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Dear Mind,

We’ve reached the halfway mark of July. How has it been for you?

I have found myself asking what it means to be relational.

What does that word mean to you? Does it mean being able to identify with what someone has to say? Does it mean making an effort to send a meaningful message letting them know how it affected you? Does it mean having the courage to let your opinions known to your wider community?

In terms of engaging with one another on Medium, I believe it means all of these things, and initiating conversation through…


I’m taking part in 7 weekly fiction challenges. Here is my pledge.

Silhouettes of three women covered in black shadow are standing outside in front of a sandy hill during a summer evening. They are waving their hands in the air in celebration in front of a beautiful pink and orange burst sunset. Win $5,000 per week writing fiction this summer. Vocal Media has launched SFS: The Summer Fiction Series. 8 weekly short-fiction writing challenges to jump-start our creativity, with $52,000 in prizes.
Silhouettes of three women covered in black shadow are standing outside in front of a sandy hill during a summer evening. They are waving their hands in the air in celebration in front of a beautiful pink and orange burst sunset. Win $5,000 per week writing fiction this summer. Vocal Media has launched SFS: The Summer Fiction Series. 8 weekly short-fiction writing challenges to jump-start our creativity, with $52,000 in prizes.
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Now here’s something different to do during summer 2021.

Vocal Media has launched SFS: The Summer Fiction Series. A series of 8 weekly short-fiction writing challenges designed to jump-start our creativity between 7th July — 31st August, and give us the chance to earn big bucks every week in the process. More specifically…

1st place: $5,000
2nd place: $1,000
3rd place: $500

Is This Legit Possible?

When I was first told about this, I was sceptical. Surely with over 31K+ writers on the platform, what would be the chances of a little old newbie like me winning serious money? I needed social proof. …


Simple journaling techniques have the power to help us navigate uncertainty — even during the most catastrophic events

An angled aerial view photo of Hurricane Maria. The hurricane is seen as a large and tightly knit swirl of clouds. The surrounding deep blue sky and land beneath is blurred.
An angled aerial view photo of Hurricane Maria. The hurricane is seen as a large and tightly knit swirl of clouds. The surrounding deep blue sky and land beneath is blurred.
Photo of Hurricane Maria by Antti Lipponen

If there is one thing the pandemic has taught the human race, it’s that we’re not always the ones in control. Catastrophe can strike when we least expect it and completely dismantle everything we once knew into an assortment of pieces on the ground.

Even if we haven’t experienced catastrophe directly during the pandemic, most of us have realised that we won’t be returning to the old “normal.”

The ongoing challenges of living in volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous (VUCA) conditions oftentimes leave us scrambling to keep plugging holes in a sinking rowboat. For most, the mere fact we are…


A boring life doesn’t amount to boring writing

A wide shot of a person standing in the middle of an empty highway road at night. They are holding up a light in their hands as they are being shrouded by darkness. The majority of the scene is taken up by a deep night sky, coloured blue by a blanket of dazzling stars and an orange stripe of sunset above the shrubs that line the road. A shooting star is visible directly above them. Our writing can be more interesting than our boring lives. Rambling Rose. Tim Denning.
A wide shot of a person standing in the middle of an empty highway road at night. They are holding up a light in their hands as they are being shrouded by darkness. The majority of the scene is taken up by a deep night sky, coloured blue by a blanket of dazzling stars and an orange stripe of sunset above the shrubs that line the road. A shooting star is visible directly above them. Our writing can be more interesting than our boring lives. Rambling Rose. Tim Denning.
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Perhaps this is an unpopular opinion. But, yet again, things would be pretty boring if everyone agreed with one another now, wouldn’t they?

The question “will your writing be boring if your life isn’t interesting?” is one that until today seems to have been answered incredibly well for us all. And as much as I agree that a life of abundance makes for an abundance of life within the words we writers document, I also believe that the side of the coin that currently embraces the floor has something equal to offer.

In the now echoed words of Tim Denning


Food for thought for all online entrepreneurs and business owners trying to sell your digital product

An overhead closeup of a caucasian woman sitting on a sofa at home. She is multitasking: scrolling her black smartphone in her right hand and resting her left hand on her laptop keyboard. This Will Make People Want Your Digital Product — Food for thought for all online entrepreneurs and business owners trying to sell your digital product.
An overhead closeup of a caucasian woman sitting on a sofa at home. She is multitasking: scrolling her black smartphone in her right hand and resting her left hand on her laptop keyboard. This Will Make People Want Your Digital Product — Food for thought for all online entrepreneurs and business owners trying to sell your digital product.
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I’m somewhat of a commercial wet dream. If someone gives me a good enough reason to subscribe, follow or buy something, I’ll most likely do it with little resistance.

You may have the greatest digital product for me, which could considerably improve my earning potential, soft skills, mental health. But if what you’re selling doesn’t measure up to what I’d be buying, I’m going to click out very quickly.

Ok… what do I mean by this?

