You’ve mistaken me for someone else
I am not a member of the life-hack, mind-hack, or hope-huckstering crowd. I hope to help change the world for the better, not profit from its descent into madness.
I believe in only two things:
- The world is a cruel and savage place filled with monsters who will not hesitate to take advantage of your ignorance, weakness or vulnerability if they can get away with it.
- I am not like those people. I stand for something better. The idea humanity can aspire to be better than what base cultural beliefs allow us to achieve. I do not make my living on the backs or the fears of other people. I uplift. I protect. I guide by example.
I talk the talk and I walk the walk.
Mrinal Bose: Everything in this essay is clickable and will take you to something I hold dear. If your goal is to truly know me, then read my works. It’s as close as anyone can get.
I have over two hundred essays on this site and less than one tenth of one percent of them promote anything that looks anything like the hope-huckstering or life-hacking I see as a common and daily occurrence of many of the writers here. When I write about my experiences, it is to inspire you to find your way to your particular brand of greatness, not mine.
Writing Craft: How can an aspiring young writer make a name for himself?
Stop aspiring. Write.
Writing Craft: What Nobody Ever Told Me
In the beginning, your skill is not equal to your taste…
No disrespect to those writers who make a living selling their brands. Everyone has to make a living doing something.
I write fiction. Genre fiction for the most part. When I write other things they’re either answering questions from my Quora or Scifi Stack Exchange accounts around comics, writing, science, cosmology, social and cultural awareness, or technology from a not-venture capitalist standpoint.
Death and Life — In a Place of Novas
When Life and Death were young and didn’t understand one another.
Star KIC 8462852 hints at alien civilization
Scientists scramble at the possibility of technology beyond Earth
Life Advice: I’ve just received a cancer diagnosis. Where do I go from here?
The source of the question was an anonymous poster asking for advice on Quora: My first year and a half after…
Humans Need Not Apply
What happens to us when employment becomes the exception, not the rule?
I don’t write pieces telling people how to live, what to do, or how to do it. I offer advice, without clickbait titles, without the idea that I know better than you do, how to live your life.
If I write something about listicles or other clickbait, it is always in gentle derision of the idea that the best a writer can possible do is to write content; information designed as a next step to convincing someone to interact with a product, a mindset or being somehow converted into a means of financial interaction.
That is not my goal.
If a person wants to contribute to my Patreon account, I consider myself blessed but don’t go out of my way to create content to manipulate people into doing so.
I write creatively. I hope to inspire others to do the same.
Writers of the 21st Century Unite!
If you want to be a Writer, ignore everything you just read.
While I have not garnered the local fame of many of the writers here on Medium, I continue to ply my craft and improve my abilities. I hope my name will be mentioned with the casual abandon used in the devotions of Gutbloom or Todd Hannula.
I hope to inspire others to write because they love it like I do, because they see it as a means of expression, of finding their inner greatness; to write because writing down ideas can, in the right mind, at the right moment, change a person’s worldview, maybe even help a person find their best self.
And I hope that when my work becomes good enough you can’t see your way to NOT buying me a cup of coffee once a month or picking up one of my books, you are completely okay with that.
Otherwise, I subversively talk about those things which displease me but I can do nothing about because we live in a world filled with fear and those who would exploit that fear for money.
All Praise be to the Gun
The NRA’s newest religion requires the same tribute as the Aztecs did; the blood of its worshipers.
I am not one of those people. Ask anyone here who knows me. As far as umair haque is concerned, he is a wonderful writer and inspires ME to be the best person I can be. I only hope to see the world with the clarity he expresses in his work.
Welcome to Medium. I hope your experience here will be fruitful and memorable in a positive way.
Don’t make me get my cat…He’s not as enlightened as I am.
Thaddeus Howze is a writer, essayist, author and professional storyteller for mysterious beings who exist in non-Euclidean realms beyond our understanding.