Doing away with Okay in Writing (and Life)

Doing away with Okay in Writing (and Life)

I cracked the psychology of a character in my forthcoming novella Clickbait today. This guy, Bryan, has been just kind of sitting there, nestled in between the book’s other 5 characters, being a bit of a bore. He wasn’t really on my radar because his story just kind of fit with everything else without being […]

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The Thing We Get Wrong about Resolutions (and How to Fix It)

The Thing We Get Wrong about Resolutions (and How to Fix It)

If you’re over 25 and you’ve never failed on a New Year’s resolution then you can probably disregard this post and revel in your mastery of life. If, however, you’ve gotten to that cynical point so many people do, and begun to suspect *gasp* that New Year’s resolutions are all a sham, please allow me […]

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Murat Pak: Designing the Mind of an Online Curator

Murat Pak: Designing the Mind of an Online Curator

Each day Archillect peruses her favourite sites for new images that she thinks her 160K followers will appreciate, and the sheer size of her fan base suggests she’s very good at what she does. A quick glance at her Twitter or Facebook feeds shows a keen eye for stark, striking images and a remarkable breadth […]

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The Morning Purge… I Mean Pages

The Morning Purge… I Mean Pages

I’ve been working through a great book called The Artist’s Way for about five months now, which provides a self-directed course on breaking through artistic blocks and cultivating creativity. One of the most useful ideas is the “morning pages,” which consist of a daily, three-page word dump, wherein you write out anything and everything that […]

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The Bland Hellworld of Circumscribed Authenticity

The Bland Hellworld of Circumscribed Authenticity

This recent article in the Verge describes a trend in design towards something called “Airspace” in cafes, web design, and Air Bnb-Style micro-accommodation. Essentially, the idea is that a certain group’s desire for authentic experiences has inadvertently driven designers across industries towards a homogenized sameness — achingly tasteful artisinal accents embedded within a bright zen […]

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