Monday Musings 10/19

First snowfall, forgetting how old I am, Terror Tales of the Park, October Nights, and Genesis Adust.

  1. Well, the first snowfall hit Minnesota already. It didn’t accumulate where I live, but overall the concept is still much too terrifying to really accept. I promised myself I would start working on “This Living Cage” the sequel to Beware the Ills once the first snow hit. That was quick. I’m excited to work on it, but I was hoping for a little bit more time spaced out. Who says climate doesn’t have a sense of humor? Anyways, I’m excited to work on that story, since I’ve been promising a sequel for years. I just wish there were conventions to go to where I could sell it.
  2. I’m old enough now to actually forget how old I am. Does that happen to anyone else? When people ask me my age I pause, meander over my thoughts, then say: “Oh, I’m 36, that’s right.” Whenever this happens a minor existential crisis tails behind it where I think about the eternity of the soul, the power of identity, and the strangeness of time passing. Things change all around us, yet, everything seemingly stays the same. Bumping up against these metaphysical concepts always bring me back to Rip Van Winkle by Washington Irving. How a bunch of time passes and we can sleep through all of it, but then we see how things aren’t changed at all, simply painted over. If you haven’t read this short story I highly recommend it. You might get my wandering thought more if you do. Follow that up with Sleepy Hollow. It is the perfect season for it.
  3. Some go to Halloween media for everyone? From me, and I’m somewhat slanted because I have young children and I don’t want to disturb them anymore than I already have, but one excellent source of comical Halloween specials is Regular Show on Hulu. Almost every season they do a Halloween special Terror Tales of the Park. They’re the perfect mix of horror, comedy, and tragedy. I highly recommend that show in general. It is my favorite, but they do excellent Halloween specials as well. No need to know anything about the story to watch them. Standalone fun.
  4. October nights are some of my favorites. You can feel the supernatural on the air. It is just a sprinkle of paranormal, not enough to overpower your pallet and make you too afraid to leave the house. The omnipresent coolness. The darkness that flickers on so casually in the afternoon, like it can’t wait to be acknowledged. The bend of half-empty trees clawing shapes beneath streetlights. It is all so perfect. I absolutely love it. I never realized how much I appreciated it when I was young, the natural world’s inherent spookiness at this time of year.
  5. Alright, on Wednesday my long talked about serial Genesis Adust will be starting on here. I haven’t done a serialized story for quite some time, so I’m actually nervous. The story is solid and I have grown as a writer in the right directions, but I still get anxious with releasing new content. I think this is a permanent affliction. It won’t ever go away. This is one of those signs from my identity that I’m meant to be a writer. I don’t feel like I have ever accomplished anything with writing, because the medium is so overpowering and intoxicating for me. I always feel like I’m chasing it, but can never catch it. I don’t think this feeling will ever change or be satiated. I’m grateful for that.

Jottings:

  • Rewatching the Simpsons Treehouse of Horror on Disney+ with my older kids. They’re the earlier ones from the 80’s and 90’s, back when I was really into the Simpsons. What a keen show. The writing was so spot on.
  • COVID is surging in the midwest where I live. It is scary. We’re trying to avoid it as much as possible. We’ve reduced who we spend time with and are setting up our social life for the winter. We can’t branch out too much because of germ pools. I will be happy when this is over.
  • Started watching the new season of Fargo on Hulu. I love that show. It is still some of the best storytelling out there. Noah Hawley is a fantastic writer who I look up to. I highly recommend this series.
  • I’ve been playing through Donkey Country 2: Diddy Kong’s Quest on the Nintendo Switch. I never really got into that game. It feels so strange playing such an old game for the first time. It is actually very hard. Those old platformers don’t pull any punches.
  • Again, Hidden Oaks Season two is well under way. Check it out. The story is evolving at the perfect pace. Super proud of this podcast.
  • I feel like health food has come a long way. I’ve been trying to lose weight and be a little more cognitive of what I’m putting into my body. I’m getting older so I’m running out of time to right my wrongs. Luckily, healthy food is no longer stuck in the 90’s. It has evolved and it much more affordable than it used to be. No more protein bars that resemble bricks.
  • Have a safe and healthy week everyone. Get out and vote. Live life. Tell people you care about them. Work for your own sense of happiness.