Author: highprimate

writing

Doubling Up

I’m trying to make up for lost time by doubling the number of editing sessions for this new book. My near breakdown a couple of weeks ago wherein I dropped into a low energy, completely unmotivated, I-am-certain-I-suck mode cost me a great deal of time. I came out of it better planned out, which is …

writing

Non-Fiction

My jam is genre fiction and tales of people getting into situations that are completely fucked, but I appreciate a good piece of historical non-fiction. They’re often as equally bizarre as regular fiction and much more human – people in fiction tend to behave how we’d want to see them. The narrative comes to a …

growth

My Big Mistake

I don’t know who else has read Carol Dweck’s Mindset, but I can honestly say, of all of the psychology/personal development/self-help books I’ve read in my life, the idea behind this one was probably one of the most impactful, because it elucidated an idea I didn’t even know I had. And I sure didn’t realize …

depression

Fear Of Being Known

Fact: my number one biggest fear is putting myself out there, as who I am. I’m sure that manifests in all kinds of terrible ways, but I’m a horrible introvert. I overshare heavily in my writing because it feels like the only place I can let it all out. Sadly, I only do that when …

culture

Discrimination

I’ll be honest. I try and stay away from these issues. Mostly, I defer to the experts these days, because it’s clear that as a straight, white male, my opinion is not desired or particularly needed. I can understand that. I try to think of it like talking to a group of experts on paleontology …

growth

Learning

I’m a stubborn prick. Not in a narcissistic, my-way-or-the-highway kind of way, but I have traditionally been a difficult student to teach, when I don’t want to learn. This may sound contradictory to the people who know me, because I can be such a “nice guy”. At times, I’m a coward about a lot of …

writing

Getting Over It

I’ve given myself permission to start working on that “other” project. Ultimately, it’s a project too big to contain in one book, and too time consuming for pure novels. I’m not taking the idea of the novel off the table, but I am going back to the story’s roots, which is visual, not literary. If …