I’ll get this out of the way immediately: this year’s “looking forward” post is bittersweet, because, for such past posts, I always ended things with a picture of my cat. He passed away in May, so there’s no picture this year. Of him, anyway. This is also our first Christmas without him since he first became a part of our lives in 2000. As his name was Moose, we’d always wish him a “Merry Christ-Moose.” There’s no Merry Christ-Moose this year.
*sniffle sniffle* 😥
Sorry, but I just knew that was going to come up at some point here, and I didn’t want it to completely derail things. 2020 is the worst. Will 2021 be any better? Probably not first the first several months, but I would love for life to show my naturally-pessimistic self otherwise. I would L-O-V-E it so much. So let’s talk about 2021 as far as this blog is concerned, because…I have a plan.
After a year of kinda, sorta writing and not writing, and despite the year that 2020 has been, I feel much more inclined than less to get things back on track. And in order to do that, I’m once again resorting to a list. I know that might seem like a terrible idea, especially since the last one I worked up (Totally 90s) was less than on par. Honestly though, that was a misplaced idea from the get-go, as I knew it might be difficult for me to conjure up much 90s nostalgia. This time around, however, my efforts are going to focus on something I’ve not talked about in quite a while.
It is the second thing in my tagline after all. The last time I talked about anything musical was my final “Five on Shuffle” post from late 2019. It wasn’t too long after that life changed in so many ways. From the onset of COVID to Moose’s passing, I…well, I didn’t feel much like singing or dancing or enjoying music an any way, shape, or form. Even my yearly tradition of listening to mostly Christmas music from Thanksgiving on has waned, but, I’m trying. Trying to not only obtain a little holiday spirit but also a little musical inspiration.
Earlier in the year, I joined Instagram for the first time (blech, but I had to for work, of all things), and it was there that I found its “30-day song challenge.” I didn’t follow it or any one who had done/was doing it, but I captured the list nonetheless. And it was then that I started plotting my way back into blog-dom. No kidding, of all the lists that I’ve featured here, doing the 30-day video game challenge was among my favorites. So, the thought of doing one based on songs sounded pretty darn okay. It also sounded like a good way to just start telling stories again; I’ve no shame in relying on prompts to help with that. Some of the prompts on this particular list are more appealing than others, but I think it’ll all turn out okay in the end. without further ado, here’s my intended posting schedule:
Day 1: A song you like with a color in the title
Day 2: A song you like with a number in the title
Day 3: A song that reminds you of summertime
Day 4: A song that reminds you of someone you would rather forget about
Day 5: A song that needs to be played LOUD
Day 6: A song that makes you want to dance
Day 7: A song to drive to
Day 8: A song about drugs or alcohol
Day 9: A song that makes you happy
Day 10: A song that makes you sad
Day 11: A song that you never get tired of
Day 12: A song from your preteen years
Day 13: One of the your favorite 70s songs
Day 14: A song that you would love played at your wedding
Day 15: A song that is covered by another artist
Day 16: One of your favorite classical songs
Day 17: A song that you would sing a duet with on karaoke
Day 18: A song from the year you were born
Day 19: A song that makes you think about life
Day 20: A song that has many meanings to you
Day 21: A favorite song with a person’s name in the title
Day 22: A song that moves you forward
Day 23: A song that you think everyone should listen to
Day 24: A song by a band you wish were still together
Day 25: A song by an artist no longer living
Day 26: A song that makes you want to fall in love
Day 27: A song that breaks your heart
Day 28: A song by an artist with a voice that you love
Day 29: A song that you remember from your childhood
Day 30: A song that reminds you of yourself
First off, you’ll see that this whole row won’t start until February. But, this doesn’t mean thing will be completely dead here in January. Oh no no no – I still have Dragon Age: Origins videos to post! So those will go up and finish in January, and I’ll continue with Virtual Bastion reblogs on Mondays throughout the year, as usual. For the non-Dragon Age Wednesdays in January, you may see new posts, you may see old shares? I’m not sure yet, and I’m not going to stress out over it. If Sony happens to offer another “PlayStation year in review” thing like last year, maybe I’ll share that. Maybe I’ll post a gaming update – haven’t done one of those in awhile! Or maybe I’ll just be silent. Silence sometimes speaks volumes, or so I’m told.
Once February rolls around, not only with the song challenge posts begin, but I’ll also begin sharing my Dragon Age II story-only (sorta) playthrough. You can expect at least one DAII post per month, maybe two, depending on how the weeks go. I plan to keep the option open of doing some more occasional “monthly maunder” posts or, as I said before, game updates. 2021 may or may not be the right time to bring either back, but we’ll see. I’ll only have so many DAII posts, so I have in mind that I may have to revisit the content of my non-song challenge weeks in mid-2021 or so.
I feel like I need to type the caveat that “all this could change at any moment because life is life and this is my blog nanny nanny boo boo.” I probably didn’t need to say that, but there it is.
Also, I misspelled “didn’t” in that last sentence, and spell checker recommend the word “didst.”
Speaking of which, that sounds like my cue to get the hell off stage before I garner more typos and more archaic spelling recommendations. The madness of Lady MacBeth is waiting in the wings, so let’s all hope for a good 2021, blogging-wise and otherwise, before succumbing. Yes, let’s hope hard.