Tag Archive: Inspiration


Environment Impacts Everything

I don’t like going without posting for weeks at a time. I feel like when I should post, I should say something interesting. There’s a part of me that doesn’t want to step on anyone’s toes.

You may want to curl your toes back.

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Reactionary Mindset

A few moments ago, I was sitting quietly in a corner at the local Panera. The store manager came up to me and asked me to move. He needed the area for a meeting.

It’s a simple thing. The staff at Panera has often been good to me. Surely I can move for them.

Even after I moved, I felt a little off. I’d picked out a comfy place to write and had to give it up. There was a taste of bitter to that pill. Why? Because I had to react to something around me instead of controlling it myself.

No actual harm or foul, just a minor emotional reaction.

Another example of a reactionary mindset:

I picked up a long-awaited package from UPS. Not only was this a gift, but an impressive one. Logic said I needed to wait to get home to open it. My eagerness and the curiosity of a few friends led to me cutting open the package and assembling the contents on the back of my truck of all places!

Why did I do this? I was reacting to the excitement of the situation, going as far as diminishing my better judgment to a degree. Still, having a 1/4 scale Jean Grey is a wonderful thing…

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Using What You Can

I’ve had the most creative day in a long time. I’ve drawn, I’ve done development work on a book. I’ve written streams and streams of free writing, stuff that will never see the light of day, but I’m proud of it all the same.

Through it all, I’ve had a Google Play Music channel of 90s Alternative Hits playing. I started the music when I went to work out, kept it going through lunch, and kept it on through all that creative fun.

Trying to gear up for more now, but the hour grows late. Doesn’t mean I won’t try.

Given what I knew was ahead this morning, I wouldn’t have said today would be a worthwhile day. I was committed to not give up but had no expectation for success.

I used what I could and kept the creativity stoked. It roared into a warmer flame than before.

Stumble

“Why do we fall?

“So we might learn to pick ourselves back up again.”

Those lines from Batman Begins may be the best part of that movie. (It’s an incredible movie without those lines.) It is an informative couplet, first coming from Thomas Wayne, then from Alfred.

We all fall sooner or later on our respective journeys. When those times come, we have to take a breath, patch our wounds–if only our wounded pride–and get back up.

There’s another saying: You can’t win if you don’t play. No matter what you’re playing, get up and keep going. You have it in you to succeed.

In the span of five minutes, I heard three pieces of pop culture news that really stood out. I’m going to run with them in the order I saw them…

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It Can Be Done

This picture of me is from February 2017. Decent lighting, pretty good pose, awesome AGDQ Dark Souls III shirt.

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Inspiration Comes From Odd Boxes

Last night, I saw this bizarre religious display. Continue reading

Lets Talk Taxes

Yes, it’s time to start thinking about your taxes. Not your 2016 taxes.

2017 Taxes. This year’s taxes.

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Seeking The Horizon

Last week, I got to see Daniel Campisi, my best friend, for the first time in years. Since I went to visit him, he took me on my first trip to an ocean–any ocean.

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Exclusivity and Submission

After reading this column from USA Today, I felt I needed to speak about exclusivity for a moment.

It started with books, then home videos and toys, then it moved on to Doctor Who reruns.

It started with Muppets, then Marvel, then it moved on to Star Wars.

Exclusive outlets are eating the world.

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