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Niclas Thorsteinsson – Tunesmith and Performer

Sometimes I Wish 


Well, the abovementioned title is a new Reverends song which we recorded two months ago and did some more work on tonight. We redid the intro with what can best be described as some kind of warm 70s inspired minimalism. Looking forward to releasing this one fairly soon. We’re in the process of figuring out which platform to use. 

I should get out more. It’s cozy.

At the Mountains of Madness

We’ve been recording!

Finally some time in the studio. Great fun. Three songs done. Will be released fairly soon. TBA.

Happy

New Year 

My New Office 

It’s Alive.

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The crazy times are over for now. I’m still reeling a bit from an insane September-October schedule, but things have finally calmed down to manageable degrees. 

So what did I learn from my Bubble experiment? Well, not that much really since I just had to take care of what happened to be in front of me. I did manage to get rid of my bout of light gaming addiction and have put my console up for sale. I have a limited number a spare hours in my day and I’m sure as hell not going to spend them on a media with such bland and derived plots. I have yet to find a video game that comes even remotely close to reading a good novel. So console and phone games are out. I’ll stick to board games with my friends, thank you very much. 

I’ve decided to remove the ‘goals’ section from this site. There are plenty of good and interesting bucket list blogs out there, but it didn’t really do anything for me. I’ve been working daily on a music project for the last week so things are picking up. We’ll be recording some new Reverends songs rather soon. The finances are in order and we’re having a good time rehearsing. More on that later. 

What else? Olivia is nine months already, crawling all over the place, pulling out books and she has a special affinity for any kind of electrical wiring. This is good. 

Day 23 – Realizations and changes

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As previously mentioned, it’s becoming blatantly obvious that I have way too much to do.

The Bubble itself, or rather the abstinence part of it, is going ok. I am not watching any TV or Netflix by myself and am not playing any video games. There has been a bit of mindless surfing, usually stemming from me searching for specific information which I need to complete a task and then forgetting all about the Bubble. But forgetting is allowed as long as I don’t continue when I realize what I am doing. No need to get any more anal retentive than I already am. 

So, with the absense of Netflix binging and gaming, I have oodles of free time, right?  Apparently not. The extra time I freed up was rapidly overtaken by all manners of stuff. First, both my jobs seemed to go apeshit this september with a mountain of things to do. Secondly, my choir, Tarira, had extra rehearsals due to an upcoming concert. My band The Reverends is becoming more active (we’ll be recording three new songs in the very near future) and Annvør and I have had a lot of meetings and mails to write on behalf of our teenager Ári (who has infantile autism). All this while taking care of Olivia, our eight month old. So things seem to be happening all at once this September. Due to stress, I, in an act of profound stupidity, began smoking again. I haven’t smoked for about a year, and will now have to spend a few weeks getting rid of that particular addiction. Allen Carr, ’nuff said. Come to think of it, I started smoking again last September as well. I guess I don’t handle stress very gracefully and become way too whiny.  One cup of stoicism, please. Anyway, I’m just putting out fires at the moment, but have taken a few steps in the right direction, which I’ll explain in detail soon. I intend to continue the Bubble, with a few changes, into October as well.

Bubble Boy Days 12 -22

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Day 12 Monday

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Day 13 Tuesday

Well, things are progressing fairly well today. Always a tonnes of stuff to do, will write more later.

Day 14 Wednesday 

Well, the ‘later’ from Tuesday turned out to be today.

Day 15 Thursday – Day 22 Thursday

It’s becoming evident that I have too much to do. Will write more tomorrow.

 

Bubble Boy Days 5 to 11

Translation: "Why did you kiss the wall?" - "The wall kissed me first."

Bathroom stall at ‘Perlan’

 

Monday Day 5

Today was my first real day off in ages. Rarely have I been as busy as in the last four days. I did have one appointment for work today, but it got cancelled. So what have I been doing? Well, feeling a bit lopsided due to all my activities during the weekend. Apart from that, I spent most of the morning evernoting a tonnes of old documents which I most likely won’t be needing, but have to hang on to just in case. Also did some electric work which I haven’t done much of before. Easy peasy. Fun times. Other than that, maintenance stuff.

As I presumed I’m not really going out of my way to do anything creative, so I’ll start setting some habits to do every morning (unless I have to work early morning shifts). Not quite sure but it’ll most likely be something akin to jamming some music, writing 100 words (starting small) and working on a current creative project (till done). Yup, I’ll figure it out by tomorrow.

Oh, and I haven’t played any video games, or browsed the internet needlessly (only for very specific todos) nor watched any TV or movies for 5 days. I don’t miss it at all, so hey.

 

Tuesday Day 6

Worked at my second job (office/computer work for the elderly) and played boardgames with friends in the evening. City of Horror. Good times.

 

Wednesday Day 7

Morning shift at my regular job, then a birthday in the afternoon and choir rehearsal in the evening.

 

Thursday Day 8

12 hour shift at work. Completely wasted.

 Friday Day 9

I had every intention of bursting my bubble and sleeping in this morning due to my fairly grueling last days, but I woke up at 5 a.m. and wasn’t able to go back to sleep, so everything is on track. 

I was groggy for most of the morning and then did a bunch of maintenance work before going to work in the afternoon. 

Other than that the Bubble is working out just fine and the no TV, no gaming and no mindless surfing rules are freeing up a lot of my time. However, time has been a very scarce commodity of late but in the next few days I’ll finally start doing something constructive rather than just not doing something deconstructive.

Here’s what I’ll commit to doing on a daily basis: 

  1. Write (fiction) 
  2. Jam
  3. Work on current creative project. 

Day 10 Saturday

Lots of family maintenance but also began writing, jamming and project work. Felt good. 
Day 11 Sunday 

A similar day to yesterday. Having fun writing and whatnot. Will provide more details when I find the time. 

     

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