“Breaking In,” is my latest column for Locus Magazine; it’s both the story of how I broke into science fiction, and an explanation of why there’s so little to learn from that story.
When I was trying to sell my first stories, I obsessively sought career advice and memoirs from established writers. I sat in on countless science fiction convention panels in which bestselling writers explained how they’d butter up long-dead editors to sell to long-defunct publications.
None of them ever mentioned that as interesting as this stuff might be as an historical artifact, it had zero applicability to the…
Admit it — as soon as the story about Iceland’s successful trial of the 4 day working week was announced, your heart felt a flicker of hope. “At last! Now I’ll be able to get more sleep/learn how to kickbox/spend more time with my kids with all that extra free time!”
I also felt the same flutter when I read about the trial, and started to already plan out how my week might look if larger organizations were to adopt a shorter working week.
But something didn’t sit right. Even if we did move to a shorter working week, it’s…
You’re a dangerous person if you go through things alone and come back better — @IAmAaronWill
Most of my biggest problems in life have been solved by loneliness. That’s the opposite of what you’ll typically hear.
Lose the love of your life? Go out for a night on the town. Get a cancer diagnosis? Go with your friends to tick things off your bucket list. Want to build a business? Network your face off. Want to be a content creator? Get lots of followers and have people like you.
“Too bad that you’re retired,” the nurse told my psychiatrist mom as he gave her the Pfizer booster shot. “Students here are really struggling with their mental health. We could use more help.”
In 1687, Sir Isaac Newton wrote The Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy and changed the way the world would look at gravity for the foreseeable future. He dropped the mic (or in this case, the apple) with his groundbreaking theories on gravity and the laws of motion.
For no apparent reason, I began getting nerdy about physics a few months ago, watching online videos about friction, momentum, and gravity. I didn’t really know what I was looking for…until I found it.
As a parent of a young child who’s working morning, noon, and night to get two businesses up and…
There are two kinds of people in the world: Those who love rewatching movies, and those who think it’s a colossal waste of our limited time.
If you’re the former, I have nothing to offer except validation. If you happen to be the latter, however, I’d like to present a piece of evidence that just might change your mind.
Five years ago, I watched Marvel’s Dr. Strange for the first time. In the scene that most stood out to me, Strange and his mentor, the “Ancient One,” are looking at a thunderstorm in slow motion. Knowing these are her last…
One thing I remember about middle school gym class is that the cool kids never tried. Though I could sense the reason then, I did not have the vocabulary that I do now. The cool kids didn’t try because they were insecure. Many adults are the same. It is an easy trap to fall into.
Not giving your all on something you care deeply about can be a way of copping out. It gives you an excuse if things don’t go how you want them to. Giving your all, leaving every bit out there, exposes you. It makes you vulnerable…
Several years ago, I was on an academic fellowship and pretty sure I was failing at it.
I’d envisioned myself getting to my office early every day, spending several hours virtuously writing, and then knocking off at 3 p.m. for a run. Instead, I was lying awake all night agonising over everything I’d said that day, sleeping until 11, and rolling into my office just in time for lunch.
By the time I got to my desk at around 2, I’d be drowning in self-recrimination. My office — this hard-won space I’d been so excited to occupy — now felt…
I’m all down for self-improvement and productivity hacking, so I have tried practically everything. Some tactics have changed my life and I have kept them in my routine for years. Some self-improvement hacks were useful for a while but weren’t sustainable for me in the long term. And some just plain didn’t work.
There seems to be no end to the advice on self-improvement hacking, so I’m here to help you decide how to use your time wisely…by telling you what doesn’t work. For me, at least. Everyone is different. …
Over time, left unchecked, the water in a goldfish bowl will get murky and start to smell. Then one day, the goldfish is floating on its side desperately trying to breathe. Only a change of water will help. It’s filthy. How could you not have noticed?
That’s the thing, though. It’s such a slow change from clear to dangerously dirty that unless we deliberately and regularly check it, we probably won’t notice there’s a problem until the fish is in trouble.
Now apply the concept of slow, creeping, barely noticeable deterioration to your home. Your job. Your peace of mind…
A publication from Medium on personal development.