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

Dream PsychologyDream Psychology by Sigmund Freud

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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July Articles

Time flies so fast and Bergson and Einstein just gave me a headache this July.

The Physicist and the Philosopher: Einstein, Bergson, and the Debate That Changed Our Understanding of Time

Frequently do I encounter articles that make me feel satisfied and whole in just thinking about concepts.

The Massive Volcano that Scientists Can’t Find

I didn’t even know anything about this volcano.

The Many Upsides of a Happy Workforce

Time and time again do we say we need a happier environment. Happiness on the other hand is one subjective indicator of productivity. Albeit I understand the importance of companies making sure their employees are happy, as an employee myself, I can find small things that can uplift my spirit in a busy day that has nothing to do with the company.

Fiery Heaven, Bastard Earth: The Cosmology of “Game of Thrones

It is refreshing to read articles that interpret and analyze books beyond “What I like about the books” theme. Albeit definitely worthwhile, I have to admit that the last two paragraphs didn’t go well with me. I’d rather enjoy reading the books and their archetypes without having to bring in the real world into it.

Diseases of the Will: Neuroscience Founding Father Santiago Ramón y Cajal on the Six Psychological Flaws That Keep the Talented from Achieving Greatness

Before even reading this article, I already figured out that I had one or two of the diseases. I have to confess that after reading it, I think I have about four. Humor aside, this is a timely article for me given that I am in the middle of writing an article regarding my career and my job.

Hemingway’s Advice on Writing, Ambition, the Art of Revision, and His Reading List of Essential Books for Aspiring Writers

“if you have a story like one somebody else has written, yours isn’t any good unless you can write a better one,” he said so need I say more?

How moments of boredom help us achieve more

If I could be perfectly honest, I’d say one reason I got my novel published was because I was bored. I had needed a challenging environment and NaNoWriMo gave it to me.

June Articles

Have you ever thought that maybe you should have learned a different language or visited a different country? These thoughts occupy my mind because of Bang Sung Hoon and if you don’t know who he is, you better check him his works out.

Here are the articles you can also check out during your spare time.

Weirdest Things People Have Been Busted Doing in Libraries

Surprisingly, people actually do this in libraries and I thank heavens, I haven’t witnessed even one.

The Japanese Skill Copied by the World

Von gave me another link which I highly enjoyed. I practiced the act of muttering and pointing at things I had to do but I found that extremely noisy (yep, even the sound of my voice is too much for me to bear) so I use planners instead. However, the simple act of mindfulness deserves a bit of practice and maybe we can appreciate every second of this fleeting life.

Aldous Huxley on Sincerity, Our Fear of the Obvious, and the Two Types of Truth Artists Must Reconcile

As they say, your audience can always point out even the tiniest sign of insincerity.

The New Subtle Ways the Rich Signal their Wealth
So investing in books and learning a new language ought not to be taken for granted.

What you can learn from Einstein’s quirky habits

I do love sleep and going sockless but unfortunately, these to things don’ t make me an Einstein. lol

7 Perks of Fanfiction

The thrill of waiting for a paid article getting published is new to me. There I was, an indie writer, peddling her novel to the world – not exactly but, yes probably- a blogger with average stats, and writer for online platforms, nervously waiting for a positive response to a submission. Now:

 

 

Quick review: A Modern Cinderella by Louisa May Alcott

A Modern CinderellaA Modern Cinderella by Louisa May Alcott

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

It was a good book, don’t get me wrong and Alcott still managed to capture my heart with her literary wit. Is it as memorable as Little Women , or Jo’s Boys ? No. The stories in the book reminded me of the characters in the aforementioned texts but that was it. Perhaps it was because there were a number of stories compiled in one book, but those didn’t move me nor care about the characters as much as when the kids and the teachers were together. All I realized was to be a Modern Cinderella, one has to be as loyal and hardworking as Nan, as bright and witty as Debbie, and as caring and pure as Nelly.

I also have to admit that Dora’s story was cute.

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MAY Articles

My articles in Thought Catalog (here and here) and Medium did this to me. My scanty word count (22K words) is also to blame as I am considering whether to use my time to read or to feed my Google document. The point is, I didn’t manage to read more articles than I should have for this month. Anyway, here is another batch of articles I have read that you might like to check:

Why you shouldn’t be ‘yourself’ at work
Von sent me this article which I found amusing. To be honest, when I have Interview Courses with my students, I don’t give this piece of advice. I wouldn’t even land a job had I followed this. Who would want to hire a stubborn, arrogant, couch-potato?

The Big Green Book: Robert Graves and Maurice Sendak’s Little-Known and Lovely Vintage Children’s Book About the Magic of Reading

Reading transforms people. What we read is a big factor to what we can become. Now that I am currently poring over Jung’s Psychological Types, I can say this confidently.

The Fascinating Activities of Community Pubs in Britain

The idea that pubs are converted to a family center or Poetry center is fascinating. What a way to enrich culture!

7 Harry Potter Theories, Deathly Hallows

As you know, I haven’t gotten over the Harry Potter hype. It turns out I have absolutely no reason to get over the books because of Wizarding Book Club. It is always fascinating to know that more people out there have analyzed the books more deeply than I can ever could and even managed to formulate their own ideas regarding the novels’ conclusion.

The everyday habits that reveal our personalities

Honestly, articles like this make me drop the book I am currently reading and just look for related articles. I was halfway out the door to look for more books on Machiavellianism when I realized where I was.

Does Your Accent Make You Sound Smarter?

My honest answer? Yes.

Can a Fear of Getting Fired Make You Work Harder

There have been numerous debates about putting pressure on employees but we still don’t know how much is enough.

How we ruined mindfulness

It’s true that we have lost the meaning of carpe diem but I don’t see any problem with a highly ‘individualistic world.’  Or I have had too much of Ayn Rand’s Anthem.

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If you do have recommendations for me to read, Blog posts, Articles or Short Stories, please don’t hesitate to leave a comment.

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STUDENT OF THE WEEK

Once upon a time, a teacher and a student were talking about different subjects.
Teacher: What did you do in Physics?
Student: I slept.

Teacher: Can you remember what you did in Biology class?
Student: Yes. I killed an animal. We killed an animal and after the class the teacher cooked the frogs.

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Thought Catalog byline: Prex Ybasco

Prex J.D. V Ybasco Thought Catalog

It has been so long since I felt exhilarated, that was last week, when I got my article posted in Medium. Today was rather different. I forgot to take my vitamins, drink some water and even recognize the place I was in.

Yes, ladies and gentlemen. After receiving a couple of rejection letters from the site itself, I was a bit surprised to receive a positive one today. Was it too ironic that the first article I got published there was about rejection letters?

You can find my article here:
7 Things To Do Instead Of Focusing On Bad Reviews And Rejection Letters

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