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Category Archives: Life

How to Write 10 Books a Year (and how not to)

November 8, 2017 | Art!, Life, Writing! | Permalink

Part 1 of 2 – The ideal schedule 6:30 AM – Wake up, enjoy a light breakfast, read a few writers’ blogs, look up new art posted by my favorite artists 7:30 AM – Drive to the nearby forest trail, walk briskly for 90 minutes, return home feeling amazing 9:15 AM – Shower. Open all the […]

Questions for the Everyday Philosopher

November 8, 2017 | humor, Life, Philosophy | Permalink

This is a series of articles collectively titled A Thought for Every Thursday. Each one contains quick, light questions about modern morality, simple philosophy, and human relationships. Here. Get some…   *** The Thought for Every Thursday series is inspired by the Coffee Table Philosophy series of books, which can be browsed here.

101 Reasons to Break Up

October 12, 2017 | Books!, humor, Life, Relationships | Permalink

During a blazing hot summer, I interviewed nearly four-hundred people. At bars, on the street, via Facebook. I took their 101 funniest, weirdest, and most off-the-wall break-up stories… …and slammed them all into this book: 101 Reasons to Break Up Read it. Laugh at it. Review the hell out of it. Here’s nine sample break-ups. […]

Write Sober, Edit Drunk?

September 5, 2017 | Autobiography, Books!, Life, Philosophy, Relationships | Permalink

  In his latest book, J Edward sips scotch, bourbon, and deep, dark whiskey with every chapter. No topic goes untouched. No cocktail is spared.  Life & Dark Liquor A tipsy memoir by J Edward Neill Now available at Amazon. Life & Dark Liquor is the ‘sequel’ to Reality is Best Served with Red Wine.

The Starving Artist and His Kid

August 16, 2017 | Art!, humor, Life | Permalink

I wouldn’t have it any other way. With that said, single dad art-making ain’t always easy. Almost six years ago, my son (the G Man) burst into my life. He was the Kool-Aid Man breaking through the brick wall of me. Upon his arrival, I prepared myself for sleepless nights, hours upon hours of crying, and the end of all […]

What’s the value of a few little lives?

July 27, 2017 | Life, Philosophy, Short Stories | Permalink

I’m nine years old, and life is pretty good. For an early September day in the ‘burbs outside Chicago, the weather is stunning. The winds are milder than usual, and the great northern chill has yet to descend. My classmates and I adore it. A mob of us have just walked a few miles to […]

Care less. Be Happier.

May 31, 2017 | Life, Philosophy | Permalink

Don’t take the title too seriously. I’m not suggesting you stop caring about your family, your friends, or your personal welfare. Nor am I saying you should be indifferent to things that really, truly matter. But everything else? That’s up for debate. Maybe you’ve heard of it. These days, there’s a little thing called the internet. […]

100 things you should probably think about

April 27, 2017 | humor, Life, Satire | Permalink

I’m not sayin’. I’m just sayin’. * * * 100 Things You Should Probably Think About A rare compliment is better than everyday flattery. Don’t fistfight the person who cuts you off in traffic. Fight the one who says you can’t do something. And fight them with your mind, not your hands. Patience is a virtue, but sometimes […]

Searching for the nothing.

February 16, 2017 | Life | Permalink

First, to set the tone, a few pictures: And now, words: Look, before we get started, there’s something you should know. I’m not depressed. In a world where everyone I know has anxiety, clinical depression, bipolar disorder, or just simply dry, cold malaise, I am free. I have no sadness, no anger. Nothing makes me […]

Ten questions to ask your tipsy friends

December 6, 2016 | Coffee Table Philosophy, humor, Life | Permalink

It’s late. You’ve had a few adult beverages. You’re with a few friends. Or maybe you’re alone. It’s time to break out ten questions you might not ask if you were sober. * * * Let’s Get Physical  Assuming one-on-one combat, what percentage of the world’s population could you handle in a fight? * Unshackle […]

These little books make perfect gifts

November 10, 2016 | Books!, Coffee Table Philosophy, Life, Non Fiction | Permalink

Got a few stockings to stuff? Have a friend you have no idea what to get for the holidays (or a birthday?) Need something for under $10? Solutions await thee. Welcome to the Coffee Table Philosophy series. These slim, sexy coffee table books are full of fun questions and quizzes to keep anyone (or any gathering) entertained for hours. There’s […]

From Dungeon Master to Starving Artist.

