We’re finishing up production of Tracking Shells: Our Mario Kart Memories, so we’ll try to keep this brief. We’ve added a special new $5 tier to Patreon! In our option, this has to be one of the most unique and fun concepts on Patreon. It has been something we’ve wanted to do since coming up with the idea of the Daily Inklings!
Announcing the Snail Mail Inkling Club!
Here’s how it works:
For $5 a month, you’ll receive a very special Inkling via snail mail once a month. These prompts will not be featured as Daily Inklings, and will be crafted specifically for Patrons.
They will arrive in an envelope emblazoned with the Normal Happenings style and sealed with a sticker.
If that isn’t cool enough, if you reply to the Inkling via blog post, email, or even better, a response letter of you own, we’ll collect them and feature them in their very own blog post!
Of course, you’ll also get early access to Daily Inklings, as well as an invitation to our upcoming Discord server.
And if you’re truly opposed to traditional mail, no worries. We can send a digital copy as well. But that does remove some of the fun of opening a letter!
We are strangely obsessed with receiving and opening actual mail, so we’re hoping you’ll join us in the fun while supporting our creative endeavors! You can help support us over at our Patreon page!
Before we go, we’d like to give a special shout-out to our current and former Patrons!
Though times can be tough, it is possible to use it as a tool for encouragement rather than destruction.
Loved ones, learning, and art can make negative time a little better.
“May the Years We’re Here Encourage Us”
Volume 2, Number 4
Winter in St. Louis, Missouri, U.S. can be rough, especially if you can count on one hand the number of times you’ve seen snow growing up. When Nikki and I moved from Alabama, U.S. to STL, we very quickly found ourselves feeling particularly down during the winter months. We are outdoorsy by nature, and when the ability to explore nature twelve months out of the year was taken away from us, we found ourselves experiencing “cabin fever” quite often. The temperature would plunge, freezing the roadways and making it impossible to even go to the gym or get groceries. Finding ourselves stuck in our apartment, we were forced to confront negative time.
Normal Happenings is growing, and just by being part of our wonderful blogging community, you are helping us accomplish our goals! Our readers (and soon, viewers and listeners) simply must be some of the most amazing people in the world! Gosh, that feels so good to say!
Our old Patreon model, while fitting for the direction we thought Normal Happenings was going for its time, ended up not working out the way we planned.
Time is valuable, and we think you probably at least have a passing familiarity with our work. The goals, the tiers, and even the upcoming promotional video have been vastly simplified to reflect the future ambitions of Normal Happenings! So, what does that future look like? It’s as simple as one, two, three.
Positivity is a learned skill, but it has become my new default.
It takes a lot of energy to be positive.
Often tools are required to be optimistic in situations not ideal.
Part of my pursuit of removing pretentiousness and bloat from my own writing. Sometimes simple messages are best told simply.
“Positivity By Force”
Volume 2, Number 3
I am an optimist, but I was not born one. I am positive by default, but it is a learned skill. I do it because I feel it increases the quality of life of myself and those around me. The funny thing about positivity — it doesn’t come as easily as negativity. Like how it takes more effort to smile than to frown, it seems reasonable to set my default state of being to within a standard deviation of neutral. The day determines if I fall to the left or right of that baseline — a slight push towards negative or positive is determined by the weather, the daily commute, or the current level of caffeine consumption. That type of life does not work for me, however. I want to be more than the sum of my reactions.
There seems to be an interesting connection between forming our first memories and forgetting each day as an adult.
As we grow up, we lose our wonderment towards everyday life.
Avoid deriving a sense of purpose from life’s big accomplishments.
Minor trigger advisory: this piece makes a few sporadic references to faith. As we’ve made clear in the past, we have no desire to push those on other people.
“Pedestrians of Our Own Lives”
Volume 2, Number 2
Back in school, I remember having a friend who insisted that he could remember being born. He was the competitive sort, especially when it came to one-upping others in experiences and smarts, so despite my pension for giving people the benefit of the doubt, I am still skeptical. He is not the only one, though; a subset of the human population also believes they possess memories prior to birth. Sentience, without so much as glimpse beyond the barrier of protection that is the womb? That’s hard for me to believe. The passage of time, that sudden stream of memories flooding our brain, and our very own purpose — our first great awakening — it all comes together in a funny way I cannot fully comprehend.
Happy Friday, everyone! So, this week we have a very interesting situation in which a lot of very cool people responded to our tags all at once. We’re no stranger to giving away Nice Job Badges to those who reply to our Daily Inklings and Super Specific Awards, but this week was insane. We can’t promise to do this every time, but today we’ll be awarding badges to five responses to our activities this week.
The 2019 NH Blog Awards will be taking place on February 26, 2019.
Five categories exemplifying the best of blogging.
Accepting nominations within!
Blogs are great! Readers are great! Here’s a great idea!
Announcing: The 2019 Normal Happenings Blog Awards!
We always want to recognize the outstanding accomplishments of the people in our little corner of the blogosphere! That is what Nice Job Badges are for, after all. So many of you have spurred our desire for crafting excellent blog posts, and we couldn’t have done it without the constant support of our community. From commenters to contributors to Twitter aficionados, it has been a pleasure interacting with each and every one of you.
Greetings everyone, we hope you’re enjoying the second Friday of the year! Of course, here in St. Louis, we’re on the eve of a major league snowstorm, so we hope it’s nice, sunny, and warm wherever you are. Anyway, let’s kick off the weekend with some Nice Job Badges!
There is a concerning obsession for pessimism in world slowly improving.
While not blind to the problems of the world, I strongly desire to make the world better.
Many Normal Happenings features this year will be thematically optimistic.
🎧 Recommended Listening:
“What a Pessimistically Optimistic World We Weave”
volume 2, number 1
Do you remember back in December 2012, when the world was at least in part convinced themselves that the world was just going to end? That, even after all of the little story arcs in all of our lives, Earth was simply going to blink out of existence. Books and documentaries of both prophetic doomsday and analytical reassurance rivaled each other on the shelves of their media marketplaces. The whole pandemonium seemed a bit childish, especially six years removed from the calamity of never.
Well hello there! I hope the first four days of your 2019 have been a smashing success! It turns out that we haven’t given out Nice Job Badges since September 21, 2018. Yikes, talk about a great thing getting lost within the holiday frenzy of posts. We’re going to try to do better this year, dedicating Fridays purely to badges. As such, we’ve also removed a lot of bloat from the format, focusing instead on these brilliant writers. No more using badge posts as an excuse for updates — just an intro, five Nice Job Badges, and a brief conclusion.