A co-worker presented me with the book Please Stop Laughing at Me by Jodee Blanco. The novel is about the author’s personal bullying experience. It instantly piqued my interest. As I started reading, though, I wasn’t sure if it was a novel I wanted to continue reading. It wasn’t because I struggled to get into the book or I… Continue reading Please Stop Laughing at Me || Book Commentary
In a world where everyone is attached to numbers, defining success can be challenging. Scott Westerfeld published the book Extras, the fourth book in his Uglies series, in 2007. Extras tells the story of a world where literally everything is a popularity contest. It’s exactly like the online world of social media today. In 2007, Twitter was in its infancy, Instagram… Continue reading Your Success Is Not Measured By Your Followers
Back in December, I posted about my Four in the Morning Brain. Since that post, I’ve been taking active steps to understand anxiety and alleviate it as much as possible. The first step to ridding anxiety is understanding it. I’m currently reading Finding Serenity in the Age of Anxiety. It’s an interesting read for anyone else… Continue reading It Didn’t Work
I spend eight hours a day sitting at a desk — one-third of my day — and I spend six to eight hours sleeping, depending on the night. Let’s just assume I sleep eight hours on most nights. I enjoy sleep, for I consider my dreams more entertaining than most movies. That leaves me with… Continue reading Where is the TIME?!
I re-read The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger last weekend, and I haven’t been able to stop thinking about it since. Keep in mind, I hated this book in high school. No, I despised it. I despised it enough to rate it only one star on GoodReads. If you look at my GoodReads ratings, you’ll notice I almost never… Continue reading The Book Doesn’t Change, You Do
I saw this screenshot on The Writer’s Circle‘s Facebook page a few weeks ago, and I found it extremely encouraging. Since I was a kid, I’ve had two stories stuck in my head. I’ve written various versions of these stories, which involve different characters who have different adventures and conflicts. When I was a kid,… Continue reading My Writing is Boring?
When I was in school, I was on a mission and one mission alone: To get straight A’s. I didn’t care how I got that A, I just wanted a big, fat shiny A. Also, I preferred “easy A’s” because I didn’t want to work too hard, because I struggled with test anxiety and any strenuous efforts… Continue reading Easy Teachers — AKA Education Thieves
I discovered the app Whisper a couple years ago after reading an article about women who used the app to confess they regretted having children. According to the article, dozens of women were supporting each other through the app. It sounded horrible, that so many women could confess to regretting their children. As I read… Continue reading Bye Bye, Negativity
Last year, I posted a post titled New Year’s SMART Resolutions, describing my new year’s resolutions for 2015. So how’d I do? Read twenty pages per day. I found this goal difficult to monitor. Also, I read books in all shapes and sizes — you could say I’m an old fashion reader — so 20 pages in one… Continue reading Resolutions in Review
My family may never understand me, and that’s okay. I’ve spent too long caring about what others think of me. I’ve withheld achieving my dreams because I was afraid. My whole life, I’ve felt like an outcast around my family. I’ve been criticized because I don’t enjoy partying. I don’t enjoy social events, period. I’m happiest when I’m in… Continue reading I’ve Cared for Too Long