[Tripping On…] Makeshift Standing Workstation, Part 2

After two days of setting up my work-from-home boxes, I feel good about their temporal arrangements. I don’t want to have a permanent space dedicated to this temporary problem. If this lasts more than the local government-mandated two-week period, then maybe I’ll build something more permanent for my vocational or avocational laptops, especially if I don’t receive any noise complaints. I’ve been careful being quiet both on phone calls and walking around. No complaints yet.[1]

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[Tripping On…] Makeshift Standing Workstation, Part 1

I received the loaner laptop and was told to go home immediately. There was no time to prepare my arrangements for a long-term work-from-home environment other than a phone call. By the end of the second day, my back hurt from having to hunch over my laptop. My solution isn’t great; three variably high cardboard boxes. But it will work for now. The goal is putting everything away when I clock out. Feels good currently.

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[Media Meandry] Descending Retaining Paragraphs

There’s a part in my first novel where two characters are jumping down a retaining wall. One easily jumps down and continues on, while the other nearly stumbles down. I don’t typically write action scenes like this, because what really exciting ever really happens in life? How I alternated between both characters could have been more effective, but I find these sorts of linguistic, lyrical patterns in media fascinating. It’s almost storytelling in multiple layers.

Spoilers?: Minor (novel writing meandries)
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[The Story] Story Without Nuance

I think I’m bored by movies because most offer no psychological nuance. They offer depth of character in other regards, and they show many aspects of character, but they don’t reveal character. Maybe we should add an addendum to this mentality with “uncover, don’t show and don’t tell,” which sounds like pretentious pedantry, but it implies that we can show information or we can uncover it. When I write, I uncover my character’s psychological nuances.

Spoilers?: None (considering nuanced storytelling)
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[Media Meandry] Visiting Their Apartments

There are certain memories I tend to have of events I’ve never experienced that take place in “The Story.” I’ll imagine scenes from days early on into John and Trishna’s relationship. I might be reminded of these scenes by anything. If I see a digital dresser in a videogame, I might imagine how Trishna’s dad and John built that dresser. These scenes fill my thoughts like memories of going to the city or the beach…

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[Sober Living] Tripping Over Insurance

After seeing Doctor-Number-Five, I filed a formal complaint with my insurance company about my grievances. Although this “Tripping On [The American Healthcare System]” series has provided some interesting writing content, I still would have preferred everything get resolved the first time, or the second time, or the third time, or the fourth time… If that was tedious, try dealing with these mindbender headaches, or, this insurance company. About one month later, I received this reply:

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[Toolbox Builds] Improving The Gluebox

Since writing about building this gluebox, I lost it, found it, then realized its unwieldiness. What this version-two-point-zero needed was a smaller box, unmistakable for another, along with a project worth deciding on all useful glue elements. That project is a future-retro “console” with television and two-tiered rolling rack. I want to reinforce its rickitiness and do what I can to turn it into something that, either in the apartment-mansion or elsewhere, will be cool.

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[Quick Build] Reusing Generic Bottles

I’ve amassed a small collection of prescription pill bottles over the past few months. It’d be wasteful to recycle them if they still have use. Years back, I put together some rowing machine tools and used some pill bottles for toothpicks and q-tips. Now, I’ve found another use for them: assorted flossing and toothpick holders. I can start using them once I’ve cleaned out the bottle of any medicine residue. How about for sticky labels?

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[2019 Novel] Year To Prepare?

You have ten months to prepare for NaNoWriMo. You have a year to prepare for your next New Year’s Resolution. You have a lifetime to prepare for your death. Why procrastinate on working toward your goals? I wrote my first novel A Story About Self-Confidence: What’s In A Name?, a month~long story at Eville Medical in the Sammohini Arc of “The Story” and I’m not going to wait a year to write the second novel.

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[2019 Novel] My Biggest Accomplishment?

My biggest accomplishment in my avocational life is completing my first novel, A Story About Self-Confidence: What’s In A Name?, a month~long story at Eville Medical in the Sammohini Arc of “The Story.” Professionally, I’ve got a degree, 11+ years of experience, but that’s all easy. All you have to do is study enough, be persuasive enough in interviews, and not offend people. I have very real insecurities over this novel because it’s more than that.

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