Art is Work

June 14, 2020 | Comments

If you have to find devices to coax yourself to stay focused on writing, perhaps you should not be writing what you’re writing. And if this lack of motivation is a constant problem, perhaps writing is not your forte. I mean, what is the problem? If writing bores you, that is pretty fatal. If that is not the case, but you find that it is hard going and it just doesn’t flow, well, what did you expect?

Category: writing
Tags: #ursula k le guin

A Month of Reading Non-Fiction

January 28, 2019 | Comments

The last couple of weeks, I haven’t been reading a lot of fiction. At the end of December I found myself wandering the aisles of the non-fiction section of the library and took out a bunch of non-fiction books on a whim. I find it hard to write non-fiction book “reviews” that aren’t longer than a paragraph. Initially I just decided I wouldn’t review them. But I still feel like I should have something to show for it.

Book Review: Roadside Picnic by Boris and Arkady Strugatsky

September 3, 2018 | Comments

Roadside Picnic by Boris and Arkady Strugatsky Red Schuhart is a stalker, one of those young rebels who are compelled, in spite of extreme danger, to venture illegally into the Zone to collect the mysterious artifacts that the alien visitors left scattered around. His life is dominated by the place and the thriving black market in the alien products. But when he and his friend Kirill go into the Zone together to pick up a “full empty,” something goes wrong.

Inspiration from Fictional Worlds

January 25, 2018 | Comments

My last semester was extremely busy. So busy that I spent my commute on the train sleeping everyday instead of my usual reading. I’ll admit, most of my reading is done when I’m on the train. So other than the occasional manga or cookbook, I hardly read the last couple months of last year. Which is devastating. This year (like every year), I resolved to read more. I started out the year reading two non-fictional books about personal finance.

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