[Media Meandry] El Verdugo, Balzac

Within twenty years, Honoré de Balzac (1799–1850) completed 91 works and attempted to write 46 more in a fictional world he called La Comédie humaine. The idea of interlocking short stories and novels where one story’s main character appears as a bit character elsewhere fascinated me almost as much as Balzac’s writing schedule. The short story El Verdugo was my start. It’s fantastic, fast-paced, and more exciting than most action movies. Let’s explore slow burns to explosive conclusions.

Rating: ★★★★★ [5/5]
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[Sober Living] Tripping Through Attrition

I’ve honed my willpower over nearly seven years of sobriety, but even now, I feel that is slowly chipping away. My adventures with the American Healthcare System seems like a needless war of attrition to get these headaches under control. I get better temporarily through some medication or another then I get worse than I ever have. How do I fight the good fight? I can describe that by describing my allure toward “The Story.”

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[Sober Living] Not Cluster Headaches

Four years ago, the doctor that diagnosed me with cluster headaches might have just guessed, because Neurologist-Number-Two/Doctor-Number-Eight was perplexed by this diagnosis, based on my symptoms. If I can implore one thing to you to reclaim your health through headaches, it’s this: keep a headache diary. Bad doctors don’t care about this information because they will just want to prescribe you something. Good doctors, like -Eight, will ask to photocopy this diary for later review.

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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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[Media Meandry] Daily Discipline Daisies

While engaging in my third-favorite-activity, exploring the world as I will at my own pace, [first-favorite-activity: writing, then reading,] when walking by flowers after returning to my Viridi digital flower gardens, I now “get” the idea of having digital – and real – flowers. I’m not yet ready for the responsibility of raising real flowers, but Viridi can teach that sense of daily responsibility, which taps into the same discipline mindset as working toward your dreams daily.

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[The Story] Differentiations From Norm

Genericized ideas within traditional storytelling are popular because it’s easy to understand certain concepts. These concepts may be fairly straightforward, and flavoring differentiations from the norm are what really makes the characters different and unique. Who remembers characters that are exactly like every other? However, when characters are too far away from the norm, then how can they be easily accessible? And within that spectrum, where do John and Trishna in “The Story” fit in?

Spoilers?: Minor (building characters… non-organically?)
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[2019 Novel] A Story About Self-Confidence: What’s In A Name?

I wrote a 60,000-word novel called A Story About Self-Confidence: What’s In A Name?, a month~long story at Eville Medical in the Sammohini Arc of “The Story.” I want to make a physical release of this book and sell digital copies that might be better formatted for PDF readers. For now, you can read it for free using the following links:

  • PDF – 1.48MB
  • Google Drive – includes first draft, second draft, final drafts with commentaries, along with other related materials to help aspiring writers or those interested in behind-the-scenes things.


Rough draft of the cover

[Applied Self-Confidence] Thirty-Three Years Young

“I hope you do something nice for yourself. Other than reading, writing, or rowing.[1]” “I was thinking of drinking an unhealthy amount of energy drinks. Otherwise, I had thought of doing things in Seattle or elsewhere, but nothing was appealing. [2]” I had been anticipating my birthday for a few weeks. I wanted to prepare myself to do whatever I wanted when I woke up. Explore the city on a nice summer day? Or do nothing?

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[Downsizing Zeal] Life’s Difficult Decisions

If the hardest decisions I have to make in the next few months determine the fate of most of my property, I’m in excellent shape. If that means putting in a CD, listening, and having honest inner monologues about why I like the object and whether those feelings can be condensed into an essay, then that means I’m not fighting for a paycheck, struggling to stay afloat, or otherwise dealing with life’s malignant stress demons.

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[Downsizing Zeal] Mundanity Inspires Clutter

While I was cleaning this cooler in the warming spring air, my patio dripping with two coats of soap, I realized that six months ago I would have never spent more than five minutes on something so “mundane” as cleaning. I have plenty of fun things to write and myriad opportunities await my edited and published writings! Why would I waste thirty minutes cleaning some boring cooler? Besides for duty, such activities inspire extraordinary ideas.

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