Featured image: King of Cups collage that I created for Vibecamp Tarot, a project under the purview of @augurydefier. I don't know when the full deck will be available but I expect it'll be a banger from top to bottom.
The card shows the ability to restrain one's emotions and be fully in charge of your feelings and impulses. Therefore, the King of Cups represents a balance between the intellect and emotions. [...] You first need to temper the state of your emotions, so that you can progress forward in reality.
One must imagine Sisyphus self-possessed...
It's only been a month since last Ideograph (the customary gap) but I have a bazillion things to tell you. "Bazillion" meaning, like, "four."
First off, I got covid! At long last Miss Rona reached me. This news would be irrelevant except that it impacts Sonya Supposedly members: I can't visit the local copy shop to print happy mail, so your monthly missive will be later than usual. On the bright side, I expect to recover by next week, since my symptoms are fairly mild.
Longtime members know that happy mail is always slightly late, and not always just slightly 😭 I swear, nothing has increased my admiration for small businesses that have their shit together more than my own continual failure to run a punctual side hustle. Seems like bad advertising to admit that... thank goodness for my day job? Lol.
Speaking of bad advertising, here's the rundown of projects on deck:
- April happy mail, delayed until I recover from covid, thus urgently occupying the top slot on this list
- Wanderverse installment — 90% ready, but the last 10% is a segment of April happy mail, and I don't publish new material until after members have received it
- May happy mail, because dammit we're nearly a week into May already
- Godpost — the albatross around my neck that I wish I'd never brought up; however I did bring it up, once upon a time, so I must overcome my fear and ship the dang thing
- album 😱 with @lex_de_blanca, final ETA unknown (late summer? autumn?) but currently we're at the demo stage!
Regarding that last bullet point: I've been messing around with music a lot in 2022, writing lyrics and melodies, researching music production, even recording vocals. My dad is letting me use his nice microphone!
I was scared that I would need to learn how to mix and master. After preliminary exploration, I'm confident that I can lean on collaboration instead (which will be good practice anyway since playing nicely with others is not my strong suit). I'm acquainted with more producers than I initially realized, plus /r/WeAreTheMusicMakers, /r/makinghiphop, and /r/mixingmastering contain plenty of people with skillsets that complement mine.
Last thing, not about music specifically: I really want to do more commissions (as in, me commissioning work from other creatives) but I haven't figured out how to proceed in a consistent, sustainable way. Who am I kidding — I haven't figured out how to do anything in a consistent, sustainable way!
- "Aleator Press is a publisher, archive, and rare book dealer specializing in computer-generated literature and other experiments at the intersection of print and procedure."
- "Life Lessons I Learned in the Writers' Room" by Jeremy Nguyen who also happens to be an econ professor
- "Wild Geese Ruminations" by Michele Gill
Even as a very young child, I know I'm not good. I dream dark and dirty thoughts. I play in the dirt, making mud pies, smelling of earth and sweat. I am bossy and demanding (when my parents aren't looking). I skulk around the house and tape record my aunts playing cards and drinking, delighting in the transgressions I witness when they think I'm not there. I fight with my sisters, loud and mean, until I'm put in timeout in the pantry. I sit on a stool and wonder why I can't be nicer.
- "Weapons of YAS Destruction: Children's music as an agent of yassification" by /u/Ghost-Quartet — probably my fave out of this whole bunch
- "What Does 'Shitty Job' Mean in The Low-Skill, Low-Pay World?" by Resident Contrarian
- "Exposed by a Strava KOM: The many lives of a fake pro cyclist" by Iain Treloar
- Default Friend went on Justin Murphy's podcast:
That's all for now, talk soon.