Momentum is growing for the “Dark Horse Duo Plan”

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Is #YangMcraven2020 really a thing?

The “Dark Horse Duo Plan” — not much of a movement until as recently as last week — has gained rapid momentum since the airing of episode #1494 of the Joe Rogan podcast with special guest Bret Weinstein, an evolutionary biologist and self-professed “professor in exile,” famous for his role in the Evergreen State College Scandal.


How the prospect of marriage got way more exciting once I changed my perspective

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I got married

Is it just me, or does that statement strike you as negative? Unfavorable? Unfortunate?


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How chasing goals can grow your confidence and increase your happiness (small goals are fine — the goal doesn’t matter so much as the going)

A few days after graduation, still high from the fumes of acrylic paint on graduation caps, I tried pitching my resume to an online publishing house.

What life accomplishment are you most proud of?

I was a little unnerved, like a hunter when the wise old moose suddenly turns and looks him…


How to bridge the gap between your work and your expectations

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Screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan once compared the life of a writer to the life of a student.

Being a writer is like having homework every night for the rest of your life.

Aspiring writers might envision any number of futures for themselves, from beach hammocks to press tours to photo shoots on the red carpet, but they’d probably be better off envisioning the life of a college student.


And Santa Claus isn’t real

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I’m a cynical sally when it comes to writing advice

I swear I used to be more optimistic. I used to worship the mythical symbols of the typewriter and the cigarette. I used to believe in the muse.

If you trust in yourself…and believe in your dreams…and follow your star…you’ll get beaten by people who spent their time working hard and learning things and weren’t so lazy.

I appreciate writing advice as much as the next writer, but in the end it all boils down to the same formula. Do you want to…


“Get out while you still can, mate.” A cautionary tale about losing control of your life

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“British people are like cats: quiet, polite, reserved, sometimes arrogant. American people are like dogs: noisy, rude, fun-loving, sometimes dumb.”


Writing and life advice from author Ken Kesey

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Ken Kesey marched to the beat of his own drum

As a college student in California in the early 60's, Kesey earned his pocket money by participating in government-run experiments that tested the effects of drugs like mescaline and LSD. Then he turned around and used those experiences to write the ground-breaking novel, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.


Lessons on self-reliance from Ralph Waldo Emerson

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My third novel clocked in at 72,000 words. It took me 4 months to write the first draft, 6 months for three more drafts and three rounds of editing, 10 months total.


Need a job? A change of pace? A break from the States? You’ve got options

Hongdae, Seoul, South Korea 2017

I graduated college in 2009, the last time the economy was “down.”


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My goal in life was “to be happy.”

Jackson Mark Tandy

American expat, writer, podcaster, living in South Korea. “The Migooks” and “Head Trip with Jackson Tandy” are my podcasts. @jacksonmarktandy on Instagram.

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