[The Story] Purpose of Birthdays

If there were one day of the year to practice healthy self-respect, it’d be your birthday. We continually sacrifice ourselves for others throughout the year. Why not reclaim our autonomy on our birthdays? Do what you enjoy doing most, do nothing, or do something ambitious! In “The Story,” Trishna [right] and her family have that attitude toward birthdays, so when John [left] has his first birthday as part of “the family,” it’s a culture shock.

Spoilers?: Minor (just character building)
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[Applied Self-Confidence] Confronting Personal Responsibility

I thought of all the compromises I’d negotiate as I ran toward the bus I certainly was missing. I’d realized I’d forgotten my wallet too late into my bus stop journey. After retrieving it, I thought of stopping to send correspondences with my status and apologies. Maybe what stopped me was not wanting to so easily be conquered by trivialities? I arrived at the bus stop just moments before my bus, and with something more!

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[Sober Living] Endless Universal Pain

There is probably no entity that would willingly advocate for the endless ubiquitous pain of every creature in the universe. If there were, that creature would be so mauled by negative emotions, unable to dispell them, that they would thrash out in so much agony that the results would destroy everything in sight. What a twisted, terrible fate! Yet, how easy is it to fall into that trap? It just takes a few bad days…

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[Sammohini Arc] Eville Medical Move

“My family, we are accountants. Am? No thanks. My body falls after two hours of rest![1]” The two furniture movers were chatting while pushing two carts up a ramp from a loading dock where they’d parked their truck. “I know what you mean, Sili. I don’t like looking at a computer screen for more than two hours.” “Haha! You’re very fun- funny, Jane!” They rang the faded door buzzer to deliver supplies to Eville Medical.

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[The Story] Cluttered Living Space

I don’t completely endorse the idea that settings are like characters. While someone’s workspace or personal space can convey surface-level symbolic meaning over personality, what is tolerable or not, and more, I don’t think it’s a comprehensive glimpse into a person’s, or character’s, mind. Still, in “The Story,” there are some key settings that could provide interesting anecdotal information into the minds of Trishna [left] and John [right]. Let’s declutter the psychology from the physical.

Spoilers?: Minor (set-building… as character-building?)
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[Rowing Machine] 2018: Week 31 {231.0}

I operate with a hot/cold approach to doing work. While I’m overheating my brain by writing, my body should be cooling itself off in a relaxed state. When I’ve completed my writing for that part of the day, my mind is thoroughly emptied, so then I can dispell some of that physical energy into a rowing set or doing some other physically laborious activity. When I’m both mentally and physically tired, I sleep almost instantaneously!

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[Sammohini Arc] Password Reset Laughs

“IT, this is Sam!”
“Hello, my name is Dr. Hardman. I would like to re-configure a password for my account.”
“Sure thing, doctor! Just let me just get some information from you so I can verify your identity before I reset that password for you!”
The recently-hired, entry-level computer support person typed away at her keyboard while talking on a wired headset.
“Why do I need to do this? Cannot you edit my password promptly?”

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[The Story] Building Up Lanada

How much of reality can we rely upon when building fiction? The movie Inception argues that you should create your dreams without external stimuli, otherwise it falls apart. While John [right] and Trishna [left] are purely fictional, the world of “The Story” is mainly based on our reality; it’s more broad constructive criticism than narrow escapist recreationism. That said, once something is named, even a fictional town like Lanada, it can become its own “reality.”

Spoilers?: Minor (broad worldbuilding brainstorming)
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[Moving Zeal] Destroying Old Desk

I’m moving for the first time in years of collecting too much stuff. This weekly column will chronicle the tangible highlights along with discussing my efforts to unravel the mental and psychological knots that developed my hoarder mindset. This mindset may have centered around accepting bare minimums: I never really liked the desk I used in my seldom-used office, Zeal. It was just conveniently there. Destroying it enables the potential to build something better later.

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[Sober Living] Jamming Through Traffic

I like to “get lost.” Particularly on my lunch breaks, if I brought my lunch, I’ll wander somewhere new to eat, then write. If not, I’ll walk anonymously into any large crowd to shed the artificial interpretations of my ego related to my perceived stresses throughout my journey of sustenance. Forgetting about myself is a useful way for me to regulate the looming sense of disaster after disaster that, if unregulated, could lead to insobriety.

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