Stepwisdom

Microstory 300: Stepwisdom (Introduction)

Welp, here’s the deal. As I was nearing my one hundredth microstory, I started thinking about how much staying power these things have. How easy would it be for me to come up with an original story day after day after day? I realized that I had about a hundred characters already lined up in my Anomalies story since I’ve been working on it since 2007, so why don’t I just spend a hundred weekdays on that? That came with its own problems. I did already have an idea of who these people were, but at the same time, I had to worry about stepping on my own toes, and creating a need for retconning later on, because I intend to release their story in longer format, at some point (::cough::TV series::cough::). But what was annoying is that there are around 260 weekdays a year, and I had only started to do this thing in March, and so I had a couple dozen slots left over for December. For the website, that’s whatever, but when I publish these in book form, I want to keep them in neat, yearly volumes. That meant I couldn’t do something special for 200-299. So I came up with Perspectives to fill in the gap through 299, and here we are. This paragraph has 300 words exactly, and each subsequent installment will have a word count of one more each time. You’ll start seeing more connections as we go. I’m writing this one even before starting my first Perspective, and wanted to get even further ahead, but that didn’t work out. I’m still trying to figure out how to accomplish this through revising, snipping, adding, and whatnot. Fortunately, I’ve discovered a live word count add-on so that I don’t have to keep track as I

Atmosphere
Ground
Rain
Potable Water
Food for Survival
Clothing for Protection
Shelter
Fire
Instinct
Physical Safety
Intuition
Cleanliness
Vitamins, Minerals, & Proteins
Carbohydrates
Sleep
Disease Prevention
Quality of Life
Neuropsychological Function
Safety from Chaos
Geographic Stability Part I
Geographic Stability Part II
Nutrition
Life Balance
Family Support
Love
Civilization
Sewage
Sanctum Sanctorum
Natural Skill
Competence
Steady Income
Freedom from Debt
Ability to Save Money
Economic Participation
Job Security
Capacity to Provide
Identity
Close Friends
Tribal Belonging
Heritage
Subculture Recognition
Mastery
Authority
Career Integrity
Exercise
Weight Control
Freedom from Persecution
Physical Independence
Self-confidence
Self-expression
Tolerance
Acceptance
Love
Equality
Free Thought
Latitude for Mistakes
Freedom from War
Safety from Political Corruption
Right to Privacy
Progressive Society
Regional Pride
Environmental Awareness
Sexual Propagation
Basic Romantic Involvement
The Right to Not Be Raped
Intellectual Stimulation
Positive Contribution
Responsibilities
Passing Acquaintances
Utility?
Strength
Sexual Gratification
Relationship Spontaneity
Guilty Pleasures
Luxury
Calm
Life Extension
Imagination
Complexity
Ambition
Commitment
Self-awareness
Self-assurance
Accomplishment
Legacy
Extravagance
Gourmet Eating
Station
Acknowledgement
Attention
Validation
Approval
Honor
Enthusiasm
Self-actualization
Transhumanism I
Transhumanism II
Transcendence
World Peace

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