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The Best Advice Ever

I read a really interesting blog post by Neil Gaiman today, in which he shares the best advice he ever received from another author. Actually he reveals two bits of advice, one to do with shaving and one that is non-shaving related.



Moving Forward, Looking Back

It’s a new year, and as the old one closes, so do a number of chapters that have remained open — their endings not fully written — for quite some time now. It is an interesting feeling finally putting those to bed. Possibly the most significant closing is the completion of my thesis, which has…
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Checking In Before 2012 Checks Out

It has been a while since I’ve written in this space. Regular readers of this site (and those who happen to know the more particular details of my existence) will know that I’ve been working on my thesis for some time. About 7 years now, in fact. In this case, ‘working on’ has often code…
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The Irrational Hold Of Labour Day

It is fascinating the power that seasons have over us. For all of our attempts to defy nature, and to regulate our existence into a monochrome sameness for the sake of efficiency and productivity, it really doesn’t work. The seasons unfold, and they hold an extraordinary power over us in the process.



What I Will Do On My Summer Vacation

I find myself in an interesting situation as the beginning of July looms. For the first time since I was thirteen or so, I have the summer off. Well, not completely off… I do, after all, have a thesis to write. So I’m in summer school, if you will. But in terms of work obligations,…
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Celebrating The Little Things

This week, a very important thing happened. I got my research ethics application for my thesis submitted by the deadline. Admittedly, this application is a small hurdle in a very long process. For me, however, it came to be viewed as a near-insurmountable hurdle in what was a seemingly interminable process.



The Joy Of Writing A Thesis

This blog has been a little quiet of late. It would be easy to surmise that the cause of this unfortunate lapse is the creeping doom of obliged regular postings grasping my enthusiasm in its icy claws, progressively squeezing the life out of it. Actually, that’s not easy to say, and while it might be…
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Making Big Projects Seem Small

I have something of a reputation as a procrastinator. Ill deserved, mind you, but present nonetheless. As an illustration… I have been working on my thesis since 2004. At least, I have been enrolled in a doctoral program in which the production of a thesis figures strongly as a required deliverable. While there were moves…
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Finding A Path To Purpose

The past six months have been interesting. Challenging. Difficult. Not fun, although there have been fun elements. Not exactly happy, although there have been happy moments. I have been starting over. And starting over is hard.



Cigar Box Banjo – An Appreciation

Recently read, and thoroughly enjoyed, was the book Cigar Box Banjo by Paul Quarrington. Part exploration of musical history, part discussion of musical influences and part memoir by one of Canada’s most eclectic and far-ranging artists, the book was a delight to read. Written in the last year of Quarrington’s life, the book is a response to…
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