Item the first: new folks
Some in, get comfy. Introduce yourselves. Ask questions. Hang out. Hijack comment threads and talk about Greek history. Seriously, it's what it's there for.
I just ask you be polite to other comment-thread denizens, even if you disagree with them. And please be understanding if I don't answer every comment. I have somehow become a very busy Bear.
Item the second: daily rambling
Well, I have not forgotten how to factor quadratic equations, despite not having cracked the math books since early September. I think I will be getting back into this, actually, because it gave me great joy to pull out the book and play with numbers and variables for a little while.
I seem to have developed rather a lot of hobbies, which between them may be making up for the difficulty I am still having in reading any fiction with enjoyment. (My critique function is stuck on
. Which is useful to me as a writer and slush reader, not so useful when I want to settle down and enjoy a novel. Fortunately, it doesn't seem to affect reading nonfiction. Which is good, because nonfiction is a very useful thing for novelists to read.)
Man, tomorrow I really need to get this pile of email dealt with. I think I need a personal assistant. Unfortunately, I can't afford to pay one....
I've been thinking about my work schedule, because after WFC I am going to need to get mean and consistent about work again, as the deadlines are flickering up over the horizon. And about how I can manage to balance work and the things I need to do to keep sane/keep flexible/encourage my diversity of thought so I don't keep writing the same book over and over. I seem to have developed an awful lot of hobbies. (I am a dilettante. I am moderately bad at everything, but I do a lot of different things moderately poorly. Hey, I have my crowning passion; this other stuff I am allowed to suck at.)
Which are, to wit--Things I am doing and want to keep doing:
1) archery/pistol shooting. Not only do I have an excellent archery store and range
two towns over, but there's been some talk between netcurmudgeon
, and me about shooting some things that go boom in addition to the things that go swish-thwack.
2) guitar. I need, at this juncture, an actual teacher. I think I have plateaued in what I can figure out for myself.
3) maths. Almost done with the first algebra book, and having too much fun to quit now. Mmm, that problem-solving dopamine hit is the good drugs.
4) rock climbing. Yes, hooked.
5) hiking. So nice to be back in the saddle with that, after having seriously fallen off the horse some years ago. Also, it's training for Project: Kilimanjaro.
6) gym. Three times a week. And a couple of other days for non-gym exercise. Not only does it do a wonderful job of normalizing my serotonin levels, thereby making me into a striking facsimile of a neurochemically normal person, but it's essential for Project: Kilimajaro training.
7) Criminal Minds
fandom. I get a fandom. Because it entertains the heck out of me, and because narrative analysis is good for my writer-brain. (Okay, I have several fandoms, but the others are all on the level of "I love my dead gay show," and therefor very low-maintenance.
Things I would like to do more of include:
8) I want a martial art again. In my copious spare time.
9) ditto, horseback riding.
10) ditto, travel
11) ditto, live music. God, it's nice to be back in the land of the traveling folkie again. Vienna Teng on Thursday!
Things I need to do, professionally:
12) meet my writing commitments (novels, blog, critiques, secrit projekt, keeping up on the state of the genre, refining and expanding my craft, etc.)
13) keep packing the science and history and biography and politics and whatever else into my head, because it is needful to the art.
14) not take on any more
commitments for the foreseeable future. I am full up, as they say.
Things that are non-negotiable:
15) making time for my friends and family.
Here's a dirty shamefaced silent little secret about writing--or actually, no, it's not a dirty secret. It's a great crowing truth.
The more stuff you do
, the more you undertake to learn, the greater your breadth of acquaintance and experience--the better your art is.
The more real your life, the more closely observed and researched your stories will be.
Read. Do. Experience. Play. Explore. Create.
Or get old and stale.