Monthly Archives: September 2012

Research? Nah, I’d rather just go to Wikipedia.

This might very well be a month of ranting. Who knows? The month is young. For today, I just want to talk about human error and what that can do to research. Now, imagine you need to look up the correct name for something like a tree but all you have is its foreign name to go by. So, you research using that name and click on the first result that you get, ignoring all resource potentials and such and not questioning what you see on that page that you have clicked.

That, my friends, can turn a research paper, an article, a book, etc. into a major mishap if you, let’s say, encounter an expert in that very tree who tells you that you’ve been referencing the wrong tree or that the name has been spelled incorrectly for ten pages or so.

Okay, perhaps it’s not the end of the world if you misspell one trees name but think of it this way. If you chose that tree specifically for some symbolic reason or as a scientific support to an argument, that’s completely lost if you get it even slightly wrong. It loses its power, you could say.

Let’s face it — Thorough research is very, very important. That first resource you find on the internet might not even be factual (heaven forbid anything be wrong on the internet). That one site you like to rely on so much — guess what? — they might actually let you down occasionally. One resource for your research and fact checking just isn’t going to cut it, no matter how reliable your favorite resource might be.

The reason why I’m posting something like this is because I’ve been beating my head against the wall trying to explain to someone that they have the wrong information in some text. True, I didn’t notice the error on my own and probably would have glanced over it without a care in the world. Someone brought it up though, and then those who made the error continued to insist that they were correct because of a single source. I got curious, so I did some research of my own and found that the evidence against them was stacking up.

Now, I’m pretty good when it comes to researching. I get down-right fixated when I want to know the answer to something bad enough. I’ll do reverse image searches, every keyword I can think of, find experts and then look at their references to find more references, etc. (Thank you, good old education.).  I tried to offer them some of the proof and they would still insist that they had done a thorough job and had everything correct.

Long story short — I’m right, they’re wrong. Honestly, I partly understand why they are holding to their original work but from my point of view it simply doesn’t work despite the variable that could make it work. That sounds far too confusing… Sorry, I’m being terribly vague. I cite privacy reasons. If I say anything too specific, I’ve already given both myself and the people that I’ve been trying to explain the error to a big enough headache.

Those poor people, coming across me in my crazy mode…

So, research like crazy. Well, maybe not like crazy because you’ll end up like me. Research thoroughly and, when in doubt, ask a tree expert.

Eat. Sleep. Read. Research. Write.


Posted by on September 14, 2012 in Life, Writing


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Validation, here I come.

I was going to post something over the weekend, I swear. I even started writing something up but then it turned into a rant… While I have often ranted on this blog before, it was getting kind of lengthy so I decided to just vent in private. I was ticked off because someone close to me has been making assumptions about me lately that I find offensive. Long story short, I feel even more motivated now to show them how wrong they are.

I had a similar situation with my pursuit in writing, to be honest. Some people wouldn’t take the fact that I wanted to make a living off of writing seriously. I didn’t take myself seriously for a while because I believed a lot of what people or said or suggested through the looks they sent me.

I’m STILL working on that book?

I’m STILL not published?

I’m STILL trying to make a living by writing?

My recent and quite sudden increase in workload has shut those comments/thoughts up. Yes-sir-ee. I got more editing jobs. Then I was asked to write a short story, some reviews, some articles and even a book. I’m officially a freelance ghost writer so in your face, doubters!


My point is that there is some underlying similarity to these two situations; what kept me going and, in the case of my writing, led me to some kind of validation. I never gave up on my interests. I continued down the road to writing even though there were doubts all around me, and I’m continuing my interest in what is currently causing some prejudice in others around me (I should probably mention right now that my interest is not illegal, immoral or taboo and is actually productive. It just happens to accumulate certain prejudice around it — like when people assume that all male dancers are gay or all writers are sleep deprived, druggy sex gods — and I’m not going into detail for privacy reasons. ). I’m still working towards the validation part for that, but I’m feeling so much more confident since I gained more presence in the writers’ world.

Now, I feel compelled to end this post with a song. Enjoy:

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Posted by on September 11, 2012 in Life, Writing


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