Melissa Yuan-Innes

Montreal Qc, Canada

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Melissa Yuan-Innes
Posted about 2 years ago
Meg Jay: Why 30 is not the new 20
Interesting. I remember my grandfather lecturing me about going to university when I was 8 years old. I spent my 20's with my nose to the grindstone, mostly in med school/residency. Playing around was never an option. While I don't think one size fits all, and I was obviously raised by a school-obsessed family that left me somewhat scarred in other ways (Mom, I'm kidding. Sort of), I do hope my kids plan to take advantage of a good decade of their lives. Hey, I'm an emergency doctor. I hope you take advantage of every minute, because I've got to tell you, the next one could turn ugly. Peace.
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Melissa Yuan-Innes
Posted over 3 years ago
Alain de Botton: A kinder, gentler philosophy of success
I absolutely agree that you have to define success for yourself. As Anna Qundlen said, "Because if your success is not on your own terms, if it looks good to the world but does not feel good in your heart, it is not success at all. Remember the words of Lily Tomlin: If you win the rat race, you're still a rat." http://www.mtholyoke.edu/news/stories/5683096
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Melissa Yuan-Innes
Posted over 3 years ago
What is your favorite book and how do you choose your next read?
I love to walk into a library and flip through whatever catches my eye, whether it's a kid's book, "literature," how to, graphic novels, or fashion magazines. I've started to download ebooks in the same way. I read in order to be surprised, though, so if it's not hitting me on all four cylinders and I've heard the story before, I put it down and move on. A good book, I'll read over and over. I can't pick a favourite book, but the from the eclectic paths you take re. book recommendations (+1 from me on that), I suggest Robert Jeschonek. Full disclosure, he is a friend of mine, but I have lots of talented writing friends. Bob is just fiercely original and funny. Like, a superhero with Alzheimer's disease ("Forced Retirement")? Too great.
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Melissa Yuan-Innes
Posted over 3 years ago
What are you happy for this past year?
Well, this might sound like a bragfest, but you asked... 1. My baby daughter. Every day, I am grateful that our family now feels complete. My children bring me tremendous joy. 2. Joining the indie publishing revolution. Now my writing can, and does, connect directly with readers, instead of getting stuck at the gatekeepers. How amazing is that? Plus the usual things like my husband, my health, and a roof over my head. :)
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Melissa Yuan-Innes
Posted over 3 years ago
How can we use awkward pauses (which could be good) to generate creativity?
I think humor always works, as long as you mean it. You could click to a slide that says "cell phonus interruptus" every time it happens. You could do a dance while you wait and encourage your audience to do the same. You could have a contest with your friends, and the one with the most interruptions wins. Personally, I like to think before I answer something important, and I've had a few friends tell me that the pause seemed awkward ("What's she doing? Did I say something wrong?") before they realized I was thinking. Pauses, silences, mistakes, reflection, meditation...all potentially uncomfortable things that lead to creativity, as I'm just starting to figure out myself. Thanks for bringing it up.