There’s not much in the world I can truly say I hate. But I hateHarvey.
We have been sitting here for more hours than I can begin to count being brutally lashed by his seemingly never ending fury. I would be lying if I said it wasn’t scary…terrifying…at times, but we are among the lucky ones. We are safe and dry.
Harvey has taken so much from so many. Homes, lives, hopes, jobs–all washed into the Gulf of Mexico by his relentless anger. As the horrifying images and desperate needs flash across my screen in endless and quick succession, I sit here with tears in my eyes. Where do you begin? I have never felt so helpless. My neighbors are in dire straits and I can’t do anything but pray. It’s a terrible feeling.
Pregnant women and their toddlers stuck on roofs waiting hours upon hours for…
This comment (not compliment) either makes me laugh or want to slap someone, just depends on the mood I’m in. I mean, what is that supposed to mean? Take note. I’m not talking about simply commenting on the beautiful color of someone’s skin, hair texture, eye color, etc. Like all that is cool. But
“You’re pretty, for a Black girl.”
I’ve heard this phrase so much recently I finally started to try to break down why it rubs me the wrong way.
I realized that it’s the same as saying to someone, “You’re pretty for your age,” or “You speak good English for a Mexican.”
It usually comes from a place of preconceived stereotypes. Telling someone that she’s pretty for a/an (insert race here) usually means that you have never found that race of women to be particularly attractive, which is completely fine. Never have I tried to change someone’s mind about who they are attracted to or find pretty, but if you’re trying to use that as a compliment, IT’S NOT, and never will be. So please stop. It doesn’t make the other person feel pretty or flattered — it’s quite the opposite. Instead it leaves them in defense mode, scraping to find the right words to respond to the compliment you just gave them.
Read, read, read. Read everything — trash, classics, good and bad, and see how they do it. Just like a carpenter who works as an apprentice and studies the master. Read! You’ll absorb it. Then write. If it’s good, you’ll find out. If it’s not, throw it out of the window.― William Faulkner
The 3-Minute Read that Will Make You A Great Writer
20 Amazing Writing ideas,which I got,while stuck in Traffic
Today again, I got stuck in traffic jam, as part of my daily routine.
But, today was a bit different, I did not get frustrated, angry or cursed at someone. I faced toxic fumes, incessant rain and notorious drivers, but still did not lose my cool. In fact, I was a tad sad, when the jam was over!!
Because Today, I utilized my traffic-jammed time effectively and used it to come up with great writing ideas. I was planning it for a long time now and Today was the day when I achieved it finally!
So My Amazing IDEAS, good, bad or ugly,are as follows-:
#1 After Inhaling Toxic Fumes and Deadly Smog
Blogging Idea #1
Toxic People kill productivity, here is How.
#2 After Missing Boss’s “Urgent” Meeting
Blogging Idea #2
10 Practical Ways to Pacify, an Angry Boss.
#3 After Attending an “Important” telephonic meeting with “Urgent” action items.
Blogging Idea #3
I do not believe in work life Balance.
#4 After Spilling scalding coffee, over my Laptop
Blogging Idea #4
Multitasking is killing your brain.
#5 After Hearing stale radio jokes, again and again.
Blogging Idea #5
10 Fabulous ways to take charge of your life, by being humorous.
#6 After Envying a sparkling red Ferrari.
Blogging Idea #6
The 1 surprising Reason, you will never become RICH.
#7 After Eyeing a cute redhead, in the same Ferrari
Blogging Idea #7
When is the last time, a cute girl checked you out?
#8 After Missing a desperate job interview.
Blogging Idea #8
Your Job search isn’t going anywhere. Here is Why.
#9 After Missing my marriage anniversary dinner
Blogging Idea #9
10 Time tested Amazing ways, to attain Nirvana
#10 After Barely surviving a potential Car crash.
Blogging Idea #10
4 Valuable life lessons I learned, after Cheating Death.
#11 After Your toddler screams “Potty, Potty”.
Blogging Idea #11
4 Powerful Leadership lessons, we learn from Children.
#12 After A throbbing toothache becomes vicious.
Blogging Idea #12
Procrastination is not helping your goals. Here is Why.
#13 After Missing a goddamned important flight
Blogging Idea #13
20 Amazing inventions, that will redefine travelling in the future.
#14 After Your car air conditioner suddenly goes KAPUT.
Blogging Idea #14
If you wish to Succeed, be Resilient to Failure.
#15 After Getting a BREAKUP message from my Lover
Blogging Idea #15
This is how, Love f**k*d my great career.
#16 After Doing “Forced” chitchat with the guy next car.
Blogging Idea #16
25 Irritating things you do; which nice people won’t tell you.
#17 After Doing “Forced” TRUMP chat with the guy next car.
Blogging Idea #17
12 Exciting ways in which, Trump has cast his spell on you.
#18 After Doing “Forced” chitchat with a chatty old woman next car
Blogging Idea #18
5 Powerful ways in which, Introverts excel in leadership.
#19 After It starts raining cats and dogs.
Blogging Idea #19
This World Water Day, are you doing your bit to Conserve Water?
#20 After Getting Stuck in traffic for a long long time with no Hope.
Blogging Idea #20
20 Amazing writing ideas I got, while stuck in traffic
Bringing It All Together
I am thankful to all those great writers who had written such fabulous posts on writing. These very posts inspired me to utilize every bit of my available time to work towards honing my writing skills. Hats off also to those writers who advocated usage of commuting time for generation of brilliant ideas for writing.
Remember Writing is easy. All you do is stare at a blank sheet of paper until drops of blood form on your forehead.
So if you are motivated by this post, get going and start writing today!!!
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About the author-:
Ravi Rajan is a global IT program manager based out of Mumbai, India. He is also an avid blogger, Haiku poetry writer, archaeology enthusiast and history maniac. Connect with Ravi on LinkedIn, Medium and Twitter.