November 8, 2016 | Books!, Life, Role Playing | Permalink

Christmas Eve 1987. I was eleven years old. As far as gift-hauls go, 1987 was a reasonable year. I raked in some fresh NES games, unwrapped a new pile of GI Joe action figures, and rolled my eyes at the requisite stack of clothes for school. I would’ve been satisfied if that’s all it had been. Toys, games, and clothes…what more could […]

Why I’m still convinced #NothingMatters

October 20, 2016 | Culture, humor, Life, Non Fiction | Permalink

It’s funny the things we decide to care about. It’s curious the flow of socio-political liquid through the masses. Do you ever wonder if, a thousand years ago, the hashtag causes would’ve been #SanitationMatters, #PeasantsMatter, or #ArrowsDon’tKill but #ArchersDo? During World War II, if Twitter had existed, the Allies’ causes would’ve been obvious (Sadly the Axis’s would’ve been, too.) But […]

Fifty easy ways to live slightly off-the-grid

September 28, 2016 | humor, Life, Love & Relationships | Permalink

I’m not sayin’… …but I might be sayin‘. * * * At bars and restaurants, consider being the best tipper around. Selfie sticks should be used to start swordfights, not to take actual selfies with. Stairs should be embraced, not avoided. And whenever possible, take them two at a time. The first pancake is usually the worst. Give […]

The Case for and Against Social Media

September 18, 2016 | Life, Writing! | Permalink

    It’s an antisocial world. There, I said it. I’m old enough to remember when life was different. Don’t get me wrong; I’m not complaining about the way it is now. I’m sitting here on my couch, laptop in lap, using my iPad as a mouse pad, streaming Hans Zimmer through my Bose Bluetooth mobile […]

Seven Ways to Advance Your Writing Career

August 14, 2016 | Life, Writing! | Permalink

For many months, I’ve resisted writing this. Author advice columns and ‘do-it-better’ blogs often come off as pretentious. And that’s the last thing I want to do. Even so… After swimming in the shark-infested waters of self-publishing for many years, I feel it’s time I share a few nuggets of wisdom. About writing. About marketing. About […]

The Ultimate Bucket List (Updated)

July 29, 2016 | humor, Life | Permalink

Ages ago, I published my personal mega-bucket list. It included 50 things I wanted to do before I die. Some were realistic. Others…not so much. So here we are, centuries (ok, only 18 months) removed. I’ve completed a few of my self-challenges and completely whiffed on many more. Here’s my bucket update: * * * 50 Hard-as-Hell Bucket […]

My Giant Cat Army

July 15, 2016 | humor, Life | Permalink

Ages ago, back when I lived in the real world, I had a crap-ton of cats. I mean…a lot…as in too damn many. They swept in and out of my life like ocean waves. Sometimes the tide would rise (12 cats when I was a kid) and later recede (as I type this, only 2 are left.) They’ve been […]

Love is a Battlefield

April 10, 2016 | humor, Life, Love & Relationships | Permalink

Ok. I admit it. This article has nothing to do with books, art, movies, comics, or skulls. It’s not a quiz. It’s not philosophical. It’s not even this. I promise I’m not gonna try to sell you anything. …except the truth. The cold hard facts are these: Dating is nothing like it once was. Nor will it […]

J Edward’s Dating Audition Questionnaire!

April 2, 2016 | humor, Life | Permalink

This is a special edition of my blog. Take it with several grains of salt. I’m chin-deep in some powerful scotch. So, as a happily divorced father of one, I’ve found myself swimming in fresh new waters. There’s something to be said for being free and single. I’m not at mid-life crisis stage yet, I’m still young-ish, and I live in […]

10 Thoughts for When the Sun Goes Down

March 11, 2016 | Books!, Coffee Table Philosophy, Life | Permalink

The following ten questions are direct from my philosophy/ice-breaker book, 101 Questions for Midnight. I think you’ll enjoy them. * * * Absolute Freedom  Imagine a society in which there are no laws. You can do anything without fear of legal retribution. Consider, of course, so can everyone else. What things would you do that are currently illegal?   […]

Swipe Left Society

February 20, 2016 | humor, Life, Non Fiction | Permalink

I need your help. Yes, seriously. Not so long ago, I published this little article about dating and love in the modern world. Well… Now I’ve decided to write an entire book about it. Swipe Left Society will be about modern relationships, online dating, and the struggles to connect we all face. It’ll be non-fiction. And it’ll be […]

50 More Things You Should Probably Think About

February 19, 2016 | humor, Life | Permalink

I’m not sayin’. But I AM sayin’. * * * 50 MORE Things You Should Probably Think About A rare compliment is better than everyday flattery. Don’t fistfight the person who cuts you off in traffic. Fight the one who says you can’t do something. And fight them with your mind, not your hands. Patience is a […]

Rejecting Indie

February 11, 2016 | Art!, humor, Life, Writing! | Permalink

Disclaimer: This article was written with artists, authors, and musicians in mind, but I think it applies to everyone… …. Humility – A modest or low view of one’s importance; diffidence Confidence – The feeling or belief that one can rely on something; especially one’s self …. There’s a famous saying. It goes something like: “Confidence without […]

Longing for Rain

January 1, 2016 | Life | Permalink

   There’s a place I want to be. Let me try that again. There’s a place I intend to go. As I gaze from my office window on this cold, grey winter morning, I am compelled by what I feel. My door is shut. A melancholic soundtrack thrums against my walls. The sky is the […]