Microfiction: Our Trans-Cyborg Overlords

They know I’m here. I can feel them. Looking up from the page, Dirk adjusted the dim light from his homemade candle and dipped his quill into the ink he’d made from blood and soot. No other light entered his bunker. How am I to escape? They have enhanced vision, reflexes, muscles. I am just flesh and bone. As far as I know, I’m the last one. The last male. “Dirk? Dirk?!? Are you hungry?” Bright light shined suddenly into his bunker and Dirk shut his eyes against it, refusing to look at his sibling.   “Put it next to …

Executive Function Pt 1: What Is It?

Executive Function Pt 1: What Is It? As always, busy life and my own executive function issues prevent same-day article and video publication. First, watch the video. It comes complete with my standard fidgeting with my fingers and rambling as I wander off my outline and back on again. Let me know what you think in the comments here or on YouTube.  Executive Function: Definition and Explanation Executive function has a lot of definitions.  The best one I’ve found came from an article in Annual Review of Psychology written by Adele Diamond (click on the link to read the entire …

Microfiction: Diana And The Donald

Diana and the Donald Somewhere in DC “Are you sure you want to do this?” Diana could hear the concern in Clark’s voice. He’d been at the Fortress of Solitude since the election, his immigration status uncertain. “Yes,” she lied. Her mother had prepared her for missions like this in the world of Men, but they were unpleasant. “Bruce got me an invite to the Tower POTUS thinks I’m from the Greek government. Bruce let him think I’m interested in a private,” she purred, “diplomatic negotiation.” Clark guffawed. “It’s a good thing you can act.”You aren’t wrong,” she replied, allowing …

4 Ways To Handle Any Problem Pt 2: Community And Society

4 Ways To Handle Any Problem Pt 2 As promised, this is 4 Ways To Handle Any Problem Pt 2. The first half is here. The concept is taken from the orientation to DBT therapy from Marsha Linehan, Ph.D., and consists of four basic points:  Solve the problem Feel better about the problem Tolerate the problem Stay miserable One of the reasons I like this framing of the issue is that by identifying “stay miserable” as a decision instead of something that just happens, it allows you to consciously choose or reject it, and even use it strategically as part …

Do You Mind? (Tackling THE THING)

I mean, really. Do you spend your days spinning and your nights sleepless, realizing all of the things you could have done with your days? THE THING you could have been doing with your days? It could be you’re struggling with an executive function deficit. That means that because of injury or illness or exhaustion, the part of your brain that is supposed to help you make decisions isn’t doing its job properly. Tackling the thing feels extremely difficult or impossible.  THE THING is also commonly known as “the impossible task,” which is the task that your brain is telling you …