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What Else ~ The Last of 2016 and Looking Forward to 2017

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Good Stuff

Being on social media in the last six months has been rough for me, but lately, the best thing by far has been seeing posts by friends and acquaintances about their good stuff. Kids opening presents, ski vacations, Santarchy hi-jinks, best books read during the year; all of it, good stuff. Am I seeing only a brightly filtered version of their lives? Of course! But for right now, that’s okay. I like seeing my friends happy.

Looking Forward: Enjoy more good stuff, little or big.

Writing Stuff

I ended December with a pretty good writing week, at least according to the goal of 3150 words that I posted long ago.

The #1LineWed theme was “finish”:

Looking Forward: I want to finish my first draft of Wicked Witch, Retired by the end of the first quarter. I need to consistently put in work. I like my Write 525/750 words a day plan and am going to continue with it. I’m probably going to need Eric to read what I have in the near future.

We also plan on releasing the rest of the books in Eric’s PHYSIC series. My job will be to give each book a good reading pass (at least one) and later format, publish, and promo.

Blogging Stuff

Lots of posts in the last couple weeks:

Looking Forward: More of the same!

Fitness Stuff

If eating cookies counted as exercise, I would have had the most successful two weeks of the year. In two weeks, I played three of games of ultimate and did a 3-ish mile jog.

Looking Forward: With the holidays over, our lunchtime ultimate game should get back to normal. B League starts in a couple weeks and New Year Fest is at the end of the month. In the meantime, maybe Eric and I will get back to running sprints or maybe I’ll just run a bit on my own.

Class Stuff

Looking Forward: Immediate future, finish my Macroeconomics reading and the associated on-line class. Starting next week in an edX class called Science & Cooking, which sounds fun to me despite it being two things I’m not very good at: chemistry and cooking.

Other Life Stuff

I had a very nice Christmas at my parents. My mom made roladin and spaetzle, which I hadn’t had in a very long time.

Getting back home after the visit, I felt a great sense of relief. The holidays were over, for the most part. As much fun as they can be, they’re also stressful. It’s nice, after a couple months of upheaval, to get back to “normal.”

Looking Forward: I want to be less fearful and more determined in the new year. I need to prioritize and filter because it’s very easy for me to run off the rails into a morass of other people’s outrage. I will try to follow the advice of the great Lloyd Dobler: chill.

What I Did in 2016

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Classes

I started the year on what I called a sabati-hiatus. I wanted to not worry about writing and maybe do a few other things instead. Mostly those other things were classes. I always enjoyed school. I started diving into online classes in late 2015 and continued in 2016.

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What Else, Week 50

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Good Stuff

The BBC has trained me: it’s not just the holiday season, it’s Doctor Who and Sherlock season. Looking forward to both in the coming weeks.

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Writing Stuff

Sitting down and writing has been tough. Between returning from my hiatus and the increased anxiety I’ve felt this year, it’s been hard giving writing priority. It’s easier to retreat into books or computer games. It would be easy to say, “Well, in the New Year I’ll…” but there are still two weeks left to *this* year. Some progress is better than no progress, right?

Shared:

#1LineWed theme was “frame” or “edge.”

Blogging Stuff

Slow week:

Fitness Stuff

Played ultimate on Wednesday and Friday. Also drug myself to the mall on Thursday (a 3-ish mile walk, round trip). I’ve been having a bit of a flare-up since Wednesday, which has made everything more tiring than usual.

Other Life Stuff

Oh, hey, it was my birthday on Wednesday. Usually I put my New Year resolutions into effect on my birthday, but this year I haven’t given them a second thought. It’s been that kind of week/month/year. Anyway, to celebrate Eric and I went to dinner on Monday and plan on going to a matinee of Rogue One tomorrow. We party hard.

I finished Christmas shopping for the nieces and nephews. Everything is shipped and *that* is a load off my mind. Have I ever mentioned how much I love having a post office just down the block?

And to round out the week, Friday was the semi-annual Wednesday Lunchtime Disc (WLDisc) grill-out. The morning of, things looked bleak. It had rained during the night and was still occasionally sprinkling. But at 11:45, the clouds parted. The field hadn’t been watered recently and was “soft,” but not muddy. We played for a half-hour and then adjourned for a lunch of burgers, brats, chips, fruit, and desserts. This is the group I’ve played ultimate frisbee with the longest and the people I enjoy hanging out with the most.

What Else, Week 49

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Good Stuff

Nina @ Multo(Ghost) is highlighting a new group of Winter Tales—stories that often involve Christmas/December and are prefect for telling on cold, dark winter nights. Forget Halloween. Christmas is my favorite time for a good ghost story.

Westworld‘s season finale was last Sunday. For a series that I was worried would carrying on in the style of Lost, I was pretty pleased with how they wrapped up the first season. There is an attention to detail that I really appreciated about the series. As expected from an HBO the production value is high and the acting is really good. And then there’s the music. I love a good cover (check out the rest of the playlist).

Ramin Djawadi is also the compser behind Game of Thrones‘ music.

Writing Stuff

Didn’t finish as much as I wanted. No one’s fault but my own.

