blog, but, after a random trip to the grocery store, I came upon something a little shocking, and I wanted to get a rant in on it.

Mashed potatoes are too cheap.

I was looking at shelves of little, pre-made things of mashed potatoes, of flavored varieties, and then I saw a box for $2.

It makes 36 servings.

36 fucking servings. Continue reading

Focus More

The difference between listening to a video and listening to music is staggering. Perhaps not great for my health, but my media intake is pretty steady, and I do a lot of it while I am mid other tasks. It’s the only way I could keep up with all the media that I like and that I need to see as a professional critic (among many other internet jobs I have) but, recently, I have been getting into some intensely mentally active activities. Continue reading

I Want To Do More

It’s not that I am not productive and active and such in my life. Not as though I fail to have meaningful contributions. I’d like to think I lead an existence that’s not particularly slothful—but my own ability to do as much as I would want in any given day bugs me to no end.

For instance, sure, you know of the one book I’ve written—I’d hope—but I’ve actually written somewhere in the ballpark of 20-25 novels/novellas in just two years’ time. But my editing skills and my speed at it are so slow, and I can’t seem to get a good schedule going, that there’s only one book you know about right now. Continue reading

Advice for Young People

I don’t think I’m old enough to be giving this advice, but Tuesday, while getting some coffee for myself at a chain store I’m not going to specify, I randomly talked to a 16-year-old who was working there. He asked me a few questions, once he learned I recently moved out, and it was a really nice conversation—dude was super respectful—and I ended up giving him some life advice.

Which made me think, hey, may as well share a longer version of what I told him. Continue reading

A Brief and Controversial Review of Coffee Types

I drink a lot of coffee—too much actually, but that’s beside the point. I’ve made it a bit of a mission to try different types, and though I haven’t gone as pretentious with it as some people, I have opinions. And fellow coffee snobs are likely not going to enjoy them—but here we are. A smattering of opinions on the planet’s favorite caffeine drink. Continue reading

The Value of the Routine

As expected, my routines took a hit. I used to lift weights; I used to have a pretty standard set of actions. But adult life makes it harder, made it harder, continues to make it difficult, the action of keeping a pattern. I’m not so much a creature of habit, and I’m certainly not one to keep to schedules, but I did have a routine to some degree. A pattern of timing that worked. And made me feel like I knew what my day might be like, or at least not feel a constant state of disrupted confusion. Continue reading