The Monday Review: History, Pride Month & A Little Steven Universe

Hey Friends! 

Monday is here again. I wish you all luck in this week’s endeavors. 

Last week I’ve been consumed in reading and digesting histories. The 1619 podcast, Code Switch, Planet Money, and the Youtube channel Overly Sarcastic Productions with their summaries of history and mythology. Due to that, my focus in writing has shifted in that direction. I’ve been journaling more and finding ways to engage in it here. 

To that end, I’ve dedicated Thursdays to historical topics that I’ve found of particular interest. Since June is Pride Month, I’ve steered towards icons and topics in LGBTQA+ history. Last week I researched ACT UP and their contributions to AIDs awareness. I’m now reading articles and watching documentaries on other possible topics like Marsha P. Johnson, Sylvia Rivera, Stormie DeLarverie, and the Mattachine Society. It’s been a ton of fun and I can’t wait to share what I learned on my research journey. 

In fiction news, I have penned a couple of short stories. I hope to share one of these by week’s end. I’m also trying to shift my focus back to my Grim project. After finishing its draft back in March/April, I set it down for a bit which ended up being two months longer than I meant. I just need to get my head right for the revision. 

That’s all I got for this Monday. 

I’ll sign off with a song that’s been my favorite for a few weeks now. I haven’t really divulged this here but I’m a huge fan of Steven Universe. Here’s one of my favorite songs from the 2019 movie. I hope it gives you a little smile: