Revitalizing TCSG

I’ve been neglecting this blog for about two years.  Shortly after publishing The Coffee Shop Goddess I decided I needed a serious change in my life, which included taking a totally new direction, and putting my writing career on hold.  The resulting journey was… intense.  I have evolved a lot as a person.  I think I am finally ready to start writing some humour again.  Expect something new on Wednesday, and regularly on Wednesdays hereafter.  Pagan, sex, and dating humour.

In the meantime, if you are interested in learning about what I’ve been up to, you can find me in two places:

New Worlds Coaching

After all the struggles that brought me to the self-publishing arena, including the mistakes, frustration, and heartbreak, I decided I wanted to help other writers accomplish what I did – only better!  I studied NLP, hypnosis, motivational speaking, time management, and a whole slew of other skills and became a life coach for artists, writers, and creative types.

After all, Niels Bohr once said “An expert is a man who has made all the mistakes which can be made,in a narrow field”

The Wild Man Project

Of course, creativity isn’t the only thing I’ve struggled with for a very long time.  I’ve spent years trying to find a way to relate and understand my own masculinity and manhood.   After a particularly rough patch, I took an interest in Men’s Issues, and suddenly found a topic I was passionate about in a way I had never been before.

Studying Men’s issues took me down a rabbit hole: I moved from Game and Pick-Up Artistry to the Men’s Movement of the 1990s to the modern Men’s Rights Movement, to the growing 21st Century Masculinities movement… even (goddess help me!) the Metrosexual movement to try to understand what was going on in my life.

I am not only coaching, I am writing self-help materials, and an increasingly well-read (but usually pretty serious) blog about Men’s Issues.  I’ll be working on a book this Spring as well.

Believe me, the potential for laughs there is unbelievable.


~ by Brian Rideout on 27/02/2012.

2 Responses to “Revitalizing TCSG”

  1. First off I would like to say great blog! I had a quick question which I’d like to ask if
    you do not mind. I was interested to know
    how you center yourself and clear your thoughts
    prior to writing. I have had a hard time clearing my mind in getting my ideas out there.
    I truly do enjoy writing but it just seems like the first 10 to 15 minutes are generally wasted simply just trying
    to figure out how to begin. Any recommendations or tips?
    Appreciate it!

    • I have found creating a ritual is the key to getting yourself in the right mind space. If you do the same thing every time you write, it gets easier and easier to get started.

      For me, I do a little stretching to make sure I’m physically comfortable, I make myself a cup of chai, and I put on some ambient music every time I write.

      I also find that it is helpful to have material related to what you are writing about on hand. For example, I keep mind maps related to the story’s I’m writing where I can see them. I use Pinterest to collect pictures that inspire me to think about my characters. My workspace in my computer desktop full of imagery and notes related to my work.

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