I love watching their youtube channel. Not only are they extremely good looking, intelligent and charismatic, they have this desire and passion to live life and create awesome content that is very much contagious.

This post on their website really reflected everything I love about them:

“It was you that made this possible and the point we want to get across is that anyone can do something like this. You don’t need huge budgets, special permissions or the support of large scary companies.Get a couple of friends together, find a couple of cameras (Beg, steal, borrow even a phone camera could work!) and go on an adventure!”


Helpful Definitions for Modern Authors By STEVE MACONE

Helpful Definitions for Modern Authors By STEVE MACONE

THIS TEXT IS COPY AND PASTED DIRECTLY FROM THE ARTICLE. I am using this as a reference… for the future. 

Within one hour upon arrival in Canada, I got talking with some people and I expressed my interest in the field of Publishing. That person said “publishing is a dying industry”, and I was like… …. …. oh ….. well …

I recently took some publishing classes and I think we have to get away from simplistic sayings that only echo a small part of the larger picture. After discussing it with some friends, I think that works will always need to be published in some form and this industry is not dying. It’s changing.



Helpful Definitions for Modern Authors


You, Author: Act as Book’s Publicist, responsible for promotion.

Your Publicist: Acts as your Mom. Tells you that you’re special and talented but makes you do everything for yourself. Brags to friends whenever you’re in the newspaper. Tacitly takes credit.

Your Mom: Acts as Book’s Audience, buying most of the copies.

Your Audience: With social media, book blogs and online reading communities, acts as Book’s Reviewer.

Your Book’s (Ideal) Reviewer: Loves Book. Shows this by doling out once-a-year allotted comparison to James Joyce’s “The Dead,” the highest honor a reviewer can bestow upon a civilian author. Like a buzzed friend, Reviewer occasionally gets creepy loyal out of nowhere. Advocates for Book out of the noble sense that it’s a work that should be read, and out of a fear that it won’t be. Invests in Book and asks others to do the same. In other words, acts as your Agent.

Your Agent: Acts as Book’s Editor.

Your Editor: Acts as Book’s Publisher, handling how it will be packaged and marketed.

Your Publisher: Creates Book’s mold ahead of time, insofar as it curates the existing market into which book must fit. (Additional duty: being dumbfounded by that market.) Has an influence present at Book’s inception and steers project with implicit requirements, meticulously directing without directly touching, like the people with the brooms in curling. And, by working backward from the numbers and trends and making Book a function of the bottom line, ultimately has final word on content — in other words, acts as Book’s Author.

Some Additional Useful Vocabulary

Local Independent Bookstore: Acts as a place where Potential Purchasers of your Book warm their souls with coffee smells, where they scan the marvelous waiting pulpy rectangles, a kind of moderated overwhelming. And where, after years of this type of browsing, they process through subconscious ritual: the eyes catching on some piece of smooth cardboard, a mystical traction building. All goes quiet for your Potential Purchasers as they lift Book, bounce its heft, convert its weight to hours and permit themselves to be courted by the coy, stationary arguments of the stationery: for even the layout and paper type are a series of winked promises. Like love, or at least lust: they didn’t know Book was what they’d been missing until they saw it. Offering to fill in their shortcomings, Book promises a kind of completion. To purchase a book, they know, is both a continuation of something and a new beginning, part of their plan and a pleasant detour. And right there your Potential Purchasers commit to it and lose to it, yield an afternoon and claim a lifestyle. Approaching the register, the Potential Purchasers of Book see the store’s employee and can’t help but smile a hearty, thankful grin, a bodily smile usually reserved for chefs or nurses holding pain medication. Then the Potential Purchasers leave to buy Book for $2 less on Amazon.

Amazon.com: A website where people can order everything, including bricks and mortar. Site acts as your Friend by recommending things you might want to read and by always being there for you at 3 a.m. to make decisions you’ll half regret.

Friends: Act like Amazon, not ranking your book as high as you’d like or recommending it to enough people, but still sending you lots of emails you never read.

Self-Published Authors: Treated as Crazy Ranting People: either ignored or pitied by the general public until they do something that is brilliant or threatening.

