My dear sons Hope you're having a great week so far. I'm writing this while waiting for my doctor's appointment at the clinic. No worries; it's just my annual check-up. As you always say Jaedon, Daddy looks younger and fitter than many 'uncles' you know *wink*. I hope by now you've taken on board some … Continue reading Email circa 2031: My dear sons, beware “The Toxic 12” – #3 The Chronic Problem-solvers
So, fair warning: This maybe just the beginning! Today I'm going to start a post that's either of two things: a one-off piece, or the start of a series. (Fingers crossed, I should know by the end of it!) Why so indecisive you ask? Well, quite frankly, it's been a thorn in my flesh for … Continue reading C’mon men, enough with the small talk! We’re pass 50 already for cryin’ out loud
There comes a time when writers will inevitably ask THE question: Why choose a writing life? I've no idea, and I'm not alone. No less a giant in the literary world than George Orwell himself once said: “All writers are vain, selfish and lazy, and at the very bottom of their motives lies a mystery." … Continue reading Reasons why writers write? Same as why not everyone’s suited to a writing life
Alright. This is me keeping a promise I made. I'm going to talk about every writer's mortal enemy: The "Resistance". First coined by Steven Pressfield, the Resistance is the collective term for everything that gets in the way of the creative process. It's what every creative person in every creative endeavour endures as a result … Continue reading As writers, we must fight Resistance every day
In July 2019, I started what was supposed to be a regular series to review books written about ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder), a topic close to my heart. That July post also included useful information I put together about different categories of autism books (you can check it out here). Since then, life kinda got in … Continue reading ASD Book Review #2 – How To Be Autistic
One day, two weeks ago, I was driving my wife to her workplace when I saw an ad on a huge billboard beside the expressway. [Our country's not big on billboards so when there's one, it's really hard to miss] It nearly made me veer off into the highway railings! Somehow, this one looked exceptionally … Continue reading Is it “Life AFTER Work” or “Life WITHOUT Work?”
There are three things you'll typically hear in my household on any given day or night: "Caleb! Is it (his chin) dry? C'mon Caleb, swallow your saliva, please. Look, your bib's all wet!!" Night: "Caleb! Come and shh-shh (pee) now before bedtime. Then wear your diaper properly before you get into bed. … Continue reading How soaked bibs, leaked diapers and supervised showers are my daily lessons in acceptance
So what to say about this coming Sunday, my 11th anniversary of celebrating Father's Day as a dad? After all, it's an unfinished journey, so maybe I should wait a few more years to say something meaningful? Or when the kids have all grown up and flown the coop? Yet, as I turn 50 in … Continue reading Please Lord, may I have 50 more Father’s Day?!
Yep, this is it! Most would say this ought to have been the first thing I wrote when I started my blog 14 months ago. Funny then that only after more than a year of blogging, I'm finally doing it today! Now just to be fair to me, I did mention what my blog was … Continue reading This is It! 4 Things that Define My Blog “kelvinsmusings”
"I am a writer. I am a writer. I am a writer." Successful author and writing coach Jeff Goins reminded me that this is the mantra I need to write down every day. As proof that to succeed, it all begins with me spelling it out in no uncertain terms. And believing it. Not an … Continue reading I am a writer. I am a writer. I am a writer.