The danger of physical access

The danger of physical access

Well, 2021 certainly got off to a start. There’s a lot to be said about the coup attempt in the US. A lot of that has already been said by people far more qualified than I am to talk about it. But, I’ve worked as a programmer for over 15 years now and I do...
Planning for 2021

Planning for 2021

Over on YouTube I talked a little about how I plan for a new year in general. But here I want to take a moment to address the specifics of planning for 2021. Because some parts of what made 2020 the special little shit sundae that it was are not gone. There’s an...
Gone – the End of the Year

Gone – the End of the Year

It’s the end of the year that wouldn’t end. I have a running, good-natured argument with a friend on whether a decade starts on the year 0 or year 1. Whatever measure you go by, this week the second decade of the 21st century is definitely gone. And it has...
Using Anger for Good

Using Anger for Good

I’ve been angry for a long time. I’m turning 40 in a few months and I feel like I’ve been getting progressively angrier and angrier since at least my mid-thirties. And I’ve been trying very hard to find productive ways to use that anger...
Awards eligibility post!

Awards eligibility post!

It’s about to be awards season again, and for once, I have something to share! I am actually eligible for some awards! Namely, I am eligible for the short story categories in at least the Hugos and the Nebulas with my short story The Scale of Defiance. Please...
It is worth exploring

It is worth exploring

Today, I wound up going through the Zen Pencils catalogue, mostly because we have some empty walls that I want to fill with art. One of my favorites is this one about something James Rhodes said. Now, I only play one-ish instrument (which means that I can play the...
NaNoWriMo go Bye Bye

NaNoWriMo go Bye Bye

NaNoWriMo is all but over. It’s time to make that last, desperate attempt for wordcount and then sleep for at least a week! And then, come January start revising this book. So, how did I do? Well, I won. I won yesterday, in fact. I still need to write...
Keep going

Keep going

It is the last week of NaNoWriMo. I’m in the first middle week of my new, more difficult gym program. It’s fucking November and it gets DARK by 4 PM here in Helsinki. It is hard, here at the end of November, is what I’m saying. For the record, the...
Learning new things

Learning new things

This past weekend, I spent much of my time in a class to learn how to make proper rye bread. It was very successful on the whole. I forgot to hydrate and wound up with a headache, but beyond that. I got several very pretty breads out of it, as well as a starter, and a...
Take the quick win

Take the quick win

The second week of NaNoWriMo started yesterday. So far, I’m still holding on, but given that I haven’t planned the next scene beyond the one I’m writing as I write this blog post (also much later than I’d like to), I’m pretty sure that I...