Getting inspired can be tough, how do the professionals stay inspired? I’ll share how I stay inspired.

If you’re writing or doing anything creative you’re probably wondering how the professionals get inspired to write. Sad to say, we really don’t. It’s true. If I know I need content for The Cameron Journal, I can’t really wait around for inspiration to strike. I have to post something and I often must sit down and produce something. If you wait around for inspiration to strike, you won’t get much done. Like many other things, the key is to sit down and do…


What is culture? Culture is the shared values that bind us together. It is primarily the art the we experience.

In a world where everything is functional, there are too many influencers, and an excess amount of culture. Rather than leading to a cultural renaissance, it has led us to having nearly no culture at all.

Monoculture

Some of us are old enough to remember when experts in culture feared monoculture because of television and other forms of mass media. Back in those heady days in the 1970s, 80s, and 90s, much of culture was controlled by a handful of record…


Turning America into a rental nation may actually make our economy more flexible and resilient.

Back in 2009, Warren Buffett lamented that he wished there was a way to buy a million single family homes because there was quite a bit of money to be made in that market as the housing market recovered after the recession. It appears that Mr. Buffett’s wish has finally come true. Home builders are now selling entire neighborhoods to companies so that they can rent them out. Many regular people are getting outbid by investors and others who are snatching up housing stock for…


I’ve had the chance to write a yearly message about the attacks of September 11, 2001, for 3 different publications and my website for the past 10 years. I wrote my first 9–11 message as Managing Editor of Liberty Ink Journal in 2010. Not only that, but I’ve written about this event nearly every year since then for something where.

This year is poignant as America’s Longest War has finally come to an end and our troops have flown out of Afghanistan for the last time. This is a decision that no one was going to like. President Trump began…


I recently completed my second residency in the Goddard College MFA Creative Writing program. The first residency was a bit of a disaster for me personally. I was overwhelmed and spent most of the residency wondering if I even wanted to do this program anymore. Everyone talked me out of dropping out, and I’m glad I stayed around because the second residency was somewhat easier.

Experience is Key

Over the course of my G1, many of my difficulties were simply the fact that the worlds of English and Political Science are quite unfamiliar (despite both being humanities) and I just didn’t know what…


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In 2011, I was standing in a Barnes and Noble bookstore in my hometown. I had seen this bookstore being built when I was a kid. It was where I joined my first writing group and where I painfully wrote my first fictional pieces. This time…


Long-time readers know that my childhood was rather unusual. In my new Travel Series, I’m recounting the various trips I have taken along the way, and I started with my childhood trips. However, my love of travel wasn’t just about my own travel. I grew up with a Dad that traveled 4–6 months of the year for his job, and it completely changed my life and my perspective on the world. Today, we’re taking a little break from actual travel, and we’re going to talk about what it was like growing up like this.

One of my unique experiences was growing up in a household that was different from most people. My Dad has spent his life working at a major weather agency, and most of my childhood travels stemmed from that job and the times we went with him or went on vacation with him before his travels. Every time he would come back from another month-long international adventure, he would bring home tons of stuff, especially in an age before airlines were so strict on baggage weight. Those fans on the wall? They came from a beach artist in the Maldives. Those…


Note from Cameron: I don’t often talk about sex and sexuality here on The Cameron Journal, so if you are a regular reader and this isn’t for you, don’t feel bad. I’ll see you next post. Mom, skip this one.

The amount of men on gay datings who are talking about being straight is truly concerning. I’ve gone through most iterations of the gay dating scene. I’ve tried the bars, I used to cruise craigslist, and I’ve been on and off probably a dozen gay dating apps. I feel like I have a survey of the gay dating world. And I think it is fair to observe that there are many straight men in bisexual denial. I’m mindful of this because I recently joined a bisexual men’s support group through Identity House in New York (please donate to them if…


You’ve probably seen the ads on popular social media apps. “Start a business with no money!” They are often selling an MLM or network marketing company. Even those are far from free to join (that’s their whole business model), but even if it’s not an MLM, there are plenty of business gurus who will tell you that you can start your own little business with the money in your pocket. This often doesn’t work and ends up wasting money. Many people think that they did something wrong. They didn’t do anything wrong. You can’t start a business with no money. This, however, shouldn’t stop you from pursuing your business dreams.

All business needs capital

We live in a capitalist system. This means that new private business is formed based on putting wealth to work for productive means. This includes buildings, machines, and employees. If you’re going to start a business, you’ll need to get some money up to start your business. You can do this via cash or credit, but I would recommend cash. If your business fails and you’ve got mounting credit card bills, that can be crushing. It’s important to do your research on what kind of business you plan to start and what your startup costs might look like. I’ll get…


We are in the middle of a great debate about cancel culture. On the Right, we have Fox news obsessing with cancel culture and why so much of American life seems to be no longer suitable for consumption. This has reached every area of life, from TV advertisements (remember the Gillette scandal?) to football (Colin Kaepernick) to the latest scandal with Dr. Seuss. Even beloved author J.K. Rowling has been “canceled” by people for asking questions about the transgender movement and women’s rights. Careers have been ruined, people have been de-platformed, and favorite stars have been dumped from the popular consciousness. Some of these, like Louie CK and Harvey Weinstein, was well deserved, but others like Roseann Barr are a bit more gray. There is a new set of social rules that are to be assiduously followed by people in the public eye lest Twitter find out and a backlash ensue. However, there is a historical parallel worth drawing in this time of cancel culture. As with most things in the US, it involves the Puritans.

The Puritans

One of the biggest pushes for colonization in the new world was religious freedom. Although the colony of Jamestown had already been founded in, what is now Virginia, the Puritans were seeking a free land where they could practice their uniquely conservative form of Christianity without much outside interference from the state religion. The Scrooby colony sailed first for the Netherlands because the Netherlands had religious freedom, but they found the culture far too licentious for their tastes, and on the Mayflower, they made their way to the new world. After landing at Plymouth, more of their order would follow…

Cameron Cowan

Writer, Thinker, Human Being.

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