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A useful habit to pick up

📸 Gabriel Porras


(or, Why I Stopped Watching Movies and TV Series in 2021)

📸Diogo Nunes


  • Summary: Choose your struggles, choose your values and don’t chase the stereotypical idea of success — having a big house, an expensive car, a fulfilling job that’s going to change the world, a model wife, and your perfect two and a half kids.
  • Date Read: 2019
  • Rating: 4/5
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  • Date read: May 2021
  • How strongly I recommend it: 4/5
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  • Summary: To live an interesting life, you have to do interesting things.

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Notes:

  • If you aren’t telling a good story, nobody thinks you died too soon: they just think you died.
  • Life is staggering and we are just used to it. We are like spoiled children. We think it’s just another sunset, rainstorm, a birth, a funeral.
  • I’ve never walked out of a movie thinking all movies are meaningless. I only thought the movie I walked out on was meaningless. I wonder, then, if when people say life…


  • How strongly I recommend it: 4/5
  • Date read: 2019
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  • Summary: Must read for (nonfiction) writers. A beautifully written book.

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Notes:

Chapter 01: Progression

  • “You begin with a subject, gather material, and work your way to structure from there. You pile up volumes of notes and then figure out what you are going to do with them, not the other way around”.
  • “…Why does someone whose interest is to write about real people and real places choose certain people, certain places? For nonfiction projects, ideas are everywhere. They just go by in a ceaseless stream. Since you may take a month, or…


  • Date read: 2019
  • How strongly I recommend it: 3/5
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  • Summary: Resistance is the enemy. Turn pro.

Notes:

  • There’s a secret that real writers know that wannabe writer don’t, and the secret is this: It’s not the writing part that’s hard. What’s hard is sitting down to write.
  • What keeps us from sitting down is “resistance”.
  • It was easier for Hitler to start World War II than it was for him to face a blank square of canvas.
  • Procrastination is the most common manifesto of resistance.
  • To labour in the arts for any other reason other than love is…

  • Date I read: 2019
  • How strongly I recommend it: 2/5
  • Amazon | Goodreads
  • Summary: Some tips about sleep.

Notes:

  • Avoid screens at least for one hour before sleep.
  • Ideal bedroom temperature: 68 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Take a warm bath around an hour or two before bed.
  • The most beneficial time for hormonal secretions and recovery by sleeping is from 10 pm-2 am.
  • We are designed to sleep when it gets dark, kill the lights.
  • Second wind: around 10 pm, our bodies go through a transformation following the natural rise in melatonin. This transformation is to increase internal metabolic energy to repair, strengthen…

Pasindu Ranasinghe

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