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Writing With Depression

It’s not a beautiful topic; it just resonates. A quick jaunt through writers groups and forums is all it takes to see how pervasive depression is within the industry. I guess it’s the nature of the creative industry to attract introverts. It takes a particular breed to enjoy sitting in front of a computer for hours on end or at least willing to put up with it enough to make a living; that breed simply…

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The Past Is Beautiful Right Where It Is

Tennessee is beautiful. My family and I moved here to be closer to my mother-in-law who was diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer. Thankfully, we got news last night that the tumors are shrinking! I was skeptical about the move at first but quickly warmed to the prospect once I saw how green and lush the state is. It reminded me of where I grew up, in a small community in the backwoods of Napa…

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Killer Games

Now that we’re all moved in to our new home (well…almost moved in), I have a moment to breath and write. Plus, I felt inspired by an argument I got in with myself while taking a shower—do violent video games make people violent? It was a topic I skimmed over in philosophy, though I hadn’t given much thought to it due to the reasoning of the argument. It goes a little something like this: studies…

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Moving…

It’s one of the greatest stressors in life, along with getting married and having a baby. Despite that, I’ve moved quite a bit over my life, even to another country. Now I’m at it again. This time it’s Tennessee. I’m pretty excited about the move—returning to large, green trees is something my soul’s been craving for a long while—but it still comes with its stress. There’s the packing, organizing, more packing, wrapping, packing, bubble wrap,…

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Change

My friend and I were chatting the other day, once again solving the world’s problems. This time the topic was our deteriorating climate, when he finally says, “Yeah, I get it. We put ourselves in a bad spot. How do we fix it?” I grew up in the 80’s and graduated high school in 1994 when we had to chisel our homework on concrete slabs. During that era, being a bully (to some extent) wasn’t…

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Philosophical Rantings

This is an insight to the mind of James Eyler. Not that it’s a very welcoming mind, or terribly exciting; however, it’s an insight nonetheless. What follows is a thread of thought that I had while in a graduate level philosophy class in 2014. Personality Personality = what differentiates one person from another, without considering the physical body—memories, likes, dislikes, morals, beliefs, personal taste, mannerisms, etc. Many people identify themselves with their personality, and cannot…

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The Slow Restart

I’d started this whole blog venture a while back in order to log my path to publication. The bad news is that my website got a cold and I lost everything. But at least I can still log my path to publication! A few months back I’d pushed away from my series War of Ages as I took a good hard look at myself, asking those impossible questions meant to propel someone into self-discovery/understanding. In…

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My Site Was Hacked!

You know that feeling you get when you go to show someone your website and it redirects you to some random malware site? Thankfully the hacker/virus only deleted everything I’d written since I started the website so I could start over from scratch and do it all right this time. Almost ten years of hard typing, sitting ’til my ass was sore, and sometimes going hours without coffee. All joking aside, losing all my content was…

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