Shared:

The #1LineWed theme was “window.”

Blogging Stuff

Posted:

Fitness Stuff

Played ultimate on Wednesday and Friday. Lungs felt okay on both days. I forgot my cleats on Friday and played barefoot. While I generally try t run on my forefoot, I definitely noticed more achiness in my feet and calves this weekend from being forced to do it.

Other Life Stuff

Trying to get my ducks in a row for Christmas. Did some shopping. Wrote a few cards.

I upgraded links on Entangled Continua to Amazon Associate links. Now I’m working on cleaning up the Weordan pages. I miss programming classes. Maybe in January I’ll get back to that.

What Else, Week 48

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Good Stuff

Decided I wanted to add to this feature a few things from the week that I enjoyed.

I  managed my way through a cold this week by engaging in some extended periods of playing Minecraft and listening to podcasts. In the land of serious, but informative, Just a Story’s ep. 54 is about the intersection of urban legends and history in relation to the AIDS crisis of the 80s and 90s. This is the type of thing that Just a Story does really, really well. Less seriously, I started listening to Twenty Thousand Hertz, a podcast about sound design. They’re only three episodes in but have covered 8-bit sound, the voice of Siri, and the NBC chimes. Cool stuff.

I rather like Christmas music, but I need to find new (or new to me) songs (or versions of songs) to keep from going nuts. I’m still looking for a good alt-country/bluegrass album (if only Crooked Still would make a Christmas album…), but The Last Bison’s Sleigh Ride EP comes close.

Also getting some play, CeeLo Green and The Muppets’ “All I Need Is Love.” Described on Twitter by Leah Mosher on Twitter as a mashup of “Mambo No. 5” and “Mahna Mahna,” I dig it.

Writing Stuff

Wrote about 2K words.

I’m going to make a poor analogy: writing for me is like archaeology. If I outline too much of the story, I get bored of it. Instead, I start writing with some end in mind and uncover the details of the plot as I go alone. This isn’t efficient, but then, I had always thought I was a planner, not a pants-er, and haven’t thought about how to *make* this efficient.

One thing I’m going to try is doing rewrites/edits over smaller chunks. So, rewriting tomorrow.

Blogging Stuff

It was a week of lists on the blog:

Fitness Stuff

As I mentioned above, I’ve had a cold all week. Nothing serious, but I seemed to sleep a lot. Played ultimate Friday at noon and probably over did it a little.

Other Life Stuff

It’s finally been “wintry” here in Tempe. It rained last Sunday! I’ve worn long sleeves! I put up the Christmas tree and started in on present and card prep. But I’m still not quite used to the idea of December.

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What Else, Week 47

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Writing

Wrote 2000 words this week, which makes it the best week of November.

Shared this week: the #1LineWed prompt was “ate, eat.”

Reading

For the second week in a row, I haven’t finished anything. I might not finish a nonfiction book during Nonfiction November. But…

I joined a service called the Pigeonhole. It breaks up books and sends you bite-sized chunks everyday. Then you can read along with other and comment on the book in a social manner. I signed up to read War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells. Except, the chunks were too small for me and I downloaded the whole book to read. Apparently me and delayed gratification don’t work where books are concerned.

Blogging

Posts this week:

Fitness

Worked out at the park on Monday. I did fairly quick laps around the park, broken up by the exercise stations. My quads were still complaining on Thursday. On Thursday, I ran 5K around my parent’s neighborhood in Chino Valley. It’s at 4000 feet, which meant the air was a little thinner.

Other Life Stuff

As mentioned above, I spent Thanksgiving with my parents in Chino Valley. The weather was nice, for November in the high country. The food was very tasty, despite my mom’s worries about her new kitchen. And I watched a bunch of Dirk Gently and some basketball.

What Else, Week 46

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Writing

Not a lot of progress, but I’m finally at 30K words, which is about the place things get tricky in a novel. I need to stop dithering and move on.

Lines shared this week:
The #1lineWed theme was “seat, sat, sit.”

Not only did Agatha shout, but in the close confines of the coach, Kelvaro felt her words push him into his seat.

The #FictFri theme was “trust.”

Agatha was some sort of community leader, Orther supposed, important in gaining the humans’ trust.

Reading

Judas: The Most Hated Name in History
Still reading Peter Stanford’s Judas. I might finish it this week. I also spent some time sampling some fiction, but nothing stuck. My next Deal Me In read is another selection from Masterpieces of Terror: John Gregory Betancourt’s “Tap Dancing.”

Blogging

Posted this week:

Fitness

November laziness in all things, apparently. I played ultimate on Wednesday and walked up to the mall on Friday, but that’s it. Women’s league was indeed cancelled.

Other Life Stuff

Been playing a bit of Minecraft. Minecraft is a good place to hide from the real world. When not searching for llamas and watching a forest mansion burn to the ground, I’ve been upgrading a village:

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Also, happy that it’s basketball season once again. A week in, Nebraska is 3-0.

The next round of VOTS’ leagues is already gearing up. Makes me wish for the “nothing going on” days of summer.

I’m heading to my parent’s this week for Thanksgiving. I don’t expect I’ll get much done, but who knows?