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It's an open question - could be personal projects, learning, self improvement, games and shows you're in the middle of, hobbies you're developing. Whatever you are moving from one state to another.

For me, i've got a lot of things in motion. A few off the top of my head:

i'm gonna start the Discworld books. They're supposed to be really good, so i'm excited about that.

i'm putting a lot of work into becoming an expert in some of the tools at work. We really don't have any super knowledgeable person on the team, so i decided i'd become that person.

i'm working on learning character voices. i think it would be really fun for some of the rp-y stuff i've been doing lately.

Something a little different, i am trying to become more extroverted. i realized something the other day, i have a choice in it. Even if i'm not socially energized like an extrovert, nothing is stopping me from being outgoing anyway. It's a bit tiresome, but i have the power to define myself however i want and that's what i decided i am.

That's enough about me. What's your movement look like lately?
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Oh, that is very cool! i'm curious why you selected this if you haven't even read it all the way through. Did the author request it of you? Or are you already that convinced that it's the project you want to take on?

That's a really interesting offer! i'm not against it, i would certainly be willing to hear any proposals. Just know that i currently am not very far into that as a hobby. All i've really done is watch several videos from New York vocal coaching and tried practicing some exercises and learning about the parts which comprise a voice. In other words, i have not really developed much of anything quite yet to offer that isn't in my default range.

i was very happy when i was finally settled into my adult life enough that i could take on animal companionship. My cat is a constant that i need in my life to thrive. i will weather the rest of this existence so long as we have each other.

Good luck in your own quest for a reliable companion!

That's one way to put it!


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oh gosh, pay the piper

i... hm... well my sister is home! it is almost Chinese New year, so i am thinking what to cook c:


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What is on the menu? Will you be preparing it all yourself? For how many people?

Alright, with that much i will throw out there that i am working on my handwriting. i think there's a simple pleasure in producing a clear, consistent, balanced page of words.


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Yeah unfortunately my career ambitions have held me back from being able to keep a pet. Truth be told the doberman is still a fantasy. But I grew up with cats as a child and they're great.


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How is it a fantasy? What is in the way? Do you not have enough time to dedicate to being a responsible owner because of your career?


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For the most part, it just caught my eye - I'm not nearly horsefamous enough that people would actually ask me to read their stories. While the whole thing developed into an adventure story with a fair amount of plot detail, it's the scenery and overall writing that drew me in at the outset. The author's description of the story overall helped quite a bit as well, and judging from the comments from those who seem to have finished the entire story, it seems to be at the very least a decent one.

It also helps that it's in relatively easily digestible chapters - that means that I can also treat it as vocal calisthenics, something to attempt each day to keep in shape, and a fairly obtainable goal, given that my other, more complex projects have suffered from... let's call them scheduling setbacks.

As for your own skills... the best advice I can offer is the same most actual experts will give you. Just start. Don't expect to be great right out of the gate. Don't even expect to be remotely good {though if you are, so much the better!}. Simply keep at it, and you'll get better, even if inpercepibly so, as you do.


Pretty much yeah. Unfortunately pets aren't toys that I can keep under the bed.


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i think that is pretty cool <3

on the ... menu. i think, we will steam a fish! That is traditional! also, maybe... we will make a big soup of some kind, usually with seaweed and seafood!

hm... lots of veggies of many different kinds!

when you write, do you use, brush?


That was too much.

People are good folks in general. I like them.


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Ah, neat. I used to read a few short fan fics back in the day. But haven't tried any in a long time.

So what got you into doing readings like this? It's a little different, but kinda cool.

Truth. i very much despise when people treat their pets as objects and don't provide for their wellbeing.

i use a fountain pen. i haven't tried brushes before. i don't think i would be good enough to try that. Have you?

It was as much as you felt necessary in the moment. It doesn't phase me either way, though i am unsure how to respond to such a thing. What kind of thoughts or feelings back a statement like that, i wonder.


Fatigue and doubt.


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You wanna talk about it, or you good?


Nah, I'm cool. I pulled it back in.


What happened? Did you lose interest? No longer have the time? Can't find stories that interest you anymore?

As for me, it kinda started on the MLP Forums site; one of the then-mods had the idea for live readings, and I volunteered. The project itself fell through fairly quickly - partly due to scheduling and mostly due to lack of interest - but it turned out that I rather enjoyed the activity, so I gradually started recording stories on my own and posting them on the site's channel.


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Doesn't exactly sound healthy, but you do you boo.

A little of all of the above i'd say. Probably having to put long hours into the job was the final nail. But i did get a kick out of it for a while, it's cool the community has so many talented writers.


