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Super Human

Super Human: A Young Adult Sci-Fi Novel

Super Human is the first book in a new Young Adult Science Fiction series.
Super Human, 1st edition is out of print. 2nd edition will be released summer 2020.

Super Human is the first book in a new Young Adult Science Fiction series. Through an out-of-this-world adventure, it takes a close look at the role of anxiety and our thoughts on outcomes in our lives.

Readers praise Super Human:

“I was hooked from page 1. I started out expecting a fun-filled Sci-Fi novel. The deeper I got in the more I realized that there was so much more to take away. By the end, I found myself adjusting the way I look at everyday situations. For people with anxiety, this is a must-read. I highly recommend!”

— Anna

“This YA book is not usually my genre but it grabbed me on page one. This fast-moving story made for a fun read with important messages for all ages. I can and would like to see a series with Will, Lily, & Russell. I want more. I now need to rethink my dismissal of this genre.”

— Amazon review

“Super Human is one of the best young-adult books I’ve read in that it introduces the power of positivity, a mindset to which our teenagers need to be exposed to prepare for life.
I highly recommend this book…
– to all parents of children in their early teens and their teens,
– to teachers of high-school students and their students,
– to tutors who suggest books to their tutees,
– to counselors who work with teenagers,
and to everyone else.
I look forward to reading the next one in the series.”

— Amazon review

(Super Human is currently in the middle of a ground-up rewrite, and will be available summer 2020)

Dan Pouliot

About the Author
A New Hampshire native, Dan Pouliot got his BFA at UNH, and his digital works are in multiple permanent collections. Dan’s been a positive psychology student, practitioner & coach, then a blogger, then an amateur Remote Viewer, a tad psychic, and now a novelist.

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Positive Thinking

A Eulogy to My Mom on Mother’s Day

I am alone. No one truly understands me.

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#WritingCommunityOnlineMeetup Moderator’s Guide

Hi, I’m Dan Pouliot. You may remember me from such tweets as, “It was just a joke” and such personalized DMs as, “Hello. How are you?”

Hey #WritingCommunity lurker. Do you want more followers? If you answered yes to any of these questions, do I have an opportunity for you? Hang on. (clears throat) Do I have an opportunity for you! Become a #WritingCommunityOnlineMeetup Moderator!

“Gee, Mr. Pouliot. I’m curious, but that sounds terrific/frightening/ confusing/maddening/ life-affirming/disgusting.”

I couldn’t agree more, Jimmy. That’s why I’ve created this simple seventy-five step Moderator’s Guide.

“Wow, that sounds easy! So I don’t have to do squat, right?”

No, Jimmy, that’s where you’re dead wrong. Your time obligation will be long and arduous. It will take you more minutes than you have fingers on your hands and feet.

“How many attendees can I expect?”

Zoom’s infinitely superior technology supports enough attendees for everyone on the planet. But don’t worry, only half of them are writers.

“Can anyone really do this?”

Zoom reminds me they haven’t tested their software on the criminally insane, but other than that, yes!

“Will I get to meet new writers and listen to their stories?”

Unfortunately, yes.


Anyone can host a #WritingCommunityOnlineMeetup. Here’s my DIY template. As a moderator, sign up at zoom.us (it’s free). You could copy & paste this template into a Google Doc or whatnot to share the details of your meetup, or heck, just to a multipart-tweet. Replace the items in italics with your meeting specifics.

Date/Time: (this is a global event)
Sunday, April 7, 2019 12:00 PM Eastern Time (GMT-4)

Required Software: Zoom
From your computer: https://zoom.us/

From your phone, download the Zoom app.

Meetings are typically 30 minutes (Zoom allows up to 40 minutes free). The moderator will adjust speaking times depending on how many show up. We want everyone to get a chance to introduce themselves and speak!

Join Zoom Meeting

https://zoom.us/j/718743582?pwd=TEYxOEVWVTZkYzNFWGR6cTE4SEJNdz09

Password: writing

One tap mobile

+16465588656,,718743582# US (New York)

+14086380968,,718743582# US (San Jose)

Dial by your location

       +1 646 558 8656 US (New York)

       +1 408 638 0968 US (San Jose)

Meeting ID: 718 743 582

Find your local number: https://zoom.us/u/acc29NFW4k


Do I have to show my face?

No, Zoom lets you toggle your camera on or off. That said, deaf attendees might require video for lip reading purposes. So if you are willing, video would help with accessibility for all attendees.

I’m outside of the US. Can I still join?

Yes!

Agenda

0) Welcome
1) Introductions
2) Topic: your topic goes here.
3) Wrap up. Keep firm end time (30 min total) to respect people’s time

Some Agenda Ideas:
The _____ thing happened to me.
Weirdest
Funniest
Saddest
Most Wonderful
Most Tragic
Most Romantic
Most Profound

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Positive Thinking

Reason and the ability to use it are two separate skills

To be fluent in a language means not only that you can understand it, but that you can speak it competently. Competency in the language does not necessarily make it your first language. It may be your second, or third. Your first language is your dominant one.

Reason can be thought of like a language, so can emotion. Emotions can lack reason, and reason can lack emotion. Often, one dominates, the other is afterthought.

“Reason and the ability to use it are two separate skills.”

— Franz Grillparzer

Emotion that is dogmatically subordinate to reason feels stultified and inauthentic. Reason that is dogmatically subordinate to emotion is flawed. Just like that co-equal branches of government make for a stronger government, we are stronger not when one dominates the other, but rather when reason and emotion are democratic peers within us. The two have a conversation and come to consensus. Reason and emotion are aligned.

Reason and emotion are balanced through proper executive function.