- You only have one life.
- Work hard but play harder.
- You can’t do everything.
- It’s okay to say no.
- Better to fail than never try.
- Less is more.
- There’s always room for improvement.
- Write for yourself, not someone else.
- Find your voice.
- Read what you want.
- Hone your art, your craft.
- Your health matters.
- Finish the projects you start.
- Your body and mind need exercise.
- You learn more from failure than from success.
- Research before you jump to conclusions.
- You’re allowed to have fun.
- Never feel guilty for pursuing your passions.
- You don’t need permission.
- Everyone has 24 hours in a day.
- You’re closer to the end than you realize.
- You are worth it.
Books Of The Month: October 2015
I read every day, just not as much as I would like to.
Black Heart by Holly Black
One phrase description: Magic.
Getting through it once makes it easier to believe that it can be gotten through again.
My general thoughts: I read the other two books in the series forever ago, but that being said, I think I liked White Cat and Red Glove a little more. My old age is getting to me. Thanks Goodreads for the beautiful picture. Bite me. I borrowed the book from the library, so it wasn’t camera worthy.
White Noise by Don DeLillo
One phrase description: Think of this novel like the shape of a U because the beginning and ending was much more bearable than the middle.
Every disaster made us wish for more, for something bigger, grander, more sweeping.
My general thoughts: Not my kind of book. I probably wouldn’t have finished it if I didn’t have to.
Arcadia by Tom Stoppard
One phrase description: Short, sweet, sublime.
It’s the best possible time to be alive, when almost everything you thought you knew is wrong.
My general thoughts: A challenging read, but I enjoyed it nonetheless. I recommend watching the play being performed or listening to the audio version of it as well.
The Eye of Minds by James Dashner
One phrase description: Almost like a video game playing out in the form a book, although it’s probably better suited as a movie.
Your demons are always with you.
My general thoughts: Since “everything is relative”, the Maze Runner books were more well-written than this one. At least, I didn’t see the plot twist coming.
I’m currently reading…
Beloved by Toni Morrison
Why: University and because I’ve always wanted to.
Until next month…November. You know what that means.
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Working Harder In The Summer?
My observation from past years: I work much harder in the summer than I do from September to June.
- I have more time. Hence more writing magic happens.
- I have no intention to burn in the sun. So I trap myself inside approximately 166 hours every week.
- I balance work with play. Therefore motivating me to work hard in order to play just as hard.
- I balance my priorities more efficiently. Thus I feel happier.
- I’m well-rested. Which means I don’t look like a zombie every day.
- I’m not annoyed as easily. Since I do not have to see anybody I want to murder…in my next book.
I hope to continue this tradition. You should too.
Have a great summer, no matter what you’re doing, where you are, or who you’re with.