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The story I'm writing works better with boredom and rebellion as the impulse for change, but to seem 'true' to current life the characters would be provoked into anxiety.

Reconciling this, I think I might be a bit out of sync with either my generation or some aspect of characterization in an important way, and I'm trying to understand it.

Here's a question: has boredom/rebellion from conformity or anxiety/uncertainty of expectation been a larger driver in your choices in your life?

I think the answers to this might be generational a bit, and I think it might be impacting my story-writing.

You miss the goblin
The goblin misses you!
You miss the goblin
The goblin misses you!
You miss the goblin
The goblin misses you!
You miss the goblin
The goblin sends an affectionate text!
You miss the goblin

Cyberpunk is a lot like Monopoly in the sense that something created to be a scathing satiee of capitalism was instead taken at face value to mean that capitalisim is cool and good

if someone is questioning whether your humanity counts, it's okay to say yes

Gosh believing everyone has everyone's best interests at heart by default makes writing fiction hard.

Thinking about how the mid 2010s gave us both Eleanor Shellstrop and Rey, who represent a pretty wide spectrum of relatable outcomes that might result from growing up in a shitty desert without decent people in your life.

TFW you start writing a jokey and vaguely porny story and end up doing 6 hours of research into astronaut training and the details of potential mars missions.

under communism, all performance reviews will be replaced with ongoing peer to peer feedback that takes the form of a conversation between two equals on how to achieve shared goals as opposed to a judgement from on high

OK so what if the proportions of representation in the House were based not on the census but on how many people voted in your state’s elections last time 🤔

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Millennials have killed 'millennials are killing' headlines

I’ll never forgive the internet for training a generation of artists and writers to call what they make “content.”

Boxes have contents. You’re a fucking ARTIST. You make ART. Own it.

How frustrating would it be to read a whole novel written in the present tense?

She grasped at the words, most of them unfamiliar. It had been a long time since she had used the language, really. The conversation about the bread in the market and the price of pears had not kept them sharp, anyway.

Every one of them was poetry, dripping with half-remembered meanings, the picture they painted all the richer for her lack of memory.

Her fingers traced the words until she remembered, banishing the ghosts with each fingertip, chasing them to the next hazy word.

Been thinking about interspecies communication and diplomacy a lot lately...

"So this is your alphabet. It has 26 glyphs in current use, it fits on a business card, and it makes no sense at all."

"No arguments there."

"This is your international phonetic alphabet. The alphabet of the human speech system. Can you memorize this sheet of paper?"

"Uh... Sure, yeah, if that's my job."

"Good." *phonebook-sized thump* "This is the intergalactic phonetic alphabet. We'll work up to that."

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