Recent content by Hoth

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    Are you fragile?

    I'm fragile in some ways and strong in others. I probably wouldn't last a day at your job, though. Remember that being unable to handle one thing doesn't mean you can't handle all things.
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    Emergency Backup Blog

    So, I did my apparently-now-annual early October long distance trip. I was too anxious to digest properly for a week before it. Relieved when departure day finally arrived. 1300 miles of driving was grueling, but much like last year the travel days and all the stops along the routes were more...
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    Emergency Backup Blog

    Fortunately fire season ended as abruptly as it began. I finished the first season of my new series 253 Mathilde, and put together a new trailer: 7 episodes in 3 months, whew. I'm not quite sure how I feel about it because it's hard to be objective when I've listened to each episode dozens of...
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    Emergency Backup Blog

    It's that time of year again: the temperatures are triple digit, the skies are gray, it smells like a campfire everywhere, my windshield has specs of ash, and my parents are ready to evacuate (though it's only a recommendation and not mandatory for them yet). Now I spend the next week or two...
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    Does Social Media Help?

    Facebook helps me keep in touch with a few people and stay more informed about their lives and vice versa. I haven't used the others (well technically I've used twitter but only with a business account and gave up on that). For actually getting to know new people I needed forums, but hardly...
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    My self-esteem isn't low, so I don't disbelieve them. My problem is figuring out what to say or do in response. Since I'm not close to people, they always come from people I'm not close to, and a compliment is often an invitation to become closer. So I feel like I always fumble that and try to...
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    What are your hobbies

    - hiking - listening to audio dramas - writing, producing and acting audio dramas - other writing - making websites - board games - photography
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    Emergency Backup Blog

    Went on my first date in 5 years on Saturday. I guess it was better than the last one, by default. I'd been talking with this woman on the dating site I've been on for 7 years, and she was the first to respond to me in all that time who actually lives very nearby (neighboring town). I ended up...
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    Finding Fun and Happiness? How do you find some?

    I think variety is the most important thing. Try to go a few different places even if they're 10 feet from where you usually go, and do a few different things even if they're tiny things.
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    r we born shy?

    Sometimes it's because of the huge life disruption and period of isolation while recovering or the general caution/avoidance it triggers. I've heard of people suddenly becoming much more anxious around people after they recover from a car accident that takes weeks to convalesce. But there are...
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    r we born shy?

    Just because something can cause PTSD doesn't mean that's the only thing it'll cause, or that it will necessarily cause that and not something else. There are people who develop social anxiety from such experiences.
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    r we born shy?

    Bullying is probably the most common for those who develop social anxiety at adolescence. Could also be child abuse, parental friction/divorce, an injury, a move to a new city/country, any number of other traumas. Generally some sort of traumatic event or period for most people, though, from...
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    How are you feeling?

    That'd be a horrible feeling. But if a heart attack is sudden and severe enough that someone goes off the road and presumably loses consciousness, their chances of survival were low even if a paramedic were on the scene immediately. And probably hundreds of other people passed by doing nothing...
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    r we born shy?

    There's a hereditary aspect for some people, and not for others. Being raised by the people you inherited from is often a bigger influence. Personally, I think there has to be a genetic component in my case for many reasons. Both of my parents were unusually shy kids -- but not as extreme as I...
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    I only act when I'm literally recording lines from a script (which makes good voice practice and a chance to imagine other lives). It's too much trouble and energy to try to put on a fake persona when merely dealing with the social situation as-is already takes all my energy, and I don't have...