• Studying

    What Year Am I Actually In?

    by Talking about my return to school in middle years, I hedge on that a little. Right now, if asked, I usually say something like, “I’m mostly in 3rd year, but it’s a bit weird because I started a term early.” I can probably drop most of that sentence now. As time has gone on, it’s gotten less weird. My first full year had three second-year courses in it. Last year had two third-year courses, but I ultimately elected to move one of those to this year. This year, I’m taking all third-year courses but lobbying for permission to take one fourth-year Engineering Physics course if there are any seats…

  • Writing

    Back at the Keyboard

    by I’m writing again. Not that I ever completely stopped, but it’s been limited, sometimes very limited, since… I went back to school in May 2021. But this is shaping up to be the least productive year since I started tracking in late 2007. This summer has been filled with employment and significant family events (which don’t need to be detailed here). The numbers would probably look better if I were counting academic writing, of which there has been some, and the professional writing I did for my student job over the summer, but I’ve neglected to leave those out. I keep debating that. All words should count, but for…

  • Announcement,  Life

    A Quick Update

    by Been awfully quiet here so far this year, and I’m sorry about that. Not that that changes anything or that the relative quiet is going to shift much until the term is over. I’ve put a lot of pressure on myself to do well this time around at university. You know, actually live up to my supposed academic potential. It’s working out so far, but it usually means that if school is in session, I’m not doing much else. Really, I should have figured that out before now, but every term is a new one, right? A new one with higher level courses or new material that’s sometimes hard…

  • 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…