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June 27th, 2011

College fire alarms sound in the key of author cancelled @ 10:42 pm

Right now I am annoyingly: depressed depressed
Soundtrack: too many at once for the music tag so it's in the entry instead

(what I wanted to put for the music tag: "Dr. Mario - Chill (SSBB version), Super Mario Galaxy - Speedy Comet and Final Bowser, Enya - Cursum Perficio backwards, and Sarah McLachlan - Black all at once and in G Major")

I visited the college that I am the most interested in from Sunday to Monday, staying overnight in the dorm (like I'd done before at another college).

Although the first day was pretty good, the second day ruined it for me. It all started when the fire alarm went off at 12:30 AM for no reason. Once I realized that it wasn't just imagination, I was hit with the realization that I hadn't quite memorized the fire escape route, so my plan was to just run through random hallways on the floor I was on until I either found the elevator (because I hadn't remembered "oh yeah, I can't use the elevator during a fire or fire drill" yet) or someone who knew where it was. Fortunately, this was actually much sooner than I expected - I heard some guy's voice so I followed him down the stairs and outside the building. Even though there wasn't a fire - the fire alarm came on by accident - it was clear from right then that I wouldn't get anywhere near enough sleep that night, since breakfast was at 7 and I hadn't even fallen asleep once yet. Especially since, in my no-common-sense hurry to get out of my room, I forgot to take my room key with me and ended up having to borrow the master key. Which I accidentally used to open the door to the room next to mine at first.

And, as expected, I briefly woke up and went back to sleep several times starting at 6, eventually becoming awake enough to get up at around 7:30 or 8. By then, my roommate was already gone, and only a few people were downstairs, none of whom knew where to go either. I ended up missing breakfast completely - and I thought I was late that one time at Camp El Tesoro when I got to breakfast just a few minutes before it was over! Throughout the rest of the day, I also got separated from my group and ended up lost 3 more times. :(

The lack of common sense apparently didn't end after the trip was over, either - I somehow managed to post even more comments in asperger that I ended up regretting despite the fact that:

A) I didn't even mention a cure for autism this time, and
B) I had a feeling it would happen just like I knew this, this, and the fact that I probably haven't heard from Schrödinger's Enya in awhile because I acted like the paparazzi countless times would.

Will I ever say anything that I won't end up regretting? :'(

Speaking of those comments in asperger, people there have pointed out that "creative tumors" isn't a good term for, well, creative tumors because it's kinda unpleasant-sounding, but I can't think of anything better. Do any of you have any ideas?

Things that won't work for a renaming of creative tumors:
- daydreaming (that would imply that I am creative enough to come up with these ideas almost constantly, rather than every now and then randomly)
- creative spasms (saying "4 or 5 years ago, the most creative spasms I had at once was four" implies that I thought about four ideas at the same time, when really I mean to say that four ideas kinda took turns distracting me)

 
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From:rovanda
Date:June 28th, 2011 11:08 am (UTC)
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In the NaNoWriMo community, they're called plot-bunnies...

More mundanely, you might call them projects.

Hmm... creative obsessions.
Brain worms (not much better than tumors, huh?)


Creative vortices? (vortexes? what's the proper plural of vortex?) That would convey the way they suck in all your attention until they're done.
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From:matt1993
Date:June 28th, 2011 07:24 pm (UTC)

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Using a term originating from NNWM would imply that I'm creative enough to come up with them almost constantly rather than just every now and then randomly, "projects" doesn't show that they steal my attention, and like you said, "brain worms" isn't much better than tumors.

The only two of these that would work are "creative obsessions" and "creative vortexes" (both plural forms are acceptable, but Firefox only recognizes "vortexes" as a word), and since I want my new phrase to be metaphorical like "creative tumors" was so it'll be easier to adjust, I'll go with creative vortexes (especially since the metaphor fits even better, since vortexes in one's brain would be even harder to remove than tumors). Thanks!
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From:rovanda
Date:July 1st, 2011 12:49 am (UTC)
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Happy to help. :)
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From:matt1993
Date:July 1st, 2011 01:25 am (UTC)
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:)
From:awehla
Date:June 28th, 2011 03:46 pm (UTC)
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Creative distractions is a term you could use.

Sorry you kept getting lost and stuff but it's OK to make mistakes - at least you're getting out there in the world.

Lisa
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From:matt1993
Date:June 28th, 2011 07:31 pm (UTC)
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Creative distractions is a term you could use.

Hmm..."distracted by my creative distractions" would sound redundant, so I don't think that would work. I'm gonna go with "creative vortexes", like rovanda suggested, because it's still a metaphor (and arguably a more fitting one, since removing vortexes from one's brain would be even harder than removing tumors), so I won't have to feel like it's censorship for "creative t*mors". Thanks for the suggestion, though!

Sorry you kept getting lost and stuff but it's OK to make mistakes - at least you're getting out there in the world.

I know. It's just that sometimes, I don't feel like I'm getting out there in the world soon enough... :(
From:awehla
Date:June 29th, 2011 11:40 am (UTC)
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Yeah you're right "distracted by creative distractions" doesn't sound good.

Good luck with college and remember you have to judge things by your standards and not by everyone else's.

Lisa
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From:matt1993
Date:June 29th, 2011 07:13 pm (UTC)
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Thanks!
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From:pathvain_aelien
Date:June 30th, 2011 03:39 am (UTC)
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It sounds like you had a bad day. :( I'm sorry! Don't let it get you down....that's what Bilbo Baggins hates.
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From:matt1993
Date:June 30th, 2011 04:21 am (UTC)
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Sheesh, Bilbo Baggins hates everything. Come on, it's not like I'm wrecking his home by being depressed!

(lol, Firefox suggests "Sheepish" for "Sheesh" and "Bagginess" for "Baggins")

Tidbits of Matt's Life

This is where I post my incoherent ramblings. It's where I post the coherent ones, too!