• 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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    Wednesday, November 30th, 2016

      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 on with [...]

    Yearning for Returning

    Tuesday, October 11th, 2016

      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 even backdate them (I’ll [...]

    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 [...]

    “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 [...]

    Our Northern Ontario Camping Destination

    Thursday, June 9th, 2011

    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 little north of halfway between [...]

    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 [...]

    A Shivanaut’s Maiden Voyage

    Friday, October 22nd, 2010

    “Pull tab to open,” suggests the label on the padded envelope containing the Shiva Nata DVD I’ve been so eagerly awaiting.  I’m so ready to crank this practice up, and lose myself in blessed befuddledness that is meant to challenge my mind into untangling itself. So why have I not torn open the envelope yet? [...]

    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 [...]

    My Teaching Philosophy

    Thursday, April 2nd, 2009

    I prepared this writeup for my teaching portfolio, which I needed to submit along with a nomination I was honoured to receive for a GA/TA Award for Educational Practice. Also in this package, I had to include letters from students willing to support my nomination, and the ones who did were motivational almost beyond words. [...]

    Self-reinforcing Success

    Monday, February 9th, 2009

    A great weakness has been festering in me for too long now: I am very bad at completing things.  I have great intentions, great directions, great plans, great ideas, but almost none of them get implemented.  What’s worse is that each failure (perceived or actual) reinforces the mindset that causes it. Cause and Effect I’ve tried to [...]

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