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#ThinkAboutIt - Why are We Afraid of Change?

A gigantic insect almost made me cry. The threat of a small bug about to jump on our skin can make the hair on our arms stand. Imagine a giant bug doing that to you. If you don't shit your pants, then kudos to your guts of steel. However, it's not the event of a huge insect that pushed my eyes to welling with tears but it's death instead.

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#ThinkAboutIt - Can You Walk Away From Something to Pursue Your Dreams?

I believe in the idea that “we can have it all”. The sky is the limit. Abundance mentality all the way. Some people don’t achieve a lot in their lives because they don’t think they can have a lot in their lives. If I didn’t gain this mindset, I wouldn’t have the courage to pursue my dream of self-publishing my first novel I Killed My Friends and It Thrilled Me for the entire world to read. After all, I didn’t have any connection to the writing and publishing industry. That alone was enough reason for anyone to get discouraged.

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Who is Gina Watson?

My name is Xeno Hemlock and I have a confession to make. I killed Gina Watson, twice, and I loved her. But who the hell is Gina Watson?

Well, she was just the most important woman in my life for the past three years.

WARNING: Skinny Love and the Bagel and I Killed My Friends and It Thrilled Me spoilers ahead.

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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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Why You Should Be a Passionate and Principled Person

It was a pleasure to burn.

No, I didn't mean to plagiarize Mr. Ray Bradbury. His opening sentence in his acclaimed novel Fahrenheit 451 described perfectly how I felt (and still feel). It is, indeed, a pleasure to burn.

When I was a teenager I was insecure (weren't we all?) and I hated those who appeared the opposite (didn't we all?). Unfortunately, I didn't stave off the insecurity as much as I wanted to in my early adulthood. I kept hating, in secret, those who brimmed with fire. 

I hated passionate and principled people and it irked me, because deep inside I wanted to be like them.

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"I Killed My Friends and It Thrilled Me" Snippets Part 2

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A few days ago, I submitted the cover chapters to my illustrator and it thrilled me. I'm very excited to see the concept art Jun Kim will come up for my upcoming novel. Jun made the wonderful cover for my book Walden and Hyde (which you can download for free).

Anyway, here are the second set of snippets from the novel. These may vary in the final published version.

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"I Killed My Friends and It Thrilled Me" Snippets Part 1

Last week I started work on the final draft of my upcoming novel I Killed My Friends and It Thrilled Me. Of course, I'm scared, freaking scared. I'm also very ecstatic, which is why I decided from that point onwards to share pieces of the novel with you. 

Here are the first set of snippets from the novel. These may vary in the final published version.

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