What a busy month! Winter tends to be a stagnant time for me – it’s a combination of the weather (in my city, the past month has seen temperatures ranging from below zero to 60 degrees Fahrenheit!) and depression. I don’t have SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder), but my depression typically gets worse as the days get shorter and the temperatures drop. But this may be the most productive February I’ve ever had, and there’s still nine days left in it!
Uchuu Sentai Kyuranger was an anomaly and an absolute treat. It’ll be a long time before we get another Super Sentai season as special as this one. It really felt like it should’ve been the 40th season instead of Zyuohger. That’s not to say that it doesn’t have some serious flaws, but none of those flaws kept me from enjoying it.
As the one-year anniversary of Magical Girl Cafe nears, I find myself wondering what I can do to make this blog a more interesting experience for both myself and everyone who reads it. This blog has been a great way for me to experiment with writing reviews, listicles, and personal posts, and I want to continue all of these things.
Do I have New Year’s resolutions? Yes, and maybe I’ll share them on here at some point. I completed a decent amount of my 2017 resolutions, which was a pleasant surprise. But more importantly, I have some blog resolutions! Here’s what you can expect in the next couple months:
- My Best Books of 2017
- Kyuranger Series Review
- My Experience Submitting to Literary Journals
- Movie/anime reviews
- Maybe something actually magical girl related??? (Last year was all toku and mecha!)
- Poetry and weird stuff
Before I go work on the draft of a longer, better blog post, I want to thank every one who reads MGC! Thank you for your comments, your patience with my whining, and for simply visiting my little spot on the internet. 🙂
- Current drink: Great Lakes Christmas Ale
- Current book: This is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things by Whitney Phillips
- Current audio book: None
- Current music: Holding Yr Hand (prod. yung bae) – Atlas.
I have been listening to a lot of music from my past lately – anything from classic My Chemical Romance angst to that poppy reggae song Paris Hilton did like ten years ago (Remember that song? I didn’t until I found my old college iPod last week!). While the nostalgia trip is fun, I also see it as a step in my reverting back to old, not-so-productive ways.
Maybe it’s life fatigue. This blog is nearing its one year anniversary and so much has happened in that time – I would say more than in the past three years combined! Because of that, it makes sense that I’m slowing down a bit and entering a mini-hibernation this winter.
At the end of the month, I will be reviewing everything that’s happened with me in 2017, as well as a list of goals for 2018. Now that I am in a stable work situation until next fall, I intend to spend a lot less time job hunting and a lot more time skill building. I’m not sure if I’ll read another 120 books next years, but I do intend to continue learning and growing!
- Current drink: honey peach black tea
- Current book: Mighty Ugly by Kim Piper Werker
- Current audio book: None
- Current music: “Stars are Blind” by Paris Hilton
Are you a member of the NaNoWriMo Failures Club (meaning, you didn’t reach 50,000 words on your novel)? If so, don’t be too hard on yourself! There’s thousands of us every year, and for all sorts of reasons. Some reasons may seem more important than others, but for the most part, they are all valid.
While completing NaNoWriMo is a wonderful accomplishment and should be celebrated, the only person you’re accountable to is yourself. Instead of beating yourself up, learn from the experience. What went wrong: was it something in your novel, your personal life, or your brain? Was it out of your control? Was losing an act of self-sabotage or did you really not sabotage a damn thing, because if you wrote something you didn’t care for it’d be a waste of your time and energy?
This is always a sad time of year for me – the lack of sun, the sudden cold, rainy days, and the mess of holidays that interfere with my regular routine cause my energy level and motivation to do anything to drastically drop. I don’t have SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder); I have chronic depression that sometimes turns into a major depressive episode, and sometimes my cold, dark surroundings can worsen the symptoms that I normally have under control.
It is easy to fall into destructive behavior this time of year: procrastination, aggression, heavy drinking and heavy eating (leading to weight gain and inevitable anxiety over my changing body), and generally being unproductive. I don’t watch a lot of TV, but when I do it’s during this time of year because it’s hard to get myself to do anything else.
Here enters Mecha Depression Fest 2K17: a three-day long binge fest of heart-wrenching mecha anime. I gave myself a low-pressure weekend where I could relax and let myself cry as much as I needed to (which was a lot). Many of these shows and movies I have already watched (and cried over), but a few of them were new to me. Here’s an overview of what I watched and what I thought!