Everyone already said “write more,” so I’ll add: find a good peer group of other writers. People unafraid to call out your shit and keep you curious about experiences outside your own, as any good reporter should be. Online pals will do, but in-person is great too, especially if you want to make a regular writers’…
Marcus Fenix/Dom Santiago
I didn’t play Dream Daddy, but it’s hard to beat Hatoful Boyfriend when it comes to both world-building and unexpected humor. Monster Prom’s multiplayer aspect adds a secondary layer of novelty that I enjoy, but it’s much more intentionally “edgy” than Dream Daddy (from what I know of that game). All three games seem…
Janelle Monae. Been a fan since “Many Moons” in 2008 and I am loving her latest, Dirty Computer, which is a Prince-influenced banger of a pop album.
Run Lola Run
Some friends of mine recently turned me on to Loona’s music videos and their whole extended universe, so.... that.
Fighting game of fashionistas dealing damage with walks and looks. Also, some sort of combination music/rhythm game and fighting game. Could all be the same great idea, really.
Almost done with The Broken Kingdoms by N.K. Jemisin. Took a break from it last week to devour all of I’ll Be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara first. Both excellent, although totally different genres!
Metroid Prime Pinball
Finally. A contest I can win. 5 women’s, 3 men’s. And yes, I do get sweet discounts from buying children’s shoes, thank you.
A lot of people told me it looked hard and that maybe I should pick a job in a more secure field. A couple of people told me I should keep it up anyway. Everyone made good points. Clearly I listened to the minority on this one.
If you like madrigals (definitely not everyone’s type of thing), Giaches de Wert composed some haunting and beautiful arrangements. His version of “Datemi pace” is a favorite of mine. Here’s a link to an ensemble performing it.
I started taking boxing classes again, after a few years away from it. I also started meditating for the first time this year, and now I do that almost every day. Both are excellent brain escape mechanisms that happen to dovetail with the “look at Twitter/screens less” advice that my colleagues have already offered…
Grimes’ Art Angels is a recent-ish fav album of mine. Electronic dreampop, if I had to put a genre on it? Also, if you like synthesizers in general (and I do!), I’ve also been enjoying this YouTube channel that does 80s-inspired re-orchestrations of modern pop songs: …
Due to an editing error, an earlier version of this story mischaracterized Cook’s description of his gambling activities.