Welcome to 2018! What have you been up to this month?
Resolutions vs. short-term goals
I’ve made resolutions for the New Year for most of my life, but….they never worked out too well. I’ve done longer-term goals, but I’ve found that whatever illness I have has pretty much nixed my ability to stick to deadlines. Instead, I decided to create a page in my bullet journal that has several short-term goals that I want to accomplish for this month. It’s a mix of fun self care, as well as chores that need to get done before I start growing whiskers. So far it’s been going well!
Why I’m No Longer Talking To White People About Race – what a fantastic book! I grew up outside of the UK, and a lot of what I learnt about anti-racism was from an American perspective. Getting to know more about my country’s history, and present with racism has helped me to understand issues outside of an American perspective. I highlighted my favourite quotes from this book on Women’s Republic.
The Marriage Pact is a thriller about a pair of newlyweds accidentally getting trapped in a marriage cult. Very American, weirdly written, but somehow, so compelling!! Definitely a book to save for a rainy day.
I played Firewatch over the holidays and it was amazing. You play as Henry, a man who, in the wake of his wife’s early onset Alzheimer’s, chose to take a job as a firewatcher in Shoshone National Forest. Henry’s only contact with the outside world is his supervisor, Delilah – who he can only speak to via radio. This game starts off as sweet, but proceeds to crush your every emotion. It’s expensive, and a fairly short game, but the payoff is absolutely worth it.
Layton’s Mystery Journey: Katrielle and the Millionare’s Conspiracy, in the tradition of all Layton games, is a right mouthful. But in a break from tradition – this game’s Layton is a woman! I have been furiously jotting down my thoughts, and plan to write a full review.
I have a ginormous cross stitch kit that I bought when I was in Thailand last summer (over 35,000 stitches) and I’m barely done with a quarter of it. I got fed up, and instead bought some adorable (and more importantly, small) cross stitch kits from Etsy. I’ve been working assiduously at a little pair of otters, and it’s coming along swimmingly! I plan to make some crafting updates in the future, so keep an eye out!
I finally took the plunge and watched The Room this week. Oh my goodness. It was truly so incredible. I had NO IDEA that it was possible to see that much of someone’s arsecrack in a non-pornographic film. Of course, The Disaster Artist was just as amazing.
By The Book is EVERYTHING my lazy self could wish for. I get to experience the life-changing promises of self-help books, with zero of the effort! if only I had the effort. One of my favourite episodes is America’s Cheapest Family Gets You Right on the Money.
Vox harkens back to my puzzle-solving, dollshouse loving childhood, but with a creepy true-crime twist!
The only thing better than terrible movies are lengthy Youtube videos talking about how terrible they are.
Women discuss what being butch, or masculine of centre means to them.
I found this article on building a writing system super useful! I’m not able to write every day because…illness…but I have been consciously brainstorming and planning a lot more often. At Women’s Republic, I’ve also published an update to my post about John Miller, the man who admitted to being a multiple rapist on his Facebook page. And lastly, I wrote an article about the harm that pervasive callout posts can create.
What have you been up to this month? Have you decided to make resolutions this year, or try something new like I did?