[Fiction Practice] Crimedog Motorbike Casino

Was it a knock that had woken her? She’d been out cold since we got the report. Even after security moved her to the backroom. Sunglasses, scarves; covered in black clothing. How she ended up in that condition, here at the Crimedog Motorbike Casino, was strange. Stranger still was what people said about the scuffle… apparently over something big. The strangest of all that was what happened after she had woken in the interrogation room.


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[Applied Self-Confidence] Layers of Trust

Self-confidence starts with your “self.” Literally and figuratively! When you feel good about yourself, when you trust yourself, and feel comfortable with your actions, the little things don’t bother you as much, and you can take more abuse. Once your internal base is solid, you can then start thinking more externally. You can start trusting others within reason over certain things. Let’s join Mr. A and our crew of writing analogy characters for some examples:


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[Concert Reviews] 1st Fall 2017 Review Compilation

This review compilation format is working out better than I thought! Considering the sheer volume of photos I take at concerts (366 photos, totalling 1.02GB), it’s easy just to upload my favorite photos from each band to TwitterInstagram has a terrible, mobile-only upload format, so I infrequently post there. It’s just too bad I took too many gambles on shows with only a few actually being worth attending. Guess you gotta give everything a go…


More swag décor

Average Rating: ★★★☆☆ [3/5] [58 of 105 possible stars]
Adjusted Rating: ★★★☆☆ [3/5]
[@]: Tweeted photo, thoughts
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[Rowing Machine] -20 > 3/17

Weight is the easiest fitness goal to measure. Saying, “I’ve burned off a solid 20 pounds since March,” feels good and inspires others. Disengaging from stressful situations is harder to measure. Plowing through those cortisol circumstances, where I might subconsciously need to overeat/overindulge as a coping mechanism, and instead funneling that negative energy into exercise or rewarding myself with positive activities for doing my best. Maybe there is a way to measure that? At least casually?

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[Instrument Review] BodyCraft VR500 Rowing Machine

The BodyCraft VR500 rowing machine is acceptable. Pushing it to its limit constantly – rowing at its maximum “32” resistance for 5 minute sets, over 50 times or for roughly 4 hours, for months, and always with good form to not cause erroneous wear – I’ve found demotivating shortcuts: avoidably bent handlebar and broken plastic bits. There’s no way I’d pay $1600 for this! Maybe $50, tops, and it certainly wouldn’t be my first choice if I needed to replace my Concept2. Why?

Rating: ★★★☆☆ [3/5]

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[Applied Psychology] “How’s It Going?”

I don’t engage in small talk. What’s the point of communicating irrelevant information? A seemingly trivial diagnostic question I will use is “how’s it going?” Most people will use that cue to tell me everything about a current pain point they’re either consciously or subconsciously trying to overcome. Since they complained to me, I’ll coax out hidden information to help guide or push them toward an optimal resolution. Here’s some of what I might do:

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[The Story] Sick? Healthy Living!

While soaking in miniature houses at the fair, observing cool LEGO sets in stores, and attending concerts, I was brainstorming ideas for “The Story” as I always do. This week’s focus was worldbuilding the Lanchester farm. Trishna was born and raised there. Unfortunately, the implications of some mild bug has taken some of my focus away, so let’s explore how John (laying “in bed”) and Trishna help each other through their sicknesses, to get healthy.

Spoiler Warning Scale: Minor (some spoiler-marked scene brainstorming)
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[Fiction Practice] Surmountable Mind Vault

“We three have arrived. Over.” The young adventurer’s voice echoed throughout the cavernous steel room, lit only by an older adventurer’s cigar ember, with perhaps a large eye before them. “Good… …and follow this… Three, five… brown… press the small button. Over.” The third adventurer was aloof; stretching. “Gabonnet! I didn’t catch that! Please repeat. Over!” The smoke wafted over along with the voice. “Don’t worry about that, kid. We-” Bright lights illuminated the room.

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[Applied Self-Confidence] My Arrogance, Dissected

If there’s a self-confidence scale ranging from humility to arrogance, I lean heavily into arrogance. I’m OK with overconfidence. Just long as we’re not belittling others while dreaming the possibilities. I’ve met dreamers that were so decisive that they’d cut out anyone that wasn’t fully on-board with their dreams. I try not to be that! I just believe that to fully realize your dreams, you must wholeheartedly believe in yourself first, before realizing any possibilities.

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[Keyboard Kommander] Vertical Strikethrough Synopsis

The coolest thing about the latest update to Keyboard Kommander is the introduction of striked through text. When you’re typing in a word, the letters you’ve typed are crossed out, so you get a better sense of your progress. Let’s talk about the writing progress on the project. This is primarily because the next few weeks may see some time, which otherwise would have been spent writing public-facing short stories, rerouted to secretive background writing…

Spoiler Warning Scale: Kasual (some brainstorming)
Maturity warning: safe reading, folks
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