This Month’s Media: NOVEMBER 2021

What I watched, listened to, read, & played in November 2021!

Lol, look at me actually posting this list on the last day of the month for probably the first time ever! ^^; (not like a month late like usual haha) This month though I actually watched a lot of movies! I got into action movies again, & also finally watched some films I’d heard a lot about & which I’ve often seen referenced online, like Die Hard, The Fifth Element, & Office Space! I’m really happy with the selection of media I’ve consumed this month tbh!

Media I Released or Participated In!

  1. Pilot Episode of Finley & the Chaos Crew! Find it now on your favorite podcast website, & check out our Carrd here!
  2. I played a TTRPG (Call of Cthulhu, to be specific~) on stream for the first time with some friends on October 31 but forgot to include it in that month’s list, so once that’s uploaded to YouTube I’ll be posting the link here! I played a butcher named Etienne Olivier!
  3. I also played D&D on a stream for the first time as part of a game for Wesslhausen’s “TERF Wars” week of charity streams for Trans Week of Awareness! I played a half-elf rogue butler named Albert “Bertie” Wilson in a game inspired by Wacky Races & DM’d by Wesslhausen!
  4. In another D&D stream for the same cause, I played a an epic 18th level half-elf fighter named Quigley Barrows in a oneshot DM’d by Asynthetic20!
  5. (not media but I am also very proud of it~) I launched my Pride Frog enamel pins on Etsy after a successful Kickstarter!

TV

  1. Clocked In: Session 7, 8, 9
  2. Julian HG: Episode #41: Chiaroscuro Painting
  3. Puppet History: Life During the Black Death Pandemic
  4. What We Do in the Shadows: S1 Ep. 4, 5, 6

Total: 8 Episodes

BOOKS

  1. Lumberjanes Vol. 2 by Grace Ellis and Noelle Stevenson

Total: 1 Books

MOVIES & DOCUMENTARIES

  1. A Needlessly Thorough Roast of Dear Evan Hansen by Jenny Nicholson 
  2. Office Space
  3. Kate
  4. Die Hard
  5. The Fifth Element

Total: 5 Movies & Documentaries

PODCASTS

  1. Aaron Menke’s Cabinet of Curiosities: 44, 45, 46, 47, 48, 49, 50, 51, 52, 53, 54, 55, 56, 57, 58
  2. The Adventure Zone: Dust Ep. 3, 4; Amnesty Episode 6
  3. Lore: Episodes 136, 137, 138
  4. MBMBAM: Episodes 15
  5. Serial Killers: BTK Killer Parts 1 & 2
  6. Unobscured: S1 E1

Total: 25 Podcast Episodes

ALBUMS

Total: 0 Albums

GAMES

Total: 0 Games

*Things marked with the asterisk mean it’s something I’ve read/watched/listened to before, everything else is new to me! 

This Month’s Media: October 2021

What I watched, listened to, read, & played in October 2021!

In October 2021, I learned how to play Call of Cthulhu (H. P. Lovecraft was a crappy person, but we played a really queer version of the game & it was GREAT) & watched some stuff about how to play it, & I also started watching the series “What We Do in the Shadows” which I’m really really loving!

TV

  1. Clocked In: Session 4, 5, 6
  2. Hilda: S1 Ep. 1
  3. How to Play Call of Cthulhu 7E by Don’t Stop Thinking: Introduction, Basic Rules, Combat, Insanity
  4. Joy of Painting: S5 Episode 7: Bubbling Brook
  5. Over the Garden Wall: Ep. 1
  6. What We Do in the Shadows: S1 Ep. 1, 2, 3

Total: 13 Episodes

BOOKS

Total: 0 Books

MOVIES & DOCUMENTARIES

  1. Gunpowder Milkshake

Total: 1 Movies & Documentaries

PODCASTS

  1. Aaron Menke’s Cabinet of Curiosities: 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 43
  2. The Adventure Zone: Dust Ep. 2
  3. Cults: The Narcosatanists Parts 1 & 2
  4. Dressed: The History of Fashion: 18th Century Fashion & Etiquette at Versailles
  5. Female Criminals: The Death House Landlady Part 2
  6. Hello From the Hallowoods: Episodes Athenaeums 1, 2, 3, 4
  7. Lore: Episodes 127, 128, 129, 130, 131, 132, 133, 134, 135
  8. Noble Blood: Episodes The Second Death of Marie Antoinette
  9. Sawbones: Episodes: Cholera, Warts
  10. Serial Killers: The Death House Landlady Part 1, The Yorkshire Ripper Parts 1 & 2, House of Horrors Parts 1 & 2
  11. Sinister Societies: Wine Among Friends

