Link Roundup: Democracy™ and Community

In this edition: the last word on Rachel Dolezal, federated social media, copyright-protected laws, a painful transcript, seeing colors that aren’t there, and a sex coven.

Also, I’m probably a month or two late here. The problem with living in a tumultuous time is that news breaks so frequently. Bear with me.

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Desert and tree

Five Reasons My Writing’s Dried Up

This post was originally shared on Medium.


Drafts (23).

On the rare occasions that I log into my blog, that number greets me from the dashboard. My Drafts folder is littered with nearly two dozen abandoned posts. Some are one round of polish away from publishing; “long multi-part thing about election, prolly too long idk” is a full 3,500 words. Others, like “writing long arguments = not caring,” exist only as note-to-self titles. There’s enough to post twice a month for the next year, if only I could motivate myself to write.

The cogs of my brain, it seems, have locked up. In August 2014, I challenged myself to a “Blogathon” and published 19 posts in 31 days; in the past year, I published two. Drafts (23) makes it clear that it’s not for lack of ideas. Something else must be jamming my motivation.

I’m not alone. Back in November, Alex Gabriel acknowledged his struggles with writer’s block and launched a daily writing challenge to pull himself out. In December, Miri started something similar. This month, it’s Greta. My blogging game is a league or two below these three, but their openness about their challenges with writer’s block nevertheless inspired me.

I have a basket full of lemons right now labeled “inability to publish.” In the interest of making lemonade, here’s what’s holding me back — good excuses and bad.

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The Etiquette of Sharing

The Etiquette of Sharing

I made a thing about Facebook and sharing people’s work.

Inspired by Melissa McEwan’s recent experience having her work reposted without credit. Don’t do that.

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Link Roundup: Hope, Fear, and Fascism

Link Roundup: Hope, Fear, and Fascism

I’m trying something new in the interest of blogging more: posting roundups of the interesting things I’ve read on the internet. How frequently will I do this? Who knows?

Let’s go.

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Behind the Scenes

(tap tap tap) Hello? Is this thing on?

I’m in the process of switching hosts, which is boring technical stuff that means the site may misbehave. If Brainthoughts is wonky in the next week or two, please nod, tell yourself, “Ah, yes, Spencer warned me of this,” and carry on your day unpeeved.

Maybe make yourself a cup of tea, too. You deserve it, you rockstar!

Mr. Trump--I mean, Toad.

I want off Mr. Toad’s wild ride.

I.

Toad is very rich and a bit of a fop, with a penchant for Harris tweed suits. He owns his own horse, and is able to indulge his impulsive desires, such as punting, house boating and hot air ballooning. Toad is intelligent, creative and resourceful; however, he is also narcissistic, self-centred almost to the point of sociopathy, and completely lacking in even the most basic common sense.

Wikipedia

Let’s call him Mr. Toad.

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A robot screaming dramatically, "Everything is RUINED!!"

Anxiety-Bot

Recently1that’s a relative term, I wrote about the ways in which my brain betrays me, and questioned what a “normal” emotional experience was. Today, I’m going to continue talking about what it’s like in my head by sharing one way I disarm anxious thoughts–with the help of something I call Anxiety-Bot.

Please note: This post is most emphatically not advice. I’m not saying this is what anyone should do, because I’m not in a position to provide that sort of advice. All I’m doing here is sharing my own personal experience.

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1. that’s a relative term

November 2015: Windstorm

Just over a week ago, heavy winds tore through Spokane, downing trees and power lines and bringing much of the city to a screeching halt. The following day, I went for a walk around our neighborhood to photograph some of the damage.

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Uneven Ground

uneven ground

[heads-up: mild body horror]

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October 2015: Ink in Water

My Patreon campaign reached the $20/post milestone, which means that once a month, I’ll be taking and sharing six (or more) photos here on the blog. This month, I have some photos from an increasingly common ritual in my life.

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