Now is the time.

Anyone who’s followed the blog for a while knows that I quit posting once before (for around 8 months), and since then I’ve flirted with quitting again more times than are worth mentioning. 

I love this collection, and the connections that it’s brought me on a level deeper than I ever thought possible, especially online; therefore, instead of giving less attention, love, time, and effort, I choose to walk away, very proud of what the archive has to offer. 

With reverence and love,

Oliver

                                                                                                         - The End

Today in my AP Lit Class...

The students and teacher were dragging Twilight, as usual in a class where people haven’t read a lot of young adult literature, and all I wanted to say was, to be perfectly honest, Twilight is not the best book ever written but I have read way worse, especially in the genre of paranormal romance. Like, people who think Twilight is terrible are almost lucky, because if that’s the worst it ever got for you then that’s great. With some of the books I’ve read, Twilight is practically middle-of-the-road as far as quality.

Sorry for the rant, I just get really annoyed when people automatically jump and attack Twilight and, most without having even read it, assume it’s the worst book on the planet. 

The Darker Mask (2008)

Expanding on the concept behind Byron Preiss’s Weird Heroes from the 1970s, George R. R. Martin’sWild Card series, and Michael Chabon’s McSweeney’s Mammoth Treasury of Thrilling Tales, The Darker Mask is a collection of original prose stories recalling the derring-do of the beings we call Superheroes and the worlds they fight to save. But unique to The Darker Mask stories is that these plots and characters color a literary universe outside of what has been predominantly white, idiosyncratic, and male in previous homages to pulp. This is the stuff of urban legends, new mythos, and extraordinary folks who might live in a soon-to-be-gentrified ghetto, the dreary rust-belt of the city, or in another dimension. The Darker Mask offers an eclectic mix of popular fiction writers exploring worlds gritty, visceral, and fantastic.

Including stories by: Walter Mosley, L. A. Banks, Naomi Hirahara, Lorenzo Carcaterra, Tananarive Due and Stephen Barnes, Mike Gonzales, Gar Anthony Haywood, Ann Nocenti, Jerry Rodriguez, Reed Farrell Coleman, Doselle Young, Mat Johnson, Peter Spiegelman, Alexandra Sokoloff, Christopher Chambers, Gary Phillips, Victor LaValle, and Wayne Wilson.

Edited by Gary Phillips, Christopher Chambers

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7 Mind-Dissecting Questions to Help Others Get to the Root of Any Problem


People ask us for help all of the time – maybe you’re a therapist helping a patient, or a manager dealing with a coworker, or a teacher aiding a student.

When put in these types of positions, your goal is to get to the root of what another person needs from you and to address that problem as clearly and effectively as possible.

To get to the root of what someone needs from you, you need to know how to ask the right questions. The right question can often cut through any distractions or muddiness and bring you to the core of a situation or problem.

In the new book The Coaching Habit: Say Less, Ask More, & Change the Way You Lead Forever, Michael Bungay Stanier shares his top seven questions for becoming a better leader and coach. He teaches you helpful techniques on how to accomplish more in your daily conversations by saying less.

The key to any good leadership (or any type of communication) isn’t to give elongated speeches filled with wondrous advice and insights, but to instead ask “mind-dissecting” questions that help you uncover exactly what it is someone needs from you and how you can provide that.

Throughout this article, I will share these 7 simple questions mentioned in the book and why they can be so effective no matter what type of leader you are. In fact, these aren’t just good questions for becoming a better coach, they are actually good questions to improve any type of conversation that is centered around fixing a problem.


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