• Who am I?

    I am Qrystal; or at least, that's my dot-name! Har har. (My name is really Crystal, but that's not as internet-searchable; hence, switching the C for the little-used letter Q.)

    I am here because I enjoy writing. I do this mostly for myself, but I also have a passion for helping others learn things from the things I write. Now that I am done my Ph.D. in Physics, I am stepping away from academic research so that I can indulge in some creative ways to share my knowledge and inspire the appreciation of scientific thinking in others. I am also working as a tutor, which is one of the jobs I've most enjoyed doing in my life so far.

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  • On Becoming Awesome

    Posted by Qrystal on September 11, 2017 at 11:35.
    Category: Life. Tags: .


    I am currently on a mission to Become Awesome.  My next move is to write about how it will unfold, focusing on the forward direction so fervently that I don’t even acknowledge anything else.  (This introduction has been difficult to write because of the negativity and stuckness I am in the process of overcoming, but I’m pleased with what I’ve written and I’m ready to get into more detail.)



    I need to define what I mean by “Awesome”, so that I will recognize it when I achieve it.

    Clarity is a particularly relevant part of my Vision of Awesomeness, and I am amused that it has arisen first from my mess of thoughts on the matter.  Clearly, this facet arose first because of how important it is to have clarity when defining anything, but there is more to it than that.  I know it will be Awesome to cultivate clarity in all aspects of my life: in my surroundings, in my processes, in my plans, and in my accomplishments.

    Consistency is another aspect of my Vision of Awesomeness.  It certainly takes consistency to Become anything, but the Awesomeness that I yearn to be is a consistent state of being.  Plus, it will be easier to be Awesome once I have practiced enough that it becomes natural!

    Creation is of utmost importance in my Vision of Awesomeness, because my myriad amazing ideas need to be set free from the confines of my imagination.  I now must begin creating and accomplishing things, so that others can appreciate and benefit from my ideas.  The small steps I have taken and am taking are going to be joined by more and more steps as I Become the embodiment of the Awesomeness that I see possible.

    Confidence is the key that to unlocking the Awesome state I want to Become.  I know the things I want to create, and I have known for a long time, but I have only recently started focusing on developing enough confidence to make these creations possible.  I am also practicing using stronger language when I state things that I know or even strongly suspect to be true, because appropriately-chosen words can help boost my overall confidence.  Furthermore, I am working on my posture, for both my physical and mental well-being.



    So here I am, working towards my mission of Becoming Awesome.  I started writing this today at the beginning of my time to myself, right when I returned home from walking my kid to his bus stop on his first day of Senior Kindergarten.  That means I started today with Awesomeness, and now, everything great that I do for the rest of today will serve to reinforce that Awesomeness.

    Here’s to creating something, expressing with confidence, focusing on clarity, in a way that I intend to continue consistently.  Cheers!


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    Much-Approved Design Upgrades

    Posted by Qrystal on March 3, 2017 at 12:41.
    Category: Life. Tags: musings, products, thanks.


    I was happily acknowledging a product’s recent design upgrade, when it occurred to me that this is the third such that I have noticed in the past few years, and I don’t think I’ve done anything about them other than quietly appreciate.  Something must be said, out loud!

    I have [...] Continue Reading…

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    More Creation, Less Consumption

    Posted by Qrystal on January 13, 2017 at 12:58.
    Category: Life. Tags: .

    I was just reading my twitter feed for the first time in a long time (weeks, at least, and the time before that was probably weeks before that, and so on, for years) and I got reminded of a few things.  It inspired me to come here and write, [...] Continue Reading…

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    Posted by Qrystal on November 30, 2016 at 9:16.
    Category: Life. Tags: myself.


    I have so many partially written

    Having as many partially written things as I do is somewhat

    What I’ve decided to muse about today is: is there a way I can accept the incompleteness, as it is, without being harsh with myself, so I can simply

    And if I do start moving [...] Continue Reading…

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    Yearning for Returning

    Posted by Qrystal on October 11, 2016 at 13:38.
    Category: Life. Tags: blogging, future, goals, myself, nanowrimo, writing.


    I have come to the point where I want to say “out loud” that I want to get back here, and write more.  So here I am, doing exactly that.

    Will I post any of the things I’ve half-written over the past few years?  I don’t know.  Maybe.  I might [...] Continue Reading…

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    Where am I?

    Posted by Qrystal on August 26, 2014 at 12:03.
    Category: Life. Tags: myself, thesis.


    I’m about to attempt the shortest blog post I’ve ever written.  It shouldn’t be hard; I tend to write mini-novels, and enjoy the heck out of doing so.

    But, well, I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: I don’t have time for that, right now.  This time, however, I’m [...] Continue Reading…

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    New Year, New Life

    Posted by Qrystal on January 1, 2012 at 23:37.
    Category: Life. Tags: future, planning, thesis.

    Many things about my life will be changing this year.  And I’m not talking about New Year’s Resolutions… heck, I don’t know if I should even bother making any specific resolutions for the year, except perhaps to not go completely mad while I’m facing the madness that is to [...] Continue Reading…

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    “I Don’t Have Time”

    Posted by Qrystal on August 1, 2011 at 12:52.
    Category: Life. Tags: myself, procrastination, thesis, time.

    Recently, I’ve been noticing myself thinking that “I don’t have time” for this, that, or the other thing that I want to do. And this is despite knowing that it’s usually unhelpful to think such a thing, because “you’ve gotta make time”, blah blah blah.

    At the same time, I [...] Continue Reading…

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    Our Northern Ontario Camping Destination

    Posted by Qrystal on June 9, 2011 at 7:40.
    Category: Life. Tags: fun, myself, recreation.

    I kinda wanted to share where we’re going camping, but at the same time, I also wanted to keep it secret… so I grabbed the Google Satellite imagery from the area just to give an idea of the terrain.

    I will say, though, that it’s deep in Northern Ontario, a [...] Continue Reading…

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    Saying ‘Yes’ to Challenge

    Posted by Qrystal on November 28, 2010 at 23:33.
    Category: Life. Tags: shiva nata, thesis.

    The title of this post makes me feel yucky contemplating it, but I’m going to keep it as it is because it is an important lesson I learned recently.  I mean, I’ve known for quite some time that it’s not a good idea to let myself say ‘No’ to [...] Continue Reading…


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