It’s pretty obvious that, when you read a book, one of the most obvious elements is the writing. If the author creates a coherent story, if they spend a good amount of time on relevant details and building their worlds and developing characters, if they maintain logical consistency, how they use events that exist in the real world… There are a lot of things we tend to pick up on when we read novels.
A Game of Thrones is written using multiple-perspectives and third-person narration, which is something that can work. I’ve read numerous novels where this was done successfully, […] Continue Reading…

It has recently come to my attention – by which I mean, has annoyingly re-entered my consciousness for the umpteenth time and reminded me how absurd everything is – that our workplaces are not nearly as accepting of people who have personalities that are seen as “less appealing.” And ridiculously, this happens way too much in my field of work: education. […] Continue Reading…

Sometimes I wish that people were better at taking or giving criticism or recognising suggestions rather than associating them with insults and automatically taking a defensive position. It creates a hostile work environment that decreases motivation, especially when you’re constantly given the same handful of responses: Having it thrown back in your face and placing the blame back on you, as if you’re the problem. Being told to be patient and wait because it’ll get better after ‘new blood’ is injected into the environment… eight months later.

Perhaps it’s the culture many of us have grown up in, where it’s […] Continue Reading…

Recently, I ended up in some online discussion (which I’m glad remained, at the very least, a civil discussion) with someone who was trying to say that it’s cool that Alberta, Canada is introducing ‘safe zones’ around abortion clinics but that it infringes on the anti-abortion protesters’ freedom of speech. (I can’t help but view it as a genuine conversation, rather than something related to a right-wing troll; they weren’t clinging to the typical right-wing troll tactics.)

To start, there are a number of issues with this, but the most glaringly obvious is that people (most often Americans, but sometimes […] Continue Reading…

Being a good manager is difficult, but it’s not difficult because the job is inately hard; it’s difficult because the skills required are not inate to many people, and they have to work hard to have them. This is particular to three skills, in my experience.

The first is developing genuine communication skills. The second is developing inclusive environments. The third is showing adequate appreciation for everyone’s work, effort, and time. (And yes, the third could probably be included in genuine communication, but it’s a particularly specific issue that is often neglected.)

Note: As I am a teacher and am currently […] Continue Reading…

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