Author: Dirk Hooper
Dirk Hooper is a professional writer who has done work for many high-profile online magazines, has won the Top Writer Award at Quora for the past two years, and a Moore Award for copywriting in 2017.

It’s Been Five Years Since I Feared for My Life

  May 31st, 2013, I found myself in the middle of a tornado. Ever since I was a child the weather experts always warned about being in a car on…
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Movie Review – Solo: A Star Wars Story by Dirk Hooper

    Solo: A Star Wars Story is a light pleasing dip into the Star Wars universe. But it lacks the stakes of its predecessors, and the analytical approach to storytelling…
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Learning to Fly and Crush Evil Monsters

  Last night I had a dream that monsters were attacking the city and I felt like someone had to do something. I summoned up the courage to leap into…
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Psychedelic Burn Comic by Dirk Hooper

Psychedelic Burn is a six page story that I created for a trip to San Diego for ComicCon in 1993.  I showed this story to just about everyone who would…
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Review | Thor: Ragnarok is the Most ‘Marvel’ Film Yet

    Thor: Ragnarok is a Flash Gordon flavored blast from beginning to end. It’s not the best Marvel movie, but it’s the most “Marvel” movie to date. We’ve had…
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Advice from Amazing Writers on the Secrets to Writing Success

  Even if you don’t start writing when you’re young, it’s never too late to start.In fact, good writing skills are crucial to success, whether you want to be a…
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Failure Is a Gift to You

    We’ve all faced our share of failures. Failing sucks, but it’s how you respond that matters. Steven Spielberg applied to the USC film school and was rejected because…
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You Are What You Do Every Day

  This is something I’ve wanted to talk about for a long time. I probably won’t nail it this time, so I’ll keep trying. It’s a seven-word phrase that’s been…
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Fairy Tales Can Come True

  I just won Best Fetish Photographer at the 2017 Fetish Awards in St. Petersburg, Florida. Unfortunately, I wasn’t there to receive the award, so this is going to serve…
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Your Cynicism is Boring

      Cynicism is running rampant right now. Whether it’s the constant refrain that “everything is cancer,” to movie reviews that prattle on about “plot holes,” to the desire…
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What Is Making Us So Lonely?

  Recently, USA Today ran an article about how people are feeling lonelier. According to John Cacioppo, director of the Center for Cognitive and Social Neuroscience at the University of…
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Sleeping Naked Can Make You Healthy, Wealthy, and Wise

      I promise you that this post is not an attempt to get you naked… okay, maybe it is, but you can’t blame a guy for trying. Science,…
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Do Something Big!

    Originally published March 20, 2017. I’ve been mostly absent from my usual social media habits lately, including this blog. Maybe you’ve noticed? I spend an inordinate amount of…
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Why You Should Do It Now

  My message to you today is simply, do it now. Whether you always wanted to write a book, or get in shape, or remodel your bathroom, or take a…
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We Should All Be More Like Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone

      Recently, I watched a UFC fight with Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone. I always look forward to his matches because no matter what the outcome, he always has an…
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Warning: Your Friends and Family are Dream Killers

    It’s time for me to issue a Red Alert! Your friends and family are Dream Killers. They will absolutely shoot down your dreams in cold blood and watch…
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Don’t Start Your Year Like a Noob, Use SMART Goals Instead

  Originally published January 3rd, 2017 The last few posts I’ve talked a lot about goals. If you’ve missed those, please go back and check them out. There’s a lot…
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The Dirty Guts and Glory of Creating Goals That Will Change Your Life

  The last couple of posts I’ve been talking about why New Year’s resolutions suck and why goals are awesome. Today I’m going to tell you my method for setting…
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Goals Are an Investment in Your Future

  Originally published December 28, 2016. In my last post, I implored you to set goals instead of make New Year’s resolutions. If you still think that New Year’s resolutions…
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You Should Do This Instead of Making a New Year’s Resolution

  Originally published December 26, 2016 It’s that time of year again… when you eat the last of your turkey leftovers, clean up after your crazy-balls relatives, return those hideous…
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You Could Be Sharing Your Sex Life with the World

  I want to assure you that the story I’m about to tell you is not made up. An Illinois woman has filed a class action lawsuit against Ottawa-based Standard…
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New Dietary Study Refutes 30 Years of Conventional Wisdom

  I’m going to warn you ahead of time that this subject made me mad, so if you’re offended by language you should check out another one of my posts.…
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Science Says Your Attitude Affects Your Past, Present, and Future

  CBS News published an article referencing a study by the University of Warwick in the U.K. The study concluded that half of the individuals remembered events that did not…
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Build An Obituary Like John Glenn

  Originally published December 12, 2016. John Glenn died this week at 95 years old. Even other astronauts look up to John Glenn. At a time when ordering a skim…
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How Reaching Out Can Fuel Your Creative Fire

  A few days ago I reached out to a handful of friends who were spinning their wheels creatively. I asked them if they were interested in starting an informal…
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After 20 Years of Bitching – an Overdue Heartfelt Thanks to George Lucas

      It was the summer of 1977 when I sat in a small dark theater in Moore Oklahoma and saw "Star Wars" for the first time. What I…
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How Thanksgiving Can Fight Depression

    When I was younger I always looked forward to having an embarrassing helping of turkey and dressing on Thanksgiving. And pumpkin pie – damn it, I love pumpkin…
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Yes, Shyamalan Is Still A Talented Director – Movie Review: ‘The Visit’ (2015)

  Originally published September 14, 2015. Last week Director M. Night Shyamalan expressed his desire to make more low budget movies. “The movies I like are much more simple and…
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Why ‘Fantastic Four’ Getting Clobbered is Fantastic for the Movie Industry

        Originally Published August 15, 2015   Much ink will be spilled over how and why “Fantastic Four” got clobbered at the box office last weekend. Some…
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Book Review: ‘The Art of Mad Max: Fury Road’

The design of "The Art of Mad Max: Fury Road" is luxurious. The book is a thick hardcover, with a landscape format, beautiful printing on quality paper. It's one of…
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Is It Porn or Is It Art?

I take photos of naked women and men for a living.  Some of my subjects are clients, others collaborate with me and others are paid models for professional projects. I've been…
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Marvel’s ‘Daredevil’ on Netflix is a Knockout

  Originally Posted April 10, 2015 The first season of "Daredevil" dropped this morning on Netflix and it's already my favorite incarnation in Marvel's television and movie pantheon. I've only…
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BFI Re-Releases ‘Blade Runner’ After 35 Years

  Originally published April 8, 2015 The British Film Institute re-released Ridley Scott's "Blade Runner: The Final Cut" on April 3rd. There's never been a better time to take a…
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“Stationary Starship Handbook” by Dirk Hooper

  I usually don’t explain my art. Terry Gilliam said that it’s an artist’s job to ask questions and the viewer’s job to provide answers. But in this case, the…
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“Cosmic Convergence” by Dirk Hooper

The universe, and us, are arranged in a mirrored union of veracity and obfuscation, both macro and micro. We are starstuff and antimatter, flowing, fragile and focused on fighting against…
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