Should I start a writing challenge and why is the answer yes?

Someone on science Twitter asked the Twitter world today whether they should be starting a writing challenge, and whether it would be a good idea with a newborn around. I guess it’s the time of the year again for New Year’s resolutions, haha. But this is a nice one. And food for a post, too.Continue reading “Should I start a writing challenge and why is the answer yes?”

Soulless

It turns out that writing a daily blog quickly becomes exceptionally boring if you have got nothing interesting to do all day. First, our baby got sick with fever. Great Christmas. Then, a couple of days later, our toddler joined the club. Luckily the baby recovered already, but Rafa is still feeling quite bad. LostContinue reading “Soulless”

The fourth wave – the highest of all

I had almost forgotten about the third wave, and the two before it. We were all feeling great, to be honest. This fourth wave, it sort of snuck upon us. We didn’t see it coming, and boom, suddenly it was there, with a force that outweighed all previous waves. Although there certainly are some parallelsContinue reading “The fourth wave – the highest of all”

The shittier posts matter too! Here’s why!

My writing on the blog has been a bit sketchy lately. Posts haven’t been very long or very detailed. Some might say boring, even. This may all very well be true. I ended yesterday’s post with the question why I would write a post anyway, if I know it is gonna suck. There’s a coupleContinue reading “The shittier posts matter too! Here’s why!”

As long as it’s daily…

I have little to write today. I’ve done a lot of driving in the morning, and I’ve spent the day with family in the Netherlands. What I do with family is both wildly uninteresting, and, to be fair, none of anyone’s damn business. Hehe. I will instead spend the evening watching horrible Dutch Friday eveningContinue reading “As long as it’s daily…”

An anxiety-free Monday

Regular readers will know that I hate Mondays more than any other day of the week. Somehow the relaxation over the weekend pretty reliably convinces my brain that it’s completely stupid, and doesn’t know shit. On Sunday evenings, I already feel the nerves for starting up again on Monday… What if I fuck it allContinue reading “An anxiety-free Monday”

A recipe that works

I have heard so many times that people use particular excuses for why they don’t write, or struggle at writing. “I cannot write”, or “I suck at writing”. Or the best one, “yeah, I suffer from writer’s block”. Hell no! No you don’t. You can write, and the only reason you suck at writing isContinue reading “A recipe that works”

You’ve got stuff to say… Why don’t you just say it!

Many of the people in my circle are either scientists, or people that otherwise use writing as part of their jobs. What surprises me is how few of these people actually write outside of their profession. Or at least share it. Why not? Don’t we all have stories to tell? Half of the above peopleContinue reading “You’ve got stuff to say… Why don’t you just say it!”

One afternoon. I think. I hope.

She really came two days too early. I had planned to be finished with everything work-related by the end of last week. And I would have made it, were it not that Lara was too eager to meet her parents and her big brother. She came a couple of days earlier than the ‘due date’,Continue reading “One afternoon. I think. I hope.”

A reasonably-sized novel

This post marks the half-year point of daily blogging. I started off on the 30th of January, caused by my dissatisfaction with the amount of writing I (get to) do for my job as a scientist. There is just so much – what would you call it – noise? The job supposedly comes with aContinue reading “A reasonably-sized novel”