• Life,  Writing

    Editing Woes

    by So I still haven’t missed a day logging some writing activity since my last day at the casino when the first COVID shut down happened in March of 2020. In 2021, however, most of my writing time has been spent slowly editing a set of novels, the Troll World Quintet, formerly Quartet. I track editing not by time spent, but by net word count change. That means I have some days where I spend an hour editing and the net word count change is a single digit number. More frequently, it’s several hundred, either because I am removing significant portions of a scene and rewriting to make it better,…

  • Education,  Life,  Studying

    You Need Balance, Grasshopper

    by So the question is why I didn’t post for most of May and all of June. I suppose the answer can be made very simple: school. Reality is a bit more than that, of course. It wasn’t really a secret, and I posted about it a couple of times before running silent, that I was returning to university for an undergraduate degree. I talked about the plans in a lot of detail yesterday, so I’m not going to go into it again. But it might be worth discussing exactly what that means in terms of a time commitment. You can find it a number of places on the Queen’s…

  • Education,  Life

    Motivation

    by Spring Term has let me figure out that I do, in fact, have the work ethic to be an effective university student at my age. Something I didn’t really have when I was twenty. If you look back at my academic record during my first sojourn at university, you will discover that I was an erratic student with a general downward trend. Every year I attended, there were good marks and bad marks, basically dependent on how interested I was in the course overall, but with each successive year both sets were a little bit lower. This time, with less of my life ahead of me after my potential…

  • Life

    Smell That?

    by OK, so it’s been awhile. More about that another time. A slightly more current event today. To help keep the peace with Vulcan, I do some off the books work for the Andorian Imperial Guard. Our most recent operation cost me a couple of fractures in the elbow of my dominant arm. It’s going to be a few weeks healing. My guess, based on what I currently know about the location and nature of the fractures is probably on the order of about six weeks. But, I haven’t been to the fracture clinic yet so there’s still some significant imaging in my immediate future that will tell me a…

  • Announcement,  Life

    Anniversaries are an Annual Thing – That’s Sort of the Point

    by I don’t think I posted about it last year, but we had our 25th wedding anniversary during COVID. I know we’re far from the only ones to have much-muted milestones during the pandemic, but even then we figured it would be a while before we came out the other side. Well, here it is our 26th anniversary, and we’re not out to that other side yet. It might still be a while in coming, but that’s a subject for another time. For now, it’s worth noting that 26 years ago today, in seven hours or so, our wedding ceremony started. Lots of stuff since then and lots more to…

  • Life

    Earth Day 2021

    by Happy Earth day to you! Happy Earth day to you! Happy Earth day to you-uuuuu! Happy Earth day to you! Today was Earth Day. If you didn’t do it last weekend and you didn’t do it today, get outside this weekend and do something nice for the environment you live in. Pick up some garbage you didn’t put there. Plant a tree. Get some stuff in the ground that pollinators will like. Put up some bird houses, bat houses (bats eat mosquitoes by the hundred; you should love them), or butterfly houses. Any of those. All of those. Other things that will put more oxygen out of the air…

  • Life

    Time for a Social Media Break

    by We’re all sick of the pandemic, the rotating restrictions, the changing rules, the government incompetence. Social media is an easy way to distract from that, and it’s not necessarily a bad thing, but when you remember that ever social media platform’s primary need is to keep you on it for as long as possible (because you’re the product and never forget that), you should remind yourself to take a look at your social media habits. I’ve caught myself doomscrolling and I’ve caught myself hatescrolling and I’ve caught myself trying to modify the ad algorithms on FB by searching for specific things to click on, hiding or reporting others, and…

  • Fiction,  Life

    In the Immortal Words of Admiral Ackbar

    by So there’s this little rant making the rounds on social media complaining about Pepé le Pew being cancelled. I’ve seen it at least a dozen times in the last two days on Facebook. What follows is direct copypasta. I’ve put it in quotes and changed the justification, but here it is in all its… well, not so much glory as word salad. “Listen up Buttercups! As someone who actually grew up watching PePe LePew (and all those “BAD” Saturday morning cartoons), I never saw Pepe as a rapist or promoting rapist culture. HELL I didn’t even know what a rapist was. I WAS A CHILD! Let me impart my…

  • Life,  Pets

    Muffin the Bunny’s Departure

    by There’s nothing to remind us about mortality and the fragility of life that does so as well as the death of a family pet. My youngest daughter adopted two rescue rabbits last summer. She settled them in, built an environment out of her room that was not just bunny-friendly but specifically for bunnies, worked through the bonding process carefully and thoroughly, monitored diets and any tiny potential health item or hazard that was possible to monitor. One of them has a long-term GI issue that will probably always be part of his life. It doesn’t seem like it affects his behaviour most of the time, but sometimes he gets…

  • Life

    Döstädning

    by It’s a word in Swedish that means something like “death cleaning”. I say something like as it seems probable that there are a whole lot of cultural connotations with the word that don’t properly come into English. If they did, I probably wouldn’t feel the need to qualify the two-word translation with the next whole paragraph, and I likely still only have the basic gist of things. My background is half-Scandinavian, but not Swedish. Döstädning is the idea of recognizing your own mortality and doing what you can to lessen the amount of stuff you leave behind for the people you leave behind to deal with. A big chunk…