Okay, wow, it’s the last day of September. Already. That’s terrifying. I know this year has been just, like, objectively bad, but the fact it’s slipping through our fingers like this is bizarre to think about. Sometimes it still feels like June.

That said, it definitely isn’t June, and Mother Nature is making sure I know that. This week, I put my fan back in storage and took my big blankets out. The season’s don’t wait for us, after all.

Flailing over the passage of time aside, it’s almost October! And October means any number of things: Halloween, autumn in full swing, Halloween, midterms, Halloween… you know.

For artists, however, it can mean something scarier than all of that. Yes, scarier than Halloween and midterms.

That’s right: I’m talking about Inktober. For those not in the know, Inktober is a challenge to draw and ink an illustration once for every day in October, often following a list of prompts. It’s been going on for over a decade, and while plenty of people sign up, I’d say only a few of them get past the first week. The phenomenon has also expanded beyond what anyone could’e guessed: while there’s an official Inktober prompt list every year, there’re also unofficial prompt lists, often coming with themes, and even prompt lists for artists of different mediums (such as Tunetober, for musicians!), or prompt lists that seek to leave mediums behind, being open for as many art forms as possible.

… Of course, like everything else in 2020, whether or not Inktober is going to happen is currently anyone’s guess. The creator is trying to go on like everything is fine, but he did face some pretty serious plagiarization accusations recently.

So that’s fun.

I for one will be taking the annual plunge, though I’ll be using an unffocial list. Specifically, I’ll be using the Formtober list, created by an arts group I’ve worked with in the past and with prompts that work for any medium.

Also, there’re only 15 prompts instead of the usual 31, so I might actually finish this. I love committing myself to my art, but I’m also a full-time student, you know?

So that’s my latest in creating: not really talk of a tangible project, but a vow to spend October being generative as I can.

As for what I’m consuming, I’d say I’m making another major commitment: I’ve entered Rewatch Season. It’s full-swing, at that!

It all started when Schitt’s Creek made history at the Emmys. I’d watched that show with my mother, and it’d kind of been Our Thing. After watching it win all the awards it did, my father said he wanted to check it out. Now, we watch it together almost nightly.

I really do think rewatching is a commitment in its own way. Sure, you already know how things are going to go and you know exactly what to look forward to.

But every show has something you didn’t like about it.

For example, in Schitt’s Creek, I found some of the romantic subplots in earlier seasons to be annoying and at times outright nightmarish. I hate the “will they or won’t they” trope at the best of times, and this was not the best of times.

I won’t spoil, but there were definitely some developments my mother and I had completely forgotten about until our rewatch, and we spent those episodes just waiting for them to end.

In that way, rewatching is a commitment, isn’t it? It’s saying, “Hey, you’re a really good show, and I’ll tolerate the weird romantic subplots in your earlier seasons because I love the overarching themes and character dynamics.”

At least, that’s what it is for me. I don’t agree with the choices in some episodes, but also, the character dynamics and heartwarming developments make it all worth it.

In conclusion? Watch Schitt’s Creek. Please. It’s funny, it’s Canadian, and it has one of my favourite gay characters in all of TV. What more do you need?

Anyways, I’m off to emotionally prepare for Formtober.

By watching Schitt’s Creek.

Until next time!