The Uncertainties Of Writing

Writing isn’t always done with a steadfast resolve; often times people have to struggle through a mental block or multitudes of self-doubt to create something they deem meaningful enough to share with the world. For this blog, I’m going to take a look at some of the biggest uncertainties writers have that may keep them from releasing their work for people around the world to enjoy, as well as some words of wisdom for those that encounter these uncertainties.

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Things They Didn’t Tell You About Being an Expat in Japan

You’re sitting on the plane and thinking to yourself, “Did I forget anything? I’ve packed just about everything I could think of and read over a hundred articles (just like this one!) on what I can expect while living in Japan. What more do I need?” Well, in some cases, you need to dig a bit deeper than the superficial articles that are aimed at glorifying life in another country.

No one wants to point out the less glamorous aspects of being an expat in Japan because it takes away from the dream. Yet, here I am, ready to put it all out there for anyone who’s thinking of (or has already set their mind to) making their way to the land under the rising sun. Drawing from my own experiences and those of friends and colleagues I’ve met over the years, hopefully by reading this blog you’ll have a better understanding of what’s to come if you choose to uproot yourself and live (for however long) in Japan.

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WWW #27: Travel

Today’s Topic: How the convenience of modern day travel has transformed our concept of the size of the world.

Not too long ago the act of moving across a vast distance of land to go from one area to another in relative safety was seen as a luxury few could afford. Even further back in time the act of moving across great distances was a voyage that was fraught with many dangers. Nowadays we just buy a ticket online, hop on a plane, train, or boat, and go about our business as usual.

The risks have been minimized, the journeys are less harsh on the passengers, and trips to the far reaches of the world can be made at the drop of a hat. Are we beginning to take such ease of travel for granted?

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WWW #26: Mind Over Matter

Today’s Topic: How we take for granted our own ability to think and reason.

It’s a crazy concept to consider; your mind is literally in control of everything you perceive in the world. Defined as ‘an organ of soft nervous tissue contained in the skull of vertebrates, functioning as the coordinating centre of sensation and intellectual and nervous activity’, your brain can be a great help or a horrible hindrance to living your life.

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WWW #20: Laptops

Today’s Topic: Are laptops being replaced by tablets and phones?

I still can fondly recall the first laptop I ever had. It was gifted to me by my brother as a Christmas present, and I spent my entire winter break using it. The only other piece of equipment I could use to access the internet at the time was the ‘family computer’, a large, bulky box that relied on dial-up. I was in my early teens at the time, and although the majority of my friends had WiFi in their houses, I was not so fortunate. With my flip phone and laptop, I made the most of my two weeks of freedom from tests and essays utilizing the notepad, word programs, and built-in games (side-note, I’m absolutely addicted to solitaire because of the hours I spent playing it on my first laptop!).

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