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Reprise: To Potential Employers on Behalf of Part-time Writers

In Being Human, Commentary, Integrity & Freedom, Politics & Government, Spirit on February 13, 2018 at 8:59 pm

For the vast majority of authors, writing is necessarily just a part-time gig. This means we have to balance professional identity and writer identity in some way without compromising either. So, on occasion, I feel compelled to re-share the following thoughts.

I made a conscious choice to write this blog under my own name, because I think very hard before I speak, in person and on paper. But no matter how carefully one words an essay, if it is worth thinking about, there will be readers with a different opinion — and those people may interpret the article personally but judge the writer professionally, even if one has nothing to do with the other.  That’s the risk we take when we write.

A web search is a fact of the background check these days. So, beyond rehashing every interview, part-time writers also have to wonder about the effect their public writing will have on their “real-world” careers. I can’t speak for everyone else, but for me, below are a few things I would want potential employers to keep in mind:

  • When I write about the voices in my head, it’s okay; I’m just referring to my characters.
  • My cats write my blog sometimes, but don’t worry; they refuse to go to meetings in my place.
  • My characters’ actions don’t always represent what I would do in the same situation. In fact, they are often just the opposite: I think of something I would never do or say and let my characters try it and see what happens.
  • Just because one of my characters advocates it, it doesn’t mean I advocate it. See previous bullet.
  • My essays are just one perspective at a point in time, a snippet designed to provoke thought and conversation; they are not my entire world view set in stone.
  • If you disagree with the viewpoints or beliefs in my essays, it doesn’t mean we can’t work together. Half of your best teammates probably share my point of view but have just never said it aloud in your presence. Diversity of thought is the best antidote for groupthink.
  • I write under my real name to be accountable to everything I say. So you can rest assured I will also conduct myself with accountability and integrity in your organization.
  • If you ask me in an interview what is the biggest risk I have taken, I will tell you it is writing my books and exposing myself to public judgment. Is it worth it? Yes.

Don’t be the New Coke

In Politics & Government on October 20, 2016 at 8:30 am

coolerRemember 20 years ago when Pepsi did that taste test and beat Coke? And remember how Coke panicked: O!M!G! We HAVE to abandon EVERYTHING because we taste AWFUL. Then came the New Coke — the colossal failure of the decade, hated by millions.

Why did this happen? Because Coke let Pepsi frame the issue. For months the only thing that seemed to matter was what soda tasted like in isolation, drunk from a Dixie cup on the sidewalk. Of course, what Coke eventually realized in the most expensive way possible is that context mattered more: Which one goes better with a pizza? Which one calls to mind breezy summer days on the porch with grandpa? Which one might taste vile but will leave you with a bottle that doubles as a vase and later can be sold on ebay?

As people start voting in the U.S. elections this year, I hope this history lesson comes to mind. Consider the contexts that matter to YOU, what function YOU need served, and vote accordingly. You don’t have to convince anyone else of your reasons; they will have reasons of their own. This is why voting is still done in private, despite our current culture of over-sharing.

It boils down to this: Your ingredients for making this decision are unique to you. Don’t change your formula based only on someone else’s taste test. Don’t be the New Coke.

Book Videos: Uncertainty Principles and The Neurology of Angels

In Being Human, Original Fiction, Politics & Government, Science, Spirit on November 21, 2014 at 11:28 pm

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