Archive for December, 2012

Why I’m Not Making New Year’s Resolutions for 2013

In 1998, I signed up for my first gym membership. I went to the gym religiously—five days a week (sometimes seven). It lasted less than three months. At first, I just started going a little less frequently, but my gym attendance took a nosedive from there. One day, I just stopped going. I was locked […]

Why the “Be-Do-Have” Paradigm Doesn’t Work

One of my pet peeves is the cliché “Fake it till you make it.” Sorry, but I just don’t buy it. One step removed from “Fake it till you make it” is the popularized idea of “be-do-have.” I bought into the idea for a long time before realizing the fundamental problem with it. Here’s the […]

Writing Can Lead into Dark Places

Today, I found myself in a dark place. I had the whole morning to myself. I had nowhere to go. I had no one to see. No one was waiting on me to do anything. There were no fires to put out. Essentially, I had the morning off. That is a concept I still have […]

The Christmas Truce of 1914

A fellow member of my Toastmasters club gave a great talk recently about the Christmas Truce of 1914. For those of you not familiar, World War I was interrupted briefly when soldiers in the trenches decided to call an unofficial truce, during which German, English, French, and Belgian soldiers laid down their weapons and got […]

Coffee is a Recreational Drug

“I need coffee to get my brain working.” This type of talk is evidence of what brilliant and powerful people copywriters are. The advertising industry has managed to persuade an entire culture that it can function more effectively with caffeine in its system than without it—even though there is absolutely no factual basis for this […]

Addiction is the Key to Happiness

The words “addiction” and “happiness” may not seem to go terribly well together in the same sentence, but I’m not convinced that addiction is inherently a bad thing. Here’s how Merriam-Webster defines the word “addict” (in its verb form): “to devote or surrender (oneself) to something habitually or obsessively.” In our culture, the kind of […]

Too Much Information

I used to hate the idea of elevator pitches. But they’ve started to grow on me. What can I say? It’s an acquired taste. But here’s what I like about elevator pitches: they’re short. Short communication is the key to being effective. The longer it takes you to get your message across, the less likely […]

The Myth of “No Time to Write”

Ever since deciding to set my daily minimum word output to 400, my experience of time has started to shift slightly. I am starting to notice how, instead of saying, “I don’t have time to write today,” my thought shifts to “I’m running out of time. I need to get my 400 words done.” The […]

Hope vs. Hopium

It is said that the last thing to emerge from Pandora’s Box was hope. I’ve heard two different interpretations of this story. One interpretation is that hope was the only good thing in the box; a weapon that could be used to combat all of the evils which had just escaped. Another interpretation is the […]

400 Words a Day Keeps the Men in the White Coats Away

On June 10th, 2012, I started the Million-Word Challenge. I declared that I would write one million words by June 10th of 2013. In order to fulfill on my declaration, I calculated, I would need to write an average of 2,740 words per day over the span of the entire year. Since the start of […]