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I have encountered more image descriptions on Mastodon in 24 hours than I have in Twitter in a couple of years. Seriously. I'm not exaggerating.
As a blind person, this means a lot to me. If you read this and you describe your images, thank you so, so, so much on behalf of all of us. If you don't, now you know you'll be helping random Internet strangers make sense of your posts by typing in a few more words than usual.

I think we need to extract the poetry community from the Twitter algorithm that makes our thoughts and words into an attention economy commodity. Let's all move over to Mastodon. Come on in, the water's fine.

Thought I'd show two loves with one post!

Here's the story notebooks...and my cat, Machendra, helping me organize.

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Regarding LB*: As I said in reply, that is simply astounding. The ability to monitor planets orbiting other stars was just so much sci-fi when I was growing up. Actually, at the time, everybody strongly suspected there would be other star systems, but we didn't yet have evidence. And now we have discovered thousands of other star systems and their planets and can even show their orbits. It's wonderful. :D

* mastodon.online/@dpthorngren/1

I've put this off in part out of a sense of shame: "You're just stalling on writing, messing with organizing notes and BS like that."

But I really was hitting a wall -- I knew I needed to be more organized, in order to do the story justice.

Sometimes part of being creative is searching until you can find the right tools, and then getting organized. I just have to watch myself to make sure I don't linger in that too long.

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So right now, I've got an Obsidian vault specifically for the game, and another for the fantasy stories.

I'm organizing folders in each to put the notes, and also the writing itself.

And over the next couple of weeks, I'm gonna push hard to try and get it all typed in.

I have a feeling just being able to see all the ideas I had, cut and paste them around, and elaborate without worrying "oh, I'm writing more things I'll have to type later", is going to be a huge creativity boost.

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I'd used Scrivener back in the day, and loved it. But my needs changed, and it just had too many features that I didn't use. I'd get trapped in trying to work out a "system", instead of doing anything creative.

I've started using Obsidian, and it's working perfectly.

It only has exactly as much complexity as something needs, and other sections can stay simple. It helps me to have an overview of what the heck all these ideas are, anyway.

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Carrying a notebook around, and writing down everything I thought of, made the ideas multiply and feed each other super well.

That's why there's ten notebooks, haha.

Organizing and writing stories *from* those notebooks, however, is just a non-starter. For a couple years now I'd intended to type the notes in, but didn't have a software platform I liked enough.

So I just kept writing in the notebooks, kicking the problem down the road.

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Not the sexiest part of the writing life, but one of the things I'm spending energy on alongside actually writing, is sorting out a digital home for all the work and notes to live.

Right now, most of the notes for the game exist in 10 (!) paper notebooks. For whatever reason, between 2016 and 2018 or so, that's just where all the inspirations wanted to go.

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my favorite web dev trick is to make a bunch of changes to my code and then not reload the page, all while wondering why my changes aren't showing up

On "winning" social media 

I don't think the goal should be for the Fediverse to "beat" Twitter. I think it's okay if Twitter were to just go away (or not). The Fediverse can be its own thing without having to "win" or somehow "defeat" Twitter. Even if Twitter closes up and none of those people came here, the Fediverse is doing fine. Those users should scatter to the social media winds to meet their undoubtedly diverse needs. If some land here, great. If most don't, that's fine.

ep! Got a tiny backlog of anims I want to share and this is the second one. Bit of Soulsborne-esque fanart-ish fun was had 😁

I /love/ the descriptions feature for media. So thoughtful

#animation #3danimation #MastoArt #fantasy #combo #lowpoly #lowpolyart

made in #blender3d (I did the model and rigging as well).
Will either revisit or make a new, better one with better weight feeling - this was done in a long afternoon in a bit of a "creative fit" and just wanted to get it off my chest.

A painting I made of a scholar making notes about a magical object - the object is helping out and writes down notes about itself.

Not sure how tags work here so Imma put some at this point #fantasy #DigitalArt #illustration #magic #art #artist #painting 😊

I love #fantasy world building. This is from a fantasy/science fiction story I'm planning out. Might share some when I've written enough!

#art #MastoArt #anthro

"To help some of the newcomers make connections: name 5-7 things that interest you but aren't in your profile, as tags so they are searchable. Then boost this post or repeat its instructions so others know to do the same.”
#infosec
#broomball
#coffee
#scifi
#lgbtq+
#gaming
#beer

I guess I should throw at least SOME kind of art on here for anyone passing by!
Here, have some little ink & sepia dragon paintings on coffee stained paper

#MastoArt #dragon #fantasy #coffee

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