A Writer and his Thoughts


I never thought I would keep this blog this long. Some have asked me why I do it. Why give out advice for free, why spend the time helping people, and why am I basically… writing for free. My wife has been nudging me towards looking for better work in the IT field. Become a programmer or developer. I want to be a writer.

Some people have asked (realize when I say “some people” it is because I am lazy) what my plans are. They assume I have a plan and I have read a small portion of the comments. One person I think wrote that I did Project O so I could steal everyone’s answers and write a book. Or something to that affect. I tried and I sold only one copy and that was to my mom… I guess you all weren’t that interesting. Some people are just idiots. That time I said some people because I wanted to.

The harsh reality of life. We contemplate these things at night. Sipping our cheap $9 merlot and typing away our sorrows at 1 am because we just got off a “swing shift” if you can even call it that. But this isn’t a complaint. And honestly I would rather not get a bunch of “hang in there old boy… you can do it.” Unless you are wearing a hat, chewing a cigar, and look like Gatsby save the old boy stuff.

I don’t feel like doing things the way others do things. You ever feel like you know what you want but of course it is the “getting there” that is the problem? Fucking brass ring is just swinging in the air… just teasing the shit out of you. This isn’t some light in the tunnel analogy, it is reality. It is wanting a goal and knowing that one day you will get that goal. One day you’ll turn around and be able to say “I told you so” because you know what? Saying “I told you so” feels fucking great!

Jason Chandler Cushman

Opinionated Man

34 responses

  1. Hello!! I just wanted to let you know that I have nominated you and your blog for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award! I find you to be an inspiration to me and others.

    If you don’t mind, you can check out the post I made with your nomination:
    http://recklessindulgence.wordpress.com/2014/07/01/guess-what-ive-been-nominated-for-the-very-inspiring-blogger-award/

    Thank you for being an AWESOME person (with an equally AWESOME blog)! ;)

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  2. Hey! thank you for following my blog I really appreciate it :)
    Can’t wait to read more of your content!

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    1. Thank you as well for taking the time to stop by! :)

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  3. Good post Jason. You need to find your real inner dreams, then do what is needed to get them lived out, in one or another way. Then you will feel alive.

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    1. I tend to agree with that actually. :)

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  4. Out of curiosity, what is it that you want to write? I see a bit of a mash on your blog with poetry, fiction, some nonfiction and well as your opinion pieces. Is the type of writing you want to ultimately do fiction, poetry, and/or nonfiction? If it is than it might be helpful to start another blog that’s dedicated soley to that. You could even move your writing challenges there. That way your creative writing has its own space and your opinionated writing has its own space. Just an unsolicited suggestion.

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    1. Not sure yet, but I am also not sure I ever will write anything longer than 20,000 words. That is the longest I have ever written actually. Your idea is a good one, but two blogs will never work for me. I tried and it just made me lose more family time.

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      1. Understood. Running multiple active blogs can be difficult. I’m going to shoot you an email in a bit with something I’ve been throwing around in my head.

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  5. I’m telling you, OM, put out a book.

    You’d make a killing.

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    1. Eh… we’ll see. :)

      But who is to say it would be any good lol. A blog post is one thing, but a book is a whole different story.

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      1. What is a book but a really long blog post?

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        1. Heh, I have a rather long answer for that question actually. Really want it?

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        2. As long as it’s in the format of a book.

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  6. I think there’s an overarching return on investment for anyone who writes and shares intellectual property via blogging. And that is simply that we are reaching out to others for the sake of expanding our social circles… or “tribes” if you will. I know it may sound a bit corny, but I really do believe that, despite monetary return, fame, acknowledgement, opportunity or whatever, we are at some level social beings that tend to crave a home, support, family, friends and most of all not to be lonely. Having a place to share things that define us as individuals offers others a chance to find us and exchange experiences. That’s something we tend to enjoy. So it’s stands to reason that we can be okay with ‘doing things the way *we* want’ on a platform like this. And as for success along the way, one only needs to define what success really means. And for me success is in feeling good about what I’m doing. For me success is in the joyfulness of something. I find that passion and joy tends to lead to other aspects of happiness, like more work, money, and increased social connections. I had an exceptionally rough few years years and am just now enjoying reconnecting with people in my real and virtual world. Knowing there are cool, unique and interesting people like you out here makes it interesting and worth it. Seeing other people learn, grow, and pursue their dreams is inspiring. And lastly in this overgrown-comment-of-mine, I find if I’m enjoying what I do, but am stuck, there’s usually reasons for it. The fun and challenge in that is learning what those reasons are. :)

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    1. After a year and a half of this and the rewards and workload that comes with it I have formed “my” idea of what success is. That would be writing for a living in some fashion. I have been pushing to get there, but am probably looking in the wrong spots. At this point writing and blogging, as you know I separate the two, is just a hobby. Perhaps it will be my profession one day. Or else I’ll be employee 109…

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      1. Yes. As long as it’s fulfilling. :) Wrong spots maybe, but such is navigating a maze right? Love this quote by Edison: “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”

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        1. Yea, I have heard that one and it definitely applies. lol. It is a growing experience. :)

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  7. I, personally, think you are something of a philanthropist at heart. Yes, you could probably be happy doing IT work. but this seems to be your real passion. Just my very humble opinion.

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    1. We will see if it all works out. I appreciate your encouragement. :)

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      1. That’s what I do…..encourage :)

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  8. […] was browsing the blogs I follow. And I came across OM’s new post. Now, although he is far more opinionated than me, I find that I am experiencing a lot of the same […]

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  9. Sorry, but as an Asian you missed your entry point into IT (80’s-90′), it’s now an Indian market. Maybe math?

    Seriously, following your feelings or you will not be happy in whatever you do.

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    1. Uhm, moderntheologian, Indians are also Asians. And there are other Asians out there in the IT playing field – China, Japan, South Korea, Vietnam, Thailand, Singapore, Philippines, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates (Dubai), and the list goes on and on.

      And I don’t think Indians are hired because of their nationality but because of their qualifications. I think that any self-respecting IT company would be non-discriminatory when it comes to the nationality of their prospective employees.

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      1. It was a bit of levity. If you want to get technical, in Roman times you’re list would be correct. In modern times, from Iran to Egypt/Turkey is considered the Middle East, east of Iran is Asia.

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    2. I have been working IT for 7 years. I was never very good at math. =\

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      1. You don’t need to be, that’s why we have computers.

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        1. But I am a computer. I am Korean.

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        2. LOL! Do Koreans have the abacus, or something more interesting?

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  10. A lot of people are flocking into the IT industry just because of the wealth of opportunities that one can find there. It’s sad though that some people’s dreams, and imho, real potential aren’t realized because of that. Glad you’re sticking to yours because your proverbial pen (or keyboard in this digital age) still proves mightier than those technological “swords”. :D

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    1. I have been working it for awhile, but I would love to support my family one day with just writing. We shall see if my hobby ever becomes a profession.

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      1. I hope so. Good luck to us! :D

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