Total: 46 Podcast Episodes

ALBUMS

Total: 0 Albums

GAMES

Total: 0 Games

*Things marked with the asterisk mean it’s something I’ve read/watched/listened to before, everything else is new to me! 

This Month’s Media: September 2021

What I watched, listened to, read, & played in September 2021!

This month, I listened to more podcasts than last month, including some new ones I’ve never listened to before!

TV

  1. Another Morning in Aelmere: Q&A, Session 7
  2. Clocked In: Session 1, 2, 3
  3. Yacht Rock: Episode 1

Total: 6 Episode

BOOKS

Total: 0 Books

MOVIES & DOCUMENTARIES

  1. School of Rock
  2. John Wick

Total: 2 Movies & Documentaries

PODCASTS

  1. Aaron Menke’s Cabinet of Curiosities: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
  2. Across the Veil – Demonic Possession, Tsukomogami, Tales of the Clurichan, Dangerous Games 1
  3. The Adventure Zone: Amnesty Ep 3, 4, 5, Dust Ep. Setup
  4. Frog of the Week: Beelzebufo, Moor Frog, Malayan Horned Frog, Litoria Mira, Archey’s Frog
  5. Giants of History: Pablo Picasso: Su*cide in Paris – A Blue Story
  6. The History of Rome: 158 – An Imperial Su*cide
  7. Less is Morgue – S1 Ep. 1, 2
  8. Lore: Episodes 116, 117, 118, 119, 120, 121, 122, 123, 124, 125, 126
  9. Sounds Fake But Okay: Ep. 10
  10. Unsolved Murders: True Crime Stories: Ep. 6

Total: 55 Podcast Episodes

ALBUMS

  1. I Want to Feel Chaotic – EP by Bears in Trees
  2. Tresspassing by Adam Lambert
  3. Montero by Lil Nas X

Total: 3 Albums

GAMES

  1. Little Nightmares

Total: 1 Games

*Things marked with the asterisk mean it’s something I’ve read/watched/listened to before, everything else is new to me! 

How Learning to Stim Again Helped Me Self Harm Less

(CW: self harm, positive) Had I learned this sooner, I could have known how to help myself better.

A comic I made about how letting myself stim again helped me stop self-harming, because a lot of the time a need to harm was a misinterpretation of needing to stim but masking so much I had forgotten how. Stimming needs to be normalized & talked about more! Had I been comfortable stimming & known it was an option for the feelings I had, I could have helped myself better much sooner, but I’m proud of my recovery ♥

SLIDE 1: Pink background with an illustration of a person with short hair. Their eyes are closed & their arms are reaching up & wiggling. Text reads "How letting myself stim again helped me self harm less"

[IMAGE ID: SLIDE 1: Pink background with an illustration of a person with short hair. Their eyes are closed & their arms are reaching up & wiggling. Text reads “How letting myself stim again helped me self harm less”. END ID]

SLIDE 2: Pink background with illustration of person with short hair standing with their hand out. Text: while it never was a huge problem for me, it still was an unhealthy coping mechanism I relied on a lot.

[IMAGE ID: SLIDE 2: Pink background with illustration of person with short hair standing with their hand out. Text: while it never was a huge problem for me, it still was an unhealthy coping mechanism I relied on a lot. END ID]

SLIDE 3: Pink background with illustration of person with short hair wrapped in a blanket & crying with a scribble above their head. Text: Around the time my therapist & I sarted discussing my neurodivergence, I learned what "masking" was & realized I'd taught myself out of most stimming behaviors. One day on a whim when I had the urge, I decided to try stimming to relieve the feelings instead.

