Writing

writing projects

| Postal Portals: a series of letters with friends to deep-dive into concepts weighing on our minds.

| Mini-essay experiment to publish raw, lightly edited pieces semi-daily towards achieving 100 public pieces.

why do I write?

I first caught the writing bug in third grade when I wrote a story about a wizard on a space adventure, but I treated the bug as an infection--a distraction from the “professional” classes that I needed to pursue the STEM career my parents desired for me. Math and science were to come before magical incantations and ethical dilemmas. In college, I found the freedom to explore my writing alongside my academic obligations of computer science and calculus and accounting and started a blog to share my inner thoughts with the world. Since then, I’ve continued to write on my blog (which has transformed into this website) in both reflective posts, argumentative essays, and short flash-like fiction and maintain a personal newsletter where I share thoughts and updates and personal essays.

I end up setting aside time every day before I start work to write and explore and sometimes find myself seized with bursts of inspiration that I must empty onto paper in the early morning hours. I rigorously give myself space to write even though I’m primarily a writer of passion because writing is how I think, explore, and dream. It’s my submarine to probe into the depths of my subconscious and excavate those submerged emotions and cravings. It’s my limitless blank canvas, where I can freely shape rules and assumptions as I please to convey a feeling or traverse an experiment. It’s the portal to entirely new worlds and universes, where I can play both god, in manifesting my emotions in the literary flesh, and the background observer, in watching how the characters and systems develop naturally in that artificial environment.

All my public writing is here in some form. I write for emotional resonance, so if something I’ve written strikes a chord, please send me a note (Twitter or email)

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Everyday Magic

Tech is magical, but it shouldn’t be mysterious.
// 844 words

living to provoke

I want my projects to push people to think in a different way and challenge them to reconsider reality in a new light. I want to make crazy ideas feel realistic, extreme fictional worlds feel relatable, complex creative environments feel approachable.
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86 - scope of normality

Normal is variable, an always-shifting concept in our minds, that binds us together or drives us apart.
// 698 words

84 - financialization

I crave for an internet-native space where it’s okay to just be yourself and let your hair down—where making things that are worthless and inefficient are not only allowed but encouraged rather than squeezed for every penny they’ll generate.
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83 - allure of ephemerality

In the web3 world, where everything is permanent, stored on-chain forever. This chaotic, ephemeral process of creation is especially compelling. It harkens to the instability of the current Internet…
// 334 words

76 - urgency

Urgency is important because it imbues energy
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72 - soothing fire: a raging fire that cools

…that perfect balance, between raging like a wildfire towards your dreams and flowing like a gentle wake through every wonderful moment of life. At this paradoxical meeting point, I think you approach living life as fully as you can.
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66 - unstoppable expression

…like when you get the star in MarioKart—there’s nothing, no one that can stop you from achieving your dreams and realizing your vision.
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61 - opportunity

I never want to tone down my intensity or dilute my flavor for the sake of others.
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58 - perception

I explore appearance as a gateway to connection. At first, it’s all we know, but eventually, it becomes just the key for unlocking a deeper connection. Deep emotional connection is all around us for the taking; we just have to be willing to dig for it and receive it when it appears.
// from my mini-essay experiment

47 - fear

Fear told me there was a hard script for me to follow, that deviating from the script meant certain failure, a sure way to give up everything I had built thus far.
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45 - re-solved problems

How did we end up in a place where some of the smartest people in our society are stuck re-solving the same hard problems and re-implementing the same solutions we’ve seen before?
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Liminal Illusions

exploring the liminality of vegas and how it exposes the absurdity of our day-to-day
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43 - kindness journal

Compliments are one of the few things that are infinite energy machines. It’s free to think of and give, and each one generates so much equivalent energy in happiness.
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denim personality

an exploration of how fashion becomes a part of your personality, why it came to matter so much to me, and rejecting the “uniform”
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32 - chasing stability

It’s a fable of chasing after what we can’t reach, of putting our real life on hold to live out someone else’s idea of a life, of deferring to society’s pressures and whims rather than seizing each day, every single fleeting moment for ourselves to enjoy.
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the gaps

A late-night poem
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uneven time

A world where time is uneven, the image to maintain, and the power of mindsets
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28 - a drop of color

a cap to my time in New York. On post-travel sadness and what places leave you with. plus a couple fun bonuses like a riff on a song and a haiku.
// from my mini-essay experiment

22 - reflection systems

I wrote an overview of the spaces I make for reflection and my intention around sharing that broadly. All the tools I use have been templatized and are free for you to try out if you’re curious!
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19 - the silo culture

“Because we don’t interact with other groups, we don’t understand their struggles, needs, and hopes. We only think about us and our tribe when we go to the voting booth, when we launch products, and when we write policy.”
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commitment and obligation

I was taught that hard work would bring you riches. That effort was the key to success in whatever you did…
// from my mini-essay experiment

10 - dampening of curiosity

I never want to feel so comfortable that I feel scared to leave. I want to teeter in that grey, liminal space between the edge of my comfort and the known boundary of the unknown, a place of greater risk but also greater reward…
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craft over career

what if we chose to optimize craft over career? It means everything we’re doing right now is the most important thing, not just a stepping stone towards some “better” future.
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towards 2021

reconciling different selves, fiction as a tool for demonstrating principles, and the evolution of the passion economy
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Dilution

When the real and imaginary planes meet.
// 462 words

George Floyd

Sharing the photos from the protest I attended last week.
// 1612 words

Broken Lines

When the progress of things is broken by catastrophe
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a twinkle

Recounting a visceral experience. On light, humans, and meaning.
// 5660 words

The War of Intentions and Beliefs

What happens when good intentions are lost, everyone wants to be a hero, and the fight against evil spills over into innocents.
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Decoding your Mind

Sharing my method to data-empowered journaling and self-reflection
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Discovering a New Year

Learning from nature, past leaders, and the consequences of human toils
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The Rider

A match in the dark.
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Sublime Arts

A discovery in the night.