I will admit up front this is an extremely self-indulgent post, mainly to get the contents of my brain out onto the page. However, I hope my downfall can also inform your success. For those of you who aren't in the writing community, or aren't really in the loop on Twitter, there is currently a … Continue reading How Much Is Enough?
There are many questions which frequently come up in conversation when you mention you're a writer: Are you published? (*twitch*) Isn't that hard? How do you find the time? Where do you get your ideas from? I try not to get too bogged down in some of them, because depending on the day, I may … Continue reading Inspiration
This week has been a whirlwind in so many ways. As my medical day jobs (yes, plural) picked up again, my free time retreated into the distant past, leaving me a bit dazed. Remember when I said I wasn't tired? HA. HAHA. Brilliant idea, last-week-self. Tempt the universe like that again and I'll slap you … Continue reading Managing Multiple Masters
After two and a half months away from home, I should be exhausted. I suppose I am, in the classic physical sense of the word - I haven't yet managed to wake up at a normal time without an alarm set. However, when it comes to my mental and spiritual sense of well-being, I couldn't feel … Continue reading Vitality
I'm going to let you in on a secret: all writers are self-centred. Don't get me wrong, I don't mean the kind of self-centred where we think the sun shines out of our proverbial... that's not really in our nature. Most of us seriously doubt our skills as wordsmiths, usually to the point of swearing … Continue reading Casting the Parts: Hubris or Essential Character Building?
Hello, my wonderful blog readers! Well, that is, if there are any of you left still bothering to check in after my prolonged absence which I spent holed up in what I like to call my "Study Cave"… No other humans are allowed there, save the ones that periodically drop off food, or the others … Continue reading Barriers
As a doctor, I’ve devoted years and years of study and work to get to the point where I can practice independently in the specialty I’ve chosen. By the time I’ve finished, that will be 12 years, to be exact! When you first start out, it seems like your goals are so huge and take … Continue reading Beginning of the End
As I lay here, wide awake for the fourth night in a row (welcome to pre-exam insomnia, it's awesome), I've been thinking a lot about the ol' gray matter. In particular, I'm stuck on the concept of what makes us tick. How in the world does a bunch of Flying Spaghetti Monster-like neurons sending infinitesimal … Continue reading What Sparks a Story Idea Lightbulb?
I feel like I've been a writer all of my life. I always enjoyed my English & Literature classes and found papers just flowing out onto the page. I'd be much happier cleaning the bathroom with my own toothbrush than solving for x (particularly these days!), yet would contently tap away for hours, analyzing the … Continue reading Earning Your Street Cred
It seems only fitting that I post my first blog attempt on New Year's Day - Bonne Année! This time of year always brings a spike of hopefulness with it for me, as the possibilities of a clean slate of 364 days spans out in front of us just waiting to be filled with all … Continue reading Resolute