[IMAGE ID: SLIDE 3: Pink background with illustration of person with short hair wrapped in a blanket & crying with a scribble above their head. Text: Around the time my therapist & I sarted discussing my neurodivergence, I learned what “masking” was & realized I’d taught myself out of most stimming behaviors. One day on a whim when I had the urge, I decided to try stimming to relieve the feelings instead. END ID]

 SLIDE 4: Pink background with illustration of person with short hair with their arms outstretched & hands wiggling. The text in bold letters at the top says "IT HELPED" & that is outlined in yellow. Above the person there is a black scribble above their head now covered up by a yellow squiggle & their hands are glowing.

[IMAGE ID: SLIDE 4: Pink background with illustration of person with short hair with their arms outstretched & hands wiggling. The text in bold letters at the top says “IT HELPED” & that is outlined in yellow. Above the person there is a black scribble above their head now covered up by a yellow squiggle & their hands are glowing. END ID]

SLIDE 5: Pink background with a glowing yellow star in the center. The star has a small red heart in the center. Text: I began to explore this & learned that for me, a lot of times when I felt the overwhelm that led me to feel the urge, I didn't need to harm at ALL to get rid of those feelings.

[IMAGE ID: SLIDE 5: Pink background with a glowing yellow star in the center. The star has a small red heart in the center. Text: I began to explore this & learned that for me, a lot of times when I felt the overwhelm that led me to feel the urge, I didn’t need to harm at ALL to get rid of those feelings. END ID]

SLIDE 6: Pink background with an illustration of a smiling person with short hair with their arms out towards the same glowing yellow star with a red heart in the center as the last slide. Text: In fact, many times what I perceived to be a desire to harm was really an unmet need to stim, or else overwhelm that could be relieved by stimming.

[IMAGE ID: SLIDE 6: Pink background with an illustration of a smiling person with short hair with their arms out towards the same glowing yellow star with a red heart in the center as the last slide. Text: In fact, many times what I perceived to be a desire to harm was really an unmet need to stim, or else overwhelm that could be relieved by stimming. END ID]

SLIDE 7: A pink background with an illustration of a person with short hair wearing a yellow outfit with a red heart on the center of the shirt. They are smiling & have their eyes closed & are hugging themselves. Text: Since discovering that, I've really been able to use healthier coping mechanisms & almost NEVER need to harm anymore. I wish stimming was talked about & accepted more so I could have learned this sooner. I'm very proud of myself though! The words "never" & "proud" are outlined with yellow highlighter.

[IMAGE ID: SLIDE 7: A pink background with an illustration of a person with short hair wearing a yellow outfit with a red heart on the center of the shirt. They are smiling & have their eyes closed & are hugging themselves. Text: Since discovering that, I’ve really been able to use healthier coping mechanisms & almost NEVER need to harm anymore. I wish stimming was talked about & accepted more so I could have learned this sooner. I’m very proud of myself though! The words “never” & “proud” are outlined with yellow highlighter. END ID]

This Month’s Media: August 2021

What I watched, listened to, read, & played in August 2021!

August was a stressful month for me overall, but I did watch some good movies! I didn’t get to listen to many podcasts due to my phone not having enough storage space for the Spotify app for almost the whole month lol, but I did get to listen to some things!

TV

  1. Baby Nenes: Spanish for Babies & Toddlers
  2. The Disastrous Life of Saiki K: Episode 1
  3. Homeschool Pop: Foods in Spanish: Spanish Learning for Kids
  4. Let’s Read Homestuck: Episodes Act 2: Part 5, 6
  5. Neo Yokio: Pink Christmas: Episode 1

Total: 6 Episode

BOOKS

  1. Scholastic News: Nonfiction Readers: Tadpoles by Pam Zollman
  2. DK Findout: Castles by Philip Steele
  3. DK Findout: Castles by Philip Steele*
  4. The Adventure Zone: Here There Be Gerblins (The Adventure Zone, 1) 
  5. Frog & Toad Together by Arnold Lobel

Total: 5 Books

MOVIES & DOCUMENTARIES

  1. The Mitchells vs the Machines*
  2. Enola Holmes

Total: 2 Movies & Documentaries

PODCASTS

  1. The Adventure Zone: Amnesty Ep 1, 2
  2. Lore: Episodes 112, 113, 114, 115
  3. Sawbones: Episodes: Dr. Mesmer & the Power of Animal Magnetism, Medical Cannibalism, Magnets, Epilepsy, Self-Experimentation, Sleepwalking
  4. Welcome to Night Vale: Episodes 161, 162, 163, 164, 165, 166, 167

Total: 19 Podcast Episodes

ALBUMS

  1. War Babies*

Total: 1 Albums

GAMES

  1. Little Nightmares

Total: 1 Games

*Things marked with the asterisk mean it’s something I’ve read/watched/listened to before, everything else is new to me! 

