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First: spending my formative years in a communist country, then moving to Sweden at the age of 7. It gave my life a new trajectory.

Second: skydiving in 2004. In a strange way, learning to trust the air, to trust nature and human ingenuity to stop me from going splat was the first step to starting to trust myself, and the universe.

Third: a serendipitous evening in 2011, when I met the guy who now is my (common law) husband. I couldn't picture "settling down", now I'm living it.

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Things I'd like to discuss: the ingenuity of The Good Place. And Killjoys. Really good stories, like Oat Studios and Death, Sex, Robots. Adaptations between media: tentatively loving Foundation, enjoy Master Chi- sorry, Halo to watch it every week. Also: aliens.

Things I'd like to do: stream the gayest playthrough of Mass Effect, and argue why this playthrough is Bioware (intentionally or otherwise) making it up to the gaymers by making this playthrough the most epic romance

Terms for layers of reality 

The terminology in pro wrestling is fascinating because it has nuances between reality and fiction (work, shoot, work shoot) Does anyone (maybe @amwriting?) know of any established terms for this in writing? I'm thinking of something I would dub "blended reality sci-fi", which is a bit like historical fiction but for the future (i.e. you use entities and events that existed/happened in reality). It's a bit like softening the fourth wall, a spectrum rather than a binary

US politics and science fiction 

It'll be a few years before I actually start writing the third book, and hopefully something happens in the midterms this year, and the election in 2024 to open up a credible path for a new American dream.

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US politics and science fiction 

The war on the poor plays in here as well, and imho most Democrats are on the oppressors' side (Warren, AOC and Sanders are the few exceptions in my eyes). My first two books play out 2018-2020 on an Earth identical to ours. The third begins in 2056, and I want to inspire hope so overall that Earth is a better place. Not perfect, but better. And I'm struggling with the US. The issues interlock in such a way that voters can't build up the momentum to break them.

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US politics and science fiction 

Having an American husband, I try to follow US politics. The things I've learned over the past ten years make me despair for the honest, hard-working majority. There are so many hurdles to fixing the democracy: the last three nominations to SCOTUS, gerrymandering, disenfranchising of eligible voters, the two-party system, the oligarchs (especially those owning media outlets), desinformation.

TIL about the Ultraview Effect 

I'm curious about non-destructive events that can transform your view of reality. I know "taking psychedelics" is one, and those effects can be similar to the Overview Effect (seeing Earth from orbit) which is another. Seems that there's one called the Ultraview Effect that occurs in lunar orbit (which also overlaps with psychedelics):

mdpi.com/2077-1444/11/8/418

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I'm trying to refresh my skills in German through Duolingo. I studied it for six years in school, and some things stuck but I'm still paralyzed by accusative and dative objects since then. I remember "an, auf, hinter, in, neben, über, unter, vor, zwischen" and "durch, für, gegen, ohne, um" but I have no idea when to apply them. The Swedish "en/ett" is so much simpler than German "der/das/die"

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If you only post in one language you can set a default (but do remember to set that default if it's not English).

Also, it helps people filter posts from specific languages.

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seeing as it's pride month once again, i feel it would be a disservice not to remind you of the existence of the best community term ever:

QUILTBAG

Queer and Questioning
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Creativity and gardening 

The final thing I'd like to share on the topic is: no matter how secular we believe us to be, the whole western world (at least) is stuck in a fundamental "maker" mindset. God made the Earth. Jesus was a carpenter. But a relationship with creativity should be had with the same mindset as parenting: a gardener, not a carpenter psychologicalscience.org/news/

If you've read all this and have any thoughts, I'd gladly hear them!

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Creativity and gardening 

I could no longer rely on the haphazard system of different note-taking apps and unorganized files, and moved to Scrivener. By now I have two detailed species, their biological, cultural and technological evolution and thousands years of history. I have a complex timeline that has organically grown around a scaffolding (and beyond it). And I'm certified non-genius (took the Mensa test in my twenties). Nor do I have eidetic memory.

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Creativity and gardening 

It started out as one book, grew into two, then became a whole series - before the first 30% of the first book were done. In hindsight, I can see how creativity upped the challenge, because few things make you as flakey as creativity (I'm speaking from experience here, and I'm not saying it's necessarily a bad thing).

Over last Christmas, I finally reached the limit of my mind in this task. This was four and a half years and 80k characters into book 1.

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Creativity and gardening 

Five years into this project, what astounds me is a) my commitment to it and b) the capacity of my mind (which I by no means think is extraordinary).

I work with hundreds of timelines, both local and galactic scale, and the process of weaving them together (and playfully, naively applying a "let's take my mind for a spin" mindset) has made me realize the sheer potential of our minds.

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Creativity and gardening 

I don't know if that experience made me an introvert, or if it exaggerated something, but I realized that with my knack for writing I should write a book. "Great," my creativity said, "how about we make it a series?"

Unless it involves sharp things or heavy machinery, I tend to be a 'learning by doing' kind of guy so I started writing (with the intent to find an agent once the first book is done) without any experience, or really asking anyone for advice

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Creativity and gardening 

I can't really remember how I played as a child, having spent my first seven years in communist Poland. I remember liking cars, the thrill of taking a taxi to the hospital overtrumped the bleeding gash in my head from running around too fast. I read the few books we had. I didn't have friends that I can remember, other than the neighbor's boy that I sometimes hung out with.

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Creativity and gardening 

Then there's the myth of the suffering creator. I don't think you need to be suffering in order to create epic things - creativity is fueled by strong emotions. Aya gave me a year without anxiety, and at first I was afraid I would have lost something integral. But I didn't. Turns out, creativity is child's play, and that is an ability that quickly gets squashed by contemporary civilization. Now, the problem is that all children don't play the same.

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Creativity and gardening 

One thing I've learned about myself is how deeply programmed I've been by our civilization to see creativity as something you possess, or that a select few are. On the other hand you have the more poetic descriptions of creativity as a fickle mistress. To be honest, even though wrong, the latter is more close to the truth.

Creativity ebbs and flows, and although my link to it has been restored thanks to mother Aya, I have no control over it.

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Creativity and gardening 

So I've worked with designing and leading creative processes, and been an idea guy slash copywriter in the marketing industry. I thought I had a language around creative processes. Was I wrong.

I still don't have the language, maybe because the relationship with creativity is fluctuating. It can't be described in engineering terms, gardening terms are easier, especially when you're creating something intangible (at least 99,9% of the process)

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