Tag: music

culture

From When We Were Young

I’m amazed now at how many works I either sneered at or didn’t appreciate fully when I was young. I have a vague recollection of liking Anne McCaffrey’s Dragonriders of Pern series, but thinking it kind of dull and hard to understand. As I finish Dragonquest, the second book now, I’m blown away, both by …

writing

Generic Storytelling

I saw an interesting quote from a writer whom I respect that said we, as writers, rarely get to write what we want to write. Often, we’re pushed into a corner or a section of the literary world where we’re required to fixate on a specific topic or follow a particular path and it’s up …

writing

Worth It

I often wonder if things are worth the effort. Writing. Reading. Connecting with other people. Life itself, at times. Part of me does connect with others, but in a very passive way. For example, I sit here and write these words that no one reads (and maybe someday, should I reach a modicum of success) …

culture

Clever Pretense

I’ve never been a fan of pretension. I’ve never been someone who followed trends or got into stuff because that’s what the cool kids were into (wherever in the global pantheon of “coolness” you were trying to fit in – whether that’s mainstream or music snob or blogger mommy or whatever). That’s not to say …

business

Field Of Dreams Is Bullshit

I am a failed businessman. I hate to say it, but it’s true. I can visualize all the systems, all the theory, all the necessary behavioural needs to make real leaders and motivated, happy employees. I’ve fought those battles in big businesses and small, made the mistakes that I had to learn from and I …

growth

It’s Cold At Night In Tampere

I like the idea of minimalism. I really do. Unfortunately, I have this problem. It’s not the usual problem where someone says yes to everything and then ends up overwhelmed and letting everyone down because they’ve got too much on their plate. That’s for people with an obsessive need to please. I’m not super interested …