Fear of Missing Out. Or is that Joy?

When I was in my first year at Uni, about a century ago or so, I took a summer job. For a few months, I was running a one-man quality control lab. I was responsible for taking daily samples of cement, processing it, and recording a number of data including...

A Small Guest Post Rant

Those of you who’ve been following me for a long time know that I don’t do rants. But I have to make a small exception now. As you may have noticed, I welcome guest posts on my blog. This is mainly to help writers who’re looking for a break, as I...

A Master’s Self Doubt

Once again, it was my friend, Krystallia, who alerted me to the awesome creativity of Melissa Ng (pronounced “Eng”), creator of Lumecluster–“where dreamers find courage.” When I saw Melissa’s amazing designs, I knew I had to share....

This April 1st, Let’s Prank our Kids

Last year, I wrote about the best literary hoaxes. This year, I was thinking of pranking the sweetest (and most gullible) family member: the 3-year-old wee one. So, naturally, I used Google for some ideas. And boy was I happy with the results, courtesy of BuzzFeed....

Happy New Year

I wish you a very happy 2019! After all, it starts with a lunar eclipse on January 20th called the “Super Blood Wolf Moon,” so what can possibly go...

A Consultant’s Letter To Santa

One read I always look forward to this time of the year is The Economist’s special Christmas issue. This is a double one and crammed with fun articles I savor during the holidays. This year’s issue had a hilarious take on consultants, describing what they...

Some Good News

Most of my days end up in sheer exhaustion, as juggling a dynamo of a toddler, a day job, and my writing career, leave me drained. And most of the days all of these can be rather thankless. For example, my sales have been pretty meh this month, especially compared...

Things We Say Today Which We Owe To Shakespeare

I found this on Facebook and just had to share (and yes, I know it’s “bated breath,” not “baited breath”). If you enjoy reading about Shakespeare, you may enjoy this post about he died a nobody and his works then got famous almost by...

The Perfect Halloween Story

I hadn’t scheduled something for Halloween, as I hadn’t really found something appropriate this year. Then, I came across this short story by Kittenwhiskers on Tumblr and I fell in love. Even though Halloween is now officially over, I hope you enjoy it as...

A Failure Primer

I’ve heard a lot of authors lately complain about their failing sales. Heck, even Mark Dawson was complaining that his sales have dropped. Explanations range from the impact of politics–from the midterms to the American President’s antipathy toward...