January 31st, 2016

Today was very nice and relaxed. I was able to sleep in, followed by a little reading and playing some Diablo III before lunch. The afternoon offered more of the same with a break to pop into town to do some prep for tomorrow and get something for supper.

After that I watched some of the NHL All Star Game (go John Scott!), had a nice bath combined with some more reading, then played even more Diablo III. And right now I’m checking out the very first episode of The X-Files on Netflix while I’m typing this out. This will be probably be followed by a little more reading in bed before going to sleep.

All in all a nice, relaxing day, which is nice, especially after the rush I was in last night to finish my writing assignment.

I’d like to write more but I don’t have much else to say at this point, even after such a relaxing day. The good news is that today marks the end of the first month and me successfully blogging once per day, which is awesome. Even if I do fall flat on some things (see last night for example) it’s nice to know I can still meet some goals.

Here’s to getting off to a good start in February as well, and hopefully having more to say.

January 30th, 2016

This is the first entry I’m making on technically the next day, whoops. I had a writing challenge for which I’d signed up that was due at 1:29am today, January 31st, or 11:59pm EST. And, like an idiot, I let it go too long before working on it in earnest, even though I had a full eight days to do it.

The sad part is I had a decent idea of my plot and what I wanted to write after my trip to St. John’s with my cousin Terry last Sunday. I just didn’t work on it really until a day or two ago, and then most of today. If I’d done it like I talked about (and should have), namely having a draft ready for Wednesday or thereabouts for Terry to review for me, I’d have been fine, but nope. I put the pro in procrastination.

And I know it too, that’s the frustrating part. Ugh. I know I shouldn’t beat myself up too much but I saw this coming and didn’t do anything about it. Heck, I spent a good chunk of last night and this afternoon playing Diablo III, which was fun but didn’t help one bit with my writing.

Anyway, chalk it up to some things never change and I suck at getting things done in time I suppose. I need to fix it but it’s too late now for this one. At least I got something submitted, though I barely reviewed it myself let along had someone beta it for me, so I know it’s horrible. Oh well.

January 29th, 2016

Writing is hard. I knew this before tonight, but as I’ve sat here at my computer since, oh, 6:00pm or so, I’ve come to realize it all over again. You can just about count on one hand how much I’ve written in those five plus hours. Ok, not quite, but not too far off of it.

A portion of that was from wasting time on Facebook and a few games on there, but that was over by 7:00pm. The rest has been either idle browsing / puttering around, and chatting with people online. I’m also messing about with iTunes on shuffle and adding in tracks with ‘Play Next’ and ‘Add to Up Next’ when it hits a sweet spot / artist for me.

It’s all good, however, because I have all day tomorrow to work on things as well. That’s it, though; I have to have my submission ready by 1:29am Sunday morning my time. I have a good outline and characters in my head, I just need to get past the opening I’ve settled on and go from there.

So yeah, that’s my exciting snowed in Friday night. Time to go fetch myself a nightcap of scotch, methinks.

January 28th, 2016

Short post again tonight, as it was another Thursday night filled with ball hockey. I’m definitely less and less beat up every time I come back, but it’s still taking the good out of me. I really need the exercise and it’s fun though, so that’s a good thing.

Not much to say today. Finally hit level 70 in Diablo III after realizing I was leveling wrong, whoops. Not that there’s a wrong way, per se, but there’s definitely an easier way to what I was doing. Once I remember that and started down bounties on a lower difficulty level (less XP but way faster) I shot up from 50-odd to 70 in just a few hours or so over last night and tonight before hockey.

Now it gets more fun, once I start getting better gear and start doing tougher things. I don’t have my buddy Brad playing with me this time though, at least not yet. We’ll see whether he jumps in later on or not. Seasons last for about three months so he’ll have lots of time to join if he wants.

I also should be writing, but it’s pretty late and I just want to kill pixels for a while before bed. Writing will come tomorrow and Saturday, at least I hope it will. If not then I won’t beat myself up; see yesterday’s post for more info on that.

Right, so off to slay demons it is then.

January 27th, 2016

Today is Let’s Talk Day, started by Bell Canada to talk about mental health across Canada. By re-posting various items and hashtags on social media they raised (are still raising actually since it’s ongoing until 12am PST) money for mental health awareness, a very laudable goal.

