Been Away Too Long
It seems like just yesterday that I was walking away from my 20-to-39 challenge after getting completely sidetracked from it and overwhelmed by it. I posted an explanation for my failure, but then never really got back to it. And then that was it. No blog activity since April.
Always On My Mind
I have had things I've wanted to write about - white privilege, privilege in general, posts on programming - but I've been busy doing other things - things that, I guess, I would have blogged about, if I hadn't been so busy doing them. So, yes, I've been stepping out, but I guess you want to hear all the sordid details. Well, we've been together for ten years now, so I guess you've earned the truth.
When we moved on to the acreage, Kim had some very strong opinions on the kitchen. Granted, it's a galley kitchen, and we suffered through that at the condo. It's never been our number-one choice, and finally, we're going to do something about it. We've already started stripping the walls, cutting into them, and buying things like counter-tops and faucets, so I guess it's really happening.
No, not really, but we have been building a shack outside. We'll be getting chickens in the spring, so it's at least a little bit important for them to have somewhere to live. So we hit things with hammers and hope they stay up. Fortunately, we've had the help of a friend who is very good with a saw and a drill.
I've really been concentrating on writing stories. I've struggled, quite often, with knowing what to write next, how to get my characters to develop, what that development should even look like and how a story should work. Larry Brooks's informative-if-irritating Story Engineering has been instrumental in my learning how to properly plan a book. I've tried going in without a plan, but the biggest successes I've had were when I did have a plan. I figure finding out the best way to plan is the way to go. Even if Brooks's methods are only a starting point, it's definitely time I've spent well.
Cats in the Cradle
Between the things I've written above and the ridiculous assertion that I don't want to be an absentee parent, I haven't taken the time to update the blog in awhile, as I'm sure the ones and ones of my regular readers have not failed to notice. So, "Why now?" you ask. What could have brought me back here when there are so many dynamic and challenging other things, not to mention a full-time job, that are taking my attention?
In a New York Minute
Life can throw things at you; wake-up calls that should not -- must not -- be ignored. I got some disturbing information the other day, that Cliff has decided to decommission his blog. He cited that he has been ignoring it and that writing posts often feels like work. Combined with his web host shutting its doors, he made the decision to move on. I'll miss his views, his sense of humour, and the videos that always made me reach for the eye-bleach. Okay, maybe not those, so much, but all the other stuff anyway. But I understand his point. A blog sitting around unused maybe has some value as an archive, but it's meant to be active. So I'm making a decision the other way. Instead of pulling my blog off life-support and moving on, I'm just opening the doors, cleaning up, and opening up shop again.
Against All Odds
"But what about your other things? Won't you just go running back to them? Am I supposed to just sit here and hope you'll come back someday?" Yes I will. But I'll be back. I'll always be back. If an almost three-month hiatus can't kill us, what can? You know, unless you've stopped coming here entirely, in which case, I'm sending up words for the ether.
- I'm busy, but I'm not going anywhere.
- I'm sad to see Cliff leave the blogosphere, but hope it treats him well.
- It's good to be back, even though I haven't really gone anywhere, and I'm just typing words into an editor.
One Last Thing
On the horizon for the blog:
- A review and summary of Story Engineering by Larry Brooks - It helped me, and maybe it can get you unstuck, too.
- A discussion of MarkDown - a way to format writing on the web more efficiently than HTML
- A discussion of emmet - an HTML-generation add-on to text editors that has completely blown my mind
- Summer blog challenge? - we'll have to see if it's something I can commit to this year
- Been Away Too Long - Soundgarden - King Animal (2012)
- Always On My Mind - Willie Nelson - Always On My Mind (1982)
- Demolition - Rick Derringer - Piledriver: The Wrestling Album 2 (1987)
- Love Shack - The B-52s - Cosmic Thing (1989)
- Paperback Writer - The Beatles - Hey Jude (1970)
- Cats In the Cradle - Harry Chapin - Verities & Balderdash (1974)
- New York Minute - Don Henley - The End of the Innocence (1989)
- Against All Odds - Phil Collins - Against All Odds: Music from the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (1984)
- Closing Time - Leonard Cohen - The Future (1992)