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Today’s Ambient: THE GREAT BEYOND by Peter Roe

Today’s ambient offering is THE GREAT BEYOND by Peter Roe. ThePrimeChronos is a YouTube channel devoted to “epic” music — orchestral, instrumental, soundtracks, and so on.

The daily ambient offering is a selection of the music that I put on while I’m writing. It is mostly instrumental and unobtrusive, creating atmosphere without becoming a distraction.  The goal is to find something that’s energizing but not overpowering. Every week I feature a different channel or artist.

There was a time when I created a soundtrack or playlist for each writing project. Not only was selecting music time-consuming, listening to the same songs over and over throughout the day became annoying. While I still usually have a “theme song” for each project that I play to get me into the right frame of mind, most of the music I select can be added to a playlist and put on a loop. I typically queue up several hours’ worth of background music so I won’t have to think about it for the rest of the work day.

THE GREAT BEYOND by Peter Roe

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Writing Grind and Writing Gratitude

This is perforce going to be a short post. I released 3 books this week, at will drop at least one and possibly two next week. I’d like to talk at length about both the writing grind and writing gratitude, but I simply don’t have the time to unpack all of it today.

The grind part is obvious, I’d think, given my level of output. Let’s focus on the gratitude, then. There’s enough money in the account to pay next month’s rent and all of our immigration renewal fees, both due at the end of the month. I have the physical and mental ability to do this job, even though everything hurts and brain fog is a daily occurrence.

I’m into my fifth year doing this. While I’m sometimes impatient that things aren’t growing as quickly as I’d like them to, I have to balance that against all of the good. I haven’t had to worry about getting a “real job”, and I’ve long ago given up caring about the people that don’t see this as one. The bills are paid. I’m happy. That’s all there is to it.

Writing Grind and Writing Gratitude

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Today’s Ambient Offering: 8-Hour Epic Music Mix

Today’s ambient offering is an 8-hour epic music mix. ThePrimeChronos is a YouTube channel devoted to “epic” music — orchestral, instrumental, soundtracks, and so on.

The daily ambient offering is a selection of the music that I put on while I’m writing. It is mostly instrumental and unobtrusive, creating atmosphere without becoming a distraction.  The goal is to find something that’s energizing but not overpowering. Every week I feature a different channel or artist.

There was a time when I created a soundtrack or playlist for each writing project. Not only was selecting music time-consuming, listening to the same songs over and over throughout the day became annoying. While I still usually have a “theme song” for each project that I play to get me into the right frame of mind, most of the music I select can be added to a playlist and put on a loop. I typically queue up several hours’ worth of background music so I won’t have to think about it for the rest of the work day.

8-Hour Epic Music Mix

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3 More Finnish Things I’m Grateful For

Here are 3 more Finnish things I’m grateful for. Not all of these are exclusive to Finland. They are all things that have made me wonder why the United States doesn’t have these things.

Keys

The keys used here are amazing things. They’re not the simple-cut things used in locks in America. These are odd, square tubes with intricate cuts. and they look like alien artifacts. Not only are they a lot more difficult to duplicate (making them both more secure and more expensive), they can open multiple different things. My apartment key will let me into our apartment, duh, nut it also opens the front door to the buiding, the bike house (a building where bicycles are parked), the trash house (where the recycling bins are sheltered against the weather), the laundry room, and the gym. But it won’t open my neighbor’s apartment door, even though they can also access other amenities. It also won’t let me into buildings in the complex that I don’t need access to. And none of this is electronic. It’s all in the cuts and grooves.

Eggs

Eggs here taste better. They also don’t need to be refrigerated, and can sit in the cupboard for up to a month. That’s why when I stock up for the winter you might find up to 6 cartons in my cupboard. You can eat them raw with no worry about salmonella. It’s because the food safety standards here are so high. No factory farming, at least not the way Americans do it. There’s a lot of testing. If salmonella pops up, they basically destroy all of the chickens, burn down the farm, and salt the ground for 7 generations. That’s only a slight exaggeration.

Electrical Outlets

You’d think that, aside from the prongs being shaped differently, this would be no big deal. If you’re American, let me ask you this: have you ever plugged something into the wall only to have the plug start to pull out of the socket? Or have something come unplugged because gravity eventually wins? Yeah, not here. First, the pins are longer. The weight of the cord isn’t going to pull them loose. Second, in many cases the whole plug goes into the recessed socked. The socket a round hole; the plug is a round puck. It snaps together and doesn’t move. Is it a big deal? Not really. Does the whole thing just feel a lot safer? Definitely.

3 More Finnish Things I’m Grateful For

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Today’s Ambient: Another 5-Hour Epic Music Mix

Today’s ambient offering is another 5-hour epic music mix. ThePrimeChronos is a YouTube channel devoted to “epic” music — orchestral, instrumental, soundtracks, and so on.

The daily ambient offering is a selection of the music that I put on while I’m writing. It is mostly instrumental and unobtrusive, creating atmosphere without becoming a distraction.  The goal is to find something that’s energizing but not overpowering. Every week I feature a different channel or artist.

There was a time when I created a soundtrack or playlist for each writing project. Not only was selecting music time-consuming, listening to the same songs over and over throughout the day became annoying. While I still usually have a “theme song” for each project that I play to get me into the right frame of mind, most of the music I select can be added to a playlist and put on a loop. I typically queue up several hours’ worth of background music so I won’t have to think about it for the rest of the work day.

Another 5-Hour Epic Music Mix

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