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Just checking in to let all and sundry know that I'm still here.  All is well!  Enjoying this time off by finishing up projects and heading towards new things. :) 
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Two more days left in the year.  It's been a crazybusy 2018 all around, but it's also been an incredibly fruitful, and even positive in certain respects.  I think overall I had a damn good year all told, so I'm happy with it.  

So what's to come in 2019?  Good question.

I'm going to make good on that blogging hiatus I thought about earlier and take some time off.  I've got some personal things I'd like to sort out; things I've been putting aside for years at a time, that I'd like to finally tackle.  Some of it is creative, but a lot of it is personal.  I'll still pop up here on the weekends considering this is my personal (non-music, non-writing) blog, but I don't plan on making it a mandatory thing like I've been doing for the last year.

It's funny, I kind of feel like I'm a musician that's deciding not to go on tour or release any music for the next three years.  Taking up painting or getting a degree in something.  I expect to return soon enough, though there's no set date.  I just plan on living my life offline for a while and make some long-needed changes.

Anyway!  Here's to wishing all of you a happy, prosperous and positive 2019!   See ya on the flip side!
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It's the last Wednesday of the year already?  Dang!  Yeah, the year did go by ridiculously quick, and there were a hell of a lot of personal ups and downs, but it was also ridiculously productive and eye-opening.  Plus it was a hell of a fine year for music!  Heh.

I'll have one last Update for 2018 either on the weekend or on Monday, depending on how busy I happen to be.  (Which, given the Day Job lately, would surprisingly be "not very busy at all, really".  Not that I'm complaining.)  I've updated the other two blogs for the next few days, and then I'll give all three of them a final update on or around the 31st.  I know I've been talking a lot about Big Ideas, Changes, Hiatuses, and whatnot, so I promise these will be the last entries in which I'll talk about them.  Just something I've been looking forward to for the last few months.

Hope everyone had a fine Christmas, and has a lovely and warm New Year!

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Happy Winter Solstice!  Yay for longer days ahead!  It's surprisingly clear out in the Richmond this morning, and a bit chilly.  It was in the mid-40s when I woke up this morning and it's getting ever so slightly warmer, but I've got the heat going.  All the Christmas shopping is done, the packages from friends and family have arrived, and we don't have anything else planned other than going to see Into the Spiderverse in Japantown later this morning.  Other than that, we'll just be doing a lot of relaxing.

It does feel weird to be coming into the last-week-and-change of the year.  December flew by so quickly!  I'm not exactly complaining, mind you.  I did get a lot done, prepped myself with future plans, and so on.  There's only a few things left for me to do: coast through the last few days of year for the Day Job (which I'm hoping will be deadski) and make my end of year mixtape and best-of lists.  I may even do what I've been threatening to do the last few weeks: do a bit of a book purge!  I need to clean up our bookshelves in Spare Oom as they're full to overflowing with books I haven't read in years.  (And speaking of cleaning up, I think I need to tidy up Spare Oom closet as well.  There's a lot of my crap in there I could get rid of as well.)

But yeah...lots of long term plans being put in place for 2019.  Looking forward to them.

Hope everyone has a relaxing weekend!
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Going to the eye doctor yesterday was my one bit of excitement, and I'm happy to say that my prescription has not changed one bit.  These blues are still in pretty good shape (my only issue is a slight prism but it's barely noticeable).  Got a sweet deal on some new specs that I'll pick up once they're ready.

This was one of the last things I wanted to do before my benefits dropped from A's and switched over to mine at the Day Job.  (I've been under hers since we moved here just out of simplicity and ease of billing.)  In the new year once my new bennies are up and running I'll try to do a better job of visiting the regular doc, considering I'm getting older.  (Also to fix some of my wonky teeth once and for all.)

So wait -- one more week until Christmas?  Eep!  It's a good thing I'm all caught up with the gift purchasing AND the mailing out to various people.  I do tend to cut it a bit short now and again.  At present all I need to do is wrap some of the things I bought for A, and we're good to go!

