Jim Johanson

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

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 that 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…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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There's an underappreciated line from Jaws (1975) where Chief Brody says "Why don't we start leading the shark into shore, instead of him leading us out to sea?"

They've been pursuing the shark further into its own territory, which puts them further away from the safety of land. The shark has three floating barrels attached to it by harpoons. Brody takes the barrels and ties them to the ship to... 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

Oliver Sacks
“If a man has lost a leg or an eye, he knows he has lost a leg or an eye; but if he has lost a self—himself—he cannot know it, because he is no longer there to know it.”
Oliver Sacks, The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat and Other Clinical Tales

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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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

Carl 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]

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