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Personal Update: April 2021



It's been a little while since I posted a personal update. My last few posts have been more speculative - thoughts on the impact COVID is having (and maybe the impact it should have) on the way we live.


I have a few more thoughts that may find their way here in the weeks to come, but I think it's also useful to hit pause and take stock on the various other currents I find myself floating in at the moment.


If you take the time to browse this website, for example, you'll notice that I have recently gone public with a few of the projects that I thus far kept under wraps. Perhaps most notably, I have started streaming on Twitch a few times a week.


On the one hand, it's been strange to make this part of my life so public for the first time. Especially on social media, the result has been a weird and, at times, heterogeneous intersection of interests on Twitter and Instagram. On the other, it's been a chance to build new connections with other people trying to carve out welcoming space in the notoriously toxic online gaming community.


I've also started recording some of the songs that I've collected over the past two years. Like the old days, there's been something calming and rejuvenating about sitting down alone to write and layer new material. I hope that the things I produce in this isolated lab can find their way online shortly.


The truth is that there are also a lot of things that I haven't been doing. After grading nonstop for two weeks, I've found myself with very little energy for reading, dissertation writing, or even exercise. Though I am clawing my way back, the truth is that music and streaming have been a necessary distraction at the end of long days. Amidst the COVID fatigue that I know most of us are experiencing, I am trying to be forgiving.


Still, I'm going to spend this next week trying to hit the reset button on some of these more pressing tasks. In the meantime, you can find me streaming on Thursday evening.



- N

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