Progress Update 3: Yes, I’m Still Doing This

And now we’re here. I get that there might be a bit of confusion as to what this blog’s focus actually is. I’d like to answer that by answering the questions I’ve received already. And by “questions I’ve received”, I mean the questions I sent to myself via the mult. accounts I made back when I wanted to appear popular in the comments section of Youtube videos. Alright, first question:

Have you eaten a Kit-Kat at Adult Swim yet?

Not yet, but I’m getting close. I can’t say much more than that I haven’t been invited over, nor have they responded to my follow-for-follow event, or the free PS3 giveaway. Regardless, I remain optimistic.

What’s up with all the off topic posts?

The key to answering this question has to do with focus. Specifically, the focus of CandyBarTV. While #eakkash (Eat A Kit-Kat at Adult Swim; It’s a hashtag. Use it like the millennial you are.) is still the main goal of this blog, I came to the realization that even the most ambitious of goals can’t hide the fact that my life is boring.

In order to provide the frequency of content that I want to, and since I am three quirky addictions and one FOX production team short of making my life truly interesting, the focus of the blog has to adjust. By adjusting the content I make, I believe that I can keep up with the weekly updates that I promised to do. One the ways I can do that is by taking the media I vicariously live through and make analysis or provide my interpretation of those works.

There’s also a type of reviewing that I had thought about trying before, and it shows in the three-part analysis that I just finished: the comparison between two pieces of media. This comparison wouldn’t necessarily be about their quality levels or “which one is better”, but they would be compared for how they deal with a certain trope. In the House of Leaves vs. The Beginner’s Guide, the trope was meta-fiction and how audiences tend to react to meta-narratives, a tale which eventually leads to a nervous breakdown over how I can’t compare birds to fruit and how it’s okay to have an irrational fear of novels. Eventually, I’d like to try a comparison like that again, but I won’t want to force any comparison of two types of media, at the risk of making things too nuanced.

At the same time, I’m going to be spacing out the Progress Updates, so that I have more material to include in them. Realistically, the Progress Updates will most likely go from every week to every month or so. As time goes on I’ll figure out what works best.

What about Cassandra?

Cassandra, the car that was so lovingly adorned with art has been cleaned completely. Which means that since the car that had all of its parts in working order got the inside blemishes removed, then all there is to worry about is the outside dents. Right?

Except now the headlights don’t work. Or how when you steer the car, it shakes like an angry bear that has one broken shock and no sway bar. It’s always something. Coming from a lineage of people that flip cars for fun, it won’t be difficult to find another one. It’s just a matter of making it work well enough for me to pass my Driver’s Test.

That takes care of the questions! If you’ve managed to stay past all that, then you get the ultimate reward: more of me talking!

As far as my side goals go, I am happy to say that I have completed a whole page in the book journal along with two extra entries! As of today, that makes 27/50 books read.

 

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Check that shit out!

 

There’s not much more to say, as I had planned to make this update kind of short, to make room for the changes that I wanted to do on the website (Perhaps you’ve noticed the new domain? No? Nevermind.) So I’ll leave you all with one tidbit of information that I put to the side just for this occasion.


On Monday I went to a college advisor to start scheduling my classes for the fall term. I had already done a lot of research, so I didn’t expect a lot of out of the blue questions, past my own problems with transportation or time constraints. As I explained in previous posts I already knew what I wanted to do for the next five years, so it made no difference whether I repeat this information. But before I even sat down, the advisor asked me “So what do you want to do with your life?”, And my response was a little bit different from the one that I had been repeating in my brain for the past month or so.


I told them that I wanted to work with a team on a TV show. Right after this statement, I went on to describe how I’d like to get enough editing skills to be able to edit my novels properly, while also find a job that would financially support me while also allowing me to be a writer. As we went over the exact major I need in order to do this, I spaced out. It reminded me a lot of when I would plan something out so well that when the time came for me to do the thing, I’d immediately check out and let the cards fall where they may. But I had never even thought about working with the team. For the past 15 years of my life, I haven’t liked interacting with other people at all, much less peers that could be better than me on some level of a hobby that I’ve really dedicated my life to. It only takes the one statement “I was homeschooled for all four years of high school” to really understand how much value I put into social interaction as a whole. The only public speech I ever gave was a PowerPoint presentation over a Blackboard live stream to people whose faces I’ve never even seen before.


Maybe it was subconscious. The subtle urge to reach out and communicate my ideas to those that would actually emphasize with me might not be the strangest thought I ever had, considering I once thought about climbing out of my window and onto my neighbor’s roof because I wanted a better picture of the sunset.


The weirdest part of it is I don’t hate that idea. In fact, it’s making me even more excited for college than I was when I started this blog. I can’t really call it a side goal, or even a main goal, but I’d like to put it in writing that if it were all at all possible I’d like to be in an environment where I could work with a group of people that I care about to make something that I care about. All in all, I think would be nice if I could find others to think the way I do.


I’ll see you guys soon. Hopefully, by the next update, I’ll have something actually good for you. No promises, though.

 

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