Breaking out of Monotony

The months of March and April don’t usually symbolize the happiest of months for me. It’s not that I associate anything bad with these months but… just nothing in particular. It’s not especially warm. It rains a lot. Generally these are the months where monotony begins to exert a bit of a drain. Despite that,…

Beginning my Masters

For some reason, I had always been under the impression that doing a Masters wouldn’t be particularly challenging. Oops. I’m only a week into my program and I’m positively delighted at how much work there is to do. There are theoretical readings that really challenge my world view, and thesis preparations that have already begun…

Did You Know January is the Least Productive Month of the Year?

Even though New Years would have us believe otherwise, it takes most of us – myself included – a full month or so to really remember where any of our motivation went. As it enters the third week of January, I’m the least surprised to learn the January is apparently the “least productive month of…

The Joys of Boredom

When I have fewer things on my plate, one of the first things that comes to my mind is how much I miss writing. No, not blog posts or articles for Sub-Stances. What I miss is fiction writing. Back in high school and all throughout the different phases of my childhood, I was an obsessive…

Starting 2018

Perhaps it’s cliché, but at the end of each year – I feel the inexplicable need to think back on what the past 12 months have changed in my life. It’s most definitely fuelled by the thousand blog posts I read about making New Years Resolutions and starting off another 365 days with good intentions….