Lastly: I'm quite happy to say that Q4 seems to be quieting down a bit here at the Day Job for the first time in a few years.  Over the last few EOYs we've had some system blow up and go kerflooey (causing a weeks-long backlog of secondary issues and complaints) or unexpected roll-outs of client requests that bottleneck the *working* system, but this time out it seems as though it's quieting down.  THANK GOD.  I'm not sure how long it'll last, but I'm embracing it and taking in the relaxation when and where I can.  *knocks on wood*

Hope everyone has a great rest of the week! 
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 Wait, Christmas is next Tuesday??  Eep!  Okay, I think I got all my shopping done...I should probably do some last minute shopping to cover my butt.  Heh.  Seriously, the last few years have been kind of slim on presents, if only because we keep saying 'eh, we don't need anything'.  Gift cards seem to be a much better idea as the years go on, it seems, and I'm down with that.  I've bought some sweet box sets out of combining the GCs I'd get over the years.

But yes, I'm counting down the days until the end of the year, like I always do.  Finishing up the things that need finishing, prepping the things I'll be starting in the new year, and all that.  The last couple of months have been a whirlwind of unexpected changes combined with equally unexpected (but quite welcome) clarity, and I have to embrace them.  I'm glad I've been able to deal with it all with a clear and positive mind, which is not something I was known for in the past.

The Day Job situation continues to be irritating, but I've become inured to the stress and the frustration for the first time in years.  It is what it is, and I've finally managed to train myself not to freak out and wind myself up.  I'm nervous about looking for a new position somewhere, but if I remain positive and refuse to give up at the first sign of failure, I can make this all happen.  I've done it before...I can do it again.

Hope everyone has a great week! 

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And quite a bit lately, it seems.  And being quite evasive about the details as well.  Yeah, I know.  It sounds like I'm pulling the "HEY I'VE GOT A SECRET but I'm not going to tell you what it is" and I apologize if it's annoying the hell out of you.  My evasiveness is partly due to not wanting to share Best Laid Plans Which Will Soon After Go Kerflooey, but it's also due to that a lot of things are indeed up in the air and not solid yet.

I've said on my writing blog recently that I've been tempted to take a year off from writing, social media, and other things.  Not as an escape or as a detox (not at this point, anyway), but just to take stock in where I am in my life.  I've been tempted to reinvent myself over the last few months.  Well, maybe not *reinvent* per se...more like get myself more attuned to who I truly am rather than the person I'm trying to portray here. If that makes sense?  There's so much mental and emotional baggage I still have that I don't need anymore, and I've been doing a hell of a lot of purging of it lately, and it feels GREAT.  I'm going in the right direction.  And the reason I've been thinking of Taking a Year Off is because this is something I don't want to live-tweet or live-blog.  I want as little outside influence for this, because that's always been one of my worst enemies.  [There's a reason "doing the right thing despite outside influence" has been a common theme in all my novels!  Heh.]

Anyway.  I don't plan on becoming a hermit.  I just don't plan on filling up my dance card with a ridiculous amount of things for 2019.  Just a few Very Important things (such as New Day Job acquisition) and not much else.  I want to see where this all goes.

Hope everyone's having a lovely week!

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Only thee weeks left to go in the year, which of course means I'll be driving myself crazy doing a bunch of last-minute things.  Things like the end-of-year best-of music lists, catching up on my reading, making plans for the next year, and so on.  This past year may have been wack in the sheer amount of fuckery going on in the Big Bad World (and in the current "administration") but all that aside, I think I've had a damn good year, personally and creatively.  

