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Breasts, Pubic Hair, Chains, Dog, and the Lack of Underwear (an Excerpt from "I Killed My Friends and It Thrilled Me")

The release of my debut novel is approaching and it thrills me. March 6. Mark your calendar.

As much as I'd like to, I want nothing to leak before the release date.

But I had a little change of heart.

As a post-Valentine's present, I give you an excerpt from the book, taken from the chapter "Breasts, Pubic Hair, Chains, Dog, and the Lack of Underwear".

If you don't want to be spoiled by anything, turn your back now. Otherwise, enjoy!

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I Dislike Looking Back but Today I Am Doing It

I'm not a friend of looking back. In fact, there are a few "looking back"-related things and events that make me cringe:

  • high school reunions

  • conversations about the "good old days"

  • discussions, that have no productive purpose, about past miseries and misfortunes

  • trying to reconnect with people I've fallen out of touch with

Now before you try to accuse me of being a grouch, look at things from my perspective.

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Your Time Will Come | The Illusion and Delusion of Success

If you’re pursuing your purpose and your dreams, it’s easy to fall at times into the mental trap that you’re not making any progress. Everywhere, on traditional and social media, you see people wearing their medals of success with bravado and announcing it to the world. Due to frustration, tiredness, or even loneliness, you feel envious. Thus, you ask yourself, “Why them? Why not me?” You want to turn around, do something else, or, worse, give up. The doubts in your heads have turned friendly.

There are two things you need to remember if you fall into that mental trap: the illusion and the delusion of success.

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3 Relationship Truths in Every Major Life Transformation

Shifts in our relationships during a major life transformation are cause of our biggest pains. Criticisms, doubts, putdowns, and abandonment. We'll get them directly or indirectly. We wonder why people we know so well are suddenly behaving in unfamiliar ways. On top of the effort required by our major life transformation, the attempt to understand and solve any visible or invisible issues with our shifting relationships adds to the weight. We should be focusing on the important matters in front of us and yet these people around us are not helping any by causing some disturbances. There are three relationship truths we must remember when we're going through a major life transformation to avoid further problems.

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Bitch I'm Madonna - A "Fuck You" to Ageism

In today's world, ageism is rampant. You may think it doesn't exist but it's there. You'll find it in the elitism of mainstream radio, only playing music by younger acts and ignoring music veterans. You'll see it in the corporate world that at times favour youth over the experience and wisdom of the older people. You'll also find it online and offline, with the way the youth of today disrespects older people poking fun of them and treating them as if they're something else other than a human being. All your life you may be ignorant about it or pretend this social disease never exists until it hits you when your time has come. Whether you like it or not, as long as ageism exists we will all be victims of it.

Let's look at the moronic statements ageists use as weapons for their stupid, illogical, and backward-thinking propaganda.

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11 Quotes to Help You Live a Meaningful Life

We love quotes, reading them, looking them up, and sharing them. They provide either a quick dose or a heavy wave of inspiration and motivation to us. What's best about them is that they may appear trivial but, truth be told, a lot of them contains wisdom. Their sources passed them to us from various point in times. They're gold. They're timeless.

Here are 11 quotes you should know and reflect upon. Let them serve as guidelines to help you live a meaningful life. 

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What Madonna Can Teach You About Being a Freedom Fighter

Madonna, more than 30 years into her career, remains one of the most talked about women in history. Whether it's people misinterpreting her Instagram posts, scouring the Internet for leaked demos of her upcoming album Rebel Heart, or lambasting her for expressing a personal dislike of hydrangeas, she makes headlines for various reasons. Like a true maverick, Madonna didn't let the plethora of controversial issues and overblown topics stop her from continuously paving her path like no other public figure could. Being in the limelight for three decades, plenty of people still do not get her. They do not get Madonna at all and what she truly represents. Perhaps a subtle wink at her critics, she sang in one of her many hit singles, Frozen, "You only see what your eyes want to see."

Madonna, the Queen of Pop, had set and had broken many records in the music industry. However, her greatest contribution lies not in music but in history and society. The underrated rebel heart that she is, Madonna is more than just the Queen of Pop. She is one of the most influential and greatest freedom fighters history has seen. 

With her entire life as a testament, what does Madonna teach us about being a freedom fighter

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The Most Important Letter in Your Pursuit of Your Dreams

Last year, my new life began to slowly unfold itself. An image of my dream materialised when the first draft of my upcoming novel was completed. My blogging hopped on a roller coaster ride of experimentation: changes, reversion, temporary halt, and additions. My life purpose, vision, mission, and dreams reshaped themselves after walking the path of knowing oneself. I felt on top of the world, figuratively, yearning to scream my excitement in a new found life I had. Then something stabbed me in the back, an unforeseen reality that threatened to turn my nirvana into despair, disappointment, and descent. I watched my friends and family ignore my dreams and me, their silence as painful like a knife to a heart. I felt crushed, I cried, and I cried.

Let's look at the previous paragraph in a different way. What follows next is a list of important phrases I picked from it:

  • my new life
  • my dream
  • my upcoming novel
  • my blogging
  • my life purpose, vision, mission, and dreams
  • my nirvana
  • my friends and family
  • I felt on top of the world
  • I had (new found life)
  • I watched
  • I felt crushed
  • I cried

Let's apply some equality. If my = I (my is equals to I), what do the phrases above have in common?

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