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There are never quick solutions.

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Four years ago, I missed an incredible opportunity. I created a Facebook page about my fantasy world and started publishing draft chapters from my story. I didn’t know where it would lead, what would be the outcome, and whether it would help me pay off my debt. The chapters I published felt lacking, I had one engaged fan who wanted to read more and about 600 passive fans to the page. Yet, all I needed to do was persevere — but I didn’t.

I missed the opportunity to make my fantasy world something more serious since I lacked consistency. But that wasn’t the only thing I was missing. …


Let’s talk about your writing skill, shall we?

man cringing and scratching his head.
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“Do XYZ to get noticed on the platform. Don’t do ABC to make sure you get into the right topics. Do this and that and then you’ll get big here!”

Ugh. When was the last time you wrote for yourself? I mean, indeed, for the sake of writing. Not to get big on the platform, not for money, not for anything else but you.

It was tough to read some of the articles being published here in the last few months. …


Despite everything — I choose to believe

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Hey there, human!

You might see this letter a year after it was published, ten years, twenty years. My imagination is thinking that you are reading this after even a thousand years passed by. I don’t know you but I need to share some things with you.

It’s 2020 right now, and it only seems like we strengthen our connection to the internet. Perhaps in your time, there are no ethernet cables, and the internet speed is in the terabytes or more. Probably in your era, computers are now part of your body and not an external machine that makes you type on a keyboard to make letters appear on the screen. …


Do other Millenials feel like this too?

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I’m so damn tired.

I’m tired of the fact that in my thirties, I still owe money. I never felt the warm caress of the sun on a beach, drinking from a coconut, getting some tan. I don’t know what it feels like to wake up in the morning, not worrying about your finances and whether you should ask for help. I don’t know what it feels like to be debt-free.

I’m so damn tired.

I’m tired of the fact that in my thirties, I’m not making my dreams come true. I’m making other people’s dreams come true instead. I don’t know what it feels like to release a book sitting inside my soul for a decade. …


The last season of Dimension 20 has ended and left me with some questions and assumptions that I want to share.

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Photo: Dropout’s Dimension 20.

Note: This article will talk about the implications of the finale and Calorum as a whole. So, obviously, a ton of spoilers, especially for the finale! You’ve been warned. Visit Dropout to catch up.

I got some beef with Brennan Lee Mulligan. His storytelling ability is annoying to me. I mean, how can you be so fricking good?! The problem is that not only do I admire his storytelling ability, but he’s such a talented, impressive, and wholesome guy regardless of his stories.

A brilliant concoction of traits that the world should see more of if you ask me. But you didn’t. I told you anyway. Today I want to talk about A Crown of Candy with a focus on how everything got tied up nicely at the end there. …


Our lives depend on it.

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I will make it simple for you: If we keep going down this pandemic’s road — you will lose some critical people in your life, not to mention put yourself in danger.

In this article, I want to explore how some people help spread the virus by being polite. It’s easy to cancel plans when the government issues a lockdown. The real challenge is protecting yourself without this “outside force”.

Can you identify yourself or the people close to you in one of these examples?

“What? We’ll refuse grandpa’s invitation? That’s unheard of, we can’t do it.”

“We’ll wear masks the whole time and we’ll make sure the kids don’t touch your parents a lot.” …


My journey — and lessons learned — from blogging on Ghost to Substack, and now to Squarespace.

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Over the last year or so, I’ve moved through blogging platforms faster than I binged shows on Netflix. But, the thing is, I learned a lot from this process. I discovered what I like and what I don’t like about my word’s home.

For example, I love Ghost but I found that the pricing associated with its peripheral services could be very pricey. I paid almost a hundred dollars a month because I used services that I thought I needed. …


Spoiler alert: Surprisingly full!

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Today I went to the doctor in the middle of the workday and was shocked at what I saw. My appointment was scheduled for 12:20 PM, and I wanted to reschedule so badly.

But, when they tell you on the phone that the closest date is in September, you go anyway. This was a follow-up meeting to the mini-surgery I had a month ago.

I sat there, waiting, for about half an hour. I arrived before my scheduled appointment by fifteen minutes, and they received me in a fifteen-minute delay. So annoying.

The clinic was full of people. While I was there, though, I saw a few interesting things that I wanted to share with you. …


It’s easier to do than it looks.

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It’s astonishing to me how many people have this problem, and nobody thought to write up a solution to make other people’s searches a little easier. So, here I am, to save you some time with your Peewee and PostGIS adventures.

Let’s get straight to it!

Make sure PostGIS is installed

This might seem trivial. But, when you don’t understand why your solution isn’t working even though you did every step only to realize PostGIS wasn’t installed, then you’d wish you checked it at first. It’s a small check that will save you some time down the road.

If you’re using a tool like PGAdmin with a local installation of PostgreSQL, go to the query tool and type in this…


Consistency is the name of the game. Here’s some actionable advice on how to bring more of it into your life.

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I spent around a thousand dollars on online courses in 2019 alone. The reason for that was that I wanted to know more about online success. Anything new that can help me fight my debt is always welcome, right?

There are so many types of courses out there. Even free. Courses that will teach you to make money from writing, selling t-shirts, Publishing videos on YouTube, etc.

They all look so great and valuable, and I kept spending money because I was looking at it from the wrong angle. Many people do so, too, every day.

In this piece, I want to convince you that you don’t need a new course to instruct you on how to make it big online. You already have what you need. …

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