I’m doing that thing again where I try too hard to compel myself to write, only to become frustrated with the efforts I make. I end up shutting down as a result. This revelation brought to you by the on-again, off-again functionality of my left Shift key, which has seen more than its fair share of use in college writing. Good old Satellite 5 (why yes, my computer is named in reference to something from Doctor Who). More on the writing stuff in a couple of paragraphs. A pair o’ paragraphs? A herd of the written word? I’m not sorry, but I’ll stop. For now.
This has been a strange month, with more parts frustrating than good. The sighs of relief were, by and large, outnumbered by the groans of frustration, and I have taken so many trips to my Happy Place (to those of you in the know: no, it does not involve a place where I go to set fire to my enemies, thank you very much) I’ve taken up dual citizenship. My car was deemed totaled, and then through the good graces and unending kindness of my parents it was replaced (I got their car, they got a new car, and everyone but the environment won out I suppose). There were two instances in which I was double-charged in a way that left my bank account missing at least $200. Not many people I know are all right with that kind of money just floating about in Limbo, and I am not such a person. Those problems were, in time, reversed. Most importantly, or at least I’d like to think, I’ve taken the pile of good things and bad things this month has provided me with and understood that the bad things didn’t make the good ones any less good, and the good didn’t make the bad any less significant. More Doctor Who references.
My household also welcomed a second kitten, now named Meowiarty. He’s an extremely affectionate little kitty who moves with the speed of lightning and all the grace of someone who is about ten beers past their limit (read as: lots of magical moments featuring little M headbutting walls). I mention his speed, specifically, because his ability to suddenly be places he hadn’t been moments before resulted in nearly getting shut in the fridge today. He is also co-authoring this post, sporadically running across the keyboard. That’s totally where the typos are coming from. Not me at all. Probably.
Speaking of authoring and co-authoring and writing and so on (I’m being lazy with transitions; just go with it, people), my good friend, all-around entertaining guy, horror movie enthusiast, and author of “Beauties in the Deep”, Zachary T. Owen, has asked me to contribute something to what I think is still a super-secret project. I mean, in hindsight I could’ve always asked him how secret this is, but this is mostly a chance to point out how it’s close to Halloween. There’s no better treat to give, to others or yourself, than a copy of “Beauties in the Deep”.
Unless you give it to someone who is easily frightened, in which case it’s the perfect trick to play. Win-win situation, I think. The plan, as of now, is to at least have one short spooky story, minus the alliteration, posted as a Halloween treat. Or, in the event I don’t deliver, I can always say it was a trick. Joking. Only joking. I can think of a handful of people who wouldn’t let me live such antics down.
Funny enough: I almost forgot to include any explanation for the title, which was part of why this post is happening to begin with. Drawing upon my half-hearted reporting skills I learned from one semester of hating my life-choices at Point Park University, I will take a moment to relay recent Hollidaysburg news. Some asshole left what is being called a “vague threat” (note: the quotation marks are crucial, as they appear in most mentions of this “threat”), and so I’ve been advised against using tap water all weekend long. Something about bomb threats in Hollidaysburg, too, but I feel like any explosions would have to be cleared as historically appropriate so as to not affect Hollidaysburg’s overall historical aesthetic.
It’s about time I wrapped up this collection of comments, or perhaps these meandering musings, since I’ve got to go back to what amounts to herding cats before a vet appointment.