Four resolutions for the year

Loyal readers will recall that back in January, we told you about how making New Year’s Resolutions was destined to fail due to circumstances beyond your control. The whole system is rigged against you.

In that article, we told you to come back in April and we would make new resolutions that we’d have a better chance of keeping. So put down that tub of butter, because it’s April, and it’s time to make resolutions!

For others. We’re going to make resolutions for others. We’re already perfect.

Let’s see what it’s time for the world to change. Continue reading

Life Hacks: 3 tips to improve your driving experience

Welcome to another edition of Life Hacks, where we give you the shortcuts you need to get through life more conveniently and efficiently.

This time, we’re going to look at ways to improve your driving experience.

There are, of course, many other articles claiming such helpfulness, but don’t be fooled–they’re all crap. They don’t actually help you drive any better. Continue reading

3 reasons writers need to stop giving the advice “Kill Your Darlings”

I enjoy writing. In addition to this blog, I’ve written stories for friends (all unrequested, I assure you), long-winded emails to coworkers, and several short stories. I’ve been working on various novels off and on since I was a child, none of which have made it very far.

But I enjoy it a lot, and I’m always looking to improve. As such, I read a lot of writing manuals and advice columns, blog posts and interviews. So while I don’t have much experience being paid to be a published writer, I have lots of experience studying writing.

It’s this extensive experience that gives me three reasons why I’m asking everyone to stop giving the overused advice “Kill your darlings.” Continue reading