• Math notes on the blackboard.
    Education,  Life

    Winter Term 2023

    by I think I mentioned that this year was a heavy one, and deliberately. It’s not quite as heavy as I originally planned overall due to dropping a course first term. I didn’t want to, exactly, but the first assignment handed out had some Python programming on a topic that was listed for the last week of my the Python programming course I’d started taking at the same time. Seemed like a recipe for a low grade and I can’t afford those. Nothing I really wanted to take, as in nothing I felt contributed enough to my goals, fit the free space, so I focused on the courses I was…

  • Knee x-ray
    Life

    Knee Surgery

    by In the mists of prehistory, back in the second half of the 1980s when I was young and not so bright, I had a wrestling injury (not an officially sanctioned event) that dislocated my left knee cap. I got my friends to help me stand up, slammed it back into place myself, and we carried on. Did I mention the ‘not so bright’ part? At any rate, I limped for a while, but the pain eventually went away, and I continued life as normal. But I’d done some damage and, up to some point, continued to. Somewhere in my very early twenties, every so often my kneecap would pop…

  • Writing

    Writing Recap for 2022

    by I’ll say it again: overall, 2022 was a good year, but you’d never know it by looking at my blog. Flipflopping on the Edna Mode quote, I’m going to spend this post looking back. I’m not going to hit every category I track things under, just the high points, I think. And I’m not going to reference last year’s goals. They were mostly unrealistic based on how the academics worked out. I’ve scaled things back a bit for 2023. Total word count: 155,072. Almost 2/3 of this falls under the heading of non-fiction, and most of that working on the Memory Project. To refresh, that’s a sort of personal…

  • Podcasting,  Publishing,  Writing

    The Creative Plan for 2023

    by Overall, 2022 was a good year, but you’d never know it by looking at my blog. Fewer than 40 posts for the whole year. But my total word count for 2022 was just a few words over 155k. Yes, not the most productive year I’ve ever had, but it’s nothing to sneeze at and I’m very happy with the progress I made on the projects I focused on. And 2022 is over. To borrow a quote, “I never look back, darling. It distracts from the now.” (Edna Mode, The Incredibles) I actually look back quite a bit. Nostalgia and I are close friends. But that’s not what this post…

  • Life

    Happy New Year!

    by For those using for those using the same calendar I am at least. I light of recent activities and events for me, it seems reasonable to call the first day of the new year a day of rest. I certainly have things to write and things to catch up on, but I think getting started on all that can wait until tomorrow. In the meantime, whenever you might be reading this, I hope whatever year it is for you is bringing you what you need. Stay safe and be well, everyone. by

  • Writing

    Monthly Writing Report – October 2022

    by Right, the monthly writing report. The one I haven’t done in three months, and that one was late. Still, since I claim to be getting back on track, I should put something here, shouldn’t I? Let’s streamline it, though. In October, I managed a whole 3 blog posts, 2 journal entries, and about a thousand words of fiction. On top of that, there was some academic writing for a couple of courses and I managed to start podcasting again after a gap longer than the Weekly Writing Report had been running. I was able to announce two story sales, and I’m not saying I’ve got something I’m not allowed…

  • Cover for Hidden Realms
    Announcement,  Published Story

    Announcement – Doors and Shadows

    by Slowly making headway. A little writing, a little plotting, a little blogging, and I actually got an episode of the Weekly Writing Report out last week (and tomorrow is looking good for another), so I’m feeling better about the writing journey right now. Today, it’s time for another announcement. Which, as I type, is giving me a peculiar form of déjà vu. It feels like I’ve written the primary details about this before, but I can’t seem to find it anywhere, so perhaps it was in an alternate timeline. So… My short story, “Doors and Shadows” is set to appear in the upcoming anthology from Flame Tree Press, Hidden…

  • At the old residence
    Education,  Life

    Homecoming 2022

    by Homecoming is a thing. Every year, at pretty much every school. Even though I’m a current student, I’m not so interested in the big football game that goes along with it, or the giant parties. I’m after the nostalgia. Yes, I dwell too much in nostalgia as it is. I’ll see or hear something or someone that reminds me of something or someone else and a mental chain will remind me of something I haven’t thought of in years or decades. But that’s not this nostalgia. The nostalgia of Homecoming for me is a shared nostalgia. This year, I got to share it with an old friend who drove…

  • Falling boom box
    Announcement,  Published Story

    Story Appearance

    by Way, way behind on so many things. There are reasons, most of them academic. I’ve deliberately set myself a harder than necessary second year so that third year will be a little easier than the normal brutality in my program and cascading adjustments will let fourth year be a Thesis focus picking up the remaining requirements. But that means a lot of other stuff is behind. Writing in general, and as relates to the blog, I don’t recall the last time I posted, but I could certainly look it up and be disappointed with how long it’s been. So, to dip my toe back into blogging, an announcement! My…

  • Education,  Life

    Back To School

    by It’s Labour Day, which can mean a lot of things to a lot of people. And should. But a lot of people have, and will continue to, post better reasons than I can to remind you why Labour Day matters. I’m not going to talk about those. I am going to talk about BTS (Back To School) a little. My kids are all done with the public piece of education and have started pursuing their more adult paths. But BTS is still relevant for me right now because I’m about a third of the way through my return to school. Well, a third is probably generous. I’m about a…