Every week day for at least the next two weeks, I will be spotlighting some of the awesome creators I have met over the last seven years of doing Legion of Sand. These creators produce a variety of different content and with the current state of affairs, I wanted to reach out and ask them all the same several questions.
You can check out the previous entry of Content Comrades right here:
Part 1 – Victoria of SaturnHex
Part 3 – Author Beth Cato
Part 4 – Daniel of Steam Crow and Monster Rangers
Part 5 – DeAngelo of The Geek Lyfe
Part 6 – Jared of Limited Engagement
Part 7 – Shawn of Parks and Cons
Part 8 – Kerry of San Diego Comic-Con Unofficial Blog
Part 9 – Val of Mystery Babylon
The second creator spotlighted is Jason, editor of Aquarium Drunkard and also does marketing for Zia Records. Again, like most individuals spotlighted in this series, Jason and I followed each other on Twitter before he introduced himself at the Zia Records Pop Up Shop during Phoenix Fan Fusion last year. You can give Jason a follow on Twitter who regularly tweets about Arizona culture and music.
How are you spending the time at home?
I’m trying to keep some sort of routine. I usually wake up at 5 AM to get some writing in before going to the Zia Records HQ for work. I’ve eased up and have been waking up at 6 or 6:30. I clear my head, make coffee, meditate a little, then work on stuff for Aquarium Drunkard and then at 8:30 or 9 get started on Zia stuff. Plenty to do with our website and social media. Been trying to stop around 5 or 6 (checking in pretty frequently even after calling it quits) and eat some dinner and watch movies or TV. A lot of comedies lately. Rewatching a ton of I Think You Should Leave on Netflix. Ideally I read in bed for an hour or two, but a couple times this week I’ve fallen asleep to Seinfeld.
What is a favorite of meal of yours that you could have multiple times a week?
OK, this probably sounds gross but it’s called fisherman’s eggs. It’s a can of sardines—right now I have these really nice ones by Bela, they’re from Portugal—and you crack some eggs over them, with some onion and garlic and bake it. It’s my go-to when I want maximum comfort, but being honest, the most common “eh I don’t know” meal my wife Becky and I make is Annie’s mac and cheese and MorningStar Farms vegan chik’n nuggets.
Any recommendations for other creatives struggling to make content while at home?
Yeah I don’t know. I think right now it’s important to go easy on yourself. It’s OK if right now you’re devoted to figuring things out other than your next masterpiece. That said, creating is very important, an it can really help you feel better. The key right now is to do what feels important to you. Make art about the things you really want to say to people. Weirdness like this has a clarifying edge: creating anything that isn’t informed by your deepest feelings is going to feel especially false right now.
Anything you would like to promote?
Look for locals who need support right now. Think about the places you miss, the places you’d like to go instead of being cooped up at home. Figure out how to support them. I would also like to promote calling your friends and family and maybe setting up a digital happy hour.
Be sure to return tomorrow for part 3 of Content Comrades