For my part, I’m fortunate to have had good mental health throughout my life. There have been times when I’ve had to speak to people in the past, however, which is hard to talk about without getting into the ‘w’ word I promised myself I wouldn’t use here from Day 1. That’s an omnipresent challenge in my line of work, but I’m very lucky that we have a plethora of resources at our disposal. Both the Legal Aid organization and our provincial Bar association have programs in place to help those who need them.

I’ve not had to avail of them with my current job, but I have used them through previous positions of employment and it was a great help in dealing with things. Not everyone is as lucky to have those resources at their disposal, and I’m both grateful and thankful for them.

While I don’t suffer from any mental illness, that’s not to say that I haven’t had my own issues with which to deal. There are many days that start and/or end with me berating myself internally – I should have done X today, or I did Y wrong, and I’m an idiot, I suck, I don’t know what I’m doing, etc. That happens probably more that I’d like, and it’s honestly been happening a bit lately since I signed up for this short story challenge and I’ve not written nearly as much as I’d like.

I know those things aren’t true, at least not to that severe degree – sometime I really should have done certain things, for example, but that doesn’t make me useless if I don’t – but it does still bug me from time to time. It’s something to be aware of, and if it does get worse or ends up affecting me more I know I’ll have to address it. My awareness of that comes partly from seeing others going through similar situations, from my aforementioned awesome employee’s assistance programs, and from events such as Let’s Talk that bring these kinds of things out into the open.

I hope if anyone out there has issues with mental health that they are able to get the help they need, and if there’s ever anything I could do to help someone who’s reading this, please, just say the word. I’m far from an expert to say the least but I’m more than willing to help, even if I could only be an ear for someone to vent to or ask for an opinion.

January 26th, 2016

Once again I find myself unable to think of something to talk about on here. I believe a good chunk of that is writer’s block in general thanks to my focusing on the NYC Midnight Short Story competition, which isn’t going so well either. I do have a plot and all, I’m just having a hard time knocking the words loose.

My right hand is hurting too for some reason, I’m not quite sure why either. I didn’t do much typing at work today, I did take some notes but nothing too extensive. That’s a little worrisome too, and I hope it will feel better tomorrow. Right now it’s just annoying, some throbbing and aching between the middle and ring finger.

Wow, I really am at a loss as to what to write about here. This clearly means I need to think of some future topics tonight and tomorrow, maybe write them down somewhere, because it seems I have a million and one ideas in the morning (particularly while in the shower) but when I sit down here at the computer? Nothing. Boo to that.

Alright, that’s what I’ll do then. I also considered picking one decent topic and saving that for a Saturday or Sunday, and relying more on little topics during the week, but right now I have absolutely nothing so that will still need work even if that’s the plan.

Ok, that’s enough typing with a hurt hand for now. Here’s hoping sleep helps, both physically and psychologically speaking.


January 25th, 2016

I have to admit, the biggest hole in my geek cred resume is that I’ve never watched The X-Files. I know, I know. I’ll give you all a minute to pick your jaws up off the ground.

Looking back I’m pretty sure I saw the first (only?) movie they made, and I did see the odd episode, but I really didn’t watch any more than that. I always wanted to, and in fact I was given Season One on DVD as a gift (from T I believe, maybe?), but it’s just one of those things where you only have so much time, you know?

It appears to be on Netflix in its entirety, and I did give a lot of thought to watching it from the beginning prior to last night’s new episode. Once again, though, there’s only so much time. I think I will give it a shot, however, maybe some night when the wife’s gone to bed or over a weekend perhaps. Right now I’m doing more writing than anything at the computer (though Diablo III is calling me…) and Sara’s been playing Mass Effect on the TV, so we’ll see.

Actually, now that I think about it I could just take my laptop upstairs and watch Netflix up there while she plays. Or, since Bell Aliant added a channel on the digital cable expressly for accessing Netflix, I could just watch it on our television upstairs. Hmm.

At an rate, it’s getting late and I should get to bed, even if it’s only to watch an episode of something or to read for a little while. So much to do, so little time, am I right? How many days until our next holiday again?