This isn’t one of those “Everyone look at me, I am leaving Facebook, weep for my forthcoming absence, listen to my list of grievances” dramatic exits that have become an annoying cliche. Quite the opposite, in fact. My decision to delete Facebook happened back in the middle of April, about six weeks ago. I didn’t say anything, didn’t tell anyone, just quietly left. Since then two people have noticed, or at least two people have bothered to say anything. I could use that fact to try to make a point, but why bother. You’ve heard it all before. Besides, this post isn’t really about