MORNING ØUTPUT #15
The Duties Of A Kondor
I’ve been reading Marcus Aurelius’s Meditations. If you’re not familiar they’re basically his personal diaries. They’re the bits and pieces of advice he gave himself in single paragraphs.
Snippets of Stoicism.
From what I can tell, Marcus was constantly reminding himself what it means to be a good man, human, something, and he’s always realigning himself with what he believes he needs to do to live a life for the gods and to his nature.
So it got me thinking about the things that I need to do realign myself to be a happy, functional, a person of creativity and ambition. Here are the duties I got. Some may be relevant to you. Some not.
Leave smiles where possible
In the morning - Take dog for a walk, eat breakfast, drink coffee.
Experiment with creativity. Always
Read and write
Say I love you
Speak to family once a week
Fight resistance tooth and nail both artistic and otherwise
Embrace the currents, man, embrace the currents
See through the pomp -- of which most of it is
Eat, rest, reconnect
Write short stories. They are your sketchbook, your colour palate, your experiments.
You verb therefore you noun. You want to be something, then do something.
Stretch your comfort zone like you would an elastic band. Don't snap it!
Work to projects — ones that need to be chipped away and others that need a concentrated thrashing (7-Day Challenges, NaNoWriMo, etc)
Build a cabinet of curiosities … but with your curiosities
ABC - Always Be Creating
Don’t get precious; don’t smother
Get out of your own way
Social Media Diet A Success!
For the most part. I snuck on Twitter here and there but I never lingered. And it’s the lingering that’s the problem. I do kinda miss Instagram, though.
I’m going to keep on the diet a little longer. I’ve reinstalled the apps on my phone and if I find myself getting sucked into those little black holes, I’ll abort the whole thing, re-delete, re-delete!
Of the few times that I did go on Twitter, I saw this corker from Philip Pullman. Inspiration is for arseholes who put too much ego into what they do. Be humble. Take the you out of it. Build some habits and remember… a body in motion tends to stay in motion. So fingers on keyboards tend to stay on keyboards.
S'all I got!
I'll be talking about this on our next Horror Hangout recording but it's pretty damn great. I have some niggles of criticism, but it's one of the best horrors in recent memory. Also, a Disasterpeace soundtrack is always going to be a win for me.
Meditations by Marcus Aurelius
About halfway through. Stoicism feels like the philosophy I've been working to most of my life without realising it.
The Great & Secret Show by Clive Barker
The weirdest Barker I've read and one of the best too. About halfway through.
It Follows OST by Disasterpeace
And pretty much Rich's entire back catalogue. I honestly think in the years ahead, this guy will be looked upon in the same way we look at Morricone. Too much?
Lost Themes II by John Carpenter
What's not to love about John Carpenter? Some great writing tunes on here.
That's all I got for this week. I'm still deep into They Ruin, perhaps the most violent and gruesome book I've ever written. Also check out the latest episode of The Other Stories. The only story I've ever considered NOT releasing because I felt I might be pushing it a little too far.
Until next time,
Luke & Family.