At this point I'm pretty much coasting to the end of the year.  I don't have any pressing deadlines that I *must* hit, and I'm refusing to get stressed out over Day Job stuff.  Speaking of which, the Brilliant Managerial Idea of forcing us back into the office has officially stalled, to absolutely no one's surprise.  I am "still working from home until further notice", as one of my upper managers said.  No idea when they're going to fix that part of things.  BUT.  They *did* confirm that when we DO need to move back, it won't be to an office downtown; I will have to go into Concord, across the Bay.  Suffice it to say, that was the deal-breaker for me.

So yeah, I've been actively sending out resumes, at least 2 or 3 a week for now, and hoping to get a response at some point.  I've heard back from a few (rejections, of course) but I'm not worried.  I'll find something.  I'm okay with going into the office again, as long as it's in the city.  (Even better if I can get there via public transit or can park on or near the premises.)  We'll see where this goes.

Hope everyone has a good week!

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After three or four days of allergy irritation, I'm quite happy to say that i'm no longer stuffed up and can breathe easily again!  Woo!  I even celebrated by heading to the gym this afternoon!  Now I just need to get back into my daily exercises, which I've been avoiding for the same exact reasons...

Tomorrow I'll be walking down the other end of Clement Street for a local annual holiday shopping celebration called ClemenTime.  It's a stretch of three or four blocks where the local shops will have things on sale, free refreshments, and other fun things.  I usually head down there each year to hang out at Green Apple Books for a few hours and peruse while enjoying the free beer.  And yes, there is a very good chance I won't be coming home emptyhanded, considering.  Heh.

In writing news, I've stumbled across another chapter of In My Blue World that needed a complete rewrite.  Short version is that the original had a subplot that I really didn't like and went nowhere.  The problem was that the previous chapter set up a plot point that's kind of important that I DO need to keep, so I had to figure out how to thread something in that a) made sense, b) wasn't filler, and c) could also be used/referenced later on.  It's taken me a few days to figure it out, but I figured it out!  Woo, go me!  Now hopefully I'll be back to regular speed once this chapter is done!

Meanwhile, A is having a fun time in London and tweeting lots of fun pictures and making me jealous.  She'll be heading back on Saturday, though.  In the meantime, I've tried to be good, eat halfway decently, and not stay up too late.

Hope everyone else has a great rest of the week!
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I will be driving A to SFO in a few hours so she can skitter off to London for a week, leaving me to my own devices.  Not that I'm going to be doing much of anything exciting, of course.  I'll do some errands later on today and...yeah, that's about it.  No big plans other than on Thursday evening down the other end of Clement for the neighborhood's annual holiday 'Clementime' street celebration.  (Free beer at Green Apple, woo!)  Other than that?  Yeah, I'm a pretty boring person.

In other news, I've been thinking a lot about the 90s lately, which I find interesting.  Most of you know me as someone who'd been obsessed with the 80s for years, blogging about it, going on about the music, and so on.  I haven't so much dried out on that decade, I think that I've said enough on it for now.  But the 90s?  Why the decade when I was the most bitter and miserable I'd ever been in my life?  To be honest, I think that's *precisely* why I've been thinking about it lately.  I've been doing a lot of thinking about life and I've pretty much blocked most of that decade for multiple reasons.  It was more than just bad relationships, bad friendships, and bad financial decisions.  But I don't think I've ever completely made peace with that time...I had to get my head straight with other things first.  I think I'm able to revisit that time now, and make a little more sense of it.  I know there's a lot in there that I can parse that'll make more sense to me in the present tense. [I do sense a 90s-themed blog series starting in the near future over at Walk in Silence.  Heh.]

So why would I want to do this?  Well, the simple answer is this: I ignored a hell of a lot of personal and emotional stuff that I should have been processing then. I was far too passive, far too reactive.  I know I hid a lot of things from myself out of fear or embarrassment.  So yeah.  Time to come to terms with a few things.

ANYWAY!  Yes, it will be a quiet week here with A off gallivanting in London.  I'll probably stay up too late doing revision work, but I'll try to hit the gym at least a few times!  It's business as usual here at the apartment.

