“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.”

― Aristotle

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September Articles

I’ve got another article published in Thought Catalog: Even if you aren’t into anime, you should watch ‘The Seven Deadly Sins’. 
[https://thoughtcatalog.com/prex-j-d-v-ybasco/2017/09/even-if-you-arent-into-anime-you-should-watch-the-seven-deadly-sins/] I don’t know why but I had thought ‘7 Reasons to Watch ‘The Seven Deadly Sins” was a better fitting title but they changed it. Then again, the more important point is, it got published right?

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Here are the other articles I deemed worth reading this month:

The Power of  a Not-to-Do List

A great job for BBC to have featured this one. You can find Andrew Wilkin’s original article, The Power of Anti-Goals, here.

How to Neutralize Haters: E.E. Cummings, Creative Courage, and the Importance of Protecting the Artist’s Right to Challenge the Status Quo
My ultimate problem with conformists and negative reviews is wonderfully summarized in this text.

What most bosses get wrong about Millennials

We don’t hesitate to go where our talents can be best recognized.

The Words that Make us Calmer

Like what I was telling my student some days ago, at this point of my life, I appreciate the sophistication of subtlety. I may not be into poetry but I can appreciate works that glorify one’s soul and feed minds.

Aside from the works above, I’ve been too engrossed reading Tokyo Ghoul.

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What have you read this month?

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The world in which we live is the only world about which our senses can testify. Unless it is made a better world, a fairer world, millions will continue to go to their graves silent, saddened, and embittered.

Abraham Flexner 

August Articles

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Still by far the best confession in anime lol (gif is not mine btw). I have just finished Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood (鋼の錬金術師, はがねのれんきんじゅつし) and arrived at a conclusion that Japanese animation is the best way to get over dramas.

This month, I have a couple of articles I highly enjoyed reading |discussing with a couple of friends.

How the Busiest People Plan their Days 

In a work-shift where one can only get 5-10 minute breaks every hour, it is normal to hear complaints like “I don’t even have time to pee!” or “I’m so tired.” I blink and I read some pages of a book, or add more words to my piece, learn a Japanese word, drink coffee and sacrifice socialization.

A Pioneering Scientist on Memory, the Value of Our Unremembered Work, and the Incalculable Sum Total of the Human Experience

It’s not surprising that this makes it to my list given my growing affection for the concept of alchemy presented in Fullmetal Alchemist.

Ikigai: A Japanese Concept to Improve Work and Life

Somehow, this concept reinforces the idea in the first article.

Adult storytime

It was a wish granted by my parents when I was recuperating from appendectomy. I felt like a child again.

Why do Workplace Dress Codes Persist

Working in a performance-based company has taught me that clothes dress code does not have an adverse effect on how one does well at work.

The Greatest Threats to Humanity as We know it

Ignorance is not included but the list makes sense.

Terry Pratchett’s unpublished works crushed by steamroller

I haven’t read any Pratchett’s work — I know that is a shame — but I admire the fact that he had been prolific before dying two years ago. However, I think using a steamroller is way too dramatic to obliterate one’s work from the face of the planet.

 

This list might appear scanty but it’s because I have managed to read a couple of books this month and even write quick reviews for them (here and here). ‘Til next month.

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Burning the Handbook of Mortals?

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As a published author, I am proud of every star, review (positive or negative), and every dollar my novel and articles earn. This recent case about a book making it to the New York Time’s Best Seller’s list has just intensified this pride. Instead of dousing my desire to write because any nameless writer can make it to the top of a prestigious list, I am delighted that the product of my own night musings and caffeine-induced daydreams  is there, fighting a fair battle for me. It is perhaps a turning point in publishing literature: it does not matter what is on the list. What matters is what is going to last.

Handbook of Mortals may have earned a bigger publicity albeit how negative the comments are; it has etched a hideous mark on what most authors have been aiming for.

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I won’t even go as far as rating the book with a star. For now. Maybe the writer did her part in creating a wonderful story- I could give her that benefit of the doubt. Then again, I’m a writer as well, a very ambitious one who is easily swayed by competition.

Bosses irk their employees by promoting those who don’t deserve it, so nobody can point a dirty finger at me and expect me not to bite.

Never compete with living writers. You don’t know whether they’re good or not. Compete with the dead ones you know are good. Then when you can pass them up you know you’re going good. You should have read all the good stuff so that you know what has been done, because if you have a story like one somebody else has written, yours isn’t any good unless you can write a better one.

-Ernest Hemingway

Quick Review: Dream Psychology, Sigmund Freud

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My rating: 3 of 5 stars

It certainly is an eye-opener. Considering the amount of time I trundled to finish the book, I can say it is not for those who are in search for a light-read psychology book. I only endeavored to finish this because of my inability to endure people who can only quote Sigmund Freud without bothering to read his works. It always pays to go back to the original context whence his famous sexual symbols originated.

Albeit I can’t consider myself a psychologist, a Freud expert, and a dream interpreter, at least, for now, I can pay more attention to my dreams and try to discover my repressed wishes through them.

There is still too much to learn from him and ‘things are always lost in translation’ so, perhaps, after finishing a couple of Jung’s and Rand’s works, I might go back to reading his other books.

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