Thinking about quitting? Wait, hear me out…

Close-up of 100 dollar bill
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It’s been a crazy year. There have been some good months and some bad ones, a global pandemic and the most catastrophic presidency in the United States in my lifetime. It hasn’t all be great economically, either. I’ve had my $10,000 months and I got lazy for a while and had had some weaker months. That’s how freelancing goes, and it’s especially how it goes when you write for Medium. I’m OK with it and just accept the ebbs and flows as part of the gig.

When it comes to writing, change is the only constant. You win some months…


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Hint: it wasn’t by focusing on just the money

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Calling all professional and amateur writers alike, I wanted to talk about how I made $9,000 from writing in December of 2020, so I could give you a glance into how I’m making it out here these days.

The end of 2020 was a tumultuous time for everyone. The virus raged on. We were locked down and, us writers being people who need stimulation more often than not, the quarantines were starting to weigh heavily on us. That’s when a lot of people I know began to struggle with their writing. We writers need stimulation.

A lot of people have…


Are the economic foundations of America crumbling before our very eyes?

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Back in January, an unknown person living in the small town of Lonaconing, Maryland struck it big. They didn’t just win the lottery, they won the lottery to the tune of $731 million, the fifth-highest lottery payout in United States History and the highest payout in Maryland’s history.

Maryland is one of seven U.S. states where the winners of the lottery are allowed to remain anonymous. In every other state, the winners are publicly announced so once you win, everyone knows who you are. …


Why do so many women make noise during sex?

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I remember being young and feeling out of place as I navigated the world of sex. I fumbled around like a child who’d just been handed a violin and asked to play Mozart.

I think we all were. Puberty is a tough part of life. There’s a lot going on with our bodies and minds and we don’t quite know what to make of it. If it felt like you were a child living in an adult’s body, that’s because you were. I know it felt that way for me.

My young mind was opening up to a world of…


After a year-long battle, I’ve finally vanquished my nemesis with the help of modern medicine

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It’s been a long, agonizing time coming. For the past year and some change, I’ve been suffering from a nightmarish sleep disorder. Back in 2020, I thought I had Delayed Sleep Phase Syndrome, a syndrome that’s characterized by not getting tired until the wee hours of the morning.

Over the past year, I slowly began to ask myself if I have apnea, as symptoms worsened. I would wake in the middle of the night for no particular reason. If I did sleep for close to 8 hours, which was rare, I would still feel completely exhausted the next day.

But…


An age-old question gets a makeover: what’s your number?

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It’s a question as old as time and one that makes virtually everyone I know uncomfortable. You’ll be on a date and someone will slyly work the question into your conversation as if to peer into your sexual history and pass judgment on you. You know what they mean when it’s coming. They want to see how their number stacks up against yours.

It’s like a dick-measuring contest, only with your past indiscretions and sexcapades; more of a fault-finding mission than a fact-finding mission. And double standards abound.

We all know the age-old tropes, that men get high fives from…


I can’t believe I have to say this, but…

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Jordan Peterson has said a lot of weird things in his tenure as an internet celebrity and pseudoscientific guru of sorts. I mean, the guy tried to tell us that we can learn a lot from lobsters and that lobsters “prove just how important hierarchies of authority are,” with the implication that what applies to crustaceans, applies to humans.

He’s an enigmatic figure who’s been smeared by the far left of the political spectrum as a “Nazi” (a completely unfounded claim), while he’s been revered in many other circles, from the far-right Red Pill movement to ordinary men who turn…


The path of existential philosophy that took me from my fear of isolation to emotional independence

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She’s crumbling. Her world is falling apart. This morning I woke up to a Facebook post from a very close friend who’s struggling through a difficult period in her life. She’s one year out from a harsh breakup that transpired a little over a year ago. Every day is a battle; every night is a mission to just feel normal. Her sleep is disrupted. Her post was from the early hours of the morning and spoke of a dread I know all too well.

She was terrified that her work performance would suffer after the stress of her own racing…


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Is anyone else getting super tired of these Red Pill dudes on YouTube who seem to have taken over? Maybe I’ve fallen into an algorithmic filter bubble or something, but I keep seeing video after video cropping up in my feed with some wannabe macho man pushing the most toxic versions of masculinity conceivable.

Above all, I blame Jordan Peterson.

Just to go ahead and clarify my stance, no, I don’t think there’s anything wrong with being a man. I think men have a lot to offer the world. …


A beautiful weekend ends in tragedy in Florida

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Another mass shooting broke out in the United States on Sunday, May 30th, this time in Miami Florida. It was early morning when a large group of people was gathered together at a banquet hall to enjoy what they must’ve thought would be another ordinary Sunday. The shooting occurred outside of the banquet hall that had been rented out for a concert, as the murderers shot blindly into the crowd, hitting as many concert-goers as possible.

The authorities are on the hunt for the shooters and they believe the incident to have been targeted, meaning that the shooters were aiming…

Joe Duncan

From Los Angeles, California. Life isn’t a series of many moments, but one moment that is always changing. Buy me coffee here: https://ko-fi.com/joeduncan

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