Hope everyone has a good weekend!
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Anyhoo, I'm sure by the time I go through the bookshelves I'll have more tomes to donate to the Friends of the SF Library bookstore down in the Marina!  :)

That's all for now, folks...nothing else new to report! :p 
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I'm glad I decided to take a few weeks off from blogging and other things, as I definitely needed it.  I let myself mentally calm down a bit and focus on the important personal things.  I hated that I also had to do it due to Day Job stress, but I'm (hopefully) past that avalanche of work and I don't have to worry about it for now.  Everything is relatively back to normal, so I'm going to return to our Regularly Scheduled Blog Posts.

[Speaking of Day Job: I haven't heard a peep yet out of the official move-back-to-office date, which is also relieving stress, but I'm too nervous to say anything about it for fear that I'll jinx it. *knocks on wood*]

 The job search has been interesting.  Due to being so busy the last few weeks I haven't submitted my resume nearly as much as I'd like to, but I've at least sent it once or twice a week when I find a posting that intrigues me. Right now I'm getting email notifications from a few websites (including Google itself -- and I've had some good hits with it!) and now and again I'll pop onto a corporate website and check their Careers links.  I haven't had any responses as of yet, but I'm giving everyone a bit of a buffer time here, considering it's holiday season.  I'm sure I'll hear from someone eventually.  [I'm still seeing a number of those particular jobs posted, so I'm going to assume this is the case.]  

Once I finally switch jobs, at that point I'll finally start implementing more changes to my life and writing that I've had in mind.  Once I'm settled, then I can figure out a new writing regimen; I can figure out when I can hit the gym, when the insurance kicks in, and all that.  I'm planning on 2019 being a year of personal change.

Anyhoo!  Hope everyone had a peaceful Thanksgiving weekend, and has a good upcoming week!

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Rain, blessed rain!  It's been dry and stale here for far too long.  While it's probably hindering some progress of the post-fire triage and cleanup, it's clearing the air here in the Bay Area and we're able to breathe again without feeling like we're inhaling chalk dust.  It also means that there's a bit of wind as well, pushing the smoke away.  This morning before the downpours started I was able to see the Marin Headlands from Spare Oom's window for tie first time in weeks.  Woo!

Meanwhile, Thanksgiving is nearly here.  We'll be driving up to Petaluma to have dinner with A's family this time.  Alas, I still have to work on Friday but I'm expecting it to be relatively dead.  I'm kind of hoping it is so I can finally get caught up and clear up the inboxes.  That also means I should probably start with the Christmas shopping as well, yes?  I'll have to start prodding the family and asking what they'd like.  I'm trying to be better at ordering things early on instead of last minute!  

Which of course means coming to terms with the fact that it's already coming close to the end of the year already.  I'm not even going to say 'what the hell happened' this year, because a LOT happened.  Some stressful things, some annoying things, but also some fascinating and wonderful things.  I could dwell on the fact that A was laid off from her job, but it also let her truly relax for the first time in a few decades (and let her do a lot of things she'd been putting off for too long), and made me do a serious rethink of my own career and life.  We're both still in a good place right now, so it all evens out.  I'd say despite the numerous ups and downs, I've had a pretty good 2018.

Hope everyone has a good relaxing weekend!  Don't eat too much! :)
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...and Hopes That the Day Job Doesn't Hand His Ass to Him Like Last Week.  Seriously, though...I'd like a week where I can breathe in between issues, please?  It's not that things are going wrong (although there was the classic System Update That Borks Everything situation earlier last week.  All I'm asking is for a few quiet days where I'm not putting fires out left and right.  If it's not too much to ask...?

Other than that, the weekend was quite nice, if a bit chilly.  Saturday we didn't do much except grocery shopping and going out for sushi and later coffee, and today we had lunch at an amazing and TINY Filipino restaurant before heading down to the Symphony.  The smoke seems to be dissipating somewhat here in the city, as I can now see more than a few blocks down the street and the air is breathable.  It was kind of odd seeing a lot of people wearing air masks the last few days...I usually only see the old Chinese ladies doing that around town more as a germ-avoidance precaution, but I've seen pretty much everyone across the board wearing them.  We of course didn't get around to buying any this time out, but then again we're both so used to being inside all day that they weren't needed.  Perhaps next time we'll stock up.

