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As of September 18, 2020, I'm writing over at https://words.upinthisbrain.com/


This site will stay up as an archive of my posts from 2007-2020.

The daily weblog thing just ain't doing it for me

...but the daily private morning pages are so I will keep doing that.

Last night on the podcast I floated the idea about looking for a different way to do this - new digs for the blog or for whatever we call a blog in 2020. But then the obsession with finding just the right tool overshadows the act of writing and I see this happen all the time. I know one writer (let's stop calling them blogger, shall we?) who has three blogs so their creative mind is stretched across not only three different sites but also three services they have to fiddle with. 

It's all words and you can put them in whatever font you want and whatever color you want but none of that should make any difference or prevent you from getting the words out.

Getting them out daily feels like a to do for me the writer and I am sure also for you the reader so two things are going to happen:

  1. I'm not going to try to write here every day
  2. I'm no longer going to declare changes to the way I blog, podcast, buy things, etc. I'm just going to make changes and if they are noticeable changes, someone might notice them but I'm not going to try to hold myself to any "declarations" moving forward.
Proof that I started out writing this on the deck but the heat and oppressive humidity forced me back inside.


And although I have posted it here before, here is my green crazy backpack, also mentioned on the podcast last night.


Wednesday 9/2/2020


Another day, another post. 

Want to minimize stress? Don't read articles about how to minimize stress published from sources you don't know on the internet especially when you can't figure out what qualifications they have to allow them to be an expert on the subject or if their primary goal is to sell you something.

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No post on social media has ever made me react "Exactly!" or "Now I get it!" or "I need to change immediately" or "Yeah! You told them!" 

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I finished the digitizing project this morning! The last videos were uploaded to Facebook and once I upload them to our archive.org site, which now has over 64GB of videos, later today, it will be over and the VCR will finally rest!


I used two VCR's I had while doing this. My VCR for reviewing what was on the tapes that were unlabeled is a Daewoo VCR I've had for years. Rewind stopped working on that one while doing all of this! My main VCR is a Panasonic Omnivision that belonged to my mother. She barely used it so it is like new still and works like a champ.

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How would you like to have to look at this for about five seconds every time you come to this site just because I think it's funny to make people wait for no reason?
Asking for a friend.

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I copied my music library over to my old iPhone being used as an iPod today so I can reduce the amount of things being streamed all of the time here since two students accessing remote school and who knows what else is probably going to melt my modem at some point. Currently listening to Dave Brubeck through the Google Nest Home Mini Whatever They Are Calling These Now. 

Tuesday 9/1/2020

 

It's a relief to finally make it to September. We are six months from when all heck broke loose here, first with the tornado at the start of March and then the coronavirus right on its heels. 

A new month means "rebooting" a couple of things. 

First, I'm getting back into the daily writing of the kind of morning pages (written on a computer and not three pages a day) plus trying to dabble in a little awful fiction each day to prep for NaNoWriMo. 

Second, I pulled out an old phone to replace my iPod and I have a cheap dock on the way so I can go back to having a docked device for podcast listening. I am not a big fan of using the Google Nest Mini as a bluetooth speaker. It works fine enough but I sometimes lose connection or forget that I am paired to the speaker when I try to use my iPad somewhere else in the house.

In other news, I am down almost to the end of my digitizing project. I have just a few videotapes left to review and decide if there is anything worth copying off of them and then I will be done. It's taken just over two months to get to this point and as nice it has been to be able to share all of the memories in our group, I'll be sort of glad when it is over and when I can get these videotapes out of here!

Monday 8/31/2020

Only hours of August 2020 remain and what a roller coaster it has been. 

Luckily, I can't remember most of those ups and downs unless I squint my brain REALLY hard and I'm not going to do that. I'm sure every month is full of the same. No month is unique.

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I finished re-reading week 4 of The Artist's Way tonight and it really made me feel bad about stopping the morning pages a few days ago so I could take some time off of writing at the end of the month before bad fiction month begins tomorrow. Maybe I do need to be writing the pages each morning and then the fiction some time later in the day. I think the morning pages (or my laptop version of them) do help me stay on track creatively and without them I sort of coast.

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It was another rainy, gloomy, ugly day today and I'm glad for the cooler temperatures and the fact that the AC doesn't have to be on all day but I know there are plenty of rainy, gloomy, ugly days to come so it would be nice to have a few more bright ones before we get to fall/winter. 

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I miss having a Tumblr in the fall because there are so many great fall and winter Tumblr's to reblog but then spring comes and it turns into a to do and that always sucks the life out of it for me.

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I finally cleaned up my Twitter today and wondered why I was seeing tweets but not following a lot of people and then remembered my experiment with Twitter lists at the start of the summer. Now I am down to just a few lists and everyone is back to being followed and on the main feed. I also cleared out all of my muted words and phrases. I'm sure I missed a lot over the last year or so because I had a lot of words and phrases on that list!

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I wonder what excitement is ahead for us in September. I am ready for the new month. I am not ready for chilly days yet but I am ready to turn that calendar page.

Sunday 8.30.2020

The explanation

The original idea I had when I started using the weblog label here last December was to make weblog posts dated posts and to focus more on what happened on the particular day I was writing and to make this into more of a journal than a place to come whenever I had an idea, starting a post in the morning and leaving it in draft most of the day, adding whatever came to mind or whatever links I found interesting during the day until I published the post in the evening.

I'm not 100% of the way there yet but I decided that I would shift more into that direction in September but a couple of days ago I thought, why wait? Do it now. Let's see where this goes.

Is blogging dead or is blogging the way we once knew it dead and now it's time to do something a little different? I don't know for sure but here is my little different and we'll see how far it goes.

The weblog for August 30th (back to our regularly scheduled programming)

I have an online, virtual, cyber wedding to attend tonight and I have decorated the wall behind me so that I will appear as festive as possible for the function. It's my first ever online, virtual, cyber wedding and I'm hoping all future weddings will be like this. Thanks, Coronavirus!

The after-hurricane remnants weather has remained somewhat unsettled with rain early this morning and more storms on the way for this evening. I'm glad I got out in the humidity and mowed last Thursday. Maybe it will be cooler and drier at the end of the week when I have to mow again.

September is almost here. Exciting!

A poem: John Skoyles - The End of August

Saturday 8/29/2020

I did not want to get up this morning. So tired. What a long and trying week it has been. But we still had three flocks to put out (I think I have discussed flocks on the podcast. If not, let me know. I just noticed I wrote about flocking a few posts back right here.) and then we went to Starbucks for a Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew with four Splendas. It was, apologies to Maxwell House, good to the last drop.


Next we went off to Dollar Tree where I found The Secret History of Twin Peaks for $1 which seems insane for me for a perfect copy of such a nice book.

Now we are home and I am about to start editing the September episodes of In Your Earholes before we go pick up our Walmart order and then, hopefully, settle in for a quiet night back at the house. 

All Saturdays should be like this.