Bloggers and Noteworthy Reads (This Week’s Reads # 2)

Happy Sunday! I’d like to give a shoutout to a few bloggers and sites that may interest you. These people are worth following on WordPress if you like book reviews, writing, visually appealing blogs, and personal opinion pieces. This is the second post in this series. Read the first post here. Here are this week's reads … Continue reading Bloggers and Noteworthy Reads (This Week’s Reads # 2)

Marcus Aurelius and Quotes from His Meditations

Marcus Aurelius was once emperor of Rome, a philosopher, and a military leader. He practiced Stoicism, a branch of Hellenistic philosophy.  He is a great inspiration.   A Time to Sit and Think Years ago, I was on a trip with my fiancé that took me through London, Oxford, and Whitby (photographs available here). We made … Continue reading Marcus Aurelius and Quotes from His Meditations

How would ______ do this? Three more questions to ask yourself when experiencing a creative block. . .

I knew I had an idea . . . I knew it was great, but where did it go? The blank screen had no answer for me, and only the sound of my cat meowing filled the air. What happened to that shiny object I was chasing? Luckily, I had an answer. This is the … Continue reading How would ______ do this? Three more questions to ask yourself when experiencing a creative block. . .

What’s next on your reading list? #ReadWithCurtis Challenge: Day Two and Book Review Blogs

Whenever I finish a book,  I usually consult a reading list, pick a book from a stack, or go to my online reading communities via book blogs or vlogs. When you can't decide what to read next, what do you do? What's next on your reading list?

STACK THOSE BOOKS – The 7-Day Reading Challenge Starts Tomorrow!

It's the day before the challenge, and I am pumped. In case you didn't know, I have invited people to read every day for seven days, starting tomorrow! If you are not already participating in the #ReadWithCurtis 7-Day Reading challenge, I urge you to do so.  Here's what you can do today to join a community of readers who are also doing the challenge ...

31 Questions to Help You Embrace the Challenges of Time-Consuming Work and Commitments

Work consumes time, and sometimes it takes us outside of our average working hours. Whether your task is creative, administrative, organizational, manual, or a combination of the above, any one of these 25 questions may help inspire you to embrace the challenges of your job, hobby, or side-hustle. Even taking a silent minute to mentally answer one of these questions may change your day.

Abruptly changing is not enough . . . James Clear, Habit Change, and a 7-Day Challenge

Changing habits has to be one of the hardest challenges that a person can face. Forming a new habit takes sustained effort, and breaking bad habits could prove even more frustrating. This is why abruptly changing is not enough. 

Where is the most dangerous place for your characters to go? – Eight questions for building fictional worlds.

Building Fictional Worlds Part I: Setting and Characterization When building a fictional setting, the connection between your characters and the world they live could make or break the believability of your creations. Deepening the connection between the landscape and your characters is therefore very important.

Are you depleted of ideas, or do you just need to re-energize? Three questions to ask yourself when experiencing a creative block.

It was Saturday morning, and I stared at a half-written scene in the all-to-familiar agony of writer's block. My usual urge to craft a scene had left me, and my cat, Horton, made a bed of my forearms. The time had finally come to do something else.

A Lightning Storm in My Brain – Navy SEALS, Dark Magic, Middle School, and a Secret Worth Sharing

On my way to work, the sun is rising, I look across a snowy field, and a flock of birds scatters into the air like flakes of debris from a campfire.  I hear a navy SEAL sternly recount the horrors of war. He talks about discipline in everyday life, and I absorb his words through my headphones.