David Shank


About David Shank

David T. Shank spends most of his time in worlds of robots, dragons, and robot dragons. He gets his cardio vicariously through video game characters while carbo-loading on Killian’s. His perfect vision lets him see everything but the fact that he’ll never defeat those walls he keeps punching. When he’s not doing the novel-writing thing, he can often be found in public reading his Kindle and being antisocial.


So You’re the Leader of a New Society on an Alien Planet. Now What? 1

I was surprised and honored recently to be nominated for the Liebster Award by A. S. Akkalon, who I don’t think realizes how motivating her support has been in my decision to revive this blog. The award is basically meant for relatively new bloggers to express themselves and possibly get […]


Lost Puppy at the Gym 3

When I graduated high school, I weighed 140 lbs. At six feet tall, that’s really skinny. By some standards it’s considered underweight. I did manage to bulk up for a time to 165 with a lot of exercise, but I never kept up a good habit. I was what some […]


Best and Favorite 1

Ask me my what my favorite book is and I’ll say that’s easy: The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein. Ask me what the best book I’ve read is, and I’ll have to think a little longer. On the one hand, I could tell you the same […]


Someone Wrote “Gullible” on the Ceiling 6

When I was in Kindergarten, more than two decades ago, a kid on the bus told me he had a direct line to the power rangers, and that he would call them and they would show up outside my house the next afternoon. I’ll be damned if I didn’t sit […]


Are You Afraid of the Dark? 3

As kids, we were told that there’s nothing in the dark that can hurt us. There are no monsters waiting to eat us, nothing’s going to reach out from under the bed to grab our ankles or slink out of the closet to smother us. It’s just the absence of light, […]


Is this Depression or Am I Just Bored? 1

It happens all the time. I sit down to do one of my favorite activities—video games—all settled in with my favorite drink, my dog curled up next to me on the couch, and an open-ended stretch of time during which I can play until the controller dies. Yet somehow, after […]


Death to Digital Squatters 3

Have you ever wondered about the T in my name? Have you ever wondered what it stood for, or why it’s there? Well, I’ll answer one of those questions. It’s there because of digital squatters. Years ago when I first entertained the idea of having my own website (despite having […]


A Lesson in Perseverance 5

Sometimes we convince ourselves of what we want to do. Other times we convince ourselves that we need to do this or that for success. But that pressure can be overwhelming, right? There are two major factors to this. First, we are afraid that we will fail. If we decide […]


Gamification 2

In theory, the idea behind gamification is awesome. If you’re unfamiliar with the principle, it’s simply turning work into a game. It means getting points for completing tasks, or gaining experience for keeping up a habit. You might even bring some kind of currency into the equation so you can […]


Simplify, Prioritize, Thrive 1

Don’t laugh at me, but I’ve read a book about cleaning. The book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo, was a somewhat life-changing experience for me, to be honest. Though now that my girlfriend’s parents have sold their house and offloaded a bunch of their furniture onto us […]


All the Small Things

It’s hard to get started sometimes. Hey, even I just had a dilemma over whether or not I even wanted to write a post today. But I’m behind schedule, so I kind of have to. But being the practiced procrastinator I am, I’ve come up with some tricks to get started, […]


The Goal & The Journey

A long time ago I trained for a 5k. Unfortunately, I didn’t get to run that race due to getting sick the week leading up to it, but the fact that I was ready for it was enough. That was success to me. It is generally accepted wisdom that it’s […]