Whenever I find myself approaching any degree of writer’s block, I would say that fundamentally it’s because I haven’t had enough freedom to write about whatever I wanted. I always felt confined to particularities. After a night’s rest and reassessment with coffee, I can usually readjust my focus. By the time I write “The Story,” ideally, I would like to have all of these sorts of lessons learned learned, so I can write the novel/series.
When it comes to storytelling, how much of a character should be prepared/meditated on versus learned about through seeing how they react to scenarios? Through my recent sessions in Pokémon LeafGreen, I’ve focused on progressing through the game, rather than assessing the movesets of each Pokémon to see what would work best for them or which I want to use against the Elite 4. Similarly, when I wrote Novel 01, I could have assessed and prepared more…
I have 175 photos and one video from when I saw Arkona in 2019. A common criticism of amateur photographers like myself is that we take so many photos but never look at them and we take videos but never watch them. Well, my thirty-second video was a blast! Its audio shifts from channels to one randomly, twice, but until COVID-19 is a predictable virus that we can treat, photos like these will be my concert experiences.
I haven’t walked around as much as I should. There are days where I wake up in pain, like today, and days where I don’t. Regardless of the day, I should follow the physical therapist’s, Doctor-Number-Fourteen, advice to walk for a minimum of five minutes daily. My body’s problem could be that my lower back isn’t resting on my hips correctly, or my hips are not… as cool as they could be. Hard to say.
This entry in my playthrough of Pokémon LeafGreen will be less directly related to character building/discovery and more metaphorical, exploring what interests me about Pokémon and other media along with their relation to what I want to create. The way I see it, all media are tools to teach or entertain, but it’s a matter of finding that which teaches or entertains what is relevant to you. You can do that with defining and refining.
Novel Spoilers?: Minor [Interests directing novel’s path]
Game Spoilers? None
Well, I’m high right now, but it’s medically necessary. I’m taking Gabapentin for lower back pain that’s lasted nearly a month now. I’ve been barely able to do anything other than sit here and distract myself from the constant pain from waking up to going to sleep. So here I am, my mind is somewhat mentally disconnected from my body, so the muscles can stretch back to how they should be. Am I breaking sobriety? 
While I don’t want to start off by asking something aggressive like “how’re your New Year’s Resolutions going?,” we should always continually check in with ourselves to see how we’re progressing toward our goals. In terms of fitness, I could be doing better, but I could be doing significantly worse, too, so I’d say, overall I’m optimistic. My main goal has been to burn off weight, which I’m doing. My secondary goal is rowing better…
I’ve listened to shy of 230 albums released in 2020 between January 01 and May 16. I listen to new albums primarily to hear new things but secondarily to find new favorites. Over these past few months, I’ve only found three albums that I would consider buying. All the rest I heard legally, through streaming platforms, so I’ve invested zero dollars into this project. I still wonder, though, why do I keep up this project, this Album Review Game?
How has my confidence improved since 2019? I would say my biggest step toward overall confidence has been disobeying the prime directive and interacting with people that I once saw from a distance. I would say that if you’re shy, the best way to overcoming shyness is to interact with others, even if through an alternate account or anonymously entirely. That can build one’s resolve in regards to talking to others without fear while handling criticisms.
It’s about a half-year into 2020, so how did I do with my 2020 non-New Years Resolutions? Objectively, I failed. Subjectively, I’m still on course, it’s just taking a few months longer than I thought, and leading me down some roads I wasn’t anticipating. I’ve been able to work through them as best I can and even being as optimistic as I can, there are still ways I can improve myself and my working process going forward.