Category Archives: Lifestyle

The Never-Ending Debate on Crowdfunding: Are Professionals Wrong for Using It?

Not terribly long ago on Twitter, I had an interesting conversation with an independent journalist I admire. (Linda Tirado, you should definitely check her work out and consider supporting her on Patreon.) It was about the importance of crowdfunding independent journalism especially in this age of blatant misinformation coupled with information overload and TPTB trying…
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Disasters, Dreams, and Risk-Taking: Thoughts on The Disaster Artist

At the time of writing, everyone's abuzz about The Disaster Artist, the screen adaptation of the book of the same name. I saw it recently and was glued to the screen the entire time. I've spoken and written about my love of really bad movies and how we draw both entertainment and inspiration differently from them…
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Finding Motivation When You’re Overwhelmed as F#&*

  “Oh great, another one of those overly perky motivational blog posts!” That might’ve been what you were thinking. It DOES get kinda tiring seeing the same old points reiterated, doesn’t it? Inspiration can be easy, but finding motivation is more difficult. Often we have the same answers for why we’re not getting things done:…
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The Rebirth of a Blog

So yeah, I inadvertently killed the Sonic Toad blog for a while there. Life happened. Career stuff happened. Contently/The Freelance Writer actually has an interesting article about whether it's time to kill your blog or not, and I fell into most of those categories: got better-paying work writing for hire and amassed a following through live…
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A Loving Open Letter to the Class of 2016

Congratulations, recent grads! You're likely insanely excited, or maybe scared shitless, to make your way out into the world now. I just want to impart some unsolicited wisdom, remembering how excited I was when I was your age: back when it took a certain kind of person to go online, cell phones weren't universal yet, and…
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What They’ve Drilled in Your Head: The Evils of Crunch & Live to Work Redux

The title is a reference to my favorite Crumbsuckers song "Live to Work", which I referenced in this post about relationships being strained by the pursuit of entrepreneurship. I not only feel that this song still embodies the incredibly toxic culture of the same moniker that has utterly permeated Americans' brains, but also pockets of the…
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