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Caffeine's Monthly Digest

A monthly digest. May not be for everyone, but it helps me sort my thoughts and reflect on recent events. You can use an RSS Reader to read it by adding this feed to it. Check out The Neon Kiosk for more personal journals like this.

2024-07-13 — June

It's already over

And I don't even know

Looking for a window

That I already closed

No matter how much I want it

How bad I've tried

Nothing's there on the other side

2024-06-20 — May

May was a nightmare; I don't remember one third of it.

2024-05-03 — April

April was a very busy month. Some highlights:

All in all, April was jam-packed but in a good way. Sure, there were some rough patches, but that's life, right?

May Beltane usher in showers and new adventures!

2024-04-23 — March

Wow, March just zipped by. It was packed with stuff to do, and here I am, almost at the end of April, finally taking a moment to think about all that happened.

Honestly, March was way better than February. I felt like my life had a bit more sparkle, and things just seemed to go my way more often.

I got my hands into a bunch of different projects, which was cool. Plus, I'm back working out of an office space that wasn't my home for a couple days a week, which honestly helped me keep a solid routine.

Ah, I also attended an ambient music workshop. it was pretty neat.

March was also about healing and grieving. Right after it, April came along with its own kind of intensity, but in a good way.

So, looking back, March was like this quiet little haven for me to get my head and heart back on track.

2024-03-11 — February

February was short. Yet, tough challenges filled it. It tested me with of trials to gauge my resilience.

The important project I mentioned in January crumbled despite our best efforts. February brought a crash landing, leaving us staring at the wreckage in disbelief.

Out of nowhere, everyone got sick at our household. The timing was almost comical, aligning with our project setback, as if testing us further.

Looking back, there's little I want to revisit about it.

Farewell to February — a month that felt like a marathon. Out of it I got, a bit weary, with some stories to tell.

Time to embrace March, a month already in full motion.

2024-02-01 — January

January was pure chaos. I traveled the entire month, juggling several tasks and deprioritizing what I could to focus on what was important.

A significant personal project has occurred; the result will be known by early February. Meanwhile, making music, coding, writing, and other personal projects were paused to accommodate this project.

Life has been stressful and unforgivable over the month, but I will survive.

Even so, I made fond memories and new stories to tell.

2024-01-01 — December

Crazy end-of-the-year month. I worked almost every day on my december adventure, learning a lot in the process.

I spent time with the family, some days I got too tired to do anything productive, but I tried to stay afloat. Did a bit of my yearly review (to be published) and all the other workflows around it that are just for myself. I released the first proper FINAL MAZE Album to good reception. We now have a proper logo for the band. You can see it in the cover of the new album.

I also have been working on our next release.

I started reading Evil Eye (four novellas of love going wrong), by Joyce Carol Oates. I'm digging it.

On the last day of December, one of my Caffeine's Heir work got released on CD and tape by the netlabel Stargazing at Blank Skies.

We are spending the day packing for our long January trip and getting the laptop updated to work from it. It will be my first trip with all my computers fully networked through Tailscale, so I'm not worried about losing access to anything.

January promises to be a busy month, with me juggling work, family vacations, and planning an international trip for early February. Go go go!

2023-12-01 — November

November was a busy month filled with work and family moments. Despite some financial challenges in the company, we made it happen.

Family visits provided a much-needed break from the hustle. My mom and a friend of my kid joined us, reminding me that life is about more than work.

Amidst business dealings, I secured some contracts and strengthened our team. In the personal front, I troubleshooted a number tech quirks, including resolving issues with my kid's counterfeit YouTube app.

Reading was an escape. "The Magus" was stimulating, while Cory Doctorow's stories were relaxing. Even so, I was able to release a new EP that I have been working on since I got back from Greece.

As the month ebded, I considered a possible trip to the States, weighing my options. Decided to not go. I've also kept thinking about how important (and hard) it is to balance work, family, and creativity. It's about taking one step at a time, staying true to yourself, and preparing for what's next.

2023-11-01 — October

October was an unconventional month. I began in Greece, getting ready to go back to Brazil. I immersed myself in the culture and the country captivated me. As soon as I got back, I went straight to my parents' house. Unfortunately, everyone there got sick.

As the month comes to a close, we're finally recovering from several weeks of illness in the house. Besides that, It's been a month of readjusting to our routine.

On the creative side, It was a very productive month. I composed music, collaborated with fellow musicians, and published content on Bandcamp. I also moved my website to a new, home-cooked system that doesn't need outside tools.

I used Tailscale to create a private network. Then, I prepared to transfer my LastPass account to a self-hosted Bitwarden vault.

Assuming all goes according to plan in November, I expect the following outcomes:

But first, let's celebrate Halloween for real. May the spirits come.

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