What’s Down The Pipe (August 2018)

Hello you again. You look sleepy. Did you even leave the sofa? I’m not judging, just observing. I said you could stay, didn’t I? Can you scooch over? I’ll leave the door open too, just in case a few new faces want to join our little session here.

As promised, here’s an update on what’s going on with me. I’m on my way to Calgary at this very moment (yes, I scheduled the publication of this post ahead; you’ve got to love modern technology) to fly to Germany, where I’ll be the Best Man at my Best Friend’s wedding. In case you’re wondering: planning a Bachelor Party from afar is weird. But it worked out. At least in theory. We’ll see about the practice.

I will be back in Canada on the 27th though I don’t know yet for how long. It depends on whether my visa is approved: I might stay a few days or a few years. Maybe I’ll head out to Toronto and become a barista at an underground coffee shop or a supermarket. Maybe I’ll be a drifter, going from city to city, continent to continent, writing and growing a long beard. Maybe I’ll go north to the territories and live off the grid. Who knows. Updates will follow.

Here’s the big one though. While in Germany, I will record a little test episode of a podcast. Yep, that’s right. A podcast. With me. As host. With guests. And we’ll talk about stuff. And by stuff I mean books and writing and writing books and books on writing. I’ve spent the last few weeks scouting the competition (spoiler alert: most literary podcasts are terribly dull) and coming up with a unique concept. But before I start recording for real I thought it might make sense to get familiar with the technology: mic, software, all that goodness. I’ll also try to convince people that appearing on air with me will not ruin their careers or lives. So if you’re a writer and I know you, chances are you’ll get an email shortly. Brace yourself.

What else?

Still on the job hunt. Oh, and I’m writing again. Hadn’t put a word down – except for my blog entries and cover letters – since I defended my thesis. But I’m starting to get back into the groove. It feels like learning to walk again after being confined to a hospital bed for weeks with two broken legs that you suffered in an accident. But I take it one step at a time and I can already tell it’s getting better every day.

Well, that does it for now. I’ll be back in two weeks or so. Hopefully I’ll know more about my visa status by then. And maybe even from the job front. Or anything else in life.

I still think we’re going somewhere with this; we’re making progress, don’t you think? What? Yes, of course you can stay. No, I’m really not judging.

Oh, one more thing before I leave. You can now follow me on Twitter @Cymaen. I’ll try to be hilarious to make it worthwhile.