The Host Syndrome

So it was my birthday last week! I’m now 24, and I have to say I actually feel older.  Even though I would consider myself an introvert and I don’t like to be the center of attention, I enjoy having a day that’s all about how I want to enjoy it.
But every year, I simultaneously dread the celebration, because I get a bad case of ‘The Host Syndrome’ – the stress you feel about having guests and keeping them entertained.

But is that really a thing or is it just me?

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On Having Pointlessly High Expectations For Yourself

I had to take a break just now because other work overwhelmed me and it’s my birthday the day after tomorrow and I have to prepare for that.
Also, I started to have too high expectations for my blog entries, never being satisfied with the marketability, length or aesthetic fit of my ideas. But that’s what makes me hit a dead end in creativity. I have to just MAKE stuff, not think about the outcome.
This is what I’m doing now, so here is some stuff to do, when you feel stressed out constantly:

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Hearts of Stone Art and Story

I painted this Mixed Media piece of Iris van Everec for a school exhibition. I chose Iris because I just watched a lot of Witcher 3 deep lore videos on Hearts of Stone and I love the spooky theme and the keys are absolutely perfect. So because it’s Halloween and I want to tell you a spooky tale, I’m gonna retell the tragic yet oddly beautiful story that sets off the events from The Witcher 3 Hearts of Stone.

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Blade Runner 2049 – Why A Thrilling Story Can Never Substitute Interesting Characters

Yesterday night, my friends asked if I want to go and see the new Blade Runner. Now I don’t enjoy going to the cinema much, since it makes me uncomfortable to be locked in a room with seemingly low oxygen and no windows for 2 hours. But this time, I took the ‘you should say yes more’ advice (from inspiring Pinterest posts with watercolor backgrounds) to heart and just said yes. That and Harrison Ford is in the movie and he makes it ten times more likely for me to enjoy whatever I’m watching.

I didn’t enjoy the movie though. I enjoyed seeing Harrison Ford.

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