THIS MONTH’S MEDIA: JULY 2021

What I watched, listened to, read, & played in July 2021!

July was a pretty stressful month for me so I did not end up consuming as much media as I hoped to, but what I did listen to (including, MANY episodes of ‘Lore’ & some of my comfort show ‘The Adventure Zone’) were very helpful.

TV

  1. Puppet History: The Donner Party

Total: 1 Episode

BOOKS

Total: 0 Book

MOVIES & DOCUMENTARIES

Total: 0 Movies & Documentaries

PODCASTS

  1. The Adventure Zone: Episodes Live in Nashville, Candlenights in Tacoma, Setup: Amnesty
  2. Cults: Oneida Community Part 2, The Moonies Parts 1 & 2,
  3. Frog of the Week: Budgett’s Frog, Amazon Milk Frog, Coqui, Barking Tree Frog, Ruby-Eyed Tree Frog, Darwin’s Frog
  4. Jar of Rebuke: Episodes S2 Ep. 2, 3
  5. Lore: Episodes 93, 94, 95, 96, 97, 98, 99, `100, 101, 102, 103, 104, 105, 106, 107, 108, 109, 110
  6. Purrcast: Ep. 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39, 40
  7. Sawbones: Episodes: Tuberculosis, Pregnancy Tests, Plastic Surgery, Phrenology, Oil Pulling, Medical Marijuana
  8. Serial Killers: The Murder Factory Parts 1 & 2, Son of Sam Parts 1 & 2
  9. Sounds Fake But Okay: Ep. 9
  10. True Facts About Dinosaurs: Carnotasaurus, Velicoraptors
  11. Welcome to Night Vale: Episodes 159, 160

Total: 60 Podcast Episodes

ALBUMS

  1. Pet Sounds – The Beach Boys*

Total: 1 Albums

GAMES

Total: 0 Games

*Things marked with the asterisk mean it’s something I’ve read/watched/listened to before, everything else is new to me! 

THIS MONTH’S MEDIA: JUNE 2021

What I watched, listened to, read, & played in June 2021!

Looking back on this month, I barely watched or read anything, but I did listen to a pretty lot of podcasts so that’s a win! I bought a lot of new games this month so hopefully I can add some new ones to the list!! 🙂

TV

  1. The Way of the House Husband: Episode 4

Total: 1 Episode

BOOKS

  1. Weslandia by Paul Fleischman*

Total: 1 Book

MOVIES & DOCUMENTARIES

  1. The Mitchells vs. The Machines

Total: 1 Movies & Documentaries

PODCASTS

  1. The Adventure Zone: Episodes Commitment 1, 2, 3, 4
  2. Dos: After You: S1 Ep. 21
  3. Jar of Rebuke: Episodes S2 Ep. 1
  4. Kakos Industries: S1 Episodes 26, 27, 28, 29, 30
  5. Lore: Episodes 72, 73, 74, 75, 76, 77, 78, 79, 80, 81, 82, 83, 84, 85, 86, 87, 88, 89, 90, 91, 92
  6. Purrcast: Ep. 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27
  7. Sawbones: Episodes: Fertility, Self-Surgery, Headaches, Mr. Reich’s Sexbox, Alcoholism, Hangovers, Royal Rife, Menstruation, Leprosy, The Father of Homeopathy
  8. Schmanners: The King of Dudes, Pregnancy (LIVE), Hand Gestures
  9. Serial Killers: Carl Panzram Part 2, The Confession Killer Parts 1 & 2, The Smotherer Parts 1 & 2, The Best Parts 1 & 2, The Sunset Strip Killer Parts 1 & 2, The Murder Factory Parts 1 & 2
  10. Sounds Fake But Okay: Ep. 8
  11. Welcome to Night Vale: Episodes 154, 155, 156, 157, 158

Total: 67 Podcast Episodes

ALBUMS

Total: 0 Albums

GAMES

  1. Stardew Valley*
  2. Among Us*
  3. Dig Dug*

Total: 3 Games

*Things marked with the asterisk mean it’s something I’ve read/watched/listened to before, everything else is new to me! 