What I’ve come to realise is people click in for the content but stay because of you. And you are exactly what is going…


A story of a dystopian lunch break

A short science fiction sci-fi story of a dystopian future and one woman’s mind-boggling lunch break. Week 2 of Vocal Media’s Summer Fiction Series (SFS).
A short science fiction sci-fi story of a dystopian future and one woman’s mind-boggling lunch break. Week 2 of Vocal Media’s Summer Fiction Series (SFS).
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14 grams of assorted copper scraps. 2.5 credits.

29.8 grams of empty aluminum cans. 5 credits.

200 grams of a dented stainless steel rod. 30 credits.

A 5 kilogram rusted cast iron weight plate. 750 credits.

A 100-gram slice of Maud’s chocolate fudge cake. Also 750 credits.

I was about to eat myself out of the biggest find all week sitting in a dingy cafe within the scrapping district of Braedon. There isn’t more to do here than forage for lost treasure in the waste discarded from the higher levels or try your best to forget you’re living here.

Braedon…


Get out of your negative feedback loop

A trendy young woman has her open fingered hands placed on her cheeks. Staring directly at the camera lens. She has long blonde hair in two knotted buns, a freckled nose and is wearing deep pink eye shadow. She is in front of a wall with pale blue wallpaper with painted clouds. I’ve Been Seeing Medium All Wrong. But it’s so clear to me now. Confessions of a perfectionist and overworked freelance writer and the realizations about Medium to help others living in the same negative feedback loop.
A trendy young woman has her open fingered hands placed on her cheeks. Staring directly at the camera lens. She has long blonde hair in two knotted buns, a freckled nose and is wearing deep pink eye shadow. She is in front of a wall with pale blue wallpaper with painted clouds. I’ve Been Seeing Medium All Wrong. But it’s so clear to me now. Confessions of a perfectionist and overworked freelance writer and the realizations about Medium to help others living in the same negative feedback loop.
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My desire to be taken seriously as a writer has caused me to grind myself down mentally. Luckily, I’ve realised it before I became a worn-out stub.

I started flitting around the internet trying to make money since suffering a breakdown and quitting my high paying job last June.

Long story short: I’m now in therapy, living on benefits, and have landed on writing as the way to move forward from it.

Between June and now, I had experimented with unconventional roads to financial independence. All of which led either to nowhere or “road closed” signs. The biggest gain was…


As an overweight woman, gym noob, and glorified nerd, these mindsets are a literal game-changer for me

Two young women are sitting on a white sofa holding Playstation controllers playing video games together. They are both smiling whilst wearing casual comfortable clothing. A Nerd’s Guide to Sticking Boring Workouts. As an overweight woman, gym noob, and glorified nerd, these imagination mindsets are literal game-changers and can help you stick to your fitness goals.
Two young women are sitting on a white sofa holding Playstation controllers playing video games together. They are both smiling whilst wearing casual comfortable clothing. A Nerd’s Guide to Sticking Boring Workouts. As an overweight woman, gym noob, and glorified nerd, these imagination mindsets are literal game-changers and can help you stick to your fitness goals.
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A recent health scare caused me to reformat my entire lifestyle. Now that I know I don’t in fact have a blood clot on my lung — or anywhere else in my body — I have decided to make some important changes to how I approach health and fitness. Changes that I’m still not quite used to.

Until late June 2021, I hadn’t stepped foot into a gym for 3 years. I know, right? I had gone from being a moderately podgy but fit person to a nearing obese person who couldn’t run for a bus without spending 10 minutes…


RESPONSES AS POSTS

When child abuse happens in public. What would you have done in my situation?

A young brunette woman with long hair is wearing a white cardboard mask, hiding her entire face. But her eyes show through cut out eye holes. They are staring widely at something off-camera. Two unidentifiable hands are grasping where her mouth ought to be, stopping her from speaking. Allodoxaphobia: the fear of hearing others’ opinions. My phobia stopped me from speaking out against child abuse. I was unable to confront an abusive parent in public. What would you have done in my situation?
A young brunette woman with long hair is wearing a white cardboard mask, hiding her entire face. But her eyes show through cut out eye holes. They are staring widely at something off-camera. Two unidentifiable hands are grasping where her mouth ought to be, stopping her from speaking. Allodoxaphobia: the fear of hearing others’ opinions. My phobia stopped me from speaking out against child abuse. I was unable to confront an abusive parent in public. What would you have done in my situation?
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Writing about things like this always unsettles me. But I know that if I don’t bring myself to get this message out there, I’ll regret it and make myself feel a lot worse.

Sometime in May, I was leisurely entering my local park when I was passed by a young parent and their daughter, or even an older and younger sibling, together with a woman pushing a buggy. As we crossed paths, I heard the young woman say something foul to the younger child, who looked confused as they remained walking quietly beside them.

Rambling Rose

We’re not always Okay… and that’s Okay. 🌹 Owner, Meld of Minds | ADHDer | Creative Writer | Poet-ish

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