I'm so happy it's clearing up a bit, because we are both feeling the cabin fever something fierce.  I need to head back to the gym too.

Anything else?, not really.  Still in Revision Status, and not much to report there other than that I'm around halfway done (woo!), I've had to completely rewrite a few chapters (boo!) and I'm still on schedule to get this bugger out there by early next year.  I've been kind of lazy the last few days and haven't gotten bugger all done, but on the other hand it's worth taking a mental day or two just to recharge.  I *do* have a few other writing things in mind that I'd like to talk about, but I'm going to wait on them for another time.  Heh.

Hope everyone has a good week, and a happy Thanksgiving if you're in the US! :)
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Wait, it's Thursday now?  Okay.  Three-day weekends always mess with my sense of time.  Not exactly complaining, considering the week's almost over again.  Then again, the Day Job has also been messing with my head as well, as I've been dealing with an avalanche of queries, issues and shenanigans almost nonstop since October.  It's really starting to tire me out.

Anyhoo!  Not much else to report here at the moment.  it's one of those times where I'm in a lull; where the status of everything is "I'm currently in the middle of it" and not much else pops up.  The smoke from the fires up north seem to be lightening a bit so we can breathe a bit easier, though it's still lying over the city like a haze and leaving a chalky taste in my mouth.  Bleh.

Sorry for the boring update.  Hopefully I'll have something more exciting to report this weekend! :) 
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BLEH.  I can do without all the fires here in California, thankyewverymuch.  Not just the loss of life and home for numbers of people, nature and wildlife, but that the smoke from the Camp Fire up north is coming directly down I-80 and into the Bay Area.  Our air is clogged with smoke and ashy particles making it hard to breathe for a lot of people here in the city.  Not to mention that the temperature has been falling lately so it's not just smoky, it's windy and cold.  We've been hiding inside with the windows closed and the heater on, and while we're getting a bit of cabin fever, it's better than being outside and getting a migraine.  I'd say we're well away from the fires, but that's not entirely true, as there's been some suspicious (thankfully small and not too damaging) fires in Golden Gate Park the last few days as well.  They're being treated as suspicious and hopefully the arsonist will be caught soon.

In the meantime, I'm still keeping busy with life.  The blogging hiatus has definitely given me a bit of a mental respite so I can focus on revision work and personal/Day Job issues.  I'm also not worrying too much about the daily exercises and only working on them when time permits and the inspiration strikes.  I hate these stretches of low productivity, but I also realize that they come and go.  Real Life encroaches and Important Things take precedence.  My productivity level will return eventually, once things return to normal.

Not much else to report...hope everyone has a relaxing extended weekend!
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WELP.  So much for NaNo for me.  I really should know better.  I'm just too busy with other things in my life in November to ever be able to take part in this.  Granted, if I'd come up with a much more likable story I might have stayed on a a bit longer...I just found it a tedious mess and didn't enjoy writing it at all, so I gave that idea up after two outings.  Ah well.  Lesson hopefully and FINALLY learned this time.

Not to say that I'm not writing... I'm just not working on a long-term project at the moment for it. I've decided instead to do small daily exercises at 750Words instead, just to keep myself in writing shape.  Even then I'm not sure if I'll be able to hit it every single day... like I said, I've just been stupidly busy, between Day Job stuff and personal goings-on.  I've even put my WordPress blogging off for a few weeks so I can put my mind back in order.

Am I tiring myself out?  Maybe, maybe not. It's not as if I'm working ten hour days at a warehouse lugging 30-40 lb boxes like I did at Yankee Candle.  But I'm doing a lot of behind-the-scenes things at the moment that kind of take precedence -- the revision work, the job searching, and so on. 

