10 Days of Remembering: Day 10.

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This is part of a series of writings called “10 Days of Remembering.” It is a series of reflective prompts: a question, an idea, a decision, a realization … The things that challenge and change me that I want to remember my days by.

I noticed today during my piano practice that I play the best when I don’t plan out how I’m going to play, when I can focus on doing my best in each moment as the moment comes.

I’ve been working on playing with relaxed hands and activating only the fingers and the muscles that must be…


10 Days of Remembering: Day 9. An essay on Osho, spirituality, creativity, how conscious living naturally leads to money making.

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This is part of a series of writings called “10 Days of Remembering.” It is a series of reflective prompts: a question, an idea, a decision, a realization … The things that challenge and change me that I want to remember my days by. I hope this series of prompts can be useful to you as you reflect on your own understanding and experience.

Today’s essay is a longer one, grappling with many spiritual ideas, especially the conflict between creating art out of authenticity and creating art to make money. As someone who grew up with East Asian spiritual influences…


No-Nonsense Writing Advice from a Non-Native Speaker: #3

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Doubt yourself.

It’s easy to fix mistakes if you know you might make them; it’s hard to fix mistakes you don’t know you’re making. You don’t know what you don’t know. Doubt is the only way to escape your epistemilogical bubble for certain. If you want to play it safe, reread every word and look up everything you’re not 200% certain about (spelling, grammar, usage, quotations, everything). Use a dictionary and a thesaurus. Consult a style guide. Google.

It is completely possible to make zero mistakes, at least as far as the technical things are concerned. …


10 Days of Remembering: Day 8. A note to self.

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When I started the 10 Days of Remembering series, my goal was to publish something every day, something that at least one other person would find interesting. Today is day 8; the number 8 in tarot numerology symbolizes action, change, difficulty, achievement. I’ve been struggling with creativity today, the not-so-motivated and not-so-expansive aspects of 8. An “8 of Swords” day.

Perhaps my life is just not eventful enough to write something worthy of sharing every day, I thought. Or perhaps I am not insightful enough to write something insightful every day. Writing is self discovery. This means that every piece…


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No-Nonsense Writing Advice from a Non-Native Speaker: #2


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10 Days of Remembering: Day 7. A quick…


10 Days of Remembering: Day 6.

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This morning I woke up early, did many things, went to a few places, and had a heart-to-heart conversation with an important person. It was lovely.

This afternoon I ordered thick-cut French fries with honey mustard sauce and fried chicken from a locally famous restaurant, ate all of them with some soju (a kind of liquor) while watching a Korean drama, and then had a 1-hour nap/food coma. It was also lovely.

Today I learned that even the not-so-good things in life can be lovely if someone enjoys them.

Then I remembered that I was not always like this; in…


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No-Nonsense Writing Advice from a Non-Native Speaker: #1


10 Days of Remembering: Day 5. 2 Reasons for Reading.

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Lately I noticed that there are two reasons why I read:

  1. For experience. I like to read people who are wiser than me (philosophers, theologians, poets, and people who don’t fit into any category) who have understood knowledge I have not experienced.
  2. For entertainment. Fiction and web novels.

I’ve been reading Tantra by Osho lately. It’s a deep book dealing with enlightenment, ultimate happiness. I had enough time to read a full chapter today, and I don’t think I understood much of it. I don’t even think I remember much of it. But reading it made me happy, somehow. Just…


10 Days of Remembering: Day 4. If you don’t pay attention, you might miss it.

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I hate to eat by myself.

I would rather starve if I could than eat by myself. Thankfully, I couldn’t. So I found a way around the problem. For the past 10 years or so, I would always watch/listen to something while I ate whenever I had to eat by myself.

Then it occurred to me last week, that for the past 10 years I had barely paid any attention to my food when I ate. I was either with someone and chatting with them, or I was watching/listening to something. …

Pei Ni

Aspiring composer, serious minimalist, casual writer. Mandarin may be my mother tongue, but English adopted my daydreams.

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