Thoroughly Thursday - the "All Souls" Edition
Welcome back to Thoroughly Thursday, the All Souls edition. We are currently in the midsts of a three-day celebration called Allhallowtide. Today is All Saints Day (or All Hallows Day) in the Christian Tradition. It's supposed to be a big deal, though it gets a tiny bit overshadowed by All Hallow's Eve, which for years I have faithfully observed by passing out by 8 pm in a sugar coma while re-watching the Addams Family with my kids. Tomorrow is All Souls Day, or if you have recently watched the movie Coco, you may recognize it as the Day of the Dead. So, I wish the best to you and your family, past and present.
What I'm Reading - Who Are the Real Monsters?
This last week I've been reading the excellent Lovecraft Country by Matt Ruff. In 1954 Chicago, Atticus Turner, recently returned from the Korean War, finds that his father has disappeared. Following a handful of clues, he embarks on a road trip to New England where he discovers that an ancient plot to resurrect the Old Ones has only been waiting for him to arrive. Expertly plotted and filled with scintillating details, the story rarely lets up. However, Lovecraft Country caught me off-guard, as a critical element of the story is that Atticus and his family are black. What I thought would be a diverting horror story for Halloween is actually a period piece on Pre-Civil Rights Era America and the overt and deadly racism of that time. The serpentine Cthulhu demons might be scary, but they have nothing on the terror that many minorities felt (and often still feel) traveling in White America after sundown.
What I'm Listening To - Breaking It Down
I was searching around for some new music choices this week when I came across this fantastic podcast called Song Exploder. Hosted by producer Hrishikesh Hirway, each episode focuses on the isolated tracks of a single song and asks the artists to explain how they developed it into a cohesive whole. Episodes include discussions with U2, Arcade Fire, Jack Johnson, Fleet Foxes and dozens more. Part history lesson, part music engineering how-to, each installment is a fascinating look at the creative process. This week's episode features John Carpenter discussing how he came up with the iconic theme to Halloween.
What I'm Doing (for Work) - Presenting My Best Self
For much of my career, I have used titles like "writer," "consultant," or "project manager." Though each was technically correct, they were all overly broad. At networking events, many very well-meaning people would look at me and sigh before saying "I have no idea what you do." My attempts to explain my work cohesively usually made it worse.
Well, I present my new online portfolio, Scott Moe Creative. I have tried to highlight much of my work in recent years, with a focus on video content production. It just went live, and I would love your feedback.
Also, if you know of someone who might be interested in my services, please feel free to share it.
All the best, and remember, tomorrow is Friday. :)
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P.P.S. Today starts National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) and also National Blog Posting Month (NaBloPoMo). I will be posting on my blog each day in November. I encourage you to join me in daily creativity during the next four weeks.
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