The courage to be single and gay

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Love. It seems to be the zenith of one’s interpersonal relationship, something to strive for and dedicate effort to search for it. Yet, love is elusive, and everyone seems to struggle to find it. Hearing stories about straight people convinced me that true love was rare, and a secret only a few could unveil.

There is worse; however, a harsh reality lived by gay people.

If true love seems to exist for straight men and women, it feels like something impossible to find for gay people.

I grew up in a generation where being gay was considered out of the normal, it still is today, and where role model for young guys like me didn’t exist. …


Part 1/2: How to train yourself to work with what you have and be more efficient at what you do

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So, you’ve decided to become a freelance writer. It’s about time. After waiting for so long, dreaming about the perfect moment to do it, you finally took a leap of faith.

Here you are now, learning new things every day, searching for inspiration and your signature, in a quest to find the best way to write and make a living out of it. And you did! You found your niche, you’re perfecting your craft and somehow monetized from it.

At first, you managed to balance your full-time job and your writing career well, but then excuses started being made and time being wasted. …


Part 2/4: How to save up to 15h a week to work on your writing career and find the best place to be creative

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So far, you have learned what to do to be productive and how to do it (check part 1 of the series Beginner Freelancer: The struggle for productivity). Now let’s take a look at when and where you can actually put these tips into practice.

When is the best time for you to be productive?

What a question. I would say whenever. It all depends on the mood, the inspiration, the topic, what task you are currently performing. However, your full-time job doesn’t allow you to be productive whenever. You need to be strategic in finding what works for you and when. …


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So, “The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle” by Murakami Haruki. As you may or may not know, I live in Japan, and I love my experience so far. As I was trying to rebuild a book collection, I asked around me for a recommendation. People kept talking about Murakami Haruki as the author of the century. Reviews on the web were engaging, and since I was living in his country, I decided to give it a try. So here it is, Murakami Haruki | The Wind-up Bird Chronicle.

In this book, Murakami depicts the idle life of a jobless man living in Tokyo with his wife. One day, he sets off looking for their cat that mysteriously vanished. That event will soon be followed by the disappearance of the woman he loves. Now looking for both the cat and his wife, the young man finds himself thrown in a mystifying quest. In his search for answers, he will encounter a series of characters with both enigmatic and troubled personalities. …


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Okayama prefecture was always a place to visit on our list. That is why we decided to spend three days in Okayama city and use it as a base to move around the area. Because of the coronavirus, we tried to avoid long-distance travel, and our choice was ideal since it was just 2h30 by bus from Kobe. Rather inexpensive (less than 4,000¥ for a round ticket), the ride was comfortable, and we could enjoy the gorgeous view of Japan’s countryside.

When we arrived in Okayama city, we headed right away for a restaurant and our hotel to start our little adventure. After we visited the tourism center, we walked to the castle and took some time to be amazed by the city. Okayama, the prefecture capital, is gigantic for a European standard, but the feeling you get is far from overcrowded or overwhelming. Indeed, urbanism is well organized and leaves lots of space for people to walk around large buildings and malls. Tramlines, decorated with paintings of the local folktale “Momotaro,” are similar to those we find in Hiroshima and give a sense of clean organization. …


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If I tell you that you can visit Japan’s very own desert riding camels or paragliding, would you believe me? …


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Dan Brown’s “Angels and Demons” is yet another breathtaking adventure. I have been a fan of the author for a long time, and I recently finished his latest release, “Origin”. However, I realized I did miss the origin of Dan Brown and his famous character: Robert Langdon. That is why I decided to go back to the beginning and read (or re-read) his collection. So here it is, the first book of Robert’s adventures.

The story takes place between the high-tech CERN institute in Switzerland and Rome’s most famous churches. In this book, which marks the beginning of his adventure, Robert Langdon is called upon by CERN’s director to solve a murder and theft involving the Illuminati. Thrown in a race against time, our favorite scholar and his scientist sidekick — aka “Vittoria Vetra” — will put their wits to the test and try to stop the long-forgotten brotherhood. …

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Ryuuga Arno

Freelance writer | Japan | Book reviews | Travel stories | Editor: Found In Japan | Web : https://www.ryuuga-arno.com/

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