New year, new decade, resolutions, etc. Hooray. (I was trying to be sarcastic.)
However, having been fascinated by genre and time period distinctions in music, film, and other creative mediums, I am quite fascinated by the idea that “the 10s” are over. We now enter the year 2020, a year and decade which would have been considered as the unimaginable future by people still alive today a few decades ago. Ridley Scott, in his masterpiece of Blade Runner in 1982, tried to imagine the year of 2019, and in some cases he came dangerously close to what we are living in today. Regardless, I thought it fitting, as many people do, to write some sort of “update” on life and my current doings and projects.
Before addressing my new creative projects, I’d like to briefly indulge in a bit of selfish life ranting. Keeping with incredibly serious and jovial (also sarcasm, I am not a fan of this) idea of “new year, new you,” it seems that I am also approaching some sort of new period in life. This coming February I leave my comfy farmside life, and vanish into the urban jungle. I’m going to university next year, staying at the Halls of Residence. I’ll be studying history and political science. Although, while saying that, my mental state will not change at all. This summer, while I am writing this, I have been keeping up with my studies. My mind is thirsty for knowledge, and it does not need much rest. So I won’t be changing much in that sense. It will mostly be tea and studying. It’s a change nevertheless, and I’m looking forward to it.
So, on a more important note, for both you, the reader, and I, the writer, I do have some new projects which I am working on and shall be released in a matter of days. Principally among these is a video essay which is due to release January first. It’s titled Shock To The System, and it’s a brief overview of the Cyberpunk genre, and what it can teach. It came out at about nine minutes long, and I am very happy with it. You can check that out on the video section of my Projects page.
In addition to my video work (I shall be releasing more videos after this initial one, I hope) I am also starting a literary journal of sorts in The Arts section of my site. It is titled The Last Word, and will consist of an analysis/review of one fiction and one non-fiction book per month. I’m wrapping up this first segment just now, and it shall also be releasing January first.
With those two things in mind and in the process, I hope to maintain a healthy engagement with media and literature, which should, in theory, help my in my potential future journalism career. But even if it doesn’t, I love doing this stuff.
This wouldn’t be a Nautilus post without some words on the impending doom of this planet and our feeble lives. I’m kidding, of course, but I do think it is of exceeding importance to put our lives into context. I’ll leave you with a quip from Stoicism. Memento mori. Remember death. That’s right, remember that you could die tomorrow, overnight, or even after reading this post. Make sure you make the most of this weird existence we have, because you might not get a lot more of it.
“Let us prepare our minds as if we’d come to the very end of life. Let us postpone nothing. Let us balance life’s books each day. … The one who puts the finishing touches on their life each day is never short of time.” – Seneca.