• Martial Arts,  Reading

    Reading Formats and Martial Arts Books

    by When it comes to fiction, I’ll generally consume it in whatever medium is convenient: traditional paper, ebook, audio, hypertext. It’s all good, it’s all valid, it’s all fun. But when it comes to non-fiction, and especially to my martial arts reading, I have a vast preference for paper, which isn’t to say I don’t do a lot of reading online, but when it comes to heavier or longer stuff, I’d really rather hold it in my hand or put it on the table or desk in front of me. Because I highlight stuff, make notes, mark stuff for additional research, and circle or underline things for emphasis so things…

  • 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…

  • Karate,  Reading

    What I’m Reading: Martial Arts After 40

    by I don’t really talk about it a lot on here, but it’s no secret I train in karate, and have been for about four and a half years now. It’s also not a secret that I’m in my forties, and while I trained for six months or so just before my son was born, I didn’t take up karate seriously until a little while after my 39th birthday. Four and a half years on, I’ve learned a lot and definitely ramped up my fitness level, but I’m not ready to start feeling my age yet, so I’ve been trying to expand my personal definitions of what I need to…

  • Reading

    The Reading Backlog

    by So one of our family goals this year was to de-clutter and clean up the house. All I can say there is that the year’s not over yet and we’ve made some progress. But, in the process of things, I’ve been able to get a clear idea of how many books I have in the house. More importantly, how many books I have in the house that I haven’t read yet. It’s a scary number. You see, I used to work for a large book retailer. The last several years of that particular career were in a couple of different incarnations of an office environment, so there were a…

  • Writing

    Things I Brought Home from World Fantasy Convention 2012

    by A list, if you hadn’t guessed. 1. Virtual friendships made real: I met quite a few people I’d only known on twitter up until this weekend. Uniformly an awesome group, I’m happy and better to have met them all. 2. More new friendships than I’m going to try counting. See point number 1, but also people that I met randomly or was introduced to by other people. 3. Tonnes of awesome experiences. In the bar, restaurants, panels, hallways. And all about the people. 4. Two (or maybe three) semi-crystallized ideas of potential novel scope and I don’t know how many short story possibilities, all rubbing up against each other…