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    I am Qrystal; or at least, that's my dot-name! Har har. (My name is really Crystal, but that's not as internet-searchable; hence, switching the C for the little-used letter Q.)

    I am here because I enjoy writing. I do this mostly for myself, but I also have a passion for helping others learn things from the things I write. Now that I am done my Ph.D. in Physics, I am stepping away from academic research so that I can indulge in some creative ways to share my knowledge and inspire the appreciation of scientific thinking in others. I am also working as a tutor, which is one of the jobs I've most enjoyed doing in my life so far.


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  • The Fall of the Procrastimonster (Prelude)

    Posted by Qrystal on October 27, 2007 at 1:21.
    Category: Allegory. Tags: procrastination, task-management.

    The battle against the Procrastimonster was not going well. Every potential weapon the heroine tried ended up doing more to keep the monster alive than to help destroy it, but she was very actively analyzing what went wrong.. or more precisely, how to make it go right.

    It seemed that the weapons were either not flexible enough, shattering upon striking the Procrastimonster’s solid exoskeleton, or they were not strong enough, and didn’t even leave a mark on the beast. Careful thought was needed here, and she had to be careful not to discard tools she simply wasn’t using well enough… while also being careful not to use any truly inappropriate tool for too long. “Surely,” our heroine pondered aloud, “there must be a tool out there that is balanced enough to defeat this fiend once and for all?”

    Instead of frustrating herself with this line of thinking, she looked into herself for guidance. “What did I first realize I needed in my choice of tool?” she asked her scribe, who ruffled through only a few pages of notes before finding the right words. With a gasp, our heroine realized that the answer was right there all along! She skimmed through her own words, making a mental bullet-point list of the pertinent phrases:

    Suddenly, she saw that she had wrongfully discarded the perfect weapon, all to try and protect herself from falling victim to the temptation that the Procrastimonster uses to draw in willing souls. She had feared that this particular tool would take her too long to learn how to wield well… time that the Procrastimonster would gleefully use against her. The mind games of this beast were certainly tricky, but she was determined to be right this time!

    She smiled, gazing thoughtfully at her chosen weapon, already visualizing how she would shape it to fit her needs…

    2 Comments »

    • Stephania the Meddler

      Qrystal’s allies were also dismayed that the procrastimonster has kept Qrystal from finishing her review of the moment capturing orbs that were of a very important date this past year in which all the allies wanted to witness as they left thier moment orbs off to enjoy that day.

      They are waiting for Qrystal to attack and finally kill the procrastimonster so they can see her moment capturing orbs.

    • Stephania the Meddler

      Qrystal’s allies were also dismayed that the procrastimonster has kept Qrystal from finishing her review of the moment capturing orbs that were of a very important date this past year in which all the allies wanted to witness as they left thier moment orbs off to enjoy that day.

      They are waiting for Qrystal to attack and finally kill the procrastimonster so they can see her moment capturing orbs.