(they’re) doing alright

A square image of a sunset over the mountains with the text "they're doing alright" in a newspaper clipping font

A few weeks ago, my computer was doing an update. This prevented me from working on my projects, & I wanted to spend family time, so I didn’t use the computer in my bedroom. Bored & without anything better to do while I waited, I decided to go down a rabbit hole of looking up my childhood friends & see what they were up to now.

& it ended up being a very warm, heartwarming experience.

One is an environmental engineer. One came out as nonbinary & queer & became a doula. One who as a kid, I falsely judged to be least likely to be successful, became a successful engineer as well. Another works as a computer programmer. The mom of two childhood friends of mine who helped watch me as a kid is now a website designer.

Then I looked up some of my Dad’s childhood & high school friends. All of the ones I looked up were still alive & doing well. One is a successful lawyer with a nice house & car. One, a drummer who might have played in a band with my dad is still a drummer & now works at the Johnny Cash Museum in Nashville. One guy who worked as a server alongside my dad now owns his own restaurant. One is still a successful investor & stock broker.

And to see so many people either of us knew when we were younger? To see them thriving in more ways than I ever would have suspected? To see that legitimately every one of them was doing something I’d consider cool & they all seemed to be living uncommon & interesting lives?

It genuinely brought me so much joy & was almost a bit transcendent in a way. They had their place in each of our lives, & now they’ve moved on & are out in the world doing things & seemingly living good lives

And it also put things in perspective that as much as I may feel like I haven’t done enough or that I’m a failure sometimes, it occurred to me that should they ever look me up, & see that I’m an actor & artist & writer & whatnot? That they’d probably feel the same way about me. I may doubt myself often, but people probably think what I do is cool too even when I don’t feel that way about myself.

It gives me hope that things do go right, & people can become what they want to, & that even people who we’ve outgrown but still wish well can thrive ♥ 

This Month’s Media: May 2021

What I watched, listened to, read, & played in May 2021!

WOW, I listened to a HECK TON of podcasts this month due to working a lot, probably the most I’ve ever listened to in a month (98 podcasts!!!!), only a few TV episodes, quite a few more books than normal, & zero movies haha.

TV

  1. Let’s Read Homestuck: Episodes Act Act 2: 2, 3
  2. The Way of the House Husband: Episode 2, 3

Total: 4 Episodes

BOOKS

  1. Frog & Toad are Friends by Arnold Lobel*
  2. Cool Cuts by Mechal Renee Roe*
  3. Crafts for Valentine’s Day by Kathy Ross*
  4. First in Fashion: Mary Quant by Rebecca Felix
  5. Reptiles for Kids by Bold Kids
  6. Piranhas: Discover Pictures & Facts About Piranhas for Kids by Bold Kids
  7. Octopus: Discover Pictures & Facts About Octopus for Kids by Bold Kids
  8. Cuttlefish: Discover Pictures & Facts About Cuttlefish for Kids by Bold Kids
  9. Lions: Discover Pictures & Facts About Lions for Kids by Bold Kids

Total: 9 Books

MOVIES & DOCUMENTARIES

 

