D. A. Boxill

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25 Things You Don’t Have To Justify To Anyone

Weekly Wisdom I

Don’t let your environment limit you

-Steve Fung


No matter what your circumstances or what you’re going through, if you have a dream or any kind of goal you want to achieve, keep fighting on and success will come.



NEW Features!

Weekly Wisdom

I would like to introduce you to new feature of my blog called ‘Weekly Wisdom’ where I will bring you teachable and  inspirational moments, quotes and other tidbits.

TEDxYouth@Bridgetown – Wisdom Shared

I promised to bring you coverage from TEDxYouth@Bridgetown so I will be sharing with you a bit of the wit, wisdom and warmth which I gained from the various TEDsters in the new segment.

(and yes Hi! I’m back again! Sorry to have disappeared again – but hey life of a University student can be quite overwhelming and hectic)


Book Corner

You can check out what I’m currently reading via my Goodreads Shelf (there’s a widget on right of this post) or even keep track of and join my 2013 reading challenge. My current goal is 35 books. I will also be review and recommending at least one book a month for you to read and hopefully enjoy as I have.

Music Corner

Musical Artist or Musician of the Month, Album reviews. New artist spotlight, anything goes over here once it’s music related.

Stay tuned! Anything else can happen! Feel free to leave a comment or suggestion anytime.


NaNoWriMo – Embrace the Icky Sticky!

Dave Farmer

Whether you’re a seasoned writer or a NoWriMo virgin, sooner or later you’ll probably reach a point I call The Lifeless River Bed of Despondency and Meh. This is where the initial adrenaline rush has driven your Storymobile across the rich and vivid fictional landscape only to find it splutter and grind to a halt. Why does this happen?

There are many reasons, for example:

  • Your characters may have reached a dead-end.
  • Your plot that started out so well is suddenly too big and cumbersome, or you’ve realised it has less substance than you thought.
  • There are so many sub plots they’re eating each other alive and your story & characters are suffering.
  • Perhaps you’ve reached the end ahead of time, or realise that the end is still so far in the distance it’s like a mirage you’ll never reach.

It’s at this point you’re likely to panic.

But that’s…

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Wednesday, October 17th, 2012 saw the successful hosting of the 2nd annual TEDxYouth@Bridgetown here in Barbados! Held under the theme “The Big Questions?”, it was so jam-packed with advice, inspiration and other awesome tid-bits that one post alone would not do it even remote justice.


Over the coming weeks I will be bringing you lots of coverage and highlights from TEDxYouth@Bridgetown!

For those of you unfamiliar with TED and TEDx Conferences here is some info adapted from TEDxYouth@Bridgetown‘s site :

What is TED?

TED is a non-profit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 26 years ago, TED (Technology, Entertainment and Design) has grown to support those world-changing ideas with multiple initiatives. At TED, the world’s leading thinkers and doers are asked to give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes. Talks are then made available, free, at TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Benoit Mandelbrot, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Isabel Allende and former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown. Two major TED events are held each year: The TED Conference takes place every spring in Long Beach, California (along with a parallel conference, TEDActive, in Palm Springs), and TEDGlobal is held each summer in Edinburgh, Scotland. Visit for more information on TED.

 What is TEDxYouth@Bridgetown?

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience; x = independently organised TED event. The mission of TEDxYouth@Bridgetown is to be known as the hub where local and regional visionaries and storytellers gather to share their ‘Ideas Worth Spreading’. Featured Speakers are those who have extraordinary voices in the local or regional community, who have a unique story or an unusual perspective, and who can convey it in a dynamic way. 

Chase your dreams. Believe in them


The Summer Olympics and Paralympics! How can we forget that glorious spectacle, the culmination of years of training, sweat, tears and sacrifice for thousands of athletes, families, trainers, coaches and many others.


All of the athletes were gold medal hopefuls intending to compete their hardest and do their best for personal and national glory. That was their rainbow.


Some say chasing rainbows is a hopeless pursuit that can never be fulfilled. But I like to believe that for some even chasing rainbows is enough. What your personal rainbow is and why you are chasing it is important to you. Sadly, I find some people are not willing to respect that.


Too often, others are overly negative and harshly critical because they can’t see your goal; they can’t believe in your journey towards a personal rainbow’s end. There might even be those who support us in the beginning but tire of our journey and falter or drop out along the way. Many of us might even have been forced to go on our own from the start.


At the end of the day, I think we’re all just chasing rainbows; searching for that bit of happiness, magic and colour that makes life seem worthwhile. I think we’re all just waiting out the storm hoping that after the showers and hardships, we will be greeted with that bit of brilliance.


Some of us may hide from the storms, afraid of the thunder and lightning. Personally, I love storms. I love the rumble of the sky drums in concert and the flashes of “God’s X-ray” passing through us all. I love the feel of rain and wind sweeping me. But storms can’t last forever no matter the damage they cause or how big they are. Survival of a storm means lessons should have been learnt, knowledge and wisdom should have been gained and what has been proven to be weak should be strengthened and improved.


I ask you, what is your current storm? What is making life difficult for you? Can you change it? If you can’t change your circumstances, can you change yourself in such a way that you can live more easily in your circumstances?


What is your current rainbow? What are your dreams and why are you pursuing them? What is your hope for the future? Do you believe in your rainbow enough to get through the storms? Can you believe in it?


Chase your dreams. Believe in them. Find your happiness.


At the end of the day, we’re all just chasing rainbows.


How to not murder small children.

Orson Welles’ Rules of Writing.

Orson Welles, 1951.

We’ve had Kurt Vonnegut’s rules of writing and Stephen King’s. I want to share with you familiar advice by one of the greater creative minds of the 20th century. Welles’ talents did not stop at writing. He ended up directing and acting in many great film classics. Needless to say a man his talent could give some invaluable advice. And he did! In 1946 he released an essay called: ‘Politics and the English Language”. In this he defines 6 rules of writing. 6 rules he thinks writers should by. Give them a read.

  1. Never use a metaphor, simile, or other figure of speech which you are used to seeing in print.
  2. Never use a long word where a short one will do.
  3. If it is possible to cut a word out, always cut it out.
  4. Never use the passive where you can use the active.
  5. Never use a foreign phrase, a scientific word, or a jargon word if you can think of an everyday English equivalent.
  6. Break any of these rules sooner than say anything outright barbarous.

– via Sander

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