Can You Trust Your Hands?
Apr22

Can You Trust Your Hands?

The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so sure of themselves, but wiser people so full of doubts. — Bertrand Russell Sometimes, I get bored in class. All right. Often, I get bored in class. But rather than simply sit there and let my brain leak out my ears, I like to do things that keep me stimulated. Engaged. Enthralled. For example, I like to see how long I can hold my breath without having to...

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The Fangs of Envy (Sounds Dramatic, Doesn’t It?)
Apr24

The Fangs of Envy (Sounds Dramatic, Doesn’t It?)

If you desire glory, you may envy Napoleon, but Napoleon envied Caesar, Cesar envied Alexander, and Alexander, I dare say, envied Hercules, who never existed. – Bertrand Russell To the astute reader—or to the one familiar with calendars—today is my first ever, late blog entry. Gasp! “I don’t believe it!” “How could you?” Or as my mom said: Your fans must be devastated. If sarcasm had a font, her words would be emboldened, italicized,...

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Where It All Comes From
Mar20

Where It All Comes From

Every composer knows the anguish and despair occasioned by forgetting ideas which one had no time to write down. — Hector Berlioz People often ask me, “Profound Author Jake, [notice how they don’t call me “writer”—that’s for unpublished scrawlers of words] where do all your incredible ideas come from?” And unlike most authors, I don’t mind answering that question. Mainly just to hear myself speak, though. However, I usually end...

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Sometimes It Pours
Feb20

Sometimes It Pours

“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”  Thomas A. Edison (on inventing the light bulb) Behind every true success, there is a mother willing to ignore all the signs that her son is a failure, using his “dream aspirations” as an excuse to prolong unemployment, while she continues to believe in and support him. And occasionally make him roasted chicken and rice. But after 34 rejections letters, I...

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The Pay Off
Apr11

The Pay Off

‘Remember, my son, if you ever need a helping hand, you’ll find one at the end of your arm.’             — Sam Levenson These last two weeks have been long. Very long. Now, in terms of literal length, it wasn’t like there was some new addition of a Writday or a Painday or a Spendsallhistimeinthelibraryday. But in terms of the amount of time I spent working rather than relaxing, this week was very, very long....

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