Almost Relevant Episode 011: Creative Thinking


candle_DryburghThis was an episode a year in the making, so I really hope everyone enjoys it.  The basics goes like this, I am a creative thinker.  I let my emotions drive me and they really control my decisions.  On the other hand, Elliott is a critical thinker, he lets facts and reasons control his.  We realize we both think the opposite sometimes, but it’s very interesting when we talk about it!

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Almost Relevant Episode 010: State of Education with Kevin Owens


99dd30d578ea8278403d7043e311ada6I’m just squeaking this episode in on time, I almost forgot!  I’m deep into a book right now and can’t seem to put it down, trying to work my way through the reader’s challenge.  But that’s not what this weeks topic is!  This week we talk about the state of education in America, specifically the importance of the middle school years.

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Stop The Notifications! How To Increase Productivity and Quality of Life


I was addicted to Facebook. As a matter of fact, I was so addicted at one point, I spent at least 15 minutes of every waking hour either playing a Facebook game (CastleVille mainly), chatting, or just going over posts. That was a luxury I could take while I was finishing up my bachelors degree and already online the majority of the day, but it still left me very little time to write or do anything else. It wasn’t until I distanced myself from Facebook that I realized exactly what it was doing to me.

Even if you don’t feel addicted to social networking, read on. You might discover that these tips can even help you become more productive throughout the day!

Almost Relevant Episode 009: FOGCon 2015


5489334505_e0c5ed390a_zA few weeks ago Elliott and I went to a local literary convention here in the Bay Area called FOGCon, which stands for Friends of Genre Convention.  Basically it’s a very small (mostly) Sci-Fi/Fantasy convention that takes place in the basement of a hotel.  Okay, the basement happens to be a pretty nice conference center with a lot of different breakout rooms, but it sounds better if I just say basement!

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Almost Relevant Episode 008: 50 Shades of Autumn


5fbb71d1df19427055c93bb820ace81fYou may have guessed what our topic is today from the title, we will be talking about 50 Shades of Grey, both the book and recent movie.  The best part is we are joined by Autumn Lokerson from, who also shares a lot of information about a real healthy BDSM lifestyle, as well as how 50 Shades of Grey is NOT healthy, nor is it really BDSM.  Because we do delve into topics very much sexual in nature, listener discretion advised.

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Accomplishments: They All Matter


My mother grew up in a less than fortunate environment, she came from a poor family and was a middle child. As a result, she was somewhat neglected. She didn’t have very many opportunities to go to school and never became educated, she has a tremendous amount of life experience, but is academically inferior. She doesn’t have a college degree, I don’t think she even has a high school diploma. But she still tried to be a tiger mom.