This is just a quick pop-in to let everyone know how things are going. This quasi-retreat restructuring of both my work schedule and my life needs is quite pleasant. I’m listening to nothing but silence, with occasional nature sounds and Tibetan singing bowls when I need a little white noise. I’m putting the wraps on the final issue of HUBRIS: The Journal of Cultural Horror, which will be released next week. That will dovetail into my plans for this space, which I want to share with you. I’m using this hiatus productively. First, though, I found this quote by blogger karigee, via kottke, on why she continues to keep a blog: “I also keep it out of spite, because I[…]

Right now I have two big buckets labeled “work” and “self care”. If I something doesn’t fit into one of those buckets, then it’s going into an equally metaphorical junk drawer to be dealt with at an unspecified later date. The tasks and projects inside the buckets are being filtered down further using the MoSCoW Method — Must Have (required), Should Have (nice to have, high priority), Could Have (nice to have, low priority), and Won’t Have (unnecessary, low return). I’m not dealing with anything right now that isn’t clearly a Must Have. Which means I’m working on things that have clear deadlines and pay the bills, getting plenty of rest, and slowing making plans for the “nice to have”[…]

“An autotelic person needs few material possessions and little entertainment, comfort, power, or fame because so much of what he or she does is already rewarding. Because such persons experience flow in work, in family life, when interacting with people, when eating, even when alone with nothing to do, they are less dependent on the external rewards that keep others motivated to go on with a life composed of routines. They are more autonomous and independent because they cannot be as easily manipulated with threats or rewards from the outside. At the same time, they are more involved with everything around them because they are fully immersed in the current of life.” Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi That’s the “flow state” guy basically[…]

For those who don’t grasp what I’ve been doing (I’ve gotten some shade), I’m in the process of decluttering my life. Other people have stuff. I have projects and tasks. There have been things that I’ve been treating as obligations that really aren’t. It ended with me suffering from exhaustion. To make room for the things I need (rest, mainly) I’m getting rid of the things I don’t. So today I want to talk about how I finally hacked Twitter. I have been longing for what Twitter used to provide for me, back around 2007 and 2008, when it was still fairly new. I met interesting people, had pleasant discussions, and made some friends. Then my life changed (to put[…]

At the start of this year I made the decision to not participate in the Goodreads Readers Challenge this year. For me, it was driving the wrong sorts of behaviors. I do plan a deep dive into my anxiety, introversion, and high-functioning depression eventually, but for now let’s just say that it was pressure that I didn’t need. The intention was to inspire me to read more, but it turned into another project to be organized, and another daily box to check. Reading became one more chore. It was not at all relaxing or edifying. The other day I finally went ahead and deleted my account. Even though I’m not doing the challenge, I still found myself thinking about updating[…]