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Jim Johanson

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Jim Johanson is a multi-genre author with backgrounds in biology and psychology. His works of fiction typically follow strange or dark themes, interwoven with unusual philosophical concepts.

Johanson strives to bring a deeper element to his writing beyond providing straightforward entertainment, wherein the reader might feel compelled to question the nature of their own reality, exemplified by his quote that "One should not be the same person when finishing a book as they were when they began reading it."

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Jim Johanson Have enough projects to work on simultaneously that when you don't feel like working on one of them, or if you get stuck on one of them, you can work …moreHave enough projects to work on simultaneously that when you don't feel like working on one of them, or if you get stuck on one of them, you can work on a different one. It's like using procrastination to your advantage. Put off working on one thing to channel your energy into something else, then do the opposite and switch back to the original project. The same amount of work gets done, but you've tricked your brain into thinking that it won by getting to decide which action you took. (less)
Jim Johanson To an extent, setting a daily writing goal can be helpful, but pushing yourself too strongly can be detrimental. When you have established writers tel…moreTo an extent, setting a daily writing goal can be helpful, but pushing yourself too strongly can be detrimental. When you have established writers telling you that you'll never be successful if you can't write 3,000 words a day, it's easy to get down on yourself. Fuck that.

Make a point to at least contribute something to your writing each day, whether that's writing a certain amount, editing, designing book covers, or just jotting down ideas. Some of the time you may find yourself opening up your text processor (or typewriter I guess, whatever) just to make a few notes and you'll end up writing two chapters.

Go lightly and it will come naturally. (less)
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Writing about FOOD, SCIENCE and FOOD SCIENCE

Being a good writer necessitates becoming an expert on anything that might even remotely relate to what you write about, so the best of us tend to do a lot of research on just about everything. I tend to do a lot of research on biology and food chemistry.

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Cruciferous vegetables (cauliflower, broccoli, cabbage, etc.) contain organic chemicals called glucosinolates. The action of Read more of this blog post »
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David Quammen
“Later in conversation he corrected himself: It was in fact 1.1 million pigs. The difference might seem like just a rounding error, he told me, but if you ever had to kill an “extra” hundred thousand pigs and dispose of their bodies in bulldozed pits, you’d remember the difference as significant.”
David Quammen, Spillover: Animal Infections and the Next Human Pandemic

Alan W. Watts
“To succeed is always to fail, in the sense that the more one succeeds at anything, the greater is the need to go on succeeding. To eat is to survive to be hungry.”
Alan W. Watts, The Way of Zen

C.G. Jung
“If your virtues hinder you from salvation, discard them, since they have become evil to you. The slave to virtue finds the way as little as the slave to vices.”
Carl Jung, Liber Novus [The Red Book]

Hunter S. Thompson
“In a nation run by swine, all pigs are upward-mobile and the rest of us are fucked until we can put our acts together: not necessarily to win, but mainly to keep from losing completely.”
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H.P. Lovecraft
“The most merciful thing in the world, I think, is the inability of the human mind to correlate all its contents. We live on a placid island of ignorance in the midst of black seas of the infinity, and it was not meant that we should voyage far.”
H. P. Lovercraft, The Call of Cthulhu and Other Weird Stories

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