Hello and good morning and welcome to Thursday and to another edition of my weekly blog post. Also, of course, welcome to Summer (in the northern hemisphere, anyway…in the southern one, welcome to Winter). Tuesday was the Solstice, aka the longest day of the year (in the north), if by “day” you mean the time during which the sun is above the horizon. Now, as always happens during Summer, the “days” are getting shorter. That may seem counter-intuitive to some, but when you take a moment to think about it, it’s pretty clearly the case, just as during Winter the “days” are growing longer. The solstice is the peak (or the nadir) of the sine curve of day length, from which there is nowhere to go but down (or up).
I haven’t written much this week. Last Friday and then this Tuesday and Wednesday, I only wrote about 700 words each, and on Monday I didn’t write anything at all*. Nor did I play any guitar. I just didn’t have the energy for much of anything. I still don’t have much energy, frankly, but it seems this blog is the place in which I’ll delay longest before slacking off. It’s the Tom Bombadil of my resistance to the figurative assault by Sauron on my middle-earth…to stretch a metaphor to its breaking point.
I have written a few thousand words on The Dark Fairy and the Desperado this week (go ahead, do the math), but my writing has been so slow that even since last week, the protagonists haven’t formally met with Lucy, the extradimensional demi-god who adores the Beatles. They’ve traveled through her world a bit more, at least, and I’ve thrown in lots of little references that only Beatles fans will get. It might be amusing for eventual readers; it also might be irritating. I suppose it could be both.
As those of you who are paying attention to such things will already know, on Tuesday I uploaded the rest of Outlaw’s Mind that I have written so far. It stops abruptly during the middle of a scene, because that’s where I was when I took my hiatus from writing it; apologies for that. As for why I posted the rest—well, I just wanted to get it “over with” up to the current point, in case anything prevents further uploads. If circumstances permit (and if anyone so much as expresses even the tiniest interest) I may continue with it at some future date. I doubt anyone will much care, however, one way or the other.
As I said in Tuesday’s pre-story comment, I may soon post what I’ve written so far of The Dark Fairy and the Desperado, though any potential readers should bear in mind that it’s even more of a first draft than Outlaw’s Mind was. If I do it, I’ll probably just post it all at once, though it’s over 60,000 words so far. I don’t think there should be any upper limit to the length of a written blog post, though. After all, even at so many words long, the file is only about 633 K in size, making it much shorter than the average video, even videos that are only a few minutes long. So, data size at least shouldn’t get in the way.
Speaking of video files, I posted a silly little video last night on YouTube, which I’ll embed here, below. It was, as I say in the video, a test of the function of using my phone to record and then upload videos to YouTube, and I think it went pretty well…though I suspect that the last few seconds of the video got cut off, just as I was about to stop “filming”. I didn’t lose any content to speak of, and I wonder if YouTube just does that to such videos, or if the upload process did it (via WiFi, of course), or what exactly happened. I uploaded it directly to YouTube, rather than, for instance, saving it to Google Drive and then uploading it from a laptop. It was a trial in case I end up in situations where I want to upload videos but I’m not in good circumstances for using a laptop.
I can’t directly live-stream to YouTube** from my phone currently, because I don’t have enough subscribers to my YouTube channel. That’s an interesting criterion for people to be able to live-stream from a phone. I’m sure there was some quasi-logical decision-making process involved in setting the requirement, but I haven’t come up with any good hypotheses for what it might be (I also haven’t tried very hard to do so). Of course, I could live-stream from a desktop or laptop if I wanted, because anyone can if they have a channel (or so I understand), but that wasn’t the point of my latest video.
Anyway, that’s about all there is to say about the video for now. I did a few other test videos on two different computers earlier, and I uploaded them, but I haven’t made them public yet, and I may not ever do so. I’m not sure. I suppose we shall see. Here’s the video in question above, though.
Don’t mind the sunglasses and the mask. I was just playing around with the look, and frankly, I think it’s a lot better than my naked face. Honestly, I could almost think I looked cool that way, which is a weird thought. I’ll try not to get used to it.
With that, I don’t have much more to write in this week’s blog post. Life is boring and unrewarding, and I don’t readily foresee any change to that, though I have something in mind that might do the trick. Further bulletins on that as events warrant. In the meantime, though, I hope you all are doing reasonably well—indeed, I would wish for you to be doing as well as it’s possible for you to be doing. In fact, I will wish for it. Why not?
There, I did it.
In a certain sense, of course, you already are doing as well as it’s possible for you to be doing right now, because once “now” has happened, it’s not as though you can do a mid-game reset and go back to try to do better. I don’t know if that’s a comforting thought or a distressing one, though it could be both or either or neither, depending on the person. But anyway, please try to make your present and your future as good as they can possibly be for you and for those you love. You might as well—it’s not like you’ve got anything better to do with your time.
*And, of course, I wrote nothing on the “weekend”. I pretty much did nothing on the weekend.
**From my phone, anyway.