Shit happens... Some days ago, when I went for my usual run, I sprained my ankle. When this happened, it happened in the most idiotic way one could ever imagine. I mean, I was still warming up, just jogging, and on a paved road. This notwithstanding, I didn't notice a rock that sat right on my way and, as a result, when I put my foot on it my ankle buckled. Luckily I managed to keep my balance, and even tried to keep going. But a couple of painful steps immediately made it apparent to me this time the sprain was more serious than any others I had suffered in the past. So I made an … [Read more...] about Reasonable Optimism — the Best Choice
When my wife, who is my most important beta reader, ends reading the first draft -- or the second -- of one of my works, well… that's always a delicate moment. In fact -- no matter how hard I try to keep my composure -- at times one remark of hers is all it takes for me to answer back -- to defend and explain all the reasons I've written what I've written.This is an understandable reaction. The same reaction of a proud father against anyone telling him his child is a bit too wild and banshee-like. However, about the editing process and the comments you may get from family members, … [Read more...] about How To Make the Most of Your Beta Readers’ Feedback
The two dimensions of time In life we tend to classify everything into difficult or easy things. However, we'd better bear in mind this classification is fluid. For example, many things we consider difficult when we are young become second nature as we grow up, and the opposite is also true. For example, I remember quite clearly that as a child I could easily bite my own toes. Now instead it's something I can only dream of. Of course, I'm not exactly missing the toe biting thing, but the flexibility such feat entailed. Moreover, in some not so rare cases, aging we start again to find … [Read more...] about On the Inescapable Indeterminacy of Writing
Before a genre hopping writer I was a genre hopping reader. When I was six I bought my first manga book. Its pages were large but the book itself was thin in terms of pages. Besides, on each page it showed large drawings and only one meager column of text. As a result, in an hour or so I read it from cover to cover. Then for a lack of better options I started over reading the book, and by the day after I had reread it many times. I knew the story by heart and was eager to read something new. According to familiar folklore, it was out of exasperation for my insistent nagging that my … [Read more...] about Is Genre Hopping Really Bad for Beginning Writers?
Maybe in the future we'll live forever. Or rather, the super rich will live forever. All the others will keep working and dying like they've been doing since the dawn of time. After all, if nobody ever died, in no time we would exceed any residual ability of the earth to keep in balance its innumerable ecosystems. We would end up dying of our self-engineered immortality. This truly is a paradoxical scenario -- and yet it's also one of the most probable. I mean, unless we as a species manage to carry out a Digital Ascension, -- which entails "people dying in the flesh and being uploaded into … [Read more...] about Nothing Gold Can Stay
If you want to live a less stressed life and make more healthy choices, you should strive to create an orderly environment around you. In fact most of our habits have situational cues — cues that in an orderly environment can be more effectively kept under control. For example if you want to eat more fruit and vegetables but then you disseminate your home with cookie jars and snacks of every kind, and instead relegate fruit and vegetables to a single place, it’s hardly surprising you keep gobbling junk food. However, these findings don't mean that orderly environments are always the ones … [Read more...] about Disorderly and Orderly Environments — The Yin and Yang in Life