Perceptive Madness

Nia Lizia Carnelio
A weekly newsletter exploring books, freelancing, and (k-)pop culture.
Created 03 May 2021
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  • The formula to choose your ideal job or freelance project
    10 Sep 2021 • 4 min read • 8 0
    My friend quit her job this week. I’m thrilled for her, even though she only joined the company earlier this year. This role didn’t sit right with her from the very beginning — but it took a second to...
  • Fanfics deserve more mainstream kudos
    04 Sep 2021 • 6 min read • 12 0
    More than a decade. That's how long I've been reading fanfiction. I'd be more likely to give up traditionally published books and literature over fanfics if there were a gun to my head. There's someth...
  • Can you separate art from the artist?
    20 Aug 2021 • 4 min read • 7 0
    Spoiler alert — no. Much has already been said about this discourse. In fact, I’ve already had the art vs the artist discussion with people around me many times over. There are only two sides, after a...
  • Toxic Productivity Is Not Your Friend
    13 Aug 2021 • 5 min read • 11 0
    What's your favourite productivity hack? Mine's my Notion database, and panic — I'm most productive when I've got a deadline approaching. Whether it's a to-do list, a cup of coffee or an app that bloc...
  • Have you read the classics? 📖
    06 Aug 2021 • 4 min read • 14 2
    For the longest time, I was the most well-read person I knew. I didn't know many others who read as widely or as voraciously as I did in my school. So, if there was one thing in the world I was confid...
  • To niche or not to niche?
    30 Jul 2021 • 5 min read • 13 2
    "Only 10% of you will end up in the same career you started out in." Our class of 110 was half asleep in our 8 am anthro lecture when our professor told us this. That's also why that's a paraphrased q...
  • Everything's better with friends, even a pandemic
    23 Jul 2021 • 5 min read • 12 0
    When I went to study in the UK, I misjudged how many lectures I'd have for my course. After going through five years of six, eight-hour days every week, I was expecting a lot more interaction with my ...
  • Why monetizing your hobbies is totally okay
    16 Jul 2021 • 6 min read • 11 2
    We squeeze our hobbies into the last section of our resumes1 — we want the person reading to think we’re well-rounded individuals with interests outside work2. The attack of productivity culture Apply...
  • I want to read, but I can't.
    09 Jul 2021 • 5 min read • 12 4
    It’s been another one of those weeks — both long and short and exactly the same as the weeks before it. The pandemic has robbed most of us of any sense of routine because, really, eat-sleep-work-repea...
  • Teenage girls make superstars. We better start respecting them.
    02 Jul 2021 • 5 min read • 16 8
    Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve definitely heard about BTS, the Korean pop music group making waves in the world. I’m a huge fan of the group’s music — I’ve ‘stanned’ them for four year...