Friday, November 25, 2022

Three Interesting Things

1. This story of a tow truck driver and what going out to help hurricane damaged cars can look like was interesting. 
2. NPR's Books We Love is here, and contains some great books.  
3. And while I have not yet seen "Wakanda Forever", I am intrigued by this local artist's furniture that is apparently featured in the movie. 

Monday, November 21, 2022

Grateful

I am trying to focus on the things I have, and not the rest.  I have a pretty good life.  But I was listening to the Nerdette podcast last week, and the health expert was talking about how when she was diagnosed with a chronic illness she kept trying to get back to the life she had before.  And her doctor said, you can't.  You can't go back, you can only create a life where you have a chronic illness.  And she compared this to our pandemic situation.  We can't go back to how life was before.  
Just like I can't go back to a life before the internet.  (I also don't want to overall).  Life as we know it has fundamentally changed.  Ignoring that just makes us unhappy.  And also possibly sick.  
So, I could list things I am happy for, like friends, family, books, cats, food, science, and so on.  But mostly I am grateful to continue to be.  I am grateful to be.  I am grateful to get to face challenges whether it's reply to all email chains, or folks destroying a useful app I enjoyed, or our country's obsession with guns, I am still here, and I get to figure out how to forge a life with the tools I have, and for that I am grateful.  I am grateful that you are here to, wherever and whenever you are reading this.  

Thursday, November 17, 2022

Three Interesting Things

1. This delightful (I say having only heard of her, but I still feel certain) human who danced with the Obamas in the White House, and spent years advocating for kids, passed away at 113. What a wonderful legacy.  
2. If you are going to be somewhere in the next week or so that either involves travelling where you can read and/or you needing a good reason to sit and stare at an ereader or phone for a bit, may I recommend the latest HEA for TransKids bundle - it's got Beverly Jenkins, Cat Sebastian, and a bunch of other delights.  
3. And so-called rogue art filling potholes is sort of a fascinating thing, making potholes a bit beautiful.  

Monday, November 14, 2022

One Million Words

I crossed over a million words written during NaNo this past week. Now a few times, especially during Camp in April or July, I was really editing, so they weren't always new words. 
And some of those projects are still sitting on my hard drive where they will stay. And some of them I still have hopes or even solid plans for. 
One million words over quite a few years is sort of an odd milestone. I know folks who write that in a year. And I know folks who do not. Who are still working on that first story idea. 
All methods work if they work for you. And I like writing enough that sometimes getting that story down in draft form and then going, huh, interesting, maybe that will grow up to be a story someday, maybe not is enough. And other times I'm like, yep, that one I know just how to fix. 
Some writers are very good at pre-planning, polishing mid draft, and all that so their first done draft has really been gone over multiple times already.
I've always been a messy first draft, let's just see what happens writer. So sometimes I write a whole story and then think, that might not need to go anywhere that's not my hard drive. 
I'm okay with that, and often there are pieces and nuggets in there that I can steal and use for something else. 
Also, there's a difference between writing and publishing. And sometimes I know that the timing or market isn't right for a story, no matter how much I love it. And I can be patient and wait for those conditions to change. 
But a million words. It's a milestone. 

Thursday, November 10, 2022

Three Interesting Things

1. Rebecca Nagle is always thoughtful about issues affecting native Americans, and her piece on this latest challenge to ICWA is thorough.  
2. Am I always going to share stories about fun food pop-ups in DC even though it only makes some of you hungry?  Yes.  Sorry not sorry.  Also Chinese Street Market shows up at my farmer's market, and yum.  
3.  Also, spoiler, apparently the latest Drink Master is from DC too.