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July 26, 2011 1 comment

Do… do you hear that?

*shuffling*
*rustling*

Oh shit.

This thing is still on.

Okay, so I realize it’s been a literal, exact year since I last posted here (on the incredibly deep subject of my video card), but let’s take a little bit to reacquaint ourselves.

Hi, I’m Rick. You’re You. Glad to meet you, you.

Now that that’s out of the way, let’s review a bit of the past year. (It should be noted that I’m writing this while taking a break from finding publishers for my horrible writing. Avoiding “work” by “working more”. Procrastination at its finest, folks.)

1. My wife and I bought a new house. A different house from the one we were in a year ago. The whole story is long and sordid and filled with details like “That house blows, this one is awesome.”

2. I started playing World of Warcraft a little too much. I still do. I’m working on it, really. I have to, because…

3. I got accepted into one of the local four-year colleges, probably on the back of their “We’ll take literally anyone” admission policy. The unusual thing (well, I think it’s unusual) is that I’m majoring in Interior Design. We’re talking the nearly-architecture sort of Interior Design, not the put-some-paint-up-and-buy-some-shitty-fake-plants Interior Design. The goal is to eventually graduate and get into an actual architecture school at some point. This is probably a story I will actually tell at a later date, because it’s frankly more words than I want to put into a Who I Am and Where I’ve Been post. (Oh, and I’m minoring in Creative Writing—Poetry. Stop laughing, asshole.)

4. I’ve been stuffing a lot of my brain drippings into my Twitter (you can catch a stream on the right, but this is in the unlikely event you want to read more than a post linking here and what is likely some retweeting), and Facebook (which is probably how you got here). I’ve been flirting with the idea of starting up a Tumblr to sort of consolidate everything, but honestly I probably don’t maximize the avenues I have.

5. This is the biggie: I’ve noticed that I’m focusing a lot of energy in the wrong areas of my life. I’ve been pumping thousands of words a day into internet forums. I’ve been spending upwards of 12 hours a day on Warcraft. None of the things that I used to do—reading, writing, making music, photography—have been on the front burner, and it’s been too long. So here I am. We’ll see if I can keep it up for more than a couple months.

Things and people I’ve been paying attention to (or, the linkwhoring section)

In the way of big-name stuff, most notably I got hooked on Lady Gaga. (Stop. Laughing.) I bought all three albums. So what? (To be fair, the newest one was 99¢) (To be extra fair, it Pomplamoose’s video for “Telephone” that did it.)

But a lot of other stuff has been shooting around my social circle lately, so I’ll mention them real quick-like.

First up, there’s Bob Cluness. He writes musicky knowledgey bits from his hidden Icelandic base at Reykjavik Sex Farm. He’s bona fide. He does real writing, and once appeared in a tourism campaign for the country with a population only slightly larger than my current city of residence. Also he’s probably the only Scottish bastard on the island. His musical taste is vastly better than mine. (I’m listening to Bright Eyes right now. He’s probably listening to something with electronic bleeps, buzzsaws, or both.) He compiles painfully good mixes at 8tracks.

Next, there’s Bram E. Gieben. He founded Black Lantern Music and Weaponizer. Have you ever heard of witch house? Bram has. Bram makes it, and he’ll fuck your skull out with darkwave hip-hop.

We have before us, also, Chris Graves, creator of Space Shark. I’ve mentioned Chris before. He’s still insane. Probably moreso, now that he’s (presumably) back from SDCC. Support the Shark, buy the ticket, take the ride.

Next, one Robin LeBlanc. Photography and beer are her things, and she’s pretty good at them, I hear. She’s on the shortlist for Canadian Country Music Award for Best Album Photography (or whatever the hell they call those things up there). We’ll find out soon if she gets a full-on nomination, but in either case I understand there will be beer and cupcakes. Not necessarily in that order.

Last, but not least, is Ginger Piglet Press, which saw fit to publish one of my shitty poems in their first issue. Yes, I’m whoring myself a bit here, but the rest of the contributors to the issue more than make up for my wankery. Go buy it, so they can print another issue. (Maybe they’ll have the smarts to leave me out of that one. If I even submit anything.)

So anyway

I have a bit I’m planning on putting up in the next few weeks, while I’m not running around trying not to go insane (or laying in bed awake, trying not to go insane).

It’s horribly cliche meme-shit, but hopefully I can derive some actual words from it. Good words.

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