The Mother Lode
  • The Mother Lode
  • Thom Yorke
  • Tomorrow's Modern Boxes

Another clown jumps off the ladder/A shallow pool but it doesn’t matter/The way it goes, the way it goes/Is falling through barriers and hedgerows
A hollow man, hollow hand puppet/Where’s the applause when you need it?

Appease them by somersaults and backflips/Oh how I wish that things would be different/A mother lode, a mother lode/A hollow man, hollow hand puppet/I’m a clown, you don’t want to know me/The knife behind the curtain/Your truth is ordinary

You can’t see your way out of this one/He makes a joke but nobody listens/At least he does not know it/takes the last of all his courage
Press the button for a free ticket/Here he goes, hits the ground running

Scrapped excerpt - Harry Potter Time Travel Silliness

Finishing Hit The Ground Running has left me in a very Harry Potter sort of headspace, unfortunately. Instead of writing more of Teamwork, I ended up looking for something HP related to write. I enjoy taking popular story genres and messing around with them, and there are a lot of Harry Potter Goes Back In Time To Fix Things sorts of stories around. So this bit of silliness is about how Hermione Granger might go back in time instead. 

On October 31, 1981, in the sleepy little village of Godric’s Hollow, the apparition of one Hermione Granger was drowned out, rendered unremarkable, in a sudden explosion of light and sound from the Potter residence.

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Somebody once told me the world is gonna roll me
I ain’t the sharpest tool in the shed
She was looking kind of dumb with her finger and her thumb
In the shape of an “L” on her forehead

Well, the years start coming and they don’t stop coming
Fed to the rules and I hit the ground running
Didn’t make sense not to live for fun
Your brain gets smart but your head gets dumb

So much to do, so much to see
So what’s wrong with taking the back streets?
You’ll never know if you don’t go
You’ll never shine if you don’t glow

Hey, now, you’re an All Star get your game on, go play
Hey, now, you’re a Rock Star get the show on get paid
And all that glitters is gold
Only shooting stars break the mold

It’s a cool place and they say it gets colder
You’re bundled up now but wait ‘til you get older
But the media men beg to differ
Judging by the hole in the satellite picture

The ice we skate is getting pretty thin
The water’s getting warm so you might as well swim
My world’s on fire. How about yours?
That’s the way I like it and I’ll never get bored.

[Chorus 2x]

Somebody once asked could I spare some change for gas
I need to get myself away from this place
I said yep, what a concept
I could use a little fuel myself
And we could all use a little change

Well, the years start coming and they don’t stop coming
Fed to the rules and I hit the ground running
Didn’t make sense not to live for fun
Your brain gets smart but your head gets dumb

So much to do so much to see
So what’s wrong with taking the back streets
You’ll never know if you don’t go
You’ll never shine if you don’t glow.


And all that glitters is gold
Only shootin’ stars break the mold

Networking in a new industry can be daunting for even the most socially adept. Here’s how to dissolve the nerves.

Networking is research-proven to be the overwhelmingly best way to land a job, better than job board hunting and recruiter services.

But for most of us—introverts, especially—selling oneself as a “brand” doesn’t come naturally. Something as small as fully owning the skills section of your resume feels like pulling your own teeth; shoving yourself out the door to walk into a room of strangers feels like a root canal.

Here’s how to calm the nerves and awkwardness that come with wading into a crowd of industry pros, in search of your next big break:

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Today I Met: The Everyday Projects

To see photos from daily life from around the world, explore these Everyday Projects: @everydayafrica, @everydayusa, @everydaymiddleeast, @everydayasia, @everydaylatinamerica, @everydayiran, @everydayjamaica, @everydayeasterneurope, @everydaysrilanka, and @everydayegypt.

This weekend on the festival grounds of Photoville, a public photography exhibition in New York City, the contributing photographers of the Everyday Projects are meeting each other for the first time. “This feels like the ultimate modern moment,” says writer Austin Merrill (@austin_merrill), who along with photographer Peter Di Campo (@pdicampo) co-founded Everyday Africa (@everydayafrica) in 2012. “We’ve all been talking together for so long from across the world that to finally bring this incredible group together in person is electrifying. It’s like we are already family. There was no ‘let’s get to know each other’, we just hit the ground running.”

Austin and Peter’s project has become a global phenomenon, with international photographers creating and contributing to Everyday editions in their own regions. Austin says, “The Everyday Projects give important perspective and context to what life is like for people around the world, outside of just the bad things that happen.”

Scrapped Excerpt - Hit The Ground Running

This is a scrapped excerpt from what was chapter 11 of [Hit The Ground Running]but the story, and my plans for it, mutated quite a lot. It’s melodramatic and fun though so I’m going to share it with you all anyway.

“So,” said Harry slowly, “you do know what’s gone wrong.” It seemed like a complicated problem, even more complicated than the whole bodiless entity problem, which Harry admitted didn’t seem that straightforward either. “How are we going to fix it?”

He felt a faint buzz of surprise from Voldemort and frowned. “You do want your body back, don’t you?” he asked curiously.

Yes, said Voldemort immediately. Harry chased that feeling of surprise, following it doggedly back to its source. He got the mental equivalent of a sharp smack on the nose for his trouble, but he had the inkling that it was his willingness that surprised the voice; he’d expected resistance, an argument, more bargaining.

