Guess who’s been trying to get their shit together this month?
This kid, that’s who!
This has manifested itself in various ways, most notably journaling, keeping up on dishes, and beginning to work my way through a music theory textbook.
Careful observers will note that this translated into a grand total of zero blog posts in June. And you’re right! I’m a bit uncomfortable with that, but it’s okay. I ended up spending June improving my self-care skills away from the keyboard, which I really needed to do.
What am I reading?
I did a lot of back-and-forth reading this month. I read about half of Gerard Way’s “Doom Patrol: Brick By Brick” in a bookstore and enjoyed it a lot; I read a little of “Walkaway” by Cory Doctorow (and it’s pretty good so far, but I’m still on the first chapter); I’m still working my way through “The Ghost Brigades” slowly but surely. I haven’t been able to read as quickly as I’d like, which is a little frustrating.
I’ve also picked up my copy of “The Nerdist Way” by Chris Hardwick, which has been sitting on my shelf since last Christmas. My feelings on the dude are a little mixed, but I do admire the turnaround he’s been able to make in his life. And at the very least, it’s readable, and I think some of the techniques in it will integrate well with my journaling practices.
What am I listening to?
My music habits this month have pretty much exclusively consisted of “Wolves” by Rise Against on repeat, augmented with the soundtracks to “Quantum Break” and “The Martian”.
I really enjoy “Wolves” as a record, so much that I haven’t really shuffled it yet or even focused on specific songs (besides the bonus tracks, which are fantastic).
I’m not the general target for the confrontation (except in the case of “Miracle” and “Megaphone” — one of the bonus tracks), but I remember how I definitely was when I listened to “Endgame” as a teenager. That album made me feel very uncomfortable for a while, and it prompted me to reconsider a lot of the things that I’d been taught as a kid. I had a similar knee-jerk reflex toward “Wolves” on the first couple of plays.
I hope it gets another kid to think critically about their upbringing.
What am I making?
Right now, I’m working on two short stories as birthday presents for a couple of friends, as is my custom. I’ve also started working on my novel more regularly, although it’s all world-building at the moment, not Actual Writing. I’m trying to re-familiarize myself with the universe I’m creating, and the characters too. But I’m getting back into the swing of things, which is good.
I was planning on releasing a song this month, but I haven’t been able to get any works-in-progress to a state that feels releasable. A couple of them are getting there, and I think I have something shaping up that feels vaguely like a coherent album idea.
(I think my music-writing will improve and get faster once I have an actual MIDI controller, which I’m currently in the market for. If anybody has any recs for a good starter controller, I’d love to hear them.)
I mentioned last month that I didn’t feel like I was creating enough, and that’s still the case, but I’m slowly getting better about it.