I don’t think of myself as someone who has a lot of hometown pride, but I admit I got a tingle hearing the Westfield Valley Fair Mall name checked in this story. The whole thing revolves around the fact that the mall actually straddles the border between San Jose and Santa Clara, and how that complicates things now that San Jose has a $10 minimum wage, while Santa Clara is still around $8.

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"That’s why I was never moved by Aerith’s death. Yes, she, like Shadow, is a member of my party, but her death isn’t my fault. It happens in a maudlin cut scene, out of my control. Far from shedding tears, I was instead annoyed at how presumptuous the Final Fantasy VII designers were to give me responsibility for a character and then abruptly take it away for the sake of a tearjerker moment.”

—For Our Consideration: The most compelling Final Fantasy death isn’t the one everybody talks about

This game is one of the formative experiences of my life hashtagnojoke

gameological:

"That’s why I was never moved by Aerith’s death. Yes, she, like Shadow, is a member of my party, but her death isn’t my fault. It happens in a maudlin cut scene, out of my control. Far from shedding tears, I was instead annoyed at how presumptuous the Final Fantasy VII designers were to give me responsibility for a character and then abruptly take it away for the sake of a tearjerker moment.”

For Our Consideration: The most compelling Final Fantasy death isn’t the one everybody talks about

This game is one of the formative experiences of my life hashtagnojoke

Step Five is Delete

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The first step, which you’ve already taken, is to open your eyes and see the shit on the page. The second step is to drink because it fucking sucks knowing how bad you are. It’s depressing. You can skip the drinking step if you want, it’s not a requirement. But the third step is also to drink, so you’ll have to skip two steps. You do pills? Weed?”

“I do Pop Tarts.”

“That shit’ll kill you.”

“I know, I’m working on it.”

“Okay, step four for you is sugar. Step five is delete. Keep the two percent that isn’t shit and delete the ninety-eight percent that’s shit. Rewrite it. Within your re-write, there will be two more percent that isn’t shit. Then just keep tossing the shit and replacing it until the ratio is tolerable.

- Andy Bobrow, "How Writing For The TV Show ‘Community’ Cured Me"

He’s para-quoting Dan Harmon, who’s talking about writing, but it pretty much applies to most things. Including drawing! So here’s a thing I did, and the steps full of 98% crap that led to it. This is a long post! But maybe you’ve run out of things to read and you’re only halfway through your toilet vacation, soooooo…

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