The power of understanding…?

Originally posted on Memoirs of an Average Guy:

Welcome to my second blog post and for taking the time to read my thoughts.

In my first post, I spoke about being accepted and searching for acceptance. In this post, I wanted to explore that idea further but look more at the power of understanding.

We all want to understand different situations, the meaning of life, what we want from life, why things happen to us, there is a multitude of possibilities. But I wanted to look at areas that are closer to home, situations we deal with daily or where close friends or family make decisions which we do not fully comprehend or understand. One of the biggest areas where we want to understand is when ‘love’ is involved.

I’m sure we all have experiences of love within one form or another. Over the years, I’ve had relationships which haven’t worked out for various reasons. Though whilst we…

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Interview with Mike Kuplevatsky

Q: First of all, tell us a little bit about yourself.

A: Well, my name is Mike Kuplevatsky but I legally go by Sylvio Kuplevatsky, as Mike was a nickname given to me. I’m currently 21 years old am pursuing some of my many interests. For example, for a short while, I had a keen interest in directing films and editing them. Shortly after that, I began investing my time in the fields of technology, business and psychology. I took online classes, went to events and got my foot in the door. I started to get noticed, but it wasn’t because of the knowledge I had. Knowledge isn’t hard to gain; the tools to utilize your knowledge in a smart and decisive manner is the hard part. Knowing why you’re do something is just as important as what you’re doing. I sacrificed a lot — more than most people my age are willing to sacrifice. I put everything on the line and I went out on a limb that could have easily broken many times. Outside of work, however, I enjoy many physical pursuits. Continue reading

How I Write

Originally posted on M.C. Tuggle, Writer:

I’ve finished the first draft of my latest novella, which I first mentioned in this post. It’s about Appalachian folk magic, only in an urban setting. My formal critique group from Charlotte Writers has already reviewed it, and I’ve incorporated their insights into the manuscript. It’s presently in the hands of my network of beta readers, so now I begin the part I really love, revising, sharpening, and refining.

My approach to writing is the same whether it’s fiction or a political piece (see here and here, for example). Yes, different skills are needed, but the underlying process is the same. Here’s my general plan of attack:

Step 1 – You’ve heard you should write what you know and care about. I take that a step further. To fuel a complex and lengthy writing project, you need to pour all of your love and all of your rage…

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The most important things

“The most important things are the hardest to say. They are the things you get ashamed of, because words diminish them — words shrink things that seemed limitless when they were in your head to no more than living size when they’re brought out. But it’s more than that, isn’t it? The most important things lie too close to wherever your secret heart is buried, like landmarks to a treasure your enemies would love to steal away. And you may make revelations that cost you dearly only to have people look at you in a funny way, not understanding what you’ve said at all, or why you thought it was so important that you almost cried while you were saying it. That’s the worst, I think. When the secret stays locked within not for want of a teller but for want of an understanding ear.” – Stephen King

I remember each and every single time words failed me, because it doesn’t happen so often. The bitter moments when I needed them the most, when I struggled to express what I felt and what I wanted, and most times nothing but silence came out. Other times, tears.

The thing is, words do diminish the meaning of those words we hold closest to our souls, the words that could either make us or break us, the words that define who we are or what it is we’re feeling at any given moment. Maybe we are afraid that the words won’t mean as much to the person we’re telling them to, maybe it is because they mean a lot more to us then they could possibly mean to someone else.

And, in the end, the sad truth is that it’s not the words or how we say them that truly matters, but who we’re telling those words to.

2:22 AM


“Where have you been all my life?” you once asked her. You stared her in the eyes and smiled and she smiled back, a bit scared by what you just said.

You told her that you’d like to hold her hand.

“Why?” she asked.

“Because I could conquer the world… if only you’d hold my hand.”

She lay down her cup. She put it to the side of the table, then moved the ashtray next to it. Then she did the same with your cup. She put her hand on the table, palm up. And she said, “You’re brave, you know? To think that you can conquer the world with just one hand.”


Hi guys,

I’m rather excited to tell you about my current work in progress; a novel called 2:22 AM. I wanted to share with you some excerpts, so you can let me know what you think. Continue reading


Do not let your fire go out, spark by irreplaceable spark in the hopeless swamps of the not-quite, the not-yet, and the not-at-all. Do not let the hero in your soul perish in lonely frustration for the life you deserved and have never been able to reach. The world you desire can be won. It exists.. it is real.. it is possible.. it’s yours.Ayn Rand

The simple truth is that your potential is limited only by your thoughts. You are the one who is keeping yourself back from achieving whatever it is you want. You.

It’s simple, but not easy, to remember this.

Four questions of value in life

Love. Even though some of you may not see it like this, is the solution to all of life’s questions. Of course, most people tend to forget the fact that love takes many forms. Passion, friendship, compassion…

Love is the secret ingredient to anything worthwhile.

Work with love and you’ll never be bored at your job. Be kind and gentle and loving with those around you, and you’ll never be alone.

Stuff like that. It’s quite simple.