Malukah Keyboard Kit

    Sunday Recap: Oct. 9 – 15, 2017

    Monday started with Patreon Office Hours and we recorded Say Something with Thor snoring comfortably in the background. It’s such a pretty song!

    During the stream that afternoon, I finally got to open a surprise package sent by DrTrollis. He contacted me months ago to let me know something was on the way. I loved the gifts! It was a Dovahkiin Pop Figure and some Game of Thrones Buttons. Thank you, DrTrollis! They will be proudly displayed in my studio.

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    Tuesday allowed me to see what a difference Twitch makes in my life. I had a frustrating morning because I made a big mistake while printing postage to mail CD’s. I had to redo it all. I almost cancelled the stream because I was grumpy, but I didn’t. I went online, in IRL mode and we all just chatted. By the end of the stream, I felt so much better. Thank you for this comforting space! For making me laugh and allowing me to take it easy when I need to.

    I managed to correct my Maloofusness and on Wednesday, my mom and dad drove with me to Texas to ship the CD’s. On the way back, the highway was FULL, and I mean FUUUUULL of trailers. It was quite a sight! This highway sees about 12,000 trailers each day. I think they ALL drove home at the same time as us that night. hahaha!

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    On Thursday, I ate a Pop Tart. And 20 minutes later, regretted it. They don’t taste as delicious as I remember. It was just a crappity-crap ton of sugar.

    Friday, I went to Costco to buy food, but I ended up also buying one Christmas decoration. hahaha! In OCTOBER! I think it’s the first Christmas decoration I buy. Previously, my mom has let me borrow an extra Christmas tree she has. Hehe! Does this count as adulting? Or does the previous Pop Tart nullify it?

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    Saturday was keyboard building day! Yaaay! After learning how to solder thanks to a great YouTube tutorial, I dove in, and I think I did ok! Building a keyboard is a dream come true and I can’t wait to do it again! I, of course, kinda messed up certain things, BUT now I know. haha! I had to learn, right?

    On Sunday, we watched Arrival and it was pretty cool. I also spent time rehearsing Halloween songs! I’m excited about the Twitch concert! The setlist is looking good. <3

    Thank you for reading! See you tomorrow!

    Malu

    Personalized CD’s Update: SHIPPED

    On Wednesday, Oct. 11, I shipped all personalized CD’s that were pending! I’m still in the process of sending out individual tracking numbers. I hope to be done with this process by Sunday.

    Just wanted to let you know they are on the way! Wooo! I hope you like ’em! <3

    The Pre-Sale for the 2nd Printing is still open, in case you’d like to order a signed CD. These will ship by December 1st.

    Hugs,
    Malu

     

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    Sunday Recap: Oct. 2 – 8, 2017

    This was a great week for music streaming because of my new scrolling rig, courtesy of Doug Y. and Nick Sulkers. I can now scroll song texts with my foot and don’t have to interrupt a song to do so! WOOOOOOOO!!!! Here’s a blog post I wrote about it! Thank you, Nick & Doug!

    I spent the beginning of the week preparing letter and journal rewards for Patreons. My favorite part of writing letters is getting to use a wax seal! I originally placed this on the outside of the letters, but quickly found out wax seals do not survive today’s mailing process. hehe! Now, I make sure that it’s inside on the letter itself.

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    Once the Patron Rewards were done, I moved on to preparing the new batch of orders of The Dragonborn Comes physical album that I’m going to be shipping out next week. Even though I love, looooove writing individual thank you cards for each purchase, I’m unable to continue doing that when dealing with big orders. When the CD released in August, I wrote cards for everyone, and this resulted in me developing a muscular contraction in my back. I hadn’t written by hand that much in years, and my body went, “Nope…” Hehe! I’m still going to physical therapy for that. Ah, but it was worth it. hahaha!

    Luckily, I found a good solution for the new batch of orders that still adds a little personal touch. I hand wrote a thank you message and printed this on postcards. They turned out great! The front has the album cover, and the back has the message. They have a matte coating, so they feel fancy (well, to me) and could be like a complement keepsake.

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    In an ideal world, I would write to everyone. I really would. I love it.

    Omi and I watched Blade Runner 2049, and it was awesome! I enjoyed it even more than the original. It’s a bit slow paced, but so beautiful. Every single shot of the movie could be a beautiful desktop background image. Stunning! Have you seen it yet? What did you think?

    StealLikeanArtist.jpgAaaand, I finished reading a great book called, “Steal Like an Artist”** by Austin Kleon. I hope to write a post about this later on, but I’ll share my favorite quote from the book now:

    “Validation is for parking.”

    Hahahahahahaha! So perfect in this internet age where there are so many opinions and judgements going around. Let everyone say what they want. You just keep on working. This book is amazing for folks (like me) that enjoy creativity… whether it’s songs, writing, painting…

    I recommend getting the printed version of this book because it’s beautiful and enganging. I feel e-readers wouldn’t do the experience justice. Now, I’m on to the sequel, called “Show Your Work.” I’ll let you know how it goes!

    Aaaaaaand, I continued going to the gym. Good, Maloofus. The anxiety/cravings are starting to calm down.

    Thanks for reading! Take Care,
    Malu

     

    ** Amazon affiliate link. I am new to affiliate things, trying it out of curiosity. What that link does is that if you were to follow it and purchase the book, I get a tiny, tiny commission at no extra cost to you.

    Sunday Recap: Sep. 25 – Oct 1, 2017

    I started Monday on the right track by sending out the monthly mailing list. The last one was sent in June, so you could say I’m working on the “monthly” aspect of it. The good news is, I’m starting to get a better understanding of what it is I’d like to share in these emails.

    I start with a brief list of the most important news (like a tl;dr), and below I talk in more detail and share pictures, vids & links. I added a secret giveaway at the very end, with instructions on how to participate.

    Malukah Giveaway

    It was hilarious to hear from some of you, calling me sneaky. Haha! <3 There’s a form on the sidebar where you can sign up if you’d like!

    Another right track moment is that I joined a nearby gym. It was time. I have been struggling lately with food. In a nutshell, I’m having trouble controlling anxiety eating. I figured, going to the gym everyday would at least help me stop [or slow down] the weight gain.

    This is something I’ve struggled with my whole life. And the times when I’ve been able to get a better handle on things, were the times I was exercising regularly. The exercise itself naturally leads me to make better decisions throughout the day. It’s starting to help! This is how Thor waits for me to get home.

    The gym also made me rediscover my love for podcasts. Since they play super loud music most of the time, I can’t play my own because I’d have to listen at a super high volume, and I don’t want to hurt my ears. Listening to podcasts is better because you can make out what they are saying even with music playing in the room.

    Aaand, speaking of avoiding loud music to protect my hearing… I went to take a hearing test on Thursday. It was primarily out of curiosity and as a control for the future. I feel if music is what I hope to continue doing, I have to be aware of my “tools.” Like, my ears.

    I have test results from 2005, 2011, and now 2017. I was relieved that the results show my hearing is still within a normal range. I was worried that working with headphones/earbuds so often had damaged my hearing. It has changed a bit, but still ok. Here are the results from 2011 and 2017. Circle is right ear, Cross is left. Have you guys ever gotten a hearing test?

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    And on Sunday, Omi and I watched the original Blade Runner movie. Since the new one was being released the next weekend, I wanted to see the old one to better understand and appreciate it. I thought it was cool! Bit freaky, but cool. ;P

    Thanks for reading!
    Hugs,
    Malu