Total: 0 Movies & Documentaries

PODCASTS

  1. Across the Veil – BONUS: The Exorcist
  2. The Adventure Zone: Episodes Setup: Commitment 
  3. A OK: 5
  4. Cults: Oneida Community Part 1
  5. Dos: After You: S1 Ep. 21
  6. Frog of the Week: The Black Rain Frog, The American Bullfrog, The Purple Frog, Cranwell’s Horned Frog, Paedophryne Amauensis (Pete), Vietnamese Mossy Frog, The Glass Frog, African Dwarf Frog
  7. Frogcast: The Hairy Frog, the Wood Frog
  8. Jar of Rebuke: Episodes Interludes 3, 4
  9. Less is Morgue – Ep. 30, 31
  10. Lore: Episodes Halloween Specials 2016 1 & 2, Halloween Specials 2017 1 & 2,  45, 46, 47, 48, 49, 50, 51, 52, 53, 54, 55, 56, 57, 58, 59, 60, 61, 62, 63, 64, 65, 66, 67, 68, 69, 70, 71
  11. MBMBAM: Episodes 14
  12. Positiviteeny! Board of Good Things, Tiny Smiles, Say What You are Feeling
  13. Purrcast: Ep. 18, 19, 20, 21
  14. Sawbones: Episodes: Birth Control, Radiation Therapy, Tobacco, Patent Medicines, Immortality, Reanimation, Baldness
  15. Schmanners: Engagement, Birthdays, Apologies, Funerals
  16. Serial Killers: The Blood Countess Part 1 & 2, Dr. Death Part 1 & 2, The Sorcerer Part 1 & 2, The Trash Bag Killer Part 1 & 2, The Boston Strangler Part 1 & 2, Killer Petey, Carl Panzram Part 1
  17. Sounds Fake But Okay: Ep. 7
  18. Strange Heartland: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 11
  19. Unsolved Murders: True Crime Stories: Ep. 4, 5
  20. Welcome to Night Vale: Episodes 147, 148, 149, 150, 151, 152, 153

Total: 98 Podcast Episodes

ALBUMS

Total: 0 Albums

GAMES

  1. Stardew Valley*
  2. Among Us*

Total: 1 Games

*Things marked with the asterisk mean it’s something I’ve read/watched/listened to before, everything else is new to me! 

THIS MONTH’S MEDIA: April 2021

What I watched, listened to, read, & played in April 2021!

Didn’t get to listen to a lot of podcasts this month because my phone was out of space so I didn’t have Spotify for most of the month so on commutes I listened to documentaries instead haha, but had a fun movie night with my friends, & watched a few more TV shows than usual!! Also, I got a new computer so now I can finally play games again!!!

TV

  1. Alfred Hitchcock Presents: The Crystal Trench
  2. Fancy Fast Food: Episodes $207 Popeye’s Spicy Chicken Sandwich, $419 Jack in the Box Munchie Meal, $274 Burger King Breakfast Sandwich
  3. Let’s Read Homestuck: Episodes Act 1: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, Act 2: 1
  4. Nailed It! Double Trouble: Episodes An Ungodly Mess, The Burbank State Fair, We’re Gonna Need a Bigger Cake
  5. Ouran High School Host Club: S1 EP. 11, 12
  6. Perry Mason: The Case of the Melancholy Marksman
  7. The Twilight Zone: Four O’Clock
  8. The Way of the House Husband: Episode 1

Total: 19 Episodes

BOOKS

Total: 0 Books

MOVIES & DOCUMENTARIES

  1. Jumanji (New One)
  2. Joanna Dennehy: Britain’s Most Dangerous Woman
  3. The Vikings: Who Were They? (BBC)
  4. N*zi Quest for the Holy Grail
  5. The Biggest Scientific Discoveries: National Geographic
  6. Brave Turtle: Australian Green Sea Turtle’s Life Journey
  7. Knives Out*
  8. Clue*

Total: 8 Movies & Documentaries

PODCASTS

  1. Cults: Twelve Tribes Part 2
  2. Less is Morgue – Ep. Kevin’s Top Sevens Presents: The Lost LIM Episode
  3. Lore: Episodes 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 43, 44
  4. MBMBAM: Episodes 13
  5. Positiviteeny! The Idea of Taking a Walk, My Practice
  6. Sawbones: Episodes: Weight Loss, Benjamin Rush, Urine
  7. Serial Killers: The Butcher of Plainfield Parts 1 & 2
  8. Unsolved Murders: True Crime Stories: Ep. 3, 4
  9. Welcome to Night Vale: Episodes 139, 140, 141, 142, 143, 144, 145, 146

Total: 31 Podcast Episodes

ALBUMS

Total: 0 Albums

GAMES

  1. Stardew Valley*
  2. Among Us*

Total: 1 Games

*Things marked with the asterisk mean it’s something I’ve read/watched/listened to before, everything else is new to me!