Metablog: I’m still writing, dammit!

Every once in a while, I run into a friend who says, “Do you still write for your blog?”  The answer is yes . . . just not lately. I’m not sure why I haven’t been able to make myself post anything on here.  Sometimes I think, “Man, I really feel like writing a post right now.” But then I don’t. Or sometimes I do, … Continue reading Metablog: I’m still writing, dammit!

Starting Over

A while back, I received a guitar as a gift and decided I would learn to play it.  I jumped right into it, using online lessons and a simple beginner’s book the same way I learned to play the harmonica and ukulele.  But I found that it was much more difficult than I expected.  Also, since the guitar has many similarities to the ukulele, songs … Continue reading Starting Over

Indiana Farm

Never Stop Exploring

They say familiarity breeds contempt, and I know that the longer I stay in a place, the more I take it for granted.  In fact, many people I know (myself included) have spent much of their lives near many historic and beautiful locations and never gone to check them out.  I’ve been living on the gorgeous Japanese island of Okinawa for over five years now, … Continue reading Never Stop Exploring

Rich & Eccentric Checklist: Your Friend Tony’s Retirement Plan

As I’m sure my faithful readers are aware, I have a long list of things I’d like to do when I’m no longer at the mercy of something so conventional and restrictive as a job to make my living.  After giving it much thought, here’s what I’ve come up with for my retirement plan.  Don’t worry; you can do it too! Phase 1:  Retire from … Continue reading Rich & Eccentric Checklist: Your Friend Tony’s Retirement Plan

The Evolution of an Insatiable Bookslut: Tony’s Tale

This was originally posted on Insatiable Booksluts. Unlike many booksluts, I was not a natural born reader.  I have no stories about teaching myself to read or learning to read before I started school.  But I had a lot of people in my life who read to me at a young age.  My mom read Little Golden Books to me all the time, and so … Continue reading The Evolution of an Insatiable Bookslut: Tony’s Tale

Sleeping Tony

Adjusting Your Sleep Schedule

I don’t know about you all, but whenever I miss sleep, I am irritable and pissed off at the world.  I try to keep myself on a regular healthy sleep schedule to counter this, but with my job that’s not always possible. There are plenty of reasons for a person to adjust their sleep schedule:  It could be that you changed shifts at your job, … Continue reading Adjusting Your Sleep Schedule

Liebster Award

Metablog: YFT Wins a Liebster (or Two)

Since I started this blog, I have received a number of reader recognition awards from fellow bloggers.  First I got the Versatile Blogger Award from Miss Z at Blame it on Disney, and then I got a Liebster Blog Award from TheBrontëSister.  Last month when I was slaving away at NaNoWriMo and my job, hardly writing anything for this blog, my good friend Miss Z … Continue reading Metablog: YFT Wins a Liebster (or Two)


It’s beginning to look a lot like Saturnalia

Nowadays, I have a really difficult time getting into the Christmas spirit.  Maybe it’s because of how commercialism demands that Christmas carols play on the radio and in the stores before Halloween is over so people will blow more money.  I’m a firm believer in only celebrating one holiday at a time, and by the time Christmas arrives, I am completely burned out on the … Continue reading It’s beginning to look a lot like Saturnalia

Writing Tips

NaNoWriMo Week Two–The Worst Week

If you’re participating in NaNoWriMo this year, then you’ll know exactly what I’m talking about.  About two weeks ago, before this all started, we were all filled with both excitement and dread.  We were all going to write our own novels and reach that goal of 50,000 words.  We didn’t know how, and many of us secretly doubted that we could do it.  Then week … Continue reading NaNoWriMo Week Two–The Worst Week