My YouTube Channel now has 150 subscribers, but to be honest, the numbers I have there and in my other zones in the Net, although still holding importance, don’t feel like something I should make a very big deal out of. I’d rather think about how my stuff is being received by my audience, see.
Anyway, August is coming, and along with that is the beginning of my university’s first semester of the new academic year. I’m honestly worried about having to deal with the surging currents of the dominant views there again, especially during discussion periods, but this time, I feel less worried than I was during past semesters, for I know that I have some strong links I can hold on to, giving me more confidence in forging and strengthening healthy bonds with other people.
And speaking of which, this month has been quite a worthwhile spiritual journey for me as well. I guess the rest of my vacation has that sort of feel, too, considering how I’ve been taking more time for prayer and daily Bible readings, particularly during the morning. I still have things I’m conflicted about, though, most of them being things which involve the arts (e.g. my choices for my music playlist, how I should read the books I read, and what sort of creative projects I should work on), but I still have will to improve.
Now, more about my activities as The Overlord Bear, with a list of posts for this ending month of July:
- “Chainbreak,” a short story about a breakup and moving on, beta-read by Medieval Otaku.
- Beauty through the Ordinary, a bunch of attempts at inspirational reflections. It’s a series with four posts so far, with focus on everyday experiences that we tend to take for granted.
- An arrangement + vocal cover of kemu’s “Rokuchounen to Ichiya Monogatari,” with an illustration by Biwa.
- An English cover of Rerulili’s “Chubyou Gekihatsu Boy,” translation-checked-and-assisted by Myo/Forgetfulsubs.
I also reblogged a bunch of posts from other blogs and bloggers this month:
- Mrs. Juneau’s post on the difference between scapegoats and saintly martyrs, something which struck me hard with hopeful laughter.
- An article on the “No whining” sign which Pope Francis posted on the door to his office, which is more interesting and profound than how it seems.
- Mrs. Juneau’s post on how pro-life motherhood is a feminist career choice, which I reblogged as I posted a certain Beauty through the Ordinary piece.
As for my future activities as Tobby, well, uploads will likely be less in the remaining five months of this year, as I will have a lot of school stuff to deal with again. I think it can be a good change of pace too, as I think I can put the course major theory stuff I’ll be learning this semester into practice through my writing works that I’ll post online as well. Along with that, I think I’ll be having less insecurities thinking about how I’ll make worthwhile stuff to post online and such if I treat my Tobby activities as extracurricular activities. That, and I’ll be able to have a better social life outside the Net that way…and no, I don’t believe in healthy academic life and healthy social life being mutually exclusive.
Still, it’s not like I’ll never drop by the electronic blue ocean ever again. I still feel a calling to it, though it’s different from what my younger and more foolish self thought he heard.
But still, I have a lot to learn, considering stuff like me slacking off with stupid jokes and me cringing real hard at important corrections, so yeah, to those who are willing to do so: Please pray for me, okay?
So yeah, updates will be sudden, as usual…well, unless it’s the Beauty through the Ordinary series and these monthly updates, which have more regularity than, say, my fiction posts and my music uploads. There’s also the likelihood of me and my friends actually working on that live-action music video for that one original song of mine sometime during August, and there’s also the likelihood of me posting some sung translyrics and a recorded vocal arrangement.
With that, I ask for more honest constructive feedback, dear nutshellcrackers! \(^o^)