Monday Musings 2/10

Podcast progress, Schitt’s Creek, being scared of the blank page, tired of winter, and the beauty of collaboration.

  1. Well, it is looking good for the podcast thus far. I’m super excited to keep working on it. We’ve already got a logo, a few of the stories done, and a marketing plan. That is the most prepared I’ve ever been for any project, well, ever. Funny how that works out. Strange thing about writing a podcast is that I would never have gotten to know the medium well enough to want to work in it if I hadn’t started listening to them at my job, or if I had never gone back to work. Returning to a “nine to five” opened me up to this new form of narration. It is ironic how the universe works. Sickening as well.
  2. I finally took the dive into Schitt’s Creek. Love it. It is a very easy show to binge. I enjoy the complexity of a group of people who were nearly billionaires learning to live a somewhat humble life. Their standard of living has to adjust to their new reality, but not their standard of personality. See what I did there? Anyways, I could sit and watch that show all night. It reminds me a lot of Arrested Development, but without the jokes sort of being force fed to you like you were on a hunger strike. I still love Arrested Development however. Season four was a bit forgettable. Anyways, I’m late to the party but still enjoying Schitt’s Creek.
  3. Something you didn’t know about my writing is that even after all the stories, blog posts, and books, I’m still scared to start a new project. Sitting down and having the blank screen, page, or notepad in front of me is still one of those moments that makes me doubt literally every choice I’ve made about writing in my life. It immediately goes away once I start writing, even if my first sentence is not some dragon-slaying bullet of awesomeness. I think this fear is also what attracts me to writing in the first place. It is so masochistic.
  4. I’m getting tired of the winter. Legitimately tired of it. I could move to another portion of the country. I think one of the things that drives me nuts about it is that the natural world is constantly reminding you that you have no control over your life when it comes to the weather, and having snowstorms blow in and make your day completely miserable is the personification of this feeling. Weather is literally like: “You think you understand, well, you don’t. You don’t know what I’m capable of. I can do anything I want, whenever I want to, if I want to do it, and not because you wanted me to.” So yeah. Life in Minnesota.
  5. This week on craft corner I wanted to talk about the beauty of collaboration. Before, I never thought I would have the patience or attitude to work with people on creative projects. I had the selfish attitude that it was my way or the highway, like I was some artistic demagogue from a Christopher Guest film. When I decided to jump on board the 48 Hour Film Project a few years ago, I realize how absolutely wrong I was about it. I benefited from working with other people, greatly. Not only did it give me alternate perspectives to work with, but it took some of the creative pressure off of me as a writer. Thank god I explored.

Jottings:

  • Got a new game for the switch called The Sunken City, which seems pretty promising. I’m enjoying the setting and the octopus antagonists thus far.
  • I’m ready for bed.
  • I have to see the movie Parasite. Happy that it won so many awards.
  • I’m still ready for bed. Wow.
  • Okay, I’m done. Have a great and safe week everyone.