All posts for the month April, 2016

The 5 Stages of Procrastination

Published April 28, 2016 by nruhwald

procrastinationStage 1: Optimism

You awake to greet a new day, (or come home from work/school) your chest filled with hope and ambition and your head full of all the things you plan to get done today.

Stage 2a: Distraction – the beginning

This is going to be a highly productive day, you can feel it. Today is going to be different. So why not begin with a little break. You deserve it and, after all, you are going to be very productive. So you settle down with your device of choice and your favorite games. Perhaps a cup of tea to go along with it.

Stage 2b: Full Distraction

You only meant to spend ten minutes on that game, or half an hour. But then you found some funny videos, or one of your very helpful friends or family members put on something interesting on TV. It has now been at least three hours since you woke up or got home, and you still have not done anything.

Stage 3: Frustration

You begin to become irritated with yourself. This was going to be such a productive day. But just look at the time. There’s still hope. You have a good chunk of time between now and your favorite prime-time TV shows. You could still salvage this day. If you could just get off the couch.

Stage 4: Depression

The time you have left in the day to be productive is waning away and you still have not done anything. You were wrong. Today is not going to be different. You’re not going to get anything done.

Stage 5: Acceptance

It is too late now, you know that. Reluctantly you give in and continue being unproductive. What’s done is done, and there’s nothing you can do about it. Best just enjoy those prime-time shows in peace. Besides, there’s always tomorrow. Yes, tomorrow is going to be different. No, really.



What do you mean…?

Published April 10, 2016 by nruhwald

Or in Dalek-speak: Explain! Explain!

It occurs to me that the title of my blog merits some expansion. As this is the first post of my blog, it seems this should be the proper time to do it.

I’m an introvert, and like many introverts I like to think rather than speak. All those thoughts have to go somewhere, so here they are. As it happens, most of what I like to think about falls under some combination of truth, facts, and fiction.

At least for the purposes of this blog, truth is not the same thing as fact. They’re close, but facts are data that can be interpreted in different ways. If you get the interpretation right, then you have truth. If you don’t, then you have fiction.

Fiction can be used in for deception, or it can be used to point towards truth. Fiction can masquerade itself as fact, like those fun little urban legends I love to read about on If someone interprets facts incorrectly, or outright twists them to serve their own purposes, then you have fiction that looks disturbingly like truth. For instance, there once was a time when doctors promoted certain brands of cigarettes. Yikes.

But fiction can also be used to point towards truth. Parables and allegories are used to illustrate truth in a way that a simple telling of facts couldn’t. This is what I hope to do in my own fiction.

So, in this blog, I’ll be posting about various kinds of fiction: urban legends, stuff scientists say that isn’t true, or at least is not certain enough to be told as truth. I’ll also be posting about the truth in fiction, hidden meaning that can have profound influence, good or bad. This is a writing blog as well, so you can expect some how-to’s, updates on my journey, and the occasional rant on pet peeves.


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