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it's something that i wanted to be when i was a bit younger, i actually have a pretty wide range of voices i can do. i also took a voice and articulation class in college to manipulate my voice. I tended to favor more of the pre and post-production stuff of film, but i will happily put up a demo reel when i got the time ^^

it's actually a very interesting psychological phenomena.

here's a video on it!

now the tldr is that by telling somebody our goals makes us less likely to do it because when we tell others our goals, we get that positive affirmation from others and feel good without actually doing work. so when we get the reward without the action, and the actual act of doing becomes less rewarding to do

and the threat of accountability to me only becomes a real drive if i stand to suffer greatly, or get rewarded greatly. otherwise i know i can rationalize myself out of those things unless i really want to do it


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i've never felt positive over telling someone that i had a goal. Maybe that's how it works for most people, but that's not me. i'm honestly a little confused what the reward is in this interaction in the first place.

All that said though, if it's a system that works for you that's great! Whatever it takes to get yourself from point a to b.


Anime, manga, but also stuff on consciousness and mental states.

That one fareastern movement and breathing exercise.


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Mental states?


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Since early October, I have been reading a whole lot more than usual, especially after my mother's passing. On days when the grief and depression hadn't been too crippling, the only thing I seemed to be able to muster up some motivation to do (when not high) has been reading.

And it's all non-fiction of course. I've been hyperfocused on the topic of schizophrenia and schizoaffectice disorder ever since (indirectly) witnessing her have a meltdown while I was there, and trying to find resources for her boyfriend to know what to do to help when she starts dissociating.

I guess I just deal with some fears and anxious preoccupations best when I can feel like a student studying the problem, so I can be better equipped to handle the problem with her, just in case, and not feel helpless ... but boy does studying about this stuff just make me feel helpless considering other complicating factors in her life.

Been reading a book that was free on Amazon prime called "Surviving Schizophrenia: A family guide and manual" and it's been depressing. Especially the fact that it frequently gives advice for how to deal will mental health stigmas when trying to get treatment for your schizophrenic loved one, not just for their condition but also for nearly any other health condition they might suffer from, especially since many doctors will chalk up symptoms at that point to psychotic delusion and somatic hallucination.

At the beginning of the book it has a series of detailed personal accounts of what it's like to suffer psychosis and now I am significantly preoccupied with reading as many first-hand accounts of psychosis so I can wrap my head around what my niece could be going through. I just really really wish I could empathize, not being schizophrenic (or bipolar) myself.

Sometimes love hurts I guess.


I'd say attempting to understand it properly is a pretty big step too, though.


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I was already familiar with it before. In the early 2000s, I was briefly a psychology major and studied the disease in a course on abnormal psychology. Though I never really studied it in depth, especially since I switched majors.

After my niece had her first psychosis in 2016, I was mostly scared and kinda scared to participate in supporting her for fear of fucking up, plus just the painful irony of having this happen despite my choice to avoid becoming a therapist.

Earlier this year she caught covid and struggled with symptoms of that for months and the stress of that almost sent her into a psychotic episode earlier this year and that's got me motivated to learn, almost to an obsessive degree, just in case in the future (say, if they want to come visit) I could at least know what I am doing if trying to help my niece if she ever needs it.  


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You know, highs and flows and terrors etc.


I'd consider that pretty admirable.


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Reading into this subject is a coping mechanism, to help you feel capable of handling this stressful, scary situation. But is there really any more you can learn at this point? At what point does this behavior go from productive for her sake to harmful to you? If you're spending your only energy and motivation on this and have been doing so for months, that doesn't sound very healthy to me.

It's not my business what you spend your time reading, but i don't get the impression that this brings value or serves to improve your life. i personally found that i can't truly help others until i've helped myself. In the same way emotional eating can be addressed by tackling the emotional need behind it, i'd think about what the emotional need is here and what other avenues exist or could be obtained to address it.


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>i'm putting a lot of work into becoming an expert in some of the tools at work. We really don't have any super knowledgeable person on the team, so i decided i'd become that person.
That's an excellent way to improve the quality of your professional life.

What are you doing to become more extroverted?


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i probably should say becoming more outgoing. i don't think i can really change how extroverted i am, but i can change my behavior to put more effort into making connections and making social interaction happen.

To that effect, i made this thread for one. i reached out to an old coworker to do some games last night. And i invited myself over to my brother's house last weekend.

So, it's more about my choices than my internal feelings about socializing. i don't think i'll ever be a person who loves socializing, but i can at least take pro social actions.


