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Fires, Student Loans unpausing, a trip to Seattle, and more!

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From our recent Seattle trip—a sign reading “Is Butter a Carb?”

This month, I walked through a tunnel of bubble-gum and applied for the new SAVE program of income-based student loan repayment. My MLIS program’s fall semester has started, and I’m fine-tuning my schedule between my two jobs as library specialist and as the editor-in-chief of San Jose State’s Student Research Journal.

The biggest part of August was a trip to Seattle to attend the wedding of one of Katie’s old friends. It was a short, crazy trip, but it was a lot of fun, and the wedding was incredibly touching.

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Since it was Katie’s first week back to school, Katie taught for part of the day on the Friday we left. Then, I picked her up at noon, and we zipped over to our tiny local airport. While sitting in the airport lobby, I got us Seattle dinner reservations prepped, then it was a short two-hour flight up the coast.

We were super careful to wear our masks the whole time, but a couple across from us went a step farther: they brought portable HEPA purifiers with them to use while taxing on the runway! Since Covid and other illnesses are still a major problem we all need to be aware of, this was a really nice thing to see.

We went for dinner at a lovely outdoor rooftop space in Seattle called the Can-Can. It’s the most delightful LGBTQ+ burlesque restaurant of all time, and I cannot recommend it enough.

While there, we listened in on a ghost tour that had taken seats behind us, and got the lowdown on some of the creepiest and spookiest history Seattle has to offer. For instance; like the “health-craze” lady in the 1800s, whose fad diet of force-fed tomato broth ended up killing a dozen people. She eventually took some of her own medicine and joined her victims in the grave.

We spent the rest of the evening exploring Seattle, seeing more ghost-tours traversing the dim streets, and finding strange graffiti peppering the sidewalks.

A narwale drawing in chalk on the sidewalk with a text bubble coming from it saying "This is going tio get weird!"

And let’s not forget Pike Place Market, which is one of the fifty most visited places on Earth, and which boasts all sort of amazing hidden gems… like the alleyway that is literally covered in bubble gum.

An alleyway in Seattle that is literally covered in gum. Bright speckled gum covers the walls, along with awesome punk art, like Benjamin Franklin's face made to look like a skull.

Seattle is an incredibly art-heavy town, so there were dozens of beautiful hidden aesthetic surprises around every corner.

A lamp set high in a wall that is designed to look like a pewter woman with long hair who is holding a lamp in one hand as she pushed open a door and looks out into the world.

Then, it was an hour’s drive in our fancy rented Prius over to Bremerton island, where we crashed in our hotel.

Since the wedding was scheduled for later in the day, we spent our morning hopping on one of the awesome little ferries, wandering around Bainbridge island, getting tasty things to eat, and checking out the local farmer’s market.

The interior of a cute old fashioned ferry, with wood paneling on the walls and brass fixtures.

The wedding itself was gorgeous, sequestered on a little specialty farm. Surrounded by greenery and water, it was beyond beautiful, and Katie and I spent the whole evening being silly and spontaneous on the dance floor.

A brightly lit massive white pavilion tent in the evening, filled with dancing people and bright colorful lights.

Summer’s end

Our Seattle trip was a great way to experience the end of summer, and mark the beginning of a new period. Katie’s back to full-time teaching, and I’ve got a full-time Master’s program plus two jobs. We also have all our usual projects to attend to.

Speaking of which, we’re ramping up our projects for The Unenlightened Generalists, so be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel today!

We’ve been feeling somewhat stressed out by the world lately—fairly, considering that Canada is on fire, hurricanes and tornados are blasting different parts of the States, and there’s still a bloody plague floating through the air.

Late-stage capitalism is a pretty terrible time for everybody, let’s be real.

But, here’s the thing.

We’re taking our stress as a sign that we need to create more art and build more community. The crazier the world gets, the more we need to meet that insanity with love, creative energies, compassion, and raw human connection.


So, obviously, I’m going to be creating more content for the Unenlightened Generalists in the weeks ahead, but that’s not all that’s on my docket!

  • I’m in a writing workshop with peers from my old MFA program.
  • I’ll be recording an episode for Speculative Sandbox, the podcast I appeared on last year (Vickie Lan, the Sandbox’s host, also appeared on my podcast, Round Table Radio).
  • I’ve been asked to lead a couple of private meditation sessions over Zoom.
  • I’m working on my novel still! Whoo!
  • I’ve got exercise goals I’m trying to meet.
  • And I’m still working on building and promoting Round Table Writers (we have a new web hosting provider, and some other important background work has been taking place there).
  • I’ll also be attending the virtual Surrey International Writer’s Conference next year!

So, just one or two things cooking in the old pot.

Published Writing

Authoritarian Algorithms: Deconstructing Myths of the Future

Popular rhetoric from the likes of Yuval Noah Harari fails us in our most weary and desperate hour.

The Next Pandemic or: how we can change habits in order to outlast and overwhelm the rich bastards who are profiting off our misery

In the face of overwhelming greed, it’s more important than ever to make a stand.

The World

Documentary speaker:

Dungeons and Dragos is the most successful table top game with Americans because it allows them to fulfill their wildest fantasies.

Like speaking multiple languages and be able to make a living while freelancing.
Found on Mastodon:

A lot of stuff has been happening in the world, as I’m sure you’re aware. But the public eye gets too easily coerced into obsessing over things like the Trump trial. While that’s important in its own way, none of us need to be following the reality-TV-ness of it all.

So, here are a few things I’m interested in:

Montana loses fight against youth climate activists in landmark ruling

Emotional testimony leads to plaintiffs' win in first youth-led climate trial.

Both good and bad stuff in there, and all of it is important.

How do we prioritize the things that enter our sphere of awareness?

Who do we let choose for us what we are aware of?

What’s next?

Well, as you can imagine, the year ahead is going to be busy. But, I’m hopeful that this year sees me hit more of my goals than ever before. I want to reach new artistic heights, have more fun with friends, and sink my teeth into righteous fights against the systems that seek to oppress us.

There will certainly be unanticipated curves in the road, but I’m really excited to be walking it all the same.

So, go easy… and, if you can’t go easy, just go as easy as you can.


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