Posted in mindset

Writing, gut feelings, photography nonsense

I have some drafts that are nearly done that I could have finished up and shared today, but they all have something about them that doesn’t feel right for sharing right now.

I don’t know what it is, but in cases like this, I defer to the gut feeling.

(As a person who has some anxiety issues, the gut is not always reliable. In cases like today, even if I’m being led astray, it’s not a big deal.)

Instead … how about tales from a game?

I re-joined a photography game app that I had quit when the school year started. Came in the top 10% of one of the challenges (several thousand entries), which was some good external validation.

Of course, it’s a game, and you can (literally) buy exposure which will get you more votes unless your photo is really bad, so I take awards with a grain of salt. But I’ve had other photos that had plenty of exposure (as far as the game will let me see) that haven’t come in the top 30%, so there’s that.

And no, I don’t buy it.

Each challenge has a theme, though, and too many people post photos that aren’t in the theme. I sometimes report them as off-topic (there’s a mechanism in the app for that). Depends on how irritated I am, I guess. (Probably partially depends on what my work week has been like. Follow the damn directions!)

The app allows for certain nudity, but those photos are labeled as “adult.” As a user, I can choose to see or not see those photos. Usually, they’re of topless or naked women. (Nursing women are not “adult,” thankfully.) But occasionally a dick pic finds its way in.

I always report the dick pics as off topic; they’re tasteless and I’m tired of toxic men. Except for the challenge with the theme “Things that start with D.”


My name is Heat! (It's short for Heather.) My last name is Polish and has a few Zs in it and it's really just easier this way.

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