The Future of Blogging (for Me)

The blog Slab defines the ‘Delete’ quadrant of the Eisenhower Decision Matrix as “Tasks that distract you from your preferred course, and don’t add any measurable value.”

I’ve been thinking a lot about the future of this blog.

I’ve had it for 10 years now, an anniversary from back in February that I completely missed. Still, I remember exactly where I was—both literally (geographically) and figuratively (as a writer)—when I started this site.

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Adventures in Reading: A Need Wish Possibility for Speed

I once told a friend that if I were ever given three wishes by a magical being, I would wish to be able to read faster.

A simple request for which I envisioned no unforeseen, earth-shattering consequences, and that I believed would genuinely make my life better.

Last November (2021), I decided to grant my own wish by signing up for a speed-reading course.

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A Rapid, Last-Minute Reset and Replication: My Fourth-Quarter 2021 Goals Check-In

As the famous saying goes, it ain’t over till it’s over.

After my mediocre showing in Q3, with its debilitating heat during both the Pacific Northwest Heat Dome and the hot-hot east coast where I later fled home expecting cooler climes, I was determined to finish the year on a positive note.

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The Purpose of Writing

Is art—in particular, writing—meant to be representative or aspirational?

On Twitter, where I admittedly spend more time than is probably recommended, the issue of representative vs. aspirational writing comes up often, if not necessarily using these exact terms.

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On Oppression and its Misrepresentation in Fantasy Fiction

Magneto hovering

The character Magneto from X-Men

I’ve been thinking about how magic is often represented in fantasy.

I’ve written previously about how many SFF stories (poorly) represent post-racial societies. My issue with magic is a close cousin to that topic.

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The Many Ways of Reading a Book

I recently learned that some readers start a new book by first reading the end.

Book last page

To clarify, I’d always heard that some people do this.

However, it wasn’t until I read the comments on a recent Twitter post about content/trigger warnings vs. spoilers in books and whether they represent the same thing that I came to realize just how many people do this, and also some of the reasons why.

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Starting the Year Off Right When So Much in the World is Still So Wrong: My First-Quarter 2021 Goals Check-In

Engine start-stop

The first quarter of the first full year of the Covid-19 global pandemic is now over.

Setting and achieving your goals during a pandemic is a delicate balance. Always with goal-setting you want to find the sweet spot between ambitious and realistic, between things that will challenge you but you’ll still actually be able to do.

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One Last Remembrance of a Year Best Forgotten: My 2020 Year-End Goals Recap/Accounting

Never was a day planner’s title so unfitting for the year 2020

It seemed to take the better part of a decade, but the year 2020 is finally over.

Indeed, once December hit, the year seemed to make up for its previous glacial progress due to Covid-19, at once jetting by and forcing me to likewise race to try to finish my outstanding resolutions for the year.

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