Anyhoo...not going to worry about it. Just going to put 'keep my sanity' at the top of the Things I Need to Do in November' list and leave it at that. :)

Hope everyone has a lovely rest of the week!
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A shout-out to anyone who's doing NaNoWriMo this year!  Against my better judgement, I am kinda-sorta working on a project for the hell of it, just to keep my writing juices flowing while I continue to be bogged down in Revision Hell.  I'm not aiming to hit the 50k mark, nor am I aiming to write every single day, as I need to keep my main focus on revising In My Blue World.  My NaNo project happens to be an experiment in writing dystopia; in particular, I'm taking a crack at my "Noah and the Schoolyard" story idea and crossing it with horror anime style (such as Assassination Classroom and the like) to push my boundaries...I'm curious to see how far I can take this. I doubt it'll be worth publishing, but what the hell, right?

Speaking of NaNo, A is also taking part this year!  She's in the living room writing a mystery novel.  I am absolutely convinced that she'll write a best-seller in her first try while I continue to struggle and write crap, because that's the kind of person she is. :p  Seriously,'s kind of strange for the house to be this quiet.  Usually I'll have music on and she'll be watching TV, but there's no TV tonight.  Welcome to the dark side!  Heh.

Hope everyone's having a nice weekend!
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Here we are at the end of the month already!  Man, October just FLEW by.  Mostly due to my ass being handed to me at the Day Job with the sheer amount of volume.  I'm amazed I was able to get anything else done!  I'm hoping it quiets down a bit more, because I have Other Things to Do and I hate it when Day Job sucks the life out of me like a psychic vampire.  (I say this from experience in my YC days around this time of year, when I'd be so overworked I'd get sick.)  Speaking of job things, I've been updating my LinkedIn profile the last few days and doing some serious job searching and applying as well.  I'm trying to avoid the mindset of making this move out of desperation, and think of it more as a fresh start as well as some much-needed clarity.

Clarity is a Very Good Thing, I've found lately.  Not sure if it's got to do with the exercising or coming to terms with/accepting personal things or finally exorcising the ghouls of self-doubt and pessimism.  Could be a bunch of things, really.  I'm just running with it right now, ain't complaining.  I'll have a few up and down days as normal, of course.  But I'm trying to balance it all out by remaining upbeat.

Hope everyone has a fun Halloween! :)

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 D'OH!  Had a somewhat busy weekend and completely forgot to post something this weekend.  Not that I have much to report at the moment...the Day Job is what it is and I'm trying to think about it as little as possible while I try to look for a replacement.  The current plan is to apply for a number of AP/AR positions, as that's pretty much my forte at this point.  

So why were we busy this weekend, you ask?  Well!  We had errands to do on Saturday, and on Sunday I had to drive A down to City Hall so she could take her class on how to run a polling place.  Yes!  A will be manning one of the numerous polling places in the neighborhood on the 6th.  While I was there I figured I'd vote early to get it out of the way.  Our ballot was long (though I've seen longer) and for the most part easy to parse, considering all except one or two propositions were actually good ideas.  [One was a Really Horrible Idea suggesting we get rid of spending money on road repair and upkeep so we could save money on gas and taxes.  Suffice it to say, the Libertarian Party thought that one was just peachy. *facepalm*]  As I'd said to A on the way home yesterday, 'We did our duty in smashing the conservative patriarchy today.'  Heh.

Meanwhile, the writing is going.  I'm of course in the post-writing pre-release doldrums in which there's not much at all to report other than that I'm slowly slogging my way through revision.  I'm of course not planning on doing NaNoWriMo, though I think I might give myself some mental exercise regardless by working on some possible ideas using the 750.  Nothing serious, just something to work on.  I don't plan on it becoming another project, but if it ends up being one, I'm down with that.

Hope everyone has a good week!


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