We painted the town red with drinks, pinball and poetry. We started with burgers and beers in Capitol Hill. I found a brew called Banana Bread, and it smelled exactly like that. It paired nicely with the burger titled "Morning After Burger" topped with a fried egg. There were books that we explored from the intellectually informative to the literary. I refrained from buying anything. We added another friend to our threesome and made it an even four as we headed towards a very narrow bar full of pinball machines. We took shots of Baker's bourbon and sipped on whiskey sours. I excelled at the Spider-Man pinball machine, and we competed for the title of the Monster Bash. Tipsy and happy, we read poetry aloud to each other in that very loud bar across a Galaga tabletop in accents under the picture of Jesus who looked like he was weeping at the show. It was a great Monday night.
Saturday, April 9, 2016
Today before work I went to brunch with Savannah and Berto. I took them to Hoffman's, we shared goodies and sandwiches across the table, and then wandered for a while. It was a bit aimless, but when we discovered a trail to the middle of a wooded area, Berto immediately exclaimed, "Dude, nature is bae!" and we kept going.
We made it to a clearing. We discussed what it might be used for - teenage orgies and drinking? Totally harmless parties? Summonings? We landed on it being the perfect place for a witch's circle. There were smooth, round stones gathered in the corner and lots of space to move around.
I'm happy spring is here. I'm happy that there is coffee and sammies and nature to explore. I'm happy that nature is bae. I'm happy that I get to do this with friends on the few hours I have before heading into work on a Saturday.
Thursday, April 7, 2016
Today I made the decision to make myself get up and walk. This probably wasn't my best idea given that I had just worn my legs out walking home from a meeting at work Monday, but I knew that if I didn't get out there and write something, I never would. After I wrote for a little while at Starbuck's, I remembered that downtown there is a relatively new pastry bakery. The sign for the place is honestly really unassuming and doesn't remind me of a bakery, but when you walk in all the goodies are a dead giveaway.
The place is called Hoffman's. They have tiramisu, macaroons, scones, specialty cakes, coffee, tea, sandwiches, quiches, soups and salads. I got their turkey and cranberry sandwich on a butter croissant. It was so light and delicious. I got the combo with a salad - lettuce, chickpeas, onions, tomatoes and raspberry vinaigrette.
So while I wrote, I enjoyed the delicious food and gazed out the window, happy that it's spring and 74-degrees. (And the fact that I walked there meant I didn't have to feel guilty for devouring Hello Panda and Pocky with Tripp after dinner.) Savannah was working from home with a headache, so I dropped by and delivered her her own sandwich, and she was very grateful. It's good to try the new things in town. There is actually a restaurant that I keep forgetting to try not that far from Hoffman's. Perhaps I'll take Savannah when she's feeling better.
P.S. The Community Blog with Savannah that I mentioned before has now launched to its fullest capacity through the official Xbox platform community.xbox.com Click on the name for more. :)
Tuesday, April 5, 2016
Kala KA-15S Mahogany Soprano. Nylon, tuned, G-C-E-A. I learned to strum an Elvis song--a classic, a love song.
My fingers find the chords the same way they used to a guitar, and I feel at ease as I find my rhythm and my fingertips blister with pleasure. I want callouses, I want notes, I want the words to fall from my lips like they used to so easily--vibrations running a 5k up and down my vocal chords.
Kala. Kah-luh. Her name. Play me a melody, Kala. Play with me.
Wednesday, March 23, 2016
We're getting to spring, guys. That means, light layers, breezes and more sun. At least for a little while. We've also seen just as much overcast and occasional sprinkles here on this side of Seattle. But this post isn't really about the weather or my cool selfie. Really, I've just been thinking about who I am as a professional, and where I want to be. Hence, this is a work selfie.
Where I am professionally is a thought that crosses my mind fairly frequently. Lately I've been really focused on a design project for an Xbox team and it's made me realize that all of my design and writing and editing skills shouldn't lay so dormant. Sure, I still write on the side pieces that I hope I can publish one day... But outside of occasionally working on the "maybes," I've stopped aggressively going for the projects I can do now.
Now that things are winding down with this design project, I have more time to think about the projects I started and never finished, or things that just haven't kicked off the ground yet and are taking more prep time than I anticipated. So with that, I am going to be focusing even harder on the things that make me feel fulfilled. So here we are, here are my projects/plans/things I want you to know about:
A blog with Savannah (TBA) | Art in Transit (TBA) | writing pieces of fiction and nonfiction | freelancing design
- The blog is something that Savannah and I will be launching to its official capacity through the Xbox Ambassadors Program website soon. (More on that program here.) We intend to launch April 1, but we're still in negotiations with Xbox's PR.
- Art in Transit is an online, literary magazine. There is no word limit, there is no desire for published writers over unpublished. All are welcome. This is purely a place to submit your work. I've been working on the web launch for some time, and now that I can devote more time to it, I have a call out for all writers to submit their literary work.
- If you have questions or want to submit your unpublished work, please email firstname.lastname@example.org Please, please, please submit your work! I would love to be able to launch with something.
- If you're interested in becoming an editor/team member/partner in this magazine with me, please email at the same address for more information.
- Some pieces I need to finally finish and look into editing and possibly publishing. I'm not much of a fiction writer, but I have two ideas that I really want to see completed.
- After this design project I had, I'm dying to do more. I have more permissions with the tools at work to help in a fuller capacity with design. I can't wait to do more, and expand beyond the Xbox brand, even.
So that's what's going on in my life, and what I plan on starting and finishing. I've also been toying with the idea of a YouTube channel, but I'm trying not to start too much at once. However, if you have an idea for a YouTube channel and you want a partner, let's talk it out. ;) You can email me at any time (my email on the right-hand side). I would love to do a lifestyle-themed channel, but I'm flexible. It's much like a blog where you know what you want the moment the idea hits you.
Okay, I'm done rambling.