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I heard you mention in an interview once that you know people who get their writing done at AA meetings. I've been trying that recently and it does seem to help. I've noticed I can get a lot of writing done in an hour when I'm surrounded by other people who are telling stories, even if the stories they're sharing aren't related to what I'm writing about.

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Very interesting. I often receive some of my best ideas in the shower, or at least seem to ruminate on opening lines a lot, which I then have to copy down afterwards. I'd always put it down to the forced stillness of the show, the mindfullness it can induce, rather than the noise. But maybe it's been the noise all along, the fan whirring ...

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If I had kept a nickel in 1990, I’d be enjoying those 12¢ today, by Jove.

I’d often get ideas while in surgery. Especially so during long cases when I didn’t have a direct role, like anything laparoscopic.

Whole kits came with sterile markers so I’d write or draw on the extra towels, the turn cards from gowns, glove packages, even the back table. Then I’d take a photo with my phone and move along to the next case.

That droning tone from the electrocautery or harmonic scalpel, still gets me thinking of far-flung worlds and plights of peers in medical dramas.

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Dec 2, 2023Liked by Chuck Palahniuk

I let mine renew a while back. Worth it even when you're on tour.

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This came around at the exact right time. I've been producing an audio play using voicemails as the framing device for the story. I'm in the editing phase, and playing the occasional follie artist. It's mostly just moving blue bars around on a screen. But when I play back, something feels off.

Between takes, it's dead silent. Just like listening on the phone, you need just a speck of static, always there.

So thanks! I'm going to apply some white noise across the board and see how that works

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When the white noise stopped, was it like when the electricity goes out and you suddenly realise how much background whirring and squealing goes on? Like, how do bulbs make so much noise?

And I can't wait for more Gloves Off critiques.

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I hear “White Freightliner” by Townes Van Zandt while I read this.

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Interesting piece. I certainly believe in the power of sound to enhance creativity. Weightless,by Marconi Union, has been scientifically shown to reduce anxiety when listened to. Something to do with the levels it’s recorded at, I think.

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I use an app on my phone and listen to Rain on Leaves through a puffy headset while I write. It dampens (ha) all the goings on around here, including sounds that would otherwise yank me out of my seat. e.g. I can't resist the crows. If I hear cawing I will roll up to the window and stare at them.

Did the paid subscriber thing because FOMO is real.

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I enjoy green noise for working and calming the adhd and binaural beats for lucid dreaming. YouTube is a treasure trove of interesting different sounds for me.

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Dec 2, 2023Liked by Chuck Palahniuk

I didn't listen this past summer. I let my subscription auto-renew. No regrets. This is one of my favorite spots on the internet.

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I sleep to Brown Noise every night. I play it on Spotify and sit my phone next to my head.

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How’s the sci-fi novel and the physical release of ‘Greener Pastures’ coming along, Chuck?

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Jungle or forest sounds with birds and other creatures on Spotify is soothing. As is the sound of rain storms. Amazing the variety of stuff that's been recorded and available.

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I didn't know pink noise helped with tinnitus. I've been dealing with that for so long. It usually comes when I use my headphones. Which sucks because it's sort of the only way I can drown out the noise. Now I can't escape noise. But I've sorta learned to live with it.

Chuck, how did you rent a small office? I'd like to do that. Can you tell me the process of doing that? Thanks <3

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I’ve been sleeping with the LectroFan EVO white noise machine next to my head for a few months now. Fewer awakenings and greater recollection of my dreams.

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