This is the weekly status update for Simplify, Create, Thrive, the blog of Berin Kinsman. It’s not technically a newsletter, but I’d rather you subscribe to the blog for email updates than have you redundantly sign up for two things. I’m going to publish this every Sunday at around 3pm EST.
The Newsletter: 27 January 2019
Blogging was sparse this week, for a couple of reasons. I was running a low-grade fever for a few days, which threw me off physically. There was immigration stuff to deal with, which always throws me off emotionally. I’m also gearing up to release my game system, which is what everything else I do this year build upon, so no stress there. I still managed to post every day, though, even if some of the updates were brief and a bit unpolished.
I haven’t picked a theme for February’s posts yet. It’s probably not going to be anything heavy and will likely be more optimistic and hopeful in tone. Less centered on me, like the “Who I Am” series, and more helpful and useful.
Most of the posts this week were what I refer to as “interludes”. No so much essays, articles, or posts with a coherent theme as general life updates. Even this newsletter has more structure than those posts. They seem to go over well, though. I just don’t want them to be the primary or only style of content I’m posting.
- Taking a Sick Day
- I Am Functional
- 40 Days in the Wilderness
- Bird Box is a Metaphor for the Internet
- Saturday is My Busiest Day
- Writing Without Expectations
I had a 4-part series on Cultural Horror plotted out, but only released the first two because, well, see above. The other two will be posted in the coming week.
And coming soon:
- Cultural Horror and Creativity
- Cultural Horror and Prosperity
Our original intention was to do an episode called “Shutdown Shutup“, an explainer about the US government shutdown, and the battle over the State of the Union. Then Individual 1 caved and the government reopened for 3 more weeks. The topic was also a lot more depressing than I was able to deal with at the time of recording, so we switched it up at the last minute.
Katie and I are both seeking to build communities around our work. Each of us needs a group of professional peers to bounce ideas off of. We also need to create a community of audience members. We talk about it on the podcast.
Thanks and Gratitude
Writing a generic thank you section every week is going to start feeling repetitive and disingenuous. I want to do something, though, to acknowledge the way you brighten my day. Even though I’m writing this mainly for my own purposes, it means a lot to have people make the effort to read it and leave comments. Thank you.
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