Stop thinking, start writing

Prologue One should not have Zoom meetings all day. Geez, that messes up your head. I have been staring at a screen since 8AM this morning, and only briefly stopped to grab a bite and bring my son to bed after lunch. I have been outside (at 5.30PM) to water my tomatoes. That’s when youContinue reading “Stop thinking, start writing”

Nothing is ever good enough

There are only a couple of options that I have considered suitable for myself to spend my time doing to make a living. The first one being running my own business, the second being writing. However, thus far I have mostly stuck with the third option, the one of becoming a scientist. Since I wasContinue reading “Nothing is ever good enough”

It’s a bit of a milestone, no?

Today is a special day, as it marks the last day of three months of my daily writing challenge. This post is also my 100th blog post. (I already had a couple of older longer format posts on here from over the years, if you wonder why the maths don’t match up) I started thisContinue reading “It’s a bit of a milestone, no?”

To my clickbait friends :)

A couple of days ago I was working on my daily routine of mindless scrolling through Twitter, when my attention was grabbed by one particular Tweet that asked an interesting question. It was something like ‘I posted a link to a recent blog post of mine that I found important to share with the world.Continue reading “To my clickbait friends :)”

Small ideas

I’m staring at my screen and I have totally forgotten what I wanted to write about… what happened? One of the benefits I observe from having written every day for two months now, is that you tend to get these ‘small ideas’ for stories or conversations to write about and that keep bubbling up inContinue reading “Small ideas”

We’re all thieves

Let’s face it. Almost nothing is truly original. Writing, or any form of creativity for that matter, is nothing but creative stealing and recombining other people’s ideas that have inspired you along the way. Because of this, we need to source good material to steal and loot from. Importantly, high quality loot is likely toContinue reading “We’re all thieves”

Hit submit

Publishing something is not easy. One of the things that I find most difficult about publishing a manuscript, in the form of a manuscript, or, heck, even a simple blog post, is hitting the ‘submit’ button. When you write, even if it is a scientific manuscript, you bleed on the paper. At least that’s whatContinue reading “Hit submit”

Two hundred

From today, I wanted to give myself a new challenge. Two hundred words a day. Every day. Writing is part of how I make a living. An essential part of life as an academic. However, sometimes work activities just carry you away from this important aspect of the job. Teaching, supervision of graduate students, carryingContinue reading “Two hundred”