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The middle of November is always a hard time for me. The sun comes up later, sets earlier, and is generally not as bright as even a month ago. The skies are cloudy, rain comes more frequently, and in general, the colors of autumn begin to fade into the drab shades of a wet Winter.
This year is no exception, though that might also be an understatement. With the on-going American COVID pandemic -and rising numbers- I’ve felt increasingly anxious about going out to the shops, even when it’s necessary. It’s compounded my anxiety into a tight knot that sits heavy in my stomach, even as I work.
On top of that, my struggles with Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) are starting to make themselves known as the the holiday cheer start to become a bit less bright. I can already feel how hard mornings are: getting out of bed is becoming physically hard. My sleep cycle is complete off. I get tired far earlier and have fewer usable hours than before.
Basically, SAD is really starting to affect my life in a way that’s incredibly unhelpful.
So this year, since my holly isn’t so jolly, I’ve decided that I’ll be doing something to assist: joining the 25 Days of Manga read-a-thon.
I find sweet peace in depths of autumn woods,
Where grow the ragged ferns and roughened moss;
The naked, silent trees have taught me this,—
The loss of beauty is not always loss!
Time has begun to take form again for me, largely because now I have deadlines and a schedule and feel purposeful again.
O hushed October morning mild,
Thy leaves have ripened to the fall;
Tomorrow’s wind, if it be wild,
Should waste them all.
The crows above the forest call;
Tomorrow they may form and go.
—October by Robert Frost
I’ve been meaning to make a post for a few days now: really, this post was supposed to be written on the 1st but…time is a slippery thing these days. The 8th is just as good as any other day.
So, let’s get into October together.
Hey there, dear reader. How are you holding up? How has your September been?
More and more, I feel like that’s the best question to ask: how are you holding up feels like the tone for the rest of this year. In many ways, I often want to ask, “How are you surviving?” but that feels strangely dire. So instead I’ll ask, “How are you holding up? How are you thriving, even right now?”
I intended to write this before Summer gave it’s last gasp, but today, September 22 – and suitably, on the Autumn Equinox- it’s a rainy day: the skies are grey, the rain is pounding on the tin roof over the patio, I’ve got a cup of tea, and it’s cold enough for me to double up on fleece blankets.
Essentially, it’s my kind of day.
Still, it’s never too late to talk about how thing have been. So… let’s see how the final month of Summer went for me.
This morning, I woke up with a strong desire for a new planner.
So… for a while, I’ve been considering just what to put on my Medium account. It’s so empty that you get an “Error” message when you go to it. But now… I think I have an answer to what exactly should go on there.
My birthday is September 17, which at the time of writing this, is six days away, including today.
Today is a very humid day: humid enough that I can feel it inside, tucked up under my skin, tangled in my hair. It’s the kind of humid you can almost taste: thick, balmy, salty. It’s the kind of weather.
Today is Sunday, Septmeber 6, and it’s almost up to 91 F / 32 C outside, which… means I’m solidly staying inside. Still, even with the last bellows of an incredibly hot summer, it’s still a rather nice afternoon that will most lead into a rather nice evening.
So how am I choosing to spend my personal time? Well… I’m slowly working on drafting an article about TokyoPop’s biggested OEL (Original English Language) manga series, Dramacon.
The other day –actually, yesteday– I mentioned that I’d be picking anime for Fall 2020 soon, or at the very least, in the near future. Well, I’ve just wrapped up on my official picks for this season, and am eager to share what I’ll be covering for Anime Feminist.