I was 24 when I read my first self-help book. I was drinking cheap white wine in All Bar One by Oxford Circus, moaning about my crappy temping job, when my friend handed me a battered copy of Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway by Susan Jeffers. I read the tagline out loud: “How… via … Continue reading What Happens If You Read All the Self-Help Books? — Literary Hub
With Christmas Eve only a week away, I'm trying to get myself in the festive mood. There have been Christmas songs aplenty, talk of films (even if I've not gotten round to watching any - the US Office has put that on the back-burner) and Christmas parties. I may even have eaten Christmas pudding for … Continue reading Books On My Christmas List
So. The masters is over, dissertation marked, grades received. Life as an adult is taking full swing in the form of a new job and being a car owner for the first time ever. It had to happen sometime, I guess. I mean, I've been putting it off for a while now. I've also been … Continue reading Taking a break
The first time I read a book by Kurt Vonnegut was whilst I was in Dresden, and that novel was Slaughterhouse Five (1969), a book concerning the bombing (or rather, total annihilation) of that same city during the second world war. I must admit that at the time it failed to make much of an impression, I fear … Continue reading A new appreciation for Kurt Vonnegut
What’s your motivation? What inspires you? What makes you want to get out of bed in the morning? Why do you do what you do? Because, I can tell you one thing. If you want to be happy, you’ll never be. If you want to be successful, rich, famous, you won’t be any of those […] … Continue reading What’s your motivation? — Cristian Mihai
This is Going to Hurt, by Adam Kay, was bought for me for my birthday this summer. I don't usually go in much for non-fiction, especially of the auto-biographically-based variety, not out of any specific prejudice, I just really enjoy stories that are in no way based upon any kind of "true story". But I must … Continue reading Striking a chord – “this is going to hurt” by Adam Kay
This feels particularly pertinent at the moment, probably because I’m on a job hunt, and rejection just seems the norm. It’s a hard pill to swallow.
Any writer – author, journalist or poet – who has work out in the submission pipeline, knows the email moment. The notification pops up on your phone or in your inbox and your heart takes a wild, insane ride. First, it goes up – way too high up – as your expectations soar. Then, you ground yourself, reminders of just how much the deck is stacked against you flit through your mind. Your heart plummets. Finally, finally, you get the email open – your eyes scan, searching for those all important words – pleased, unfortunately, with regret.
It does get easier. I have gotten a lot of rejections. In fact, I pride myself on being pretty good at divorcing the rejection of my work from the rejection of me as a person. There are a…
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