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Even when the session is not as deep as I’d like it to be, keeping my intention to meditate daily is good discipline. As with writing, and perhaps as with most of life, more than half the battle is showing up and getting down to the work that awaits. 🙏

People forget how much context influences community participation. Put someone in a room full of people talking a certain way and they’ll inevitably adopt that way of talking.

That’s why the epic aggression and negativity on Twitter is so poisonous. In the end, it doesn’t matter what the tools do or how they look. What matters is the community content and tone. What matters is what’s considered normal.

Up early, writing goals met, meditation done, healthy breakfast eaten. Off to Alabama with my husband to surprise my elderly Mom with a homemade from-scratch carrot cake. A sunny, clear day for driving ... good podcast on the Bluetooth ... nice posts to read (from the passenger seat) on It’s a good day. Make time for your words today, y’all.

@jsnell Appreciate you being on Mastodon. Listened to Connected today, and it broke my heart a little to hear Myke and Ticci saying how much they despise Twitter (or that it’s “done”), then saying they’d stay there as long as their audience is there. I wish they could see that people like y’all *are* the ones with the power to move those audiences, because where y’all go, people will follow.

If you write, you’re a writer. If you make art, you’re an artist. If you take photos, you’re a photographer.

Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.

Greetings! If you're new to Mastodon, welcome! If not, glad to meet you!

I first tried Mastodon back in May 2017, but I did very little with it until about five months ago. Since then, it's been exciting to see the network grow by leaps and bounds!

About Me: I run my own instance at and recently moved my account there. I blog at and record a weekly podcast called The Jared White Show celebrating the open web. I love hiking, synth music, and coffee.


It is so nice to have a social network that doesn't feel like work

@matt - thanks for building this place, by the way. Finding it made my day.

"To help some of the newcomers make connections: name 5-7 things that interest you but aren't in your profile, as tags so they are searchable. Then boost this post or repeat its instructions so others know to do the same."

"To help some of the newcomers make connections: name 5-7 things that interest you but aren't in your profile, as tags so they are searchable. Then boost this post or repeat its instructions so others know to do the same."


Hello from Minnesota, where we are prepping for 2 weeks of state fair shenanigans and fried food indulgence.

I'm a 30-year-old with a day job in the software world. On the side I'm a self-published author with several books to my name. (Some have even sold double-digit copies!!)

Been off of Twitter for the last few years but looking to find a creative community on the web.

My wife and I are big readers and run the review site (like Goodreads but better).

I'm a video editor and animator from Los Angeles, where I produce 100+ live comedy shows a year and need new board game friends.

As a writer, I'm about to publish the 12th issue of my monthly zine featuring an ongoing spy comedy ( and a scripted sci-fi podcast about a guy traveling around in space to pick up transmissions broadcast from earth (

“Everyone has one,” the ghost shows me the red strings tied around people’s little fingers. “They link you to whoever you’re fated to be with, wherever they may be.”

“So what does this mean?” I hold up my hand. My string reaches up into the sky, disappearing into cloud.

“She'll arrive soon.”


My name is Jonathan Cadotte. I'm an amateur writer who dabbles in everything from short-fiction to essays to blogging to reviews. I'm currently working on my first novel.

You can find my work at

Writing fiction? Interested in talking about your process? Using apps like Ulysses or Dramatica or Scrivener? Obsessed with pizza? Nice to meet ya.

About me: I’m Mark McElroy, based in Atlanta, GA. Professional storyteller by day, novelist by night. I’ve got about 14 books out there, 2 self-published, all non-fiction. I’m friendly and approachable. Let’s make some words! All toots and boosts appreciated.

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