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Archive for the month “April, 2013”

Jobs and People… What’s More Important?

Happy almost May everyone,

I want to try to briefly discuss work and careers with you all today, what with graduating last year and looking for work/a better job (still looking at the moment) it’s been on my mind quite a bit. More specifically, I want to identify the two most important factors in any job… As I have noticed in my experience. These are (1) finding a job you like and (2) liking the people you work with.

Now the first of these is something I’ve heard time and again throughout growing up. You should work a job you care about because at the end of the day it means you’ll apply yourself more and work harder at that job. It makes sense and really is an applicable factor to have when looking for work, but I’ve found that the other factor is far more important to me.

You can have the best job in the world, the one job you may have always wanted and is the absolute ideal for you. But if you are working with people you dislike, surrounded by rude people or people who don’t work and you begin to resent them, how long can you actually maintain liking that job. In my experience, the easiest and most fun of jobs can be entirely ruined because of this, insuring I would never return to work there again.

A person buffing a floor with a buffer

Yeah, buffing a floor is fun with the right people… especially if you get thrown around a room trying to figure it out.

On the other hand, the inverse of the above situation is true. Lets say you’re working a job you don’t necessarily like. A job that is a placeholder as you look for better work, or maybe a job you finally had to settle on. If you’re working with nice people and you become friends with them to the point that it is fun to be around them, how long could you really resent your job? You can almost look forward to the work, because rather than returning to a job you may hate with people you dislike as well, you’re returning to hang out with friends. The work is almost incidental when you can enjoy yourself in the process.

Anyway, I just wanted to share these thoughts down for this week. I hope you all are doing splendidly,

Stephen R.

Comics… You Heard Me

Justice League #1

Better than Avengers… yeah, I said it. 😉

Hello hello everyone,

Today I’ve decided to write a little bit about a form of reading I’ve more recently taken a liking to: reading comics. Now in the past I’ve read a few graphic novels. Most noticeably Watchmen before the movie came out as well as some Batman novels that a friend or two suggested.

In the past year, however, I’ve started to read current comics. For myself, this means the DC world: Batman, Justice League, even a little Green Lantern (a super hero I’d never been interested in in the past). But my reading has extended a little further to also include the Image comic Saga, among others. It’s got more adult scenes and graphic depictions, but if you’re old enough it is a really fun and exciting read.

Yeah... lots of weird aliens.  I highly recommend it.

Yeah… lots of weird aliens. I highly recommend it.

And I think that last comment is the core of what reading a comic is for me. In simplest terms, reading a comic is like watching an episode of a TV show. Though possibly another good comparison would be to the serialized novels Dickens wrote in his time, or an amalgamation of both. Regardless, it’s something that takes 15-20 minutes to read, usually has jam packed action, beautiful artwork, and, in the case of the current Scott Snyder run of Batman, can be very well written and exciting to follow. It’s a bit of an addiction for me at this point.

Creepy, haunting, and yet oh so beautiful

Creepy, haunting, and yet oh so beautiful

If you haven’t noticed yet from the deluge of pictures in today’s post, I really do like comics.  If you have even a slight interest I would highly recommend you pick some up and give it a try.  I myself am a digital consumer through my iPad.  And with most comics costing a mere $2 an issue and issues releasing only once a month it’s not that expensive of a hobby.

Anyway, do any of you have a series of comics you like to read? Anyone never read any and want a suggestion as to where to start?

Maybe you think I’m crazy and have no basis to write about comics here?

Too bad on the last one :P. Because things are changing, and reading comics is a much larger part of my reading than it used to be… So you can undoubtedly expect a little more in the future.

Anyway, sound off in the comments below, and I hope your week is going splendidly,

Stephen R.

That’s Right, Still Here


Heeeelllo everyone,

It’s such a beautiful morning, and I just recently finished reading one of the books on my list, Zoli. So I thought I’d share an excerpt that I liked enough to underline and write a reminder to share.

“Stránsky once wrote that only when a man dies can his life acquire a beginning, middle, and an end: up until then we are constantly unfinished, even the midpoint cannot be located. So only the final word finds the middle word and this, in a way, becomes a verse—one’s death explains oneself.”
-Colum McCann

Again, I hope you all are doing and continue to do well,

Stephen R.

I’m Back Baby

desk and bookshelves

My life as it is currently… cluttered and beautiful.

Hello, hello, hello, hello, hello.

Yeah, it’s been awhile. But I don’t have much time for tear filled reunions and heartfelt, compassionate storytelling of the twists and turns my life has taken in the past months. (Also I don’t want to put you to sleep.)

But the important thing to remember is, this blog has been on my mind for pretty much the entirety of my time away. The problem for me has been I’ve felt limited with the current template/format for the blog as it is. I’ve had so many different things come up that I would love to write about: short fiction pieces, random story time, essays for the sake of essays, longer serial story ideas, the list goes on.

So what is a guy to do?

Well, change the dang format I say. So that’s exactly what I’m doing. You’ll notice a few changes already. First, I’m including a separate page to list all my current/future/past reading if you are interested in knowing that information. It will include what I’m currently reading (always more than one book), a list of books I’ve already read (starting recently… I don’t have the time to dredge up every single book I’ve read in life), and lastly a section for future reading. Check out the page and feel free to make suggestions for future additions to read as well. I’m always on the lookout for more.

Most other changes at the moment will be minor switches. I want to feel the freedom to write what I want and that’s what these changes will bring about.

Anyways, expect more things to come soon. I won’t lie, I’ve missed all of your youth filled, expectant, shining, lugubrious faces. And maybe that’s an exaggeration, my imagination, or an intensification on my part. And maybe you just had to look up the word lugubrious to realize I may have used that improperly for you. But I’m back and ready.

Lets get some stuff done people,

Stephen R.

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