In Episode 2 of the Semi-Interactive Podcast, we went with the topic debates since that’s not really the intention of this podcast. These conversations aren’t meant to be opinionated barbs, where X wins and Y loses, but rather a discussion of ideas with two people that trust each other enough to know that navigating complex issues can go well, whether it’s in a private discussion or a broadcast for potentially the world to hear and see.
When people think about getting good deals by, say, thrifting, they might think of killer deals on resellable items, or prized mementos, but as I work toward downsizing many areas in my life to focus on my main hobbies – writing, reading, and exploring life – I’d rather have the sort of thrifting experiences I had with What I Talk About When I Talk About Running. …Running was an exciting thrifting discovery because I finished reading it…
How much will doing drawings like this help me write fiction? Questions like these can be harmful, because then we get too much into the sort of idea of qualifying events, situations, or even people as better or worse than others. We might think “I can’t hang out with this person” because they won’t help me write fiction. When, really, the right approach it to let everyone in, somewhat, and if they’re combative, be polite.
If there’s anything I’ve learned throughout this journey of trying to write “The Story,” of wanting to write it or of otherwise aiming my life’s sights at that lofty goal of writing fiction that is worthy of the characters, John and Trishna, that have been in my head for nearly 20 years, it’s that you can write anywhere. Writing seems to be the mechanical act of transferring thoughts, but it’s actually thinking of what to write.
Spoilers?: Minor [massaging fiction/essay ideas]
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I wasn’t really feeling like doing anything exciting or ambitious, so, when I did this livestream, I didn’t even advertise it. I figured I’d just stream and whoever showed up… showed up. Many people more than I expected showed up. It was fun to see that the fruits of my labors began to pay off. Same with my chiropractic care. I’m not feeling pre-spine-issue, and I doubt I ever will, but at least I’m better.
When I plan things to do in life, invariably, my spine health is there to interrupt. I wouldn’t quite blame my physicality on my physicality, which sounds a bit like a riddle, but, what I mean is that when my body is broken, I want it to be fixed, but it’s not as easy as applying a bandage or doing the right stretches. Much of it comes from a slow, steady progression of gentle working.
I had my two-week, six-appointment review at the chiropractor today, and as will happen invariably for chronic pain patients if you tell a doctor that you’re feeling less pain and increased mobility, they might accidentally forget the third part – “going too far will cause my body to snap back, like a rubber band” – and after I was done, my pain had increased, my mobility decreased, and my overall physicality snapped back some units of progress.
This podcast idea solidified toward the end of the four-hour mark of my Zelda 1 stream. I was tired. I felt like it would be nice to talk to someone, bounce ideas off, and, give myself a break in talking. Although I can, apparently, talk for four hours at a time, it’s nice being able to take a breath. When I asked everyone on the Zdiscord, Beigo RiceFox was the one to volunteer the most enthusiastically.
Among all the medication I’ve taken, Methocarbamol/Robaxin, as prescribed by my third pain doctor the day I reported him to my insurance company for forcefully trying to manipulate me into taking an antidepressant, was by far the least effective. He had previously told me during that manipulative meeting I have transcribed on Zdiscord that there is no “quaternary agent” besides antidepressants, antiarrhythmics, and nerve relaxers. What a fucking liar. What a fucking joke these were.
Now that my health has improved, I want to complete this arena picture. It’s not so much of an albatross hanging around my neck as a sign of bad luck for not having completed it as much as something that I think of as a fun opportunity for networking. As I explained in the video, various groups will cluster together, and from there, people will make new friends over mutual interests, hobbies, or anything noteworthy.