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Jessica McCormick
Don't question authority; they don't know, either.
Don't question authority; they don't know, either.
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Learned about this, today.
#TIL #ThursdayThoughts

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No kidding?

I just received a "since you've been away" e-mail from +Google+. If they'd re-integrate hangouts, I wouldn't be a stranger. I still prefer my feed in the background, rather than their photographer portfolios. The pretty pictures really do nothing for me.

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I attended this panel in Boston at #NerdCon 2017. I was transcribing that last part, and it ended right at the quote I was waiting for. I didn't want to paraphrase, but John basically says:

Don't buy into the lie that you need to be unwell to be creative.

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When I was a teenager, I thought that I really wanted to be a writer. And I thought that to be a good writer you needed to be an alcoholic and that you needed to be crazy. And all the writers that I really looked up to were alcoholics and a lot of them were depressive... There is a lot of stigmatization of mental illness; very serious, and I don't want to minimize it. There's also at times romanticizing of mental illness. This idea that it gives you secret super powers. That, you know, Carrie Mathison can figure out who the terrorist is in Homeland because she goes off her meds, and her bipolar brilliance allows her to make connections that regular brains can't make. And only depressed people can write great novels. Especially if they're Russian...and you know, all that stuff... There is, of course, an association between mental health problems and creativity, and it's real, but I guess I wanna say, like, some of the best writers I know are also some of the sanest people I know... And in fact, I would say that, you know, I've been through this thing for a long time - really, "these things", if you think about them plural - the work that I've done that I'm most proud of was work that I've done when I'm well... when I'm taking treatment seriously and when I'm lucky enough that it's working. So... I guess I would say, don't buy...

https://youtu.be/WCgP_SD4Fy0?t=56m55s

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"House uses her female gaze and voice to create strong, female heroes in environments we all know, reestablishing our connection to the well-known historical settings. Working with the idea of a hero, House paints her portraits larger than life. She encourages the viewer to look up and become dwarfed by the women and their power, hoping this change in physical perspective might encourage a change in mental perspective as well."

These are so great!

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Sometimes you've gotta find your own questline.
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Spoken with your soul your eyes tell the story. Your body speaks the language. Are we deaf to hear the noise?
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