• Reading

    2017 Reading Summary

    by But if 2017 was a weak writing year, it was a strong one for reading. Paper, electronic, audio, I consumed a lot of written words this year. Without going into a lot of detail, because there will be plenty when the 2017 Reading Journey file is done, my category break outs are mostly pretty favourable. Historical Award Winners: 17, and 4 DNFs Last Year’s Award Winners: 6, and 1 DNF Spec Fic Breadth: 7 Other Fiction: 40, and 2 DNFs Martial Arts: 4 Non Fiction: 16 Which I make a total of 90 books. Add to that several hundred pieces of short fiction (including almost a million words of…

  • Writing

    2017 Writing Summary

    by Let’s face it, 2017 was a rather weak writing year for me. The year came with some major life adjustments, including, in particular, a much-increased set of responsibilities at work, some family health issues, and dealing with my oldest child moving out on his own to go to school. Less an excuse and more a set of facts, but it comes down to me only writing 42,000 words of new fiction this year. Now, there was more than 103,000 words of non-fiction, including blog posts and reviews, and I took three novels to final draft complete status, as well as detailed plots for three more, and another to a…

  • Conventions

    CanCon 2017

    by Two weekends ago, I went to CanCon 2017, which is a mid-sized genre fiction literary convention that happens in Ottawa every autumn. I went to some great panels, including a very entertaining talk by Robert J Sawyer on pitfalls to avoid in the writing life, and a fairly intense panel on mental health, neurodiversity, and creativity. I didn’t get to all of the panels I want to do, but I didn’t expect to. I had a teenager with me who has some anxiety issues, and the venue was just a little too claustrophobic for her to be able to handle for long periods. For those who lack such issues,…

  • Philosophy

    Year of Celebration: October 2017

    by I realized, putting this one together, that I didn’t actually write a post in this vein for September. I’ll put the days celebrated at the bottom of this post, with less commentary (probably none).   01 October 2017: World Vegetarian Day And the first day of Vegetarian Awareness Month, bringing awareness to the ethical, environmental, health, and humanitarian benefits of a vegetarian lifestyle. Done preaching. It’s also Change a Light Day. Got a burnt bulb you’ve been ignoring? Maybe one you’d like to upgrade from incandescent (who still has those) to fluorescent or even LED? 02 October 2017: Name Your Car Day In my case, the Personal Shuttlecraft, NCC…

  • Entertainment,  Television

    Earlier in 2017 in Serialized Genre TV

    by There has been plenty of other new genre work for the small screen this year, aside from the currently premiering fall stuff, and some of it may even be good.   Legion, Season 1 I remember reading about this not long before it first aired and then… nothing. Just rediscovered again recently and I have the first episode queued. I’m interested to see how this plays out, maybe. David Haller has been a pretty flexible character in the comics and they’ve done interesting, ridiculous, and just plain stupid things with him. With current FX available, this could be well done, or it could be a large steaming pile.  …