I'm going to be super duper busy with PhD stuff and other deadlines until at least December 2018, and probably pretty exhausted after that and still fairly busy with PhD stuff until August 2019.
This means I may go very quiet on here without warning, and it means I can't realistically take on any new projects, commitments, collaborations and so on.
I compose sacred and secular choral music, and put it online under a CC by-SA license so choirs can sing it for free!
Publishers won't touch my work because I won't let them prohibit photocopying, so I need support from people like you.
My Patreon is http://www.patreon.com/artsyhonker
I have other options for people who prefer them:
Thank you so much!
#FocusTime is a structure for companiable support with getting stuff done -- work or side projects or admin or whatever you find difficult to stick with.
The basic structure is: ten minutes of checking-in and planning at the top of the hour, then 50 minutes of actually doing things, repeated for up to 3 hours.
More on the structure, plus an example:
I expect I'll be using this hashtag a lot, so you may wish to mute it if it's boring to you. I will CW my toots though.
self-care, ADHD, mental health, Show more
All of which is a roundabout way of saying:
I am feeling smol and scared and uncertain
I am not sure my rules about what to do next are serving me well, and that makes it harder to follow them, and not following them begets more uncertainty
self-care, ADHD, misogyny, abuse Show more
Additionally, I was taught (like many people who are not men) to not acknowledge, recognise, or prioritise my own needs. There are a bunch of mechanisms for this, some societal, some that undiagnosed #ActuallyADHD made it more difficult for me to learn, some that having needs at all was routinely punished by my parents.
So even if I didn't get lost in the fractal what-ifs, I might still have trouble knowing whether to do my work/go back to bed/go for a walk.
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One of the ways to think about self-care is not as "treats" (though treats can definitely be part of it!) but as solidarity with your future self; as prioritizing your needs in such a way that Future You will have a better time.
I struggle with this: I get lost in the fractal what-ifs of the consequences of various actions. It helps me to devolve as much decision-making as possible to rules, but they must be really good rules or I question them and get stuck.
After-the-PhD things: figure out how to put my music on Funkwhale.
Also: this morning I got on the bus and then it started to rain.
I'd left my washing on the line, of course.
Given my current state of struggling to concentrate etc, this seems rather apt. But I didn't realise the pathetic fallacy extended to executive dysfunction.
Over on birdsite, my mentions are full of authors talking about their awesome work and their awesome friends, thanks to a meme where you add other writers to a thread. It is fun and neat, so I'm gonna borrow it here. When tagged, introduce yourself, tell us what you write, and then tag some other authors you recommend following on here (please keep it to one post).
I do like how English uses 'generic' for both 'relating to a genre' and 'general, miscellaneous'
'tis both specific and generic at the same time
Tossing this question out into the aether: Anyone remember a book from the 80s that was a how-to guide to writing your own database programs in BASIC? I know or local library had it but they have tossed all their books that dealt with basic.
OK, is there a food and cooking-based instance yet, please?
I think toots would be excellent for sharing short recipes.
What's a durable ownership structure that ensures positive Mastodon instances can survive with or without those who founded it?
[Re]introducing RadioSocial.org, a Mastodon instance for anyone with an interest in radio in all its forms, anywhere in the world.
Whether you're involved in community or college radio, LPFM, amateur radio, short wave listening or DXing, or whether you're just a lover of radio, you're welcome at RadioSocial.org.
It's been placed on a more sustainable (read: cheaper) footing this time and should easily stick around if people use it. If you have any questions, please let me know!
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I want to do some kind of monthly/yearly review of people I follow, not with a view to cutting back, but rather deciding: who do I want more connections with? Who would I want to keep in touch with if the fediverse fell to pieces or everyone left for the Next Thing? What can I do now to keep those connections live?
But in the context of #ActuallyADHD and associated neurodivergence in social skills, it becomes One More Thing on an already overwhelming to-do list.
crapitalism, crowdfunding, making a living with art Show more
I have said many times that selling stuff only to other broke artists is unsustainable as a way of making a living with art, and that if I work out how to sell things to rich people I'll let you know.
I think subscriptions might be part of how to do that.
I'm hoping to experiment with gift subscriptions this year. If I do, I'll report back.
Anyone have tips on the practicalities of this?
Composer of sacred and secular choral music, contributor to the cultural commons, chaser after the wind.
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