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it basically is you get the praise for saying you are doing something

"oooh you are making a youtube video! that's exciting!"

"ooh! you are finally going to submit for that job! awesome!"

"oooh you are going to finally move to that place you want to go to! i hope it's awesome"

and then it shoots the feel good juice in your brain, and it's as though you did the thing, without doing the thing

so now doing the thing, which often requires work, frustration, moments of boredom, ect. then turns you off, cause it don't feel as good as the very simple act of saying your goal

so basically, telling your goal is like junk food; tasty and addicting, but not nutritionally fulfilling. whereas the act of doing is like brocolli; not everyones favorite food, but filled with the vitamins and nutrients to make you healthy!


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Ah, well this sounds like a case of two kinds of people. Because i most certainly wouldn't feel anything from the praise you give as an example. i feel good from accomplishment and i feel bad by failing to meet expectations. Ergo, communicating my goals loudly and openly is the best method to accomplishing them.


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that's fair, and a very real difference between us. i wish i was a bit more like that, cause it would be nice to just feel the satisfaction from getting the job done and not also from the praise of others. but alas i deal with the cards i got

anywho, how are you? having a lovely evening/morning/whatever time of day it is for you?


Social motivation sounds complicated


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it certainly is! but fortunately if i'm by myself, none of that really  matters ^^

>hugs and kajis <3

i'm heading to bed! goodnight wheat ^^


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Truly, we are all beholden to our cards. Mine give me a particular useful skill set, but that comes with its own costs too.

i'm having a rather fine night. Just tidying up my place and getting some life maintenance done. Gonna make some cookie dough to bake tomorrow in a moment. Need to find time to lift some weights and practice my handwriting as well in the next couple hours.

Night Noelle


nighty night ^^




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I admire/envy all you guys for your motivation/energy.
I am not working on anything.

When I get home from work I struggle to make dinner and then I'm brain-dead until I hit the hay.


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I never said my thing. So I'm looking forward to my next tattoo session tomorrow.

It'll be weird being bottomless in public for so long but I still really want to see the final design.


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Well that's certainly how I've been lately.


What of?

I've had that day plenty lately too.


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More mice and stuff on my hip to join my thigh and rib pieces.



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Thought you were saying something in Danish at first.


Nah our language isn't THAT weird


I'd wager that's most of us occupied folks most of the time, we just talk about the exceptions.

Eshie, I...


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That's a good place to begin. A few years ago it dawned on me as well (after I had moved out of my hometown) that being able to network is as much a practical skill as, say, changing a tire. That is, you can treat is as a procedure with a utility outcome and thus minimize your anxiety with regard to its success.  


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Foe the last two years I've had a single, monolithic project in the works: A tabletop roleplaying game called Miracle.

The game is a d12 science-fantasy about a global utopia of peace, science, and progress, that is threatened by becoming dystopia.
It is a game about hope, initiative, and the goodness of common people, putting us into both the problem and the solution.

Just about every single day for 1-2 hours at a time I would type-away at this game. The game is technically already finished, but the working copy is just a .pdf written from a Google-doc, which is why it's taking more than two years; the next one is being remade in Affinity Publisher.

The current project is over 160 pages of long of just lore. I recently began transference of the mechanics section to the new document.

Right now the game is pay-what-you -want.


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A little bit more, actually.
The game puts positive aspects towards freedom of choice and association, along with rewarding your choices to make hybrid-builds.
Remember the part where I said it's a science-fantasy? This means that there is magic and technology coexisting. They've become friends and are now being put together to make a brighter future.
You can be a gunslinger, a fire mage, a rocketeer, an alchemist, a bounty hunter, an enchanter, a mech-pilot, a beast tamer, a spy, an orator, a driver, a ninja, or any combination of the previously mentioned.

The lore features
- 12 different natures.
- 4 key races.
- 6+ spoken languages.
- 8000 years of foundational lore.
- 12 core abilities.
- 24 skills.
- 12+ different trainings you can take up.
- 13 different schools of magic.
- 23 canonical deities.
- 50+ pages of content, including weapons, armor, vehicles, spells, components, and gadgets.

Magic in this game is partially inspired by Avatar's element-bending and JRPG's. As you learn new spells, over time they grow with your abilities.

Technology includes sentient androids, laser weapons, flying cars, hyper-trains, flying cities, space travel, jet-packs, underground super-farms, geothermal powerplants, fusion-reactors, plasteel, and so on.


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Gotta love dem days where the work you otherwise planned to be able to do with time to spare runs into ten thousand issues at once and you end up working till 8 PM and still not being done



Oh you know me. Stuff and things.

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