I don’t want to sit in an expensive office or at an ergonomic desk trying to look busy between very specific hours of the day.
I don’t want someone analyzing my timesheets every week, and comparing them to my salary and how much I’ve contributed to sales.
I don’t want to wait in a meeting room, ten times a day, for the person who called the meeting in the first place.
I don’t want to share a bathroom with people who don’t wash their hands.
I don’t want the stress of going on vacation knowing that I’ll have to work…
I get to do the easy part: giving people advice on how to be more creative.
“Just do it this way,” I’ll tell them. “Think of it like a metaphor. Look at it through this lens.”
“Give a person a fish, and they’ll eat for a day. Teach a person to fish, and they’ll eat for a lifetime.”
What’s missing from this pithy two-sentence parable is this:
Parables are neat and clean, but living is messy and human.
or how to read George R. R. Martin’s staggering, cumbersome epic without getting traumatized by the torture, rape, incest, and murder, thwarted by the medieval language, lost in his vast, invented world of strangely named cities and surrounding geography, muddled by the epic history and mythology, confused by the excessive cast of characters, or bored by the details of custom and culture.
CAUTION: There are some minor spoilers below, but they are worth it if I can get you to visit these books. Besides, you’ll forget about them as soon as you get into it.
HOW TO READ GAME OF…
I had an idea and now it is gone.
If I spent every moment lamenting lost thoughts I’d be a professional mourner, a dream widower.
If you love something, let it go. Set it free. Let it die. Or whatever.
Honestly, I don’t run an idea zoo here. I can’t keep everything locked up in my head.
If it’s going to go it’s going to go. Good riddance. There’s a lot more where that came from.
Right? Right? [Nervous laughter]
Every morning there is a magical moment between when I hit snooze and when I fall back to…
I love world-building and science fiction. I get excited by the different sets of rules, as arbitrary or as meticulous as the author allows. For me, the more consistent the better, with a ‘lived in’ feel. I like being dropped deep into a detailed world without exposition, then figuring my way into or out of it.
Some examples of worldbuilding/sci-fi I enjoy getting lost in:
What are some of your favourite worlds…
Let’s take a break from all the catastrophizing, doom-scrolling, and troll-fretting to celebrate some kid jokes!
I know it’s a little bit early, but this one came to me as I was doodling a little ghost and realized it was shaped like a bandage. And one thing my momma taught me was to never shy away from a good play on words (or a bad one for that matter):
1. What do you call a Band-aide® on Hallowe’en?
While I wrote that one myself (#humblebrag), here are a few more recent ghost riddles from Good [Haunted] Housekeeping (answers below):
By Staff · The All-Day Press & Lampoon
Posted September 17, 2021 6:28 am
Some prominent auto-care organizations are warning the general public ahead of planned protests expected at garages and repair shops across Ontario this Monday.
An organization calling itself Honest Mechanics condemns the protests and is wary of their cause.
“Driver’s Licenses still offer the best chance of preventing serious accidents, loss of life and of course auto-body damage,” the auto-care network released in a statement.
“It is seriously demoralizing for those of us fixing cars to see protests in front of our places of work. We love…