Hello everyone. Welcome to the second Thursday of August in 2021, and to another edition of my weekly blog post. I won’t say “good morning” because I frankly had an absolutely terrible night’s sleep, even for me, and I don’t feel very good or very well this morning…though I do, of course, hope you all have a good one, nevertheless.
I say “weekly” blog post but, of course, I did create an interim post last week sharing a cover that I did of the Radiohead song Street Spirit (Fade Out), and if you’re interested, I encourage you to check it out and listen. It exists as a “video” on YouTube, and as is usual with YouTube posters, I hereby request that if you listen on YouTube, and if you happen to like the cover, please do click the “like” button on the YouTube page. This apparently does real, measurable good for the degree to which YouTube videos are recommended to people online, and increases the circulation of the YouTube page, which I would obviously like, all other things being equal.
This is all somewhat ironic, considering I did my own song called Like and Share, which bemoans the nature of liking and sharing online—but it does so with a very specific point, highlighting the way in which people sometimes try to create or pretend to a self-image by sharing things online and how they can become quite vulnerable to setbacks relating to this, sometimes even leading to, or at least contributing to, personal tragedy. The only tragedy associated with liking and/or sharing my song cover might be if those who hear it really don’t like it…but in that case, I wouldn’t expect you to “like” it, let alone share it.
I did another “video” this week, of what was really an impromptu audio blog about the possible future of neurostimulation. It was just some off-the-cuff thoughts, and I made a post on Iterations of Zero sharing the video as well. If you’re interested in such things, I encourage you to check it out, and likewise to “like” it if you like it and share it if you wish. By all means, of course, I would like you to “like” the posts here on WordPress as well. And I welcome any comments, here, at IoZ, or on YouTube, about either or any of my videos or posts.
As is often the case when I find myself obsessed with making a song (or a cover), the editing process on In the Shade has been mildly held back this last week, but I’ve nevertheless been making decent progress. The word count is shrinking at a slightly lower rate than it was in the beginning, but it does continue to shrink. And, of course, I’m editing for other things besides simple length, wordiness, digression, whatever you might want to call it. That almost goes without saying.
As for everything else in life…well, there isn’t much of it. Though today is unusually bad, my general insomnia and dysthymia continue to give me trouble; I’m tired to exhausted nearly every day, nearly all day. It’s often difficult for me to see the point in doing anything at all. However, I am notoriously stubborn, something that might be good or bad or both, and so I plod on. No one ever promised anyone a rose garden, I guess. At least, no with the wherewithal to fulfill such promises has ever promised. The universe promises us nothing—or at most, one thing—and as far as I can tell, it doesn’t make bargains with anyone.
Even so, it won’t be too much longer before I’m done with In the Shade, and then I can compile and publish Dr. Elessar’s Cabinet of Curiosities, and then I have plans to finish Outlaw’s Mind. After that, I’m not sure what writing project I’ll work on next. I listed several possible stories a few blog posts back—I’ll look for that post and link it here—and I’d encourage those of you who might be interested to take a quick read through them, and if any one or few of them sounds particularly interesting or promising to you, please let me know. If you can also tell me why, please do so.
With that, I’m going to call it enough for this week. I need to have a nap or something before editing and posting this, but at least the fact that it’s slightly shorter than usual should make that process quicker and maybe even easier than usual. If my writing is poor today, I do apologize. Please try your best to stay reasonably safe and healthy, and to be as happy as you’re able to be, as long as your pursuit of happiness doesn’t directly and unnecessarily impair someone else’s.