Monday Muse

This coming Sunday is notable for two reasons: Daylight Savings Time ends (move your clocks back 1 hour) and National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) begins. I will be participating in both events and look forward to the challenge.

I have been dragging my feet this week and having an internal debate about whether or not to make this week’s post my last weekly entry in the Multimedia Monday feature that I started last year. The debate raged on with rationalization and justification leading the charge in favor of stopping now.

The points on the side of the Majority ranged from: Well, you will have so much to do in November, writing 50,000 words in 30 days…You were going to do this for a year, 11 months + 30 days of NaNoWriMo is close enough…The thrill is gone, it is getting to be a chore to write this weekly post…Yadda, yadda, yadda.

I was starting to hear Jackson Browne’s Load-out song in my head: Won’t you staaaaaaay just a little bit longer….?

Silent pondering ensued as echoes faded in my mind. I checked my WordPress Reader to see what new posts were available from people that I follow and the one on top was by Dan Alatorre, 6 Tips to Avoid Blogger Burnout. About 3/4s of the way into the article I found my Minority Opinion: Singles, not home runs.

My expectations were getting the better of me. Each week I pressured myself to do more than the week before. This simple weekly endeavor was becoming a j-o-b, and deep down I did not want another one of those dreaded time-sucks. It is better to get on base than to “swing for the fences” each time I write a post.

Perception is everything and with that in mind I made another look at what I am doing and where I may be headed in the short term. It occurred to me that when I participated in the NaNo challenge three years ago my writing got easier—words flowed faster, my enjoyment increased.

This year I can put the theory to a test by continuing to write this weekly post and average writing 1,6667 words a day on my NaNo “novel”. I don’t have that 8-hours-a-day-plus-commute job in the way of me sitting down and writing for my own enjoyment. I can swing for a “single” on a daily basis and “get up to bat” twice on a weekly basis.

I have no plans to “check the box” and move on to something else. Listen closely for the Hallelujah Chorus….

Back To Basics

Jackson Browne is still on my mind, so I did a little fact-checking on him. It turns out that he is two months older than me. Next, I found the lyrics to his Load-out song and I think that when he wrote the following verse he was spot-on concerning the choices of entertainment in 1977:

Now we got country and western on the bus
R and B, we got disco in eight tracks and cassettes in stereo
We’ve got rural scenes & magazines
We’ve got truckers on the CB
We’ve got Richard Pryor on the video
We got time to think of the ones we love
While the miles roll away
But the only time that seems too short
Is the time that we get to play.

—The Load-out (Stay), 1977
Writers: Browne, Garofalo

I wonder if he has updated the lyrics to include Streaming audio/video, Blu-Ray and XBox when he performs the song these days?

Speaking of streaming video, we have watched the first two episodes of Amazon Prime’s Man In the High Castle series. Based on a book by Phillip K. Dick, and set in 1962, this is an alternative view of history in which Germany and Japan won World War II.

“…The United States has been partitioned into three parts: The Japanese puppet state of the Pacific States of America, which comprises the former United States west of the Rocky Mountains; a German puppet state that comprises the eastern half of the former United States; and a neutral zone that acts as a buffer between the two areas, called the Rocky Mountain States.” —Wikipedia

Just like Jackson Browne, and many of you dear readers, The Lioness and I are both members of the Baby Boomer generation. This series sent chills up, down and through both of us. We have had some interesting conversations as we compared our adolescent memories as post-war children in the ‘50s and into the ‘60s where this story begins.

The main character is Juliana Crain, a San Francisco woman whose half-sister, Trudy, is killed right after she gives Juliana a reel of film of fake news clips that show an alternative history in which Germany and Japan lost WWII. Do I have your attention now?

Trudy was on a mission to deliver the film to the Resistance group in the Neutral Zone and Juliana decides to take her place and deliver the film in an attempt to find out what Trudy was involved in and if there is any truth to the Alternate Reality on the reel of film. Executive Producers Ridley Scott (Blade Runner) and Frank Spotnitz (X-Files) do a great job keeping us in suspense as Juliana gets involved with nefarious people in a world that is so upside-down, but yet still somewhat familiar, to us today.

The complete series will be available for streaming on Amazon Prime Video starting November 20. Anyone with an Amazon account can watch the first episode for free. You will need to have an Amazon Prime membership to watch the entire series for free.

This trailer will give you an idea of what you are in store for:

Do you stream video on Netflix or Amazon? What experience have you had with any of the entertainment options available these days?

  2 comments for “Monday Muse

  1. October 26, 2015 at 5:54 PM

    Great post. Thanks for sharing this with your readers. Burnout is such a big thing, I’m reassessing my priorities, too.


    • October 27, 2015 at 8:15 AM

      Hello, Dan, and thank you for your post yesterday. It came into my life at the right time and I appreciate it very much. Periodic inventories are not a lot of fun to do, but they are a necessary tool for improvement.


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