Motivation 

I haven’t written anything since February 14, which ironically is Valentine’s Day. I say that because writing is a love and passion of mine. It genuinely bothers me that I’ve been so lazy and have made excuse after excuse as to why. 

I’ve been busy.

I’m tired.

It can wait.

I need motivation.

All of those lines are of procrastination. And now into month two of no writing, well the streak to my own chagrin is finally over, it’s no longer about me putting off work. Now it’s even more desperate than that. My not writing is becoming a habit. 

It had gotten to the point where I’d Google “how to write after not doing it for an extended period of time,” “how to write more consistently,” etc., etc. I was searching for answers to something I already know how to do. That’s just it too. Just do it.

(Randomly tweeted the above GIF when I started to mentally return to a place of… write.)

Then came a moment of absolute clarity right in my face. I kept on looking for solution to a problem that I myself was exacerbating. It took a simple tweet from comic book writer Tom King.

He tweeted: 

When I came across that, my immediate thought was… “Wow. An established, successful writer is going through something similar as I am.” I’ve had Twitter conversations before with Mr. King, so I messaged him and said, “I’ve been in what I’ve been calling writer’s limbo. I know how to write and can do it easy; the problem is motivation for me.”

His response is what’s prompted me to write about it and in turn return to what I do best and hold dear to my heart: writing.

Okay, so to my own point, I’m not established yet but I for sure have had success as a writer. That’s motivation enough. To Mr. King’s most pointed of points, he’s super right. I would’ve been there a year from today still wondering what’s going to push me to do something. Fuck… that! Nothing is. The only motivation you’ll ever need is to do what it is you want when you want. That’s it. 

Going forward I’m going to stop thinking about what I should write and just write what I want to when the idea pops into my head. I filter myself way too much based off the thought of will people like this? The “J Effect isn’t for people, it’s for me and whoever actually likes to know what I think on anything that interests me. 

No need for motivation. In my case, write. For everyone else, if there’s something you want to do; be better at; say… whatever. Stop thinking about, do it and care less about what other’s opinions are because the one that matters is your own. Whoever backs you will come in time.

What is it you’ve stopped yourself from doing? 

Leave a comment below, tweet me @werdynerdy or message on The “J” Effect Facebook page. 

Wagner just now taking off on postseason flight after early-season odyssey

[Editor’s Note: Post originally appeared on A Daly Dose Of Hoops where I’m a staff writer.]

Bashir Mason’s Wagner Seahawks made a statement on game one of the college basketball season back in November: A stunning 67-58 win over the then-No. 18 ranked UConn Huskies, a highlight part of Wagner’s season; even this far in, according to Mason.

“I think that’s what the ceiling was for this group,” Mason reminisced. “That was a really good UConn team. We walked in there and beat them.”

To kick off non-conference play with such a loud bang, conventional wisdom would assume Wagner probably takes advantage of such incredible momentum and steam roll from there. But no one could have expected Romone Saunders, who dropped 15 points in their effort against UConn, to suffer a broken bone in his left foot that required surgery, as reported by the Staten Island Advance/SILive.com’s Cormac Gordon.

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Blink, but don’t miss the Red Flash

[Editor’s Note: Post originally appeared on A Daly Dose Of Hoops, where I’m a staff writer.]
FROM NINTH TO FOURTH

Back on a beautiful, partly cloudy late fall afternoon; October 26, 2016, the Northeast Conference men’s basketball preseason poll was announced at the fifth annual NEC Basketball Social Media Day at Barclays Center. And so far, it has been a good outlook on the 2016-17 season.

The Fairleigh Dickinson Knights, who were voted No. 1, are currently No. 2 behind the Mount St. Mary’s Mountaineers, who were picked tied for fourth with the LIU Brooklyn Blackhawks. While the Wagner Seahawks and the Bryant Bulldogs are both playing below expectations tied for fifth; each were looked at to be No. 2 and No. 3 in the conference, respectively, with the Seahawks tallying four first-place votes.

Robert Morris, St. Francis Brooklyn, Sacred Heart and Central Connecticut are all in the bottom half of the conference, where they were voted by the coaches. One team not mentioned, chosen to finish ninth and not receiving enough attention for how they’re performing is Saint Francis University, currently fourth in the NEC.

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New Year Means More Awesomeness to Consume

WRITER’S NO MAN’S LAND

For the first time in weeks I began to type words onto a blank screen again. I went on to write five pages! As time passed since I had written my last anything, I started to think to myself Have I lost my ability to write? The short answer is no. When you’re given the gift of any talent by God, it’s always with you; if you feel as if you’ve somehow become untalented, you’re not. It’s a mental state we put ourselves in. We’re locked in place. Inspiration, creativity, ideas, thoughts… nothing is flowing. Even the things we love and are passionate about don’t provide the same safe space of comfort.

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The Flat: Coach firings start with Jeff Fisher

UPDATE: Gus Bradley. Rex Ryan. John Fox. Mike McCoy. Todd Bowles. Jeff Fisher. Chuck Pagano. Marvin Lewis. Sean Payton. 

Those nine names of NFL head coaches is the running list I had in mind to be fired either sometime throughout the season or on Black Monday — the day after the regular seasons ends; in that order too, from left to right.

Somehow Gus Bradley has survived his way to Week 15. Rex Ryan is out of a job come that fateful Monday. And if the Jets keep performing the way they have been, Todd Bowles is going to coach himself out of a job after just two seasons in the Meadowlands, but he’s probably going to be given one more season. Everyone else is based on how their respective teams finish in the final three weeks. Fox is likely gone and McCoy is 50/50. Pagano, Lewis and Payton are all safe.

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In Blake Francis, Wagner has a shooter with a point guard mentality

[Editor’s Note: Post originally appeared on A Daly Dose Of Hoops, where I’m a staff writer.]

IN LOSING, THERE CAME A LEADER

The Westfield Bulldogs of Chantilly, Virginia, lost the 6A state championship to the Colonial Forge Eagles of Stafford by the final of 47-46 to end the 2014-15 season. And although it may have been a disappointment, it helped give rise to the leadership of one of their own: then-junior guard Blake Francis.

Failing to capture the Virginia title, he felt an immediate sense of urgency to step up because of how far his team had made it without any of the satisfaction. Plus, he knew that in the following season, he’d be a graduating senior.

His coach at the time, Doug Ewell, placed the responsibility on Francis to relay the message to his teammates that now wasn’t the time to drift apart over losing one game, regardless of its importance. It was instead when they should come together to work toward satiating their ongoing hunger for their ultimate goal: winning it all.

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