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A (very abridged) recap:

For those who don’t already know, studio CD Projekt Red has been under fire recently. Their newest open-world RPG was released with enough bugs to warrant a call to the best exterminators in town. Now, for the past several years it has not been uncommon for games to release prematurely with a few hiccups. Games studios forecast a release date which will almost certainly be delayed…and delayed again, and again. …


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Photo by Ian on Unsplash

I’m in a dark, dark place. I’m not ashamed to admit it. There have been a lot of changes in my life recently that have no doubt been contributors to this, but the result is positively soul-crushing. I say this not out of some desperate need for pity or attention, but to illustrate a point.

You see, this is not the first time I’ve felt this way and it most certainly won’t be the last. Mental illness runs rampant in my family tree and comes in all shapes and sizes. I’ve been in counseling most of my life, taken about…


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Our over-cluttered and over-saturated society is filled to the brim with books and articles on self help. Nowadays it’s easier than ever to pick up your phone or go to any bookstore for some advice on how to live a better life, how to be happier, how to be a millionaire, how to be more social, or how to stop giving a shit.

I’m no stranger to this. I have easily put in over 500 hours of this type of material. However, if I look back at myself before I began obsessing over all my flaws and trying to change…


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photo by Dusan Petkovic

An interesting thing happened the other day. I was texting back and forth with my wife, going over the usual “how’s your day” stuff, when she began telling me about a recent trip to the doctor regarding some stomach issues. One thing led to another and before we realized it, we were discussing the proper home storage options for stool samples.

That’s right. Poop. We were talking about poop. Not just any poop, but her poop. The conversation was casual, matter-of-fact, and exquisitely nonchalant. And it was in this moment I felt a wave of love for this woman.

Most…


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A sure sign that you have a procrastination problem is switching productivity apps every week. Believe me, I know. I’ve spent countless hours weeding through various to-do, calendar, email, and note-taking apps — to the point where I have easily spent more time researching them and learning their features than doing actual work.

However, rather than discussing the cure for this disease, I’m going to indulge a bit in this article. What’s the point in having all this unnecessary app knowledge if I can’t share my findings?

I could rant for days about the various pros and cons of the…


Shutting down progressive ideas through violence.

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Far Cry 5 (Ubisoft)

America is divided. It’s been this way for a long time, but with the advent of social media, it’s easier to see than ever before. Politics and religion separate us into cute little groups and as a result, we attach far too much importance to ourselves and our beliefs.

Being a huge Far Cry fan and a big advocate for staying the hell away from politics, I was on the fence as to whether or not to be excited about Far Cry 5. It was advertised as being pretty political. And in a time where politics have become the life-blood…


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Photo by Robert Bye on Unsplash

I feed off of my various emotions to create. Almost all of them offer something different and useful to my process. If I’m depressed, time to start writing. Angry? I’ll sit down at the sketchbook.

Anxiety, however, is my kryptonite. And unfortunately, it is ever-present in the fast-paced world we live in. When I’m riding the anxiety wave, you’ll more than likely find me numbing out, binge-watching the most violent shit I can find on Netflix. And while it certainly does something to sooth the pain, it is not at all productive. And I can’t have that. …


by Nic Parsons

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Photo by Aaron Mello on Unsplash

(This story is also available as a series on Medium. See my series section to read it that way)

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“There has to be some part of you that still feels.”

“Feels what exactly?”

“Anything. I mean the whole reason you’re doing this has to be the manifestation of some emotion.”

“I don’t know, I guess maybe there used to be. I get little feelings every once in a while in the form of irritations and temporary romances. Over the years they’ve become less and less clear. More of a routine now, I think.”

“Well…


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She woke up cold, though sweat seemed to be dripping from every possible pore. The lamp on the bedside table was still on and she could remember drifting off after a long session of staring at the ceiling.

She had fought with him for the majority of the night and yet he still went to bed next to her. After fights like this, he usually slept on the couch. He fell asleep almost immediately, making that gross little sound she had come to know so well. It plagued her how easily he was able to shrug everything off when she…

Nic 💀

I keep in touch with my dark side pretty consistently. I write stories and articles, draw comics and cartoons, and eat lots of cheese.

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