Like the creative writing workshop advice goes, if one person tells you a piece of feedback about your story, that's just their opinion, but if ten people give you the same note, there's probably something worth paying attention to on the input side.
Dear Captain, I looked through the archives and I couldn't see anything on this particular topic, but apologies if I missed something. It does seem connected to the Geek Social Fallacies though. My question is about how to deal with awkwardness and anxieties over the dreaded Group Chat. I have a group of friends who … Continue reading #1251: “My friends are mad because I don’t like talking in the dreaded Group Chat from WhatsApp Hell.”
How many times would you keep trying to hug someone who told you they didn't like it? Zero is the correct answer, so why won't this dude back off?
"Sometimes I imagine what it would be like to give this book to my mother. To present it to her as a precious gift over a meal that I’ve cooked for her. To say: Here is everything that keeps us from really talking. Here is my heart. Here are my words. I wrote this for … Continue reading Books: “What My Mother And I Don’t Talk About: Fifteen Writers Break the Silence”
It's time to answer the things people typed into search engines as if they are questions. Here is a seasonal jam by The Avett Brothers: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rkVM4AxzxCE Lyrics are here. 1 "I can't stand going to my friend's house because she smokes inside." Legit! I have a very hard time with smoke (asthma trigger), the same … Continue reading It Came From The Search Terms: February Seven
Submit questions on Twitter (@CAwkward, #AwkwardFriday) or on Patreon before noon Chicago time today. I'll answer as many as I can between noon and 1pm, with comments turned on once the post is up. Thank you, this was fun to do last week. Q 1, a holdover from last week: "Hi Captain! I'm starting at … Continue reading Chat/Short Answer Friday Today
Hi Captain! Many years ago, I was in love with a woman friend of mine, let's call her P, and when I used my words, she told me that she didn't feel the same way and was already in love with someone else (a mutual friend of ours, A). I was heart-broken and after about … Continue reading #958: “How do I learn to be okay with an arranged marriage?”
Dear Captain Awkward, I'm afraid I might be walking into an Alice situation (a la letter #247). My boyfriend's family is very conservative and even though he is an adult, he not only lives with them (which is fine) but lives by their rules, curfews, and puts up with their interrogations over who he is … Continue reading #944 and #945: Dudes Who Come With A High Degree of Difficulty
Dear Captain Awkward, I should probably start off by saying that I come from a culture (one of many) where family ties are super close, and family members getting into your business is acceptable and if you complain about it you're ungrateful and aggressive. I am now going to be working in another country (my … Continue reading #880: “You should be more independent (Even though I hover over every aspect of your life):” A Paradox
It's time for the monthly-ish post where we answer the things that people typed into search engines as if they are questions. 1. "Captain Awkward help my boyfriend keeps trying to optimise me. Eff that dude. He's not your Pygmalion and you are not a project. 2. "How should you act when you see your … Continue reading It Came From The Search Terms: The Lusty Month of May