• 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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  • 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 [...]

    5 Ways to Handle Chronic Procrastination

    Friday, July 11th, 2008

    Link: 5 Ways to Handle Chronic Procrastination Step #1: Take Action.  (Don’t just acknowledge and ignore the problem!) Step #2: Find the Root.  (Search your feelings.) Step #3: Set Goals. (Determination can conquer procrastination!) Step #4: Be Realistic. (Plan, but plan for breaks too.) Step #5: Review. (Reward yourself, and prevent regression.)