[Grime/Glitter] Missing Subtle Alarms

I missed three alarms. It’s easy enough to sleep through chirping alarms when you’re tired. My backup alarm, set much later, startled me awake. Those alarms were trivial on the surface, however, you can draw analogies from that. I plant situational alarms that sound in subtle ways, so if something goes off, then it’s time for me to investigate before something worse happens. They’re like red flags so when one of those sound… “let’s investigate!”

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[Applied Psychology] Empathy, Not Sympathy

If there’s one concept I mastered within this field, it’s being able to quickly gauge how severely a situation might impact other people, while keeping myself removed from the emotional weight of unfortunate situation. I can fully empathize that a person has lost hours of time, however, I don’t let any sympathetic emotions overwhelm me. We’re all victims of circumstances. So, if you’d rather keep complaining about situations without trying to change, don’t read below.

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[The Story] First Family Dinner

Rather than focusing on character traits, this week’s brainstorming update to “The Story” will focus on a scene that’s cooking in my mind’s creative oven. Let’s see about collecting the ingredients for one of the first events following ‘the scene,’ or the catalytic events that throw everything into motion, where John (right) is invited over to Trishna’s family for dinner. The spoilers after the jump are primarily just world building stuff, so let’s dig in!

Spoiler Warning Scale: Minor (early narrative scene building)
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[Fiction Practice] Didn’t Waste Time! [Maturity: +18]

Your choices are going to affect how this game progresses.” Zombies with words floating above their heads remained stationary, videogame logic soaked into reality, and the almost-digital narrator continued. “This is the tutorial level in Keyboard Kommander so you have room to practice. Go ahead and type in the letters above that zombie’s head to kill it.” The mostly acclimatized farmer adjusted the odd weapon. “Alright, stranger, let’s kick some-“

Maturity Warning: Read With Caution
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[Applied Self-Confidence] Cracking the Egg

What happens when our egos shatter? Isn’t that it? Will we ever be the same as we were before cracking that egg? Our self-confidence, our pride in ourselves and what we’re able to accomplish with our lives, our egos, well, they’re not eggs! I took this photo the morning before the most recent time, and hopefully the last time, my ego cracked. With time, I reinforced my self-confidence to be better than before. Here’s how:

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[Keyboard Kommander] Building Story Treatment

For my smaller writing projects, I’ll sufficiently consider the subject, structure my thoughts, before launching into writing. Using a rough medical analogy, the structural skeleton is mechanical and the rest is organic, so I’m free to adapt my focus if I discover something significant during the writing procedure. For Keyboard Kommander, I’m doing much the same, except it’s bigger. The skeleton is a solid 10 pages! Here’s an obscured screenshot and what I can currently reveal:

Spoiler Warning Scale: Kasual (some information about the villainess)
Maturity warning: safe reading, folks
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[Rowing Machine] 1-2-3, 1-2-3, 1-2-3

Repetitious consistency is boring. Rowing is repetitious, and unless you’re in the mindset to constantly reproduce consistent results with each row, it’s also boring. So is taking vitamins, eating healthy, reading books, meditation, resting, and doing things that don’t have immediate results. Since I’ve shifted most of my mindset toward delaying gratification over the past year, as I keep the same consistent “1-2-3 pace” in everything I do, I can eventually achieve the “98-99-100 results” I crave.

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[Grime/Glitter] Work vs Play

One of my favorite things to do at work is taking the seriousness out of certain situations. This microwave’s note explained it was “not heating food.” I saw an opportunity: “Only heats science experiments.” While I am professional when needed in most situations, I also find the value in providing some humor in otherwise drab, stressful, and boring workplaces. More importantly, work should be like play, in that you enjoy going to work. If not?

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[Applied Psychology] Those Awkward Spots

Don’t let lulls in conversation overwhelm you. Most are innocent enough. You’re conversing, the topic runs out, then there’s what feels like an awkward silence that needs to be filled with any noise, so you might rush to fill the air with any topic you can think of immediately. Don’t! Let conversations rest and breathe. In less innocent conversations, like negotiation or dealing with manipulative individuals, filling air superfluously will put you at a disadvantage.

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[The Story] Some Vacationing Spots

With summer waning, let’s cover some year-round vacationing spots that John (left) and Trishna may visit after they meet, and go to college, in this week’s brainstorming update to “The Story.” A combination of general logistics and their sedentary hobbies playing videogames, reading, and writing initially encouraged more time indoors or at home. As they meet more people in college, and discover more diverse hobbies, they’ll find appealing areas for picnics, swimming, exploring, and more.

Spoiler Warning Scale: Minor (some plot structure and world building)
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