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Reactionary Mindset

A few moments ago, I was sitting quietly in a corner at the local Panera. The store manager came up to me and asked me to move. He needed the area for a meeting.

It’s a simple thing. The staff at Panera has often been good to me. Surely I can move for them.

Even after I moved, I felt a little off. I’d picked out a comfy place to write and had to give it up. There was a taste of bitter to that pill. Why? Because I had to react to something around me instead of controlling it myself.

No actual harm or foul, just a minor emotional reaction.

Another example of a reactionary mindset:

I picked up a long-awaited package from UPS. Not only was this a gift, but an impressive one. Logic said I needed to wait to get home to open it. My eagerness and the curiosity of a few friends led to me cutting open the package and assembling the contents on the back of my truck of all places!

Why did I do this? I was reacting to the excitement of the situation, going as far as diminishing my better judgment to a degree. Still, having a 1/4 scale Jean Grey is a wonderful thing…

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Stumble

“Why do we fall?

“So we might learn to pick ourselves back up again.”

Those lines from Batman Begins may be the best part of that movie. (It’s an incredible movie without those lines.) It is an informative couplet, first coming from Thomas Wayne, then from Alfred.

We all fall sooner or later on our respective journeys. When those times come, we have to take a breath, patch our wounds–if only our wounded pride–and get back up.

There’s another saying: You can’t win if you don’t play. No matter what you’re playing, get up and keep going. You have it in you to succeed.

Here’s a question for you: If you saw the worst person you’ve ever met, a person who deserved the beating of a lifetime, would you do it?

Don’t answer right away.

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I enjoy comic books. It’s not just the X-Men, but many other things. Art and story are both major passions for me. Comic Books are simply the best collision of those things.

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The Fallen World

My good friend at DarkSpace Games, Oscar Wright, has just set up a Kickstarter for a new survival horror RPG The Fallen World.

Friends, this has some twisted, creepy stuff inside. Notions of a media gone made with a sudden age of shadowy demons. It’s the sort of scenario where you have to ask what you’re willing to do in order to survive.

It’s moody, it’s dark. Yes, it’s still being built–that’s what the Kickstarter campaign is for. This is an open world game, one where your ability to gather resources directly impacts your ability to find shelter from the nightmares unleashed upon the city.

Care to take a look?

In the span of five minutes, I heard three pieces of pop culture news that really stood out. I’m going to run with them in the order I saw them…

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I posted this on Patreon. Too good of a post not to share with all of you here.

A Conversation At Work.

What do you think?

Inspiration Comes From Odd Boxes

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Seeking The Horizon

Last week, I got to see Daniel Campisi, my best friend, for the first time in years. Since I went to visit him, he took me on my first trip to an ocean–any ocean.

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Exclusivity and Submission

After reading this column from USA Today, I felt I needed to speak about exclusivity for a moment.

It started with books, then home videos and toys, then it moved on to Doctor Who reruns.

It started with Muppets, then Marvel, then it moved on to Star Wars.

Exclusive outlets are eating the world.

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