Do You Think Reading Fiction Isa Waste of Time? A guilty Pleasure?

Don't Underestimate the Power of a Novel

What You Should Know About How I Faced Being Different and Wrote a Novel

What if you dared to be the odd man out?

Haven't we all known someone whose enthusiasm, instead of being infectious, made us want to step back a bit? Cross to the other side of the party and engage in conversation just a little more mundane?

But what if it's that "odd" character, who allows you to close your evening with the feeling that night had indeed been different, that somehow your mind had been sparked?

I have wasted so much energy trying not to be that odd ball.

How Stepping Up Can Make You Comfortable With Your Own Voice

What is the point of all your adventures? What is the point of your life?

"Turns out nobody knows it all, but that doesn't diminish what one knows.  Be here now, stand up, speak. Some will listen."
Michael, San Francisco

I began to wonder, if I kept it all inside, what was the point of having experiences at all.

Here I am, odddness and all, writing about everything from classic literature and philosophy, to wishing I knew more about math, to everything Eastern, to occult theory and practice, to drawing (which I can't do, but want to), to software, To Reality TV, to People Magazine, to Gossip Girl, and to who is the latest celebrity to come out.

How Can You Create, Feel, and Connect?

Did you know that even a celebrity's death can show us how art connects us all?

"How very interesting. The anguish we share when one of our celebrities dies, links us as human beings who perhaps aspired to their lofty goals. We also feel as if we knew them personally. We forget what they have to endure -- just as we do -- the same pain, problems, etc., and in addition always having to act the role. Not as wonderful as it looks to the outside world."
Esther, Nashville and Seattle

Art, and for me novels, can change the world.

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