Again I’ve failed to post on time, but I’ve got a couple weeks worth of posts ready to go. This week, I went to another lego adult night at my local library! It was fun, but I didn’t build too much. I tried to follow a pattern from a book but I feel like the pattern wasn’t super well designed. It was supposed to be a sword in a stone, but the stone kept falling apart ’cause it was not well supported. I did take a few photos though! The basement of the library isn’t very well lit, so the photos are very grainy. Oh well!
So I took a few photos of a sunset that I was going to post today. I took them with an app on my camera and can’t seem to locate them on my computer or any of my Google Drive folders. So instead, this week I’m going to share a bit of a free write I did yesterday. It’s writing about writing, but it’s some stuff I’ve been thinking about a lot recently. It’s kinda personal, but hopefully you find it interesting!
I saw some tweets the other day from Bailey Poland.
Idk what it is about saying there’s no universally applicable writing advice that gets some people’s hackles up, but up they are
— Bailey (@the_author_) May 31, 2017
If writing a certain way works for you, I’m not saying that you’re wrong for doing it that way. But your way won’t be everybody’s way
— Bailey (@the_author_) May 31, 2017
This really got me thinking about how I’ve been approaching writing. At this point I’ve written every day for one year and eight months. A large part of the reason I did this was because I have some serious procrastination problems and I heard some advice from folks I follow online about “never breaking the chain.” This basically means that you should do whatever thing it is you want to be good at every day. So I tried it out. I’ve been trying it out rather successfully. And honestly it has been great for my writing self esteem in a sense because I’ve proven to myself that I can accomplish this. However, a lot of the time I find myself scrambling at the last minute to write the bare minimum goal I’ve set. I’m kind of doing this right now. I told myself I would write at least three lines a day and I’ve been doing that. But a lot of the time I wind up writing only three lines and nothing more.
So I’ve started thinking, what’s the point of writing every day if I wind up only writing because I have to rather than because I want to? Would it not be better to write every other day because I find it fulfilling rather than because I think I have to? I do enjoy writing, but this is how I have been feeling about it lately.
So I’m considering changing up my goals a bit. Maybe I don’t have to write every day. Instead I could write every few days but write more, better, and with more intention. I’m worried that I’ll fall into a slump of forgetting to write for long periods of time. But I hope that this would result in me writing more things that I like and think are good and less last second drabbles and haiku that hold no real meaning to me. I tried writing daily. I can do it and no longer doubt that. But now it might be time to write less frequently, but to write better work. I think I still need to keep a schedule so I don’t fall for my old procrastination problems, but a schedule might be enough.
All in all, I think the advice I got from these people might have been good for me at the time. Now it may be time to take a different approach. Like Bailey said, their way isn’t wrong. But it might not be my way. At least not anymore.
Check out the new episode of Nostalgia 91! Patrick introduces Will and I to Vectorman, one of his favourite Sega games!
Once again, I’ve been falling behind on my posts. Maybe some day my blog will have a new post that’s not me apologizing for forgetfulness, but for now, sorry I missed another week.
A few weeks back I took a walk along the trail in my hometown and managed to get some great pictures of the river at sunset. I got a few on my phone, which I may post later, but I also managed to get a really nice one on my Instax camera!
I took two photos on this walk. The first one was this, an attempt at photographing some deer I saw on the trail. Unfortunately this one didn’t turn out very well.
The second one I liked a lot though! There was a really cool contrast between the dark silhouette of the trees and the light in the sky and reflecting off of the river.
Once again I’m behind on my two weekly posts and I as usual feel super guilty about it. I’m still struggling to get into a regular schedule with sleep, work, and creative projects. For now, here are the last two weeks of Nostalgia 91 episodes!
I forgot to share this last week ’cause I’m a doofus, but I’m catching up on stuff! We introduced our friend Mayce to one of our favourite cartoons, Undergrads! The next two episodes we’ll be covering the other two parts of the holy trinity of amazing one season Cartoons from 2002, Clone High and Mission Hill!
Once again I’m a day late! But last weekend I shot most of a short documentary I’m making called “Mike and Dusty.” It’s about my friend Michael and a friendship he’s built with a band out of Red Deer called Dusty Tucker. They were all kind enough to let me film them while they performed live music and busked, and also while they performed a show in Saskatoon. It was a super cool experience and while I was there I took some photos! These are my personal favourites, and I will of course post more about the doc as it develops!