I’ve been a little quiet on the blog. Not too quiet, but I’m sure you’ve noticed. Or maybe you’re the type who only sees what’s in front of you, taking no note of small absences? Everyone’s different on that front. It’s of no concern, just thinking out loud. That’s what blogs are for.
Today is election day in the US. I’m not going to make a further fuss. I don’t know what else I can do, so I will redirect my energy toward the opportunities as they arrive, when they do so. I’ve said what I need, I’ve pissed off some people in the process (hopefully, but doubtfully, waking them up in the process), and I’ve done my part. It does no good to scream into the wind and waste my energy on those who will not hear. While we still have a long way to go, I am largely impressed with how far we’ve come. Depending on how things play out… well, my paid account on WP is up for renewal in less than a week.
I’ve spent the last couple of days mostly catching up on some video. I finished out season 3 of The Man in the High Castle and followed that up with a complete binge of the final season of House of Cards. That’s how Sunday was spent, recovering from the vertigo of the night before. It’s probably the most video I’ve watched in months. Not exactly the thematic material I want in my head right before an election of this importance; I’m sure timing is everything there. I still have yet to watch the latest seasons of Luke Cage, Iron Fist, or Daredevil. I find my interest waning on that front. It’s not that I don’t find Marvel’s quality to be up to my standards. Quite the reverse, they’re doing a great job. I’m just not invested in the Marvel characters. Never have been. Beyond Captain America, they don’t really speak to me. I was Team DC. That was so long ago now. I have no rants to offer. Not anymore. Last night, I finally saw Incredibles 2. It reminded me of how much fun superheroes used to be, and as with the first, I applaud the creative use of the power sets. I miss the fun. What’s passing for fun these days plays to a different kind of humor than mine, so it sort of misses the mark with me. The Incredibles films hit all of my buttons on both the superhero front and on the spy front. Fun. I’ll work my way through the related short films and bonus material sometime this week.
I’m working through three books right now. One is Stephen Fry’s Mythos, which was gifted to me by BrokenTune a while back. Nothing unexpected in this one so far. It’s well-told, as I expect when Fry’s name is on the cover. Mostly it’s nostalgia for me, having grown up with the Greek myths from a young age. This feels, in a way, like a reintroduction for the world. It’s certainly a quick read so far. I’ve not read yet Neil Gaiman’s book on Norse mythology (I will), though I suspect the two books are kindred ideas. The other two books are audiobooks. The first is one I’m slowly chipping away at, John Eliot Gardiner’s Bach: Music in the Castle of Heaven. This one’s a bit of a slog. Dry and pretentious are the first words that come to mind, though I do admit to being impressed with the scholarship. It’s going to take me a while. The other, which dropped this morning, is the latest James Bond novel from Anthony Horowitz, Forever and a Day. I went into this blind, not knowing it going to be his origin story, a prequel to Fleming’s Casino Royale. I’m not that far into it yet. I’ll pick it back up as soon as I’m done blogging. We’ll see how it goes. Mostly it reminded me of just how long it’s been since my last plunge into the world of 007. Time has really flown by.
I went on a purge of my Amazon Prime and Netflix to-watch lists and my Audible wishlist. I had to be completely honest with myself regarding level of interest vs. available time. It was surprisingly liberating.
As we’ve finally moved out of Daylight Savings Time and back to regular time, the “darker months” of the year feel like they’ve properly set in. I much prefer this time of year. Seeds are being sifted and selected for planting when the time is right, options being weighed. Things are at rest and in flux at the same time, power building within and around to an unknown purpose. I can feel it.