Okay, technically Halloween is in four days, but I probably won’t be making any posts between now and then, save for maybe a Process Post.

I personally don’t have all that much in terms of plans. I’ll probably spend it at my friends’ house (don’t worry, we’ve been staying safe, our bubbles are combined) watching horror movies. What more can one ask for in these trying, trying times? The real horror movie is going on outside, after all.

Let’s get into this week’s entry.

Tip: You Are Human. Don’t Forget That.

So, I may or may not be a bit of a workaholic.

Alongside my three classes, I’m a regular in writing for my school paper, hold an executive position in a club, am active in several other clubs, volunteer at my school radio, and that’s just what happens on campus.

(Well, the metaphorical campus. I haven’t left my house to do any of these.).

I’m also writing something at any given moment, producing something at any given moment, and probably part of some local arts mentorship or collective.

Tomorrow, I have four Zoom calls. In rapid succession. Because I never know where to stop.

I’m gonna look like this by dinnertime.

The first is tutorial for my Communication class. We’ll be talking about the culture industry. That’s from noon to about 2pm.

Then I have an information session about Communication co-op from 4:30 to 5:30. And then I have Word Camp, a series of workshops run by a local poetry house.

And THEN I have a town hall with a local performing arts festival.

Oh, and tomorrow there’s a UX workshop.

So that’s fun.

Recently, I was also told about a fascinating new arts opportunity: thanks to a grant, a local theatre I’ve worked with in the past had gotten enough money to send five youths to a $500 playwriting workshop.

That would be a weekly attendance smack in the middle of midterms season.

And you know what I did?

I left the offer to someone else. After all, I was busy enough, and there was probably someone who could really use it.

There are definitely five people out there who need this more than me. And also, I need to take a break.

I know people are always preaching for you to go after every opportunity you see, to reach for whatever, that if you want to succeed you have to take every step towards success humanly possible. I mean, I’ve preached it.

But the emphasis should be on humanly possible. There are only so many hours in a day, and a fair amount of those should be dedicated to things like, you know, sleeping. And food. And other basic acts of self-care.

It’s okay to say no to an opportunity, if you’re worried about pushing yourself too hard. More will come. And if you spread yourself too thin, you’re bound to burn yourself out.

Burnout is a heck of a drug.

Midterms and finals are just around the corner. My tip today is to know your limits. You’re more human than you’d expect.

Trial: Playing with Gates

Hey, remember last week, when I talked about my Qchord? Yeah, I had another breakthrough. It turns out when you mix practices within a medium, you get interesting results. This week, I not only recorded my Qchord, but played with that recording in my digital audio workstation.

Specifically, I added a gating effect. I wasn’t expecting it to sound as good as it did, but…

Well.

Ta-dah!

Don’t ask me what this is. Just know I had fun with it.

Rec: Midsommar

With this being the closest we’re getting to a Halloween post, I’ve decided to make this week’s recommendation one of my favourite horror movies. Specifically, my newest favourite.

I’ll be real: Ari Aster won my heart with Hereditary. It was creepy, it was heartwrenching, and it was entrancing all the way through.

I went into Midsommar trying not to have high expectations. How do you top such a debut?

Well, this is how.

Also, pretty much every shot is iconic.

Midsommar is a lot of things. It’s a folk horror movie, it’s a breakup movie, it’s even a horror-comedy to some. It’s a dissection of how cults win vulnerable people over and the effects trauma can have on a person. That’s all I can really say without spoiling.

As a bonus? Almost the whole thing is shot in broad daylight. It takes place in Sweden during the summer, where the “Midnight Sun” is in effect: it’ll get a little dark, but the sun never fully sets., which is very disorienting and uncanny.

I get the feeling it’ll be a cult classic.

(Do you get it? Because it’s about how terrible cults are?)

Anyways. Until next time.