• 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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    Where am I?

    Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

      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 acknowledging that this is [...]

    New Year, New Life

    Sunday, January 1st, 2012

    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 come. I use the term “madness” [...]

    “I Don’t Have Time”

    Monday, August 1st, 2011

    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 know there is also some [...]

    Saying ‘Yes’ to Challenge

    Sunday, November 28th, 2010

    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 challenges just because they’re difficult or [...]

    A Ghost of a Feeling

    Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010

    What I’m about to share may seem strange, but it really happened, and it was really just before Halloween, which may make it even more spooky. I was alone in my home office, writing Chapter 83 of The Girl Who Writes Her Thesis (where Chapters 1-30 are what I call “Book One: Rising to the [...]

    Level Zero Shivanaut

    Tuesday, October 12th, 2010

    As described in my last post, I am starting to learn Shiva Nata, a mental exercise performed with physical motion.  Since the introductory material suggested that journalling my progress might help me better appreciate it, I figure I may as well share my thoughts on it publically in case there are others who are interested [...]

    Passive Voice versus ‘We’ in my thesis

    Tuesday, August 3rd, 2010

    I was contemplating the problem of the “royal we” versus the use of passive voice in my thesis, and it sparked the following ideastorm on twitter…

    Resolving to Overcome My Stuckness

    Monday, January 4th, 2010

    A new year is beginning.  It’s a time that inspires people (myself included) to change some things about their lives.  In the past, I had always gotten stuck on coming up with something specific enough to be measurable, and so it was never actually attainable; in fact, the exact phrasing of my usual choice of [...]

    For the Love of Writing

    Thursday, November 12th, 2009

    It may not be obvious from this blog yet, because I don’t post nearly as often as I would like, but I really truly love writing.  I just keep trying to restrain myself from doing it, especially recreationally, because I know I should be writing my thesis instead.  Somehow, however, the smiley-happy feeling I get [...]

    Fears in Peripheral Vision

    Wednesday, June 24th, 2009

    When something is faced head-on, you can often find that it’s nowhere near as big as you thought it was when it was only in your peripheral vision. — A quote from Catherine Cantieri’s ebook entitled, “How to Harness a Hobgoblin: The #1 Strategy to Unleash Your Creative Productivity” available at http://www.get-sorted.net. I like this [...]

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