And then it was March 2021

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Contrary to what a lot of people concluded after this post, I did not quit blogging. I was just suffering from a humongeous writer’s block, which is funny, since I don’t believe in writer’s block. I mean, I USED TO not believe in writer’s block. Way back when, when I also didn’t believe I would one day spend almost an entire year stuck at home due to a pandemic. Way back when, when I was still convinced nobody I knew would ever align themselves with virus denying anti-vax creepfests. Yet here we are.

It wasn’t that I didn’t have anything to write about. On the contrary, I would say. I spend a lot of my time Thinking during normal circumstances, but now that I’ve been spending 99% of my time at home hanging out with Willa, I don’t do much else. Sure, I take online courses to make sure my brain doesn’t turn to mush learn new things, labor over the book I don’t want to write, and clean up/out stuff, but none of these things have thoughtstopping properties. The Thinking just happens on the backburner. So there should be a lot to write about. And there is, but getting things on paper is a bit of an issue.

A lot of the thoughts I have, aren’t suitable for public consumption. They’re the things I write in my journal and that stay there. I do read through those journals regularly to see if there’s material that I can turn into a piece I can share with the world. Turns out, I mostly have a lot of questions. Practical ones, but also about human nature and the world in general. I decided to go for a list:

  • When do I get my vaccine?
  • Why can’t any of my doctors (including my fancy mega super-duper specialist doctor who works in that one internationally acclaimed medical center close to Amstelveen) tell me when I get vaccinated?
  • Why does everyone agree with me that this is completely ridiculous and does nothing change regardless?
  • Is the world ever going back to “normal”?
  • What is “normal” anyway?
  • Were people always This Way, and did I miss it, and if so, what is it? (“It’s it” – Faith No More, ed.)
  • Are those bouts of deep, unadulterated hatred that I’ve been recently feeling towards certain fellow humans with disturbingly illogical opinions  ever going to go away?
  • How did I get disconnected from life and how can I reconnect?
  • How much of this disconnection can I blame on the pandemic?
  • How much of this disconnection happened a long time ago already?
  • Can I reconnect?
  • Do I want to reconnect, and if so, how and on which terms?
  • Because who am I these days, and most importantly, why?

And then there are of course The Life Issues, like:

  • How much perfume is just way too much perfume for one person to own?
  • Will my office ever be accessible without first having to move crap around?
  • When will I finally quit writing?
  • Are the Daft Punk robots still friends?
  • How did Willa get her wonky whisker?
  • And the most important one (and a throwback for the people who have been following me since the days dinosaurs roamed the earth): What do I do with my hair?

You get the picture.

All this Thinking and journaling is getting exhausting, which is why I have decided to start writing for public consumption again. The big advantage of Writing for An Audience is that it forces me to get to a point. It’s like tossing a coin: you either immediately think “Oh, I want it to be THAT” once the coin hits the air, or you don’t care either way and the coin decides for you. 100% success guaranteed.

In order to challenge myself a bit, and also to Get Through The However Many Days/Weeks/Months Until I Get My Vaccine Without Going Completely Bonkers, from today on I will be posting three blog posts a week. I will continue to do so until one of the three following things happen: 1) the pandemic ends, 2) the world ends, or 3) my folder “Things to be posted” is empty. Let’s see which one happens first.

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This Month – February

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Read – Online

In “Sadly unsurprising, yet still absolutely horrifying”: He “Horrifically Abused Me for Years”: Evan Rachel Wood and Other Women Make Allegations of Abuse Against Marilyn Manson;

How Joss Whedon’s feminist legacy unraveled. None of this is really news to anyone who hung around Buffy fan circles, or who read the article written by his ex-wife several years ago: Joss Whedon Is a ‘Hypocrite Preaching Feminist Ideals,’ Ex-Wife Kai Cole Says

Interesting first person narrative about living with dyspraxia;

The rise and spectacular fall of Venice Beach’s Pacific Ocean Park;

Daft Punk break up. This was their announcement: Daft Punk – Epilogue;

Commodity Fragrances however, is back in business. No clue how I’m going to get their stuff here in The Netherlands, but that’s a concern for later;

Becca, of highligher fame, calls it quits: Becca Cosmetics Is Going Out of Business;

Listened to – Music

Leo P and the Velvet Trinity – Leopolitan

SOPHIE – Let me see ya ft. Big Freedia

Deerful – Just like we never said goodbye (SOPHIE cover)

LUCIANBLOMKAMP & Rosebud Leach – BIPP – SOPHIE w/ Show Me Love – Robin S

Pentatonix – Coffee in Bed

Daft Punk – Around the world – 10 hour version!

Jimmy Edgar & MESSER – READY2DIE One word: VOCAL.

Listened to – Podcasts

Iarla Ó Lionáird in conversation with Peter Gabriel

Watched – Films and Documentaries

None.

Watched – TV and Youtube

How Mac Miller Created a Musical Circle

The Fake Socialite Who Scammed New York’s Elite

Peter Gabriel & Youssou N’Dour – In Your Eyes (Live)

I Made a Witch Hat to Wear in Everyday Life Because ~✨Fashion✨~

I Bought an Abandoned Victorian Mansion! House Tour Time. Please note: from 20:45 to 21:05 there’s a shot of a naturally mummified squirrel body, who passed away in the house a long time ago

Uliana Lopatkina – Dying swan

Storytime: My First Goth Date, 2001…With The Boy From The Club! Dorian is an amazing storyteller, it actually feels like you were there when it all happened.

The Story Of Faithless’ ‘Insomnia’ | The Making Of A Dance Anthem

Paint With Me! | Landscapes on Mini Canvases

making my custom disney shoes – a tutorial!

Miscellaneous awesomeness

I haven’t laughed this hard in MONTHS:

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This Month – January

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Read – Online

50 Years After His Big Debut, Watts-Bred Artist Timothy Washington Gets His Due

I Made a Linguistics Professor Listen to a Blink-182 Song and Analyze the Accent One of my favorite pop linguistics articles, so I’ve probably posted it before, but here it is again;

The Artist Who Drew With Computers, Before Computers Were a Thing

38 ideas for 30-day self-experiments

Heartbreaking and upsetting news: ‘Visionary’ music producer Sophie dies aged 34

Listened to – Music

Michael Davidson – Turn It Up Brains work in mysterious ways: I literally hadn’t thought about this song since 1988 (it’s on the soundtrack of the Madonna movie “Who’s that girl?”), and then it suddenly popped up. It’s, as the kids would say, a bona fide 80s banger.

Listened to – Podcasts

None.

Watched – Films and Documentarie

Once were brothers, a documentaire about Robbie Robertson and The Band (which is the best band name ever, by the way);

I have Netflix now, so I watched the following documentaries:

The Show Must Go On: The Queen + Adam Lambert Story

Gaga: Five Foot Two

Joan Didion: The Center will not hold

Watched – TV and Youtube

Queer Eye Yes, all five seasons;

Next in Fashion A fashion design contest show;

The Sick Girl Trope, Explained;

If they can’t fit pockets in our clothes, we’ll bring back POCKETS AS FASHION.

Small Cool Winner: KC’s 280 Square Foot Apartment in NYC | House Tours

The Story of ‘Last Resort’ by Papa Roach

Goodbyes and New Beginnings | Stef Sanjati

Miscellaneous awesomeness

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