I’ve managed to pave another good stretch of the road to Hell with my last few days.
“I’ll blog every day in November! I’ll go to the gym three days this week for the third straight week!”
“-oh, wait, I’ve got a work trip in the middle of this week that always throws my routine straight out the window and also exhausts me with all the socializing /pretending a part of my brain isn’t sitting in a corner, rocking back and forth, keening with anxiety*.”
Yeah, so, back to it. Those paving stones look terribly nice with my name on them, don’t you think?
According to my schedule, over the last four days I intended to write about What I’m Reading, What I’m Watching, What I’m Playing, and an update on a creative multimedia collaboration with my friend CJWaystayer. Since these were originally intended as more in-depth single posts, I’m going to combine the four topics into a briefer, update on each, post. Ready? Here we go:
What I’m Reading:
Serena, by Ron Rash – I joined a writing and book club on campus, on a REALLY good social anxiety day / in a fit of frothing-at-the-mouth madness, and this was our second read of the semester. It’s historical fiction, set in North Carolina in the 1930’s, telling the story of not only a marriage but also the conflict between the logging companies and the development of NC’s national forests. I’m really enjoying it. I don’t know very much of the history of the area I’ve moved to, and it’s been a good introduction – makes me want to pick up some non-fiction on the topic, which is an unusual reaction for me. Plus, the female lead is kick-ass and amazingly determined, but also intriguingly creepy. I’m about halfway through it, and I look forward to seeing how many more people she has murdered in her quest for money, power, and All The Logs.
The Creative Habit, by Twyla Tharp – this is my non-fiction read at the moment. It’s been used as a textbook for the last two campuses I’ve worked at, so when we had an extra copy at the store after this Fall rush I picked it up. I haven’t had a chance to delve into it deeply yet, but a brief skimthrough makes me believe it will dovetail nicely with my goals for this semester.
What I’m Watching:
Community – three reasons: college setting, snappy scripts, and Joel McHale. Mmm. One of my favorite shows; even the weird episodes are likable. I discovered recently that the sixth season had been posted to Hulu, and after binge-watching it one Sunday, it got me hooked again and I’ve begun a rewatch. It’s mostly on in the background while I’m either cooking, cleaning, crocheting, or laying out a bullet journal spread. I get antsy just sitting and watching TV.
Hunter x Hunter – an anime that, honestly, I don’t feel like I’m far enough into to give a solid review of it. I’m really enjoying it, it has fabulous characters and really well animated fight scenes. This is my gym show. Three episodes fits nicely into the amount of time I’m on the treadmill, and it distracts me from feeling like I’m dying. I’ve wanted to watch it for a while, but since it’s subtitled it doesn’t jive well with the other activities I’m usually doing while watching TV.
What I’m Playing:
Elder Scrolls Online – almost exclusively, as a Wood Elf nightblade (primary skills: thievery, archery, dual-wielding daggers both physical and conjured). I never dreamed I’d be playing an MMO for this amount of time or with this dedication. If I’m playing a video game, I’m doing it to escape humanity, and the social aspect of an MMO didn’t appeal to me at all. However, Bethesda really did this one up right – I can play the game without having to interact with other players at all. I’ve been playing Elder Scrolls games since high school and this truly feels like a continuation of their world and mythology. The environments are absolutely gorgeous, by the way, and it’s very cool to get to see places in Tamriel we’ve only ever heard about before.
Minecraft – for when other people in the house want the internet. I’ve got a ton of achievements I haven’t earned yet in the Xbox One version of the game, so I made myself a neat little checklist in my bullet journal and I’m working my way through it.
What I’m Creating:
In The Waniand Mode – this is a multimedia project developed by a dear friend from college, based upon a short story, then novella, called Wane. Participates receive a packet of inspirational items, and create whatever sort of art they want based on the items. The first time I did this, I received a beautiful leatherbound journal of fairy tales, and I created a found object sculpture of elements from each story. This time, I’ve received a packet marked The End, and I Have An Elaborate Plan. Since I know CJWaystayer will likely be reading these posts, I’m keeping it vague for the nonce since I know she wants to be surprised with whatever I contribute. I’ll take pictures as I go and do a proper, in-depth, post once she’s received it.
Private Writing Group – I’ve seriously fallen off the wagon with this group. We are supposed to take turns posting writing prompts and have a week to submit our responses, and October was just fucked in this regard. Going to try to be more participatory / not let people down as much this month.
Well, there’s your update. I’ve got a whole list of housecleaning I need to tackle today, and I’ve put off cleaning out the fridge for long enough, I suppose. I also want to spend some time on the two creative projects mentioned above, before my roommates get home from work.
Have a lovely weekend, all!
*For reference: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fbG9rhC5wXQ