Crazy Ranting People: Still pretty good at selling traditionally published books.

Platform: A long piece of wood Authors use to prod people they sort of know into attending Readings.

Internet: The much-feared best advertisement for Books, and their perfect complement: one being a high-tech place where you can go to be connected and somehow feel alone, the other a low-tech thing where you can go to be alone and somehow feel connected.

Readings: Acts as opportunity for audiences to spend time reading author’s behavior, making a series of observations —“She likes water, saw her drink a whole bottle. Oh yeah, big time water drinker”— that often culminate in the conclusion that Author is human.

Blurb: The sound made by an author paying back a favor.

Bags for Buying Book: For a long time were made of paper or plastic, and more recently a canvaslike material.

Books: For a long time were made of a canvaslike material, now paper or, more recently, plastic.


The Ideal Snow Globe World

It’s that time of year again, when the days are getting shorter and the air is so much colder.

In times like this, I feel the happiest when I have a warm drink in my hand and wrapped in a comfy scarf or blanket. The other day I was walking around Downtown and I absolutely loved how it looked with the Christmas lights up on the trees. This made me feel like I was living in one of those snow globes (without the snow yet, I’m glad) and I thought about what kind of snow globe I wouldn’t mind living in.

The centrepiece of the snow globe would have to be a humongous Christmas tree decked out in shiny gold, silver and red ornaments which is surrounded by a skating rink. Next to it will be little heater spots where people can sit around and enjoy hot chocolate and marshmallows. There must be at least two bakeries producing fresh Christmasy goods and allowing the air to nicely melt into thin air, and some form of entertainment going on. Lots of smiles, rosy cheeks and people walking around giving each other merry greetings, leaving behind any sadness, anger and disappointment to feed off the joyful vibes given off by other people. 

Huddle together, coz it’s going to get cold. Cherish the ones you can hug. 

“Chance encounters are what keep us going.” – Murakami

I was talking to a friend the other day who I haven’t seen in a while, and it was so good to see her. She expressed her happiness being out of her room and actually socializing again. I totally understood her! 

After long periods of alone time, it really is nice to be reminded that there are other people around you. I think that surrounding yourself with people who you are capable of having good conversations with is vital to good and healthy living.

Unexpected encounters are magical because so often, you find exactly what you need from those chance encounters. Whether it being the realization that you spend way to much time by yourself cooped up in your room, or finding out different ways you can be more engaged with the community around you.

People can be wonderful. Unexpected synchrony is magical. Chance encounters are what keep us going.


Support the right cause

I was just thinking about my summer vacation in Bali and how I would love to jump in the pool right now and go swimming under that warm tropical sun, when I was reminded of something that saddened me on that trip. One of the things you should know about me is that I absolutely love walking around the markets, especially the ones in Bali. It’s so much fun to see all the artwork, handicrafts, jewellery, clothing and so much more, and get what you want at a price you can determine. I think it was such a refreshing sight to see after going around the Island and seeing row after row of chic stores with “westernized” clothing.

Anyway, I was super excited to go to the one of the best markets in Ubud, but when I got there I noticed there weren’t that many people in the revamped marketplace. So I was doing my usual rounds and scanning the stores and as usual the Balinese ladies would nicely offer me their products. Every time something catches my eye and I pause for a second, the lady who manned the store would offer me a price. Since I was just looking around and didn’t really want to buy anything, I politely walked away… but she gave me such a low price for it that I had to go back.

There was a tone of desperation in her voice, and it saddened me how bad business must have been for them lately. Almost everyone had that tone and I got such great stuff for a much lower price than what they would’ve given me.

This is how they make their living. I love the marketplace because I would get things I wouldn’t normally see in the stores at the mall, which is unique. It would really sadden me if that market closed down because that’s another cultural and traditional hotspot gone. I regret not getting more things and supporting them, because however much I spend that day would’ve made a difference.

I hope things will be better for them, and for those who have a hard time staying afloat in the (traditional) culture industry.


P.S. Sorry I have not been posting. I have been swamped with school lately…. yeah it’s that time of the semester again… Papers season!!