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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.

    Patreon Malukah

     

    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.

    Malukah Postcard

    Postcard 2

     

    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

    Malukah Charity Stream

    Sunday Recap: Sep 18 – 24

    This week was a bit hard to write about. I was going to skip it altogether, but then I realized there were 2 things I never want to forget.

    After seeing the devastation caused by the earthquake that hit central México, it was incredibly moving to see the people of the country come together to help. In a country usually overwhelmed with government problems and issues, it was a reminder that the Mexican people can be fierce and good and brave and selfless.

    The other thing I hope to always remember was the two charity streams we had on Twitch to raise money for the Mexican Red Cross and the Topos rescue team.

    Together, the Reverb Empire raised USD $4,259.09. With this money, I made a $2,000 donation to the Red Cross, and another $2,000 donation to the Topos. The remaining $259 were spent at Sam’s buying basic hygene products that I took to a center that was preparing to send a trailer with goods over to the affected areas.

    Reverb Empire Mexico Help

     

    Thank you so much for helping Mexico in this time of need. <3 It’s a memory that makes my eyes water whenever I remember. You beautiful, beauuutiful people.

    The week ended on a gentler note… I attended a friend’s daughter’s 2-year birthday party. I think it’s the first kid’s b-day party I go to. 🙂 It was Moana themed. Made me think of you guys and the Disney concert on Twitch. <3

    Moana

    And I ate so much candy I later wished my mom had been there to tell me to stop.

    Much Love,
    Malu

    Malu Foot Pedal

    The Perfect Solution to a Nagging Problem

    I still can’t believe how this happened.

    Ever since I started streaming, I’ve always come across the issue of having to stop playing a song long enough to scroll down, since most of the song lyrics/chords don’t fit into a single screen.

    maluScrollIt’s so distracting. We’ve made a joke of it in the Reverb Empire (the community on Twitch). We have a scroll emote that people would spam in chat whenever I had to do this.

    Last week, I received a gift from Doug Y. in the mail. I laughed out loud when I opened it and saw that it was a foot pedal page turner. How AWESOME! Just what I needed!

    Malu Foot Pedal

    I immediately tested it, and it worked! The only issue was that since it functions like the Page Up, Page Down keys,  it would scroll too much. It would instantly jump an entire page down, in some cases one line too far, and I’d need time to get my bearings and find my current place in the text.

    I asked on Twitter for a way to solve this. I was told this didn’t exist. I was discouraged for about 2 minutes and then software developer Nick Sulkers replied.

     

    And then he actually created the extension in a day and a half. It’s now something that exists in the Chrome Extension store that you can download and use yourself if you want to!

     

    Page Up Page Down

     

    It works like a dream. You can set the distance and the scrolling speed, too. I am so thankful to both Doug and Nick for helping me solve a problem I’ve struggled with for almost a year!

    You can check out the Nick’s extension here and visit his website.

    Thanks for reading!
    Malu