[Sober Living] Shootin’ From Behind

We want life to be honorable. When it comes to sobriety, we must keep our word because we’ve broken our word enough times to necessitate realigning our life toward being honorable. But that doesn’t mean everyone and everything in life operates under that same path. When the traditional route in life lets you down, and you must advance, what can you do? Let life take you down from the front? Or shoot it from behind?

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[Media Meandry] Art of Books

During these COVID-19 times, what’s been helping me is focusing on singular topics and digging in deep enough to let the undulating uncertainties pass from the heights of their anxieties toward calmer sensations. With digital devices, it’s easy to tab away from whatever you’re working on, launch into the news, and let the fear of missing out prevent the sort of concentration that will let you feel peace and calm when you need it most.

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[Moving Zeal] Decluttering My Mindset

I hate how much garbage I collected. It’s stuff like junk mail that I didn’t immediately toss out that really upsets me. I’m mad at how bad I had gotten at organizing. I’m seeing progress after filling recycling bins with papers and plastics that weren’t even valuable and filling my garbage bin with junk. That progress is like taking off VR goggles and reacquainting myself with reality, eyes bloodshot, but able to see everything clearer.

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[The Story] Myths and Superheroes

What captivates us about stories of heroes and villains? Do we enjoy seeing competent players battle, with the winner usually being one closely matching our morals and ideals? How much influence do we allow these fictional and realistic heroes to play in our lives? In “The Story,” does Rogue influence Trishna (left)? Does Deadpool influence John (right)? Would they even appear, in passing, as copyright-obscured characters? Or would their world value different sorts of heroes?

Spoiler Warning Scale: Minor (just worldbuilding)
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[Fiction Practice] Career Mishap Trilogy III

Jane’s last day into that misaligned technical role ended innocuously. She received two paid weeks to look for work matching her career scope. Other than assisting as she could within her skillset, that time was spent job hunting. Time to go. She went to her lead’s office.
“Any prospects lined up?”
“Nothing solid. I have two interviews lined up soon.”
“I’m so sorry this happened to you. You have my contact information. Stay in touch![1]”

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[The Story] Keeping Childhood Memories

Despite our best efforts to sacrifice our pasts for the sake of maturation, we never really forget our childhoods. Certain events and mementos remain sacred. They remind us of who we were, who we wanted to be, and who we can still be, especially if/when we’ve strayed from our paths or are concerned that we might be straying away. In this week’s update to “The Story,” let’s consider the childhood toys of John and Trishna.

Spoiler Warning Scale: Minor (character building through materialism)
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[Applied Self-Confidence] Gathering Empirical Evidence

I’ve found I’m the most self-confident after planning how possible scenarios might happen. If X happens, and I’ve planned some counter-offenses, I’m more comfortable than just jumping in. Sometimes, you just need to jump first, then plan mid-jump. If quick-wits aren’t required, build a compelling case using neutral evidence so you’re more likely to win, because if the battle is fought on a hill you’re willing to die on, at least give yourself survival options.

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[The Story] Meeting Their Villains

The ideal world would not have any villains. We’d go about our peaceful days without conflict. This “drama-free” world would not be functional, however, because by our very natures we have different interests and therefore investments. I’d rather wake up early to write broadly about how John and Trishna (right), main characters of “The Story” might overcome adversity, here shown as Dr. Mindbender (left). You might prefer clicking on the link/image below to continue reading.

Spoiler Warning Scale: Minor (just chatting about psychology/backstories)
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[The Story] John’s Teacher, Ebersole

“When I reached out to shake his hand, I looked to see what I grabbed onto because there was nothing there!” That exclamation, punctuating a conversation about adverse working conditions, partially inspired this week’s update to “The Story.” What would motivate Mr. Ebersole (right) to provide paternal guidance toward John (left)? It certainly wouldn’t be that as the resident English teacher, he saw potential in the hard working kid. There had to be something more…

Spoiler Warning Scale: Minor (background character building as worldbuilding)
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[The Story] “Please Stay Safe”

The Story” will mainly tell the story of two characters: John (left) and Trishna (center). During a summer they spend together on Trishna’s family farm before heading off to college, after years of chatting exclusively online with the occasional phone call, they learn about each other and the world. They’ll talk with her parents Divit (center) and Brigit (right) about these topics, in passing, cemented with one serious conversation that should help them stay safe.

Spoiler Warning Scale: Minor (backstory and worldbuilding)
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