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July 9th, 2013

Tell Me All About It!

On Twitter, today is #TMITuesday, which is a thing I don't and have never understood the appeal of. TMI being "too much information" of course, the basic premise is "hey all you people out there I barely know, send me ridiculously personal questions and I'll give you ridiculously personal answers." ...brilliant. ¬.¬

Fortunately, it's easy enough to not participate in, it's just one of those things that make me shake my head and wonder what the human race is thinking sometimes.

A related phenomenon is the slightly over-eager "Do you want to talk about it?" question. I know as well as anybody that talking over your problems with friends can help you feel better. But when someone I barely know jumps in to every discussion with "What's wrong? Do you want to talk about it?" instead of just making conversation, I immediately become wary. They may be genuinely trying to help, but I've met enough social vampires to know that they may also be trying to latch on like a giant Self-Worth Mosquito.

Both of these phenomena, besides giving unwise openings to those who might not have your best interests at heart, have the unseemly whiff of gossip about them-- gossiping about yourself is still gossip, after all. In the grand scheme of things, it's usually harmless, just incredibly tacky. However, it can do real harm, especially when you mix certain personality types that seem to gravitate towards each other as it is. The would-be-abuser and the would-be-abused seem to attract each other like magnets, and these behaviors are great facilitators for this kind of thing.

As I would prefer to be neither, I make it my policy to steer clear of it.

-The Gneech

My tweets

  • Mon, 12:29: Net result of AC, biz wise: cleared expenses and at-con purchases, but only just. Probably my slowest sales at a con since early 2000s. (c)
  • Mon, 12:30: ...but! That was with almost no new material at the table, and with prices that haven't gone up significantly for some time. (c)
  • Mon, 12:30: I expect next year will be much better.
  • Mon, 17:39: @LadyRowyn Also, could you shoot me an e-mail via thegneech@gmail.com? I'd like to toss some writing questions your way. :)
  • Mon, 17:48: RT @EmmyCic: Just decide that you are cool and nobody will question it because everyone else is insecure too
  • Mon, 17:53: For those interested in the dramas of Dragon*Con ownership and skeevy partners: http://t.co/Sf6mo6bTn7 They're doing their best to clean up.
  • Mon, 17:54: RT @onezumi: My experiences growing up; being marginalized; getting support frm geek community. That's where our motivation comes from. @in
  • Mon, 19:47: I hate that when you instantly identify the artist who did a piece, and have no idea what their name is. "Oh yeah! That guy!"
  • Mon, 19:53: RT @Rikoshi: Sky porn http://t.co/IxRv9E8P6c #SFW
  • Mon, 20:13: So many people I'd like to follow on a good journaling platform, who only write on FurAffinity. #WhyGodWhy #UseLivejournalDammit
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Pick a Card, Any Card

A while back rowyn mentioned in the course of a conversation about writing and plot that she has an exercise she engages in that involves drawing tarot cards to develop stories. This seemed like a neat idea and I filed it in the back of my head for use later.

So yesterday, I just happened to be in a Barnes & Noble ("How did I get HERE??? I hate bookstores!") where I spotted a "steampunk tarot deck" in the remainders section. This was something I'd spotted before and been quite intrigued by, and my policy on such things is "If I see it again and still want it, that means I probably actually want it." Especially on sale. ;) So I picked it up and started mucking around with it a bit.

I also e-mailed rowyn asking her for some guidance on her technique and she, being made of awesome and win, sent back a very detailed and helpful explanation. She also posted it to her own LJ, for anyone else out there who might find it interesting and useful.

I intend to give this a try in the upcoming months. :) I'll let you know the results!

-The Gneech

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