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Motivation and the long con

Posted by on Feb 18, 2019 in Journal | 0 comments

Motivation and the long con

Yesterday, I sent off my first short story submission since November 2017 (and my first rejection in about the same time some few hours later). Mostly that’s because I’ve been working on novels between then and now. A lot of it was also just, Clarion. Trying to write five stories in five weeks (our class skipped the story and the critique during the first week) while also reading and writing 17 critiques every week really just kind of broke me, even if we did have the option of working on the beginning of our novels during the last week. It...

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Knitting in 2019

Posted by on Feb 11, 2019 in Journal | 0 comments

Knitting in 2019

I mentioned previously that I have a tendency of setting overly ambitious goals for myself and that also applies to knitting. 2017 my goal was to knit 12 shawls, and last year to knit 12 sweaters. I finished the 12 shawls in 2017 and 8 of the sweaters for 2018. But I started many more projects than I managed to finish. And the same goes for many previous years. I have a stash of works in progress, is what I’m saying. One of the WIPs So this year, 2019, is the year of working the WIPs. I’m hoping to finish 24 all told this year,...

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BuJo – an update

Posted by on Feb 4, 2019 in Journal | 0 comments

BuJo – an update

Roughly two years ago I wrote about my journey with the Bullet Journal. It has continued to make my life more manageable even as I continue to tweak my process and what and how I record things. At this point, I’m going through roughly a journal per quarter and that suits me well. I’ve moved from Leuchtturm notebooks to using Scribbles that Matter notebooks, mostly because the paper doesn’t bleed as badly when working with fountain pens. Over the last two years, I’ve learned a lot about what works for me and what...

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Let’s talk about money, baby

Posted by on Jan 28, 2019 in Journal | 0 comments

Let’s talk about money, baby

Growing up, we never talked about money. First it just was there, then there seemed to be an endless supply of it and then suddenly, in 1990, there wasn’t any at all and a scary new word entered my 10-year-old vocabulary; debt. And after that, I was almost 30 before I didn’t have to worry about not having enough money to eat. During those years, money was only the topic of conversation whenever there wasn’t enough of it. But at that point, it was only about what bills could possibly be postponed until the next time someone...

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AI, Machine Learning and Lost Potential

Posted by on Jan 21, 2019 in Journal | 0 comments

AI, Machine Learning and Lost Potential

Back when I first started working in IT, SAP was all the rage. Everyone wanted one, regardless of if they actually found the functionality available useful or necessary. And because of software consultancy, a lot of consultants made a lot of money making SAP implementations for purposes they were not suited for, sold to clients who didn’t know what they were buying, made by people who didn’t really know what they were doing. And so SAP got a bad reputation among a lot of developers. And business owners as well, to be honest. The current...

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Goals vs habits

Posted by on Jan 14, 2019 in Journal | 0 comments

Goals vs habits

Last week I talked about the way having and failing in my goals partly worked for me and partly kind of broke me. It can be daunting and sometimes even have a debilitating effect on productivity. Around this time last January, I realized that I was telling the wrong story in my novel. After I had already written some 40 000 words. I have to tell you, dear listener, that hurt. A lot. There were some isolated scenes from the draft that I could retool and use moving forward, but really, though, it was about 35.000 words that I’m never...

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Failing Up – a 2018 Story

Posted by on Jan 7, 2019 in Journal | 0 comments

Failing Up – a 2018 Story

As people are wont to do this time of year, I am looking back before moving forward and on the whole, it was a weird year. For the most part, I felt like a failure the entire year. And yet, objectively, I did alright. What I did I didn’t finish the 12 sweaters that I had planned to finish, but I did finish 8 sweaters and they’re all lovely and squishy and I wear them all the time. I am objectively better off having finished these 8 sweaters and I have three more well on their way to being completed, all equally squishy and lovely....

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Työvoitto

Posted by on Jul 1, 2018 in Journal | 0 comments

Työvoitto

There’s a word in Finnish: työvoitto. It means a victory where you had to push through with a lot of work until, finally, you come out on top. And let’s be clear; this is not a task or project that has a lot of work associated with it that all eventually gets done, oh no. This is a task or project where more or less everything that can go wrong, goes wrong until you finally manage to wrangle the project to completion and collapse on the finish line. In related news: I finished a novel today. This is the novel of my heart, the...

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Clarion Write-a-thon 2018 Edition

Posted by on Jun 23, 2018 in Journal | 0 comments

Clarion Write-a-thon 2018 Edition

Last summer I went to Clarion UCSD writing workshop and I can honestly say it was a singular experience. Basically, you go to a San Diego University campus with 17-19 other writers and an instructor for six weeks. The instructor changes weekly and technically, every week the writers are supposed to deliver a new short story for critique by peers and the instructor and to critique everyone else’s story in return. I’m still trying to digest all the lessons I learned during my time there, but I can honestly say that Clarion made me...

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The death of Stronginthearm

Posted by on Mar 18, 2018 in Journal | 0 comments

The death of Stronginthearm

This past week was the anniversary of Terry Pratchett’s death. He’s been a tremendous influence on me both as a writer and a person even if I never actually met him. So I’ve been listening to his books again and lamenting the fact that he’s gone and there will be no more new books. But it also got me thinking about the living, breathing worlds some authors manage to build. And because of the nature of the beast, the rest contains spoilers for the Ankh-Morpork City Watch series. At the beginning of Night Watch Samuel...

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