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Joseph M. Learned

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My upcoming novel is fast approaching its release date and the best way to stay updated would be to follow . Additionally, I frequently post information to help you gain control of your mental health and your life.

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How a writer must overcome the fear of rejection and inadequacy.

“I got a rejection letter from an editor at Harper Collins, who included a report from his professional reader. This report shredded my first-born novel, laughed at my phrasing, twirled my lacy pretensions around and gobbed into the seething mosh pit of my stolen clichés. As I read the report, the world became very quiet and stopped rotating. What poisoned me was the fact that the report’s criticisms were all absolutely true. The sound of my landlady digging in the garden got the world moving again. I slipped the…


Self-censorship is the cancer of writing.

“Yikes, language.”
Shashi Sastry, in response to .

For fuck’s sake, let's stop all the shitty self-censored articles on this site, acting like we’re going to be the next Hemingway or that some organization is going to dig up each one of our writings in search of a minuscule mistake. This shit-show of a website has plenty of flaws, but it also has more than its fair share of tolerance regarding freedom of speech. …


A medieval baker with his apprentice. The Bodleian Library, Oxford.

Dear Publication: You aren’t the New York Times (and you never will be).

There’s a plague running rampant across Medium. The plague was created by the King and is run by the Lords of his land. The Lords of this land eat from the dirtied palms of those kept in a perpetual state of serfdom; forever submitting their hard work to their Lord sat atop a carefully trimmed steed, who callously rejects the fruits of their labor.

How could they accept? They are drowned in the efforts of their slaves. Their choice is not between ‘this and that’, but between…


Don’t bother wasting your time submitting to publications. Here’s why.

Finally, I submitted it to “”, and gratifyingly, they published it. Yet the only Fans for it, so far, have been the Editor who published it and one person from a Facebook Group where I shared the story…So this draws the line...what is value?”
Celine Lai, Why I Stopped Submitting to the Big Publications

Let me start this shit show out by giving a big ol’ shoutout to my homie Dr Mehmet Yildiz over at (this is very much-so a one-way thing, I doubt he knows of my existence)…


No more views. No more reads. Fuck everything.

A picture is hung on my wall which reads “Joy”. Santa is featured prominently above the word. This has hung on my wall since last November. We are now entering May. We all know that joy is not a common topic in my writings.

Fuck Joy.

I have surrendered my focus on gaining followers on this platform as we are all well aware that followers mean jack-shit on this site. Whatever. No worries. I write because I love to write. …

Joseph M. Learned

Anarchist with a pen mightier than a sword.

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