Harry thought about that for a second. Voldemort was an extremely powerful wizard, and it did seem foolish to go to all this trouble - and doubtless end up practising illegal magic - in exchange for common information and a few new spells. Especially since, ultimately, he’d be unleashing upon the world an entity who didn’t get the slightest bit excited about assorted thefts, foul curses and little incidental murders.

Harry knew he should at least try to get something more out of it for himself.

On the other hand: the Voldemort in Harry’s head believed he’d be doing the right thing for the Wizarding World, trying to cut away the muggle-pandering and laborious bureaucratic control to reveal the truly powerful magic and beautiful old traditions beneath.

And, yes, some of the magic was dangerous. Some of the traditions were barbarous. But Harry found he wanted them all the same.

“I think,” said Harry slowly. “I think I want to help you because I agree with you.”

Voldemort paused.

You? His surprise was stronger, but he had to know Harry was not lying. It was easy for Voldemort to see a falsehood in his mind.

“I think so.” Said Harry. He was surprised himself, but he - he did. He agreed. There was something squalid about that comforting insipidity, about a life of broomstick polish and scourgify spells; of sticky candy instead of Samhain sacrifice. Harry didn’t understand why the Ministry, why Dumbledore, why - apparently everybody - would continue this way. He could find few explanations as to why they would think these things, these bad, wrong-headed, undignified things.

Voldemort would drag the world - some parts of it kicking and screaming, for certain - out of that misplaced contentment.

The voice was considering this thought, turning it over, tasting it.

“You will, won’t you?” said Harry.

Yes, he hissed immediately. I will. I will.

“Then I’m with you,” he said simply.

Voldemort’s laughter bubbled up inside his mind.

Harry Potter, he said in a voice which lit the inside of Harry’s skull like a miniature sun. It was so warm. Harry wasn’t sure he’d ever felt any warmth from Voldemort before, but now the chill of the wind over the battlements barely touched him. Saviour of the Wizarding World, he crowed exultantly. And they don’t even know. They never even had a chance.

And Harry smiled.

No more excuses: Stop procrastinating and get to work with these tips.

One of the biggest problems you need to solve if you work for yourself is how to make yourself do work.

The best entrepreneurs have figured it out and just pound out the work they need to do.

But many others put off their dream careers, or stay in jobs they don’t like, because they’re afraid to figure this out. Being in a job, or staying in college, means that you have someone else imposing work and deadlines on you, and you’ll get fired (or dropped from school) if you don’t do the work. So you put off doing the work until you can’t anymore because of the fear of being fired.

What does this say about us? It’s saying that we can’t trust ourselves enough to figure out how to motivate ourselves. I know, because I was in this boat for many years. It wasn’t until I started to learn to solve this problem that I found the courage to work for myself.

It’s solvable. It’s not easy, but it’s doable. And you can do it just as much as I can—I’m no superman, trust me. I feel lazy, I procrastinate, I fear failure, just like anyone else. But I’ve learned a few things that work for me.

What works for you will be different, but here are some ideas I use that might help:

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Hit The Ground Running
  • Hit The Ground Running
  • Melody Thornton
  • P.O.Y.B.L

It was kinda hard to decide what song I was gonna post from the mixtape for song of the day today, but this will have to do it. The way I’m feeling now, & now that I think of it, I have always been like this. When situations happen, when it hits, I hit the ground running. I’m the type of person that if I’m gonna do something, I’m gonna do it. I can’t half assed something. Every so often, but 98% of the time I have to go all in, or not at all. I’m prepared for just about everything. I have to just get it started, I’m ready for whatever. So for today….

Song of the Day: Melody Thornton - “Hit The Ground Running” from her debut mixtape “P.O.Y.B.L (Piss On Your Black List)”

anonymous said:

So are you still thinking of doing a sequel for Hit the Ground Running?

A long answer to a simple question: 

I have a lot of ideas for a sequel. So many. It’s tragic. Also there’s a bunch of loose ends, largely required because my chosen POV doesn’t really allow me to make it clear what happened in each situation - which isn’t necessarily a bad thing, in my view.  

But, okay, honesty time: I am a little concerned about my self-discipline capacity for finishing a sequel if I start posting it right away? I don’t really like to promise things I can’t deliver - enough mistakes and fuckups happen when I am sure of myself, unfortunately…

So, yes, a sequel exists; yes, I have notes for it; yes, I am writing it. But whether or not it will be forthcoming is kind of dependent on my discipline and patience, which are, um, not always my strong points. 

A sequel: probable, but not inevitable. 

Watch on

Smog - Hit The Ground Running

Tried everything to organize your priorities better, and still end up scattered? Try these outside-the-box ideas for sorting your day.

The hardest part is getting started.

When there’s a long list that needs tackling every day, the hardest part is tackling what needs to be done first. You may feel intimidated to start your next big project or pull your colleague aside for an awkward, but much-needed confrontation.

And prioritizing isn’t getting any easier. In his book Present Shock, Douglas Rushkoff blames this modern-day condition on our “continuous, always-on ‘now’“ world which has made us lose our sense of direction.

Successful people know that planning, organizing, and protecting your time is no easy feat, but if you don’t have your priorities straight, who will? Below are four unconventional methods that keep the brightest minds focus on exactly what they need to:

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