There seems to be a growing trend among the online literati of writing and sharing with their followers short lists of their on-goings and doings. The lists are bite-size morsels of information of interesting things these bloggers and Masters of the Universe think one will find interesting as well, or that will make life better. Some of these on-line personalities have taken to calling their lists “What I’m up to” or Now page replacing what used to stand for a blogger’s bio or About page.
The lists and range of topics are wide and include such things as projects the site’s owner are currently working on, books they recommend reading, on-line discussions they participate in or follow, or quick online reads on psychology, philosophy, sex, fitness, travel, money, tea, and shopping. There are no constraints to the kinds of lists or items one can write and share. The only requirement seems to be an urge to let others know about something that sparked an interest or brought about an A-ha! moment. In other words, it’s what one would answer when asked, “Hey, what are you up to?”
Here’s my Now list:
What I’m doing: Organizing myself to slay a new dragon. This one has been a long time coming, but I’m finally gearing up to stare it in the eye and say, “Enough! I’m about to best you.” (More on this later, on a different post.)
What I’m reading : The Geography of Genius by Eric Weiner. A travel log and journal that explores the connection between our surroundings and our most innovative ideas. With plenty of self-deprecating humor, but with an eye for entertaining history, Weiner takes us on a tour to places in time and history where genius flourished and advanced civilization forward.
What I’m watching : The Good Fight on CBS All Access. Starring Christine Baranski, reprising her role as Diane Lockhart, the show picks up a year after the last episode of The Good Wife. I never saw the original series, but the pilot for this spin-off was compelling and interesting enough to warrant signing up to the subscription base channel. Crisp writing, excellent acting, and high production value. But they had me at Christine Baranski.
Riverdale on the CW. A guilty pleasure for sure, but this re-telling of the Archie comic books is moody, dark, and sexy. Continuing the trend of teen-angst series, the CW has a hit with this soapy series that echoes the first season of Twin Peaks and Popular from yesteryears. But unlike the celibate cartoons of yore, Veronica has a mean streak worthy of Mean Girls; Betty is on anti-anxiety medication; Archie is having an affair with his music teacher; and Jughead is writing a novel about the town’s murder. Oh, and don’t forget Kevin Keller, Riverdale’s newest addition and out gay teen whose steamy kiss with Joaquin, a member of the Serpents gang, made us drop our iPhones and left us all out of breath.
Favorite on-line read(s) : “Google’s former happiness guru developed a three-second brain exercise for finding joy.” A short read on Google’s mindfulness guru on how to flex your mind to cultivate happiness in your life.
“Multiple Orgasms During Sex for Men (Positions, Techniques, & More).” One of Nat Eliason’s essays on how to improve male sexual performance. His book, Come Again? What Men Should Know About Amazing Sex, was recently published.
New tech : Ulysses. No, not the impenetrable Joyce novel, but perhaps the app Joyce would have used to write his great literary works. The perfect, distraction free, easy to use writing app for Mac, iPhone, and iPad. This award winning gem is what every writer needs in order to write the great American novel. Full of editing and writing features and a distraction free writing environment, I’ve become a true fan of this app. So much so that this blog entry was written and published in Ulysess.
Favorite purchase(s) under $100 : The Five Minute Journal, by Intelligent Change. The easiest way to practice gratitude and keep a daily journal. This book will help anyone “focus on the good in your life, become more mindful, and live with intention. With a simple structured format based on positive psychology research, you will start and end each day with gratitude. Side effects may include: increased happiness, better relationships, and becoming more optimistic.” I’ve been doing it for more than 50 days, and small miracles do happen.
Waterman Expert Ballpoint Pen. As I wrote earlier, I’m falling in-love with writing, and one of the reasons for it is Waterman’s Expert pen. Simple, elegant, and refined, the tip of the ballpoint just glides across the page so smoothly it makes me want to write all day. If you’re a pen enthusiast, this is a worthy acquisition.