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Why I Write Reason 8: It Clears My Head

There’s a lot on my mind at any given moment. I manage the household, and I run a business. There are always chores to do, meals to cook, and deadlines to meet. I’m a foreigner, living in a country with a language far removed from my own mother tongue. I’ve got physical health issues. I […]

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Why I Write Reason 7: I’m a Control Freak

Over the course of my lifetime very little has gone according to plan. It would disappointed my teenage self to learn that I am not a rich and famous comic book artist. I do not own the world’s largest collection of paperback science fiction novels, which I have read — twice. In a perfect life […]

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Why I Write Reason 6: I’m an Entrepreneur

Back in late 2009, and for a few years after that, I was living in a city with a high rate of unemployment. I was either under-qualified or overqualified for any job that was available. The former I understand. Lacking the proper scientific credentials, a government research lab shouldn’t hire me. Saying that I can’t […]

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Why I Write Reason 5: I’m Bored

Something that my wife Katie and I have in common is that we’re both self-entertaining. If there’s a lull in the action of our lives, she’ll pick up some craft project, or start sketching in a notebook. We’ll both grab the nearest book and start reading to fill empty spaces in time. When the weather […]

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Why I Write Reason 4: I Like People Who Read

This one is likely to get me branded as a snob, but I don’t care. I like to read, and I like people who read. By this I mean reading books, not social media feeds or mindless clickbait listicles. Real readers tend to be better educated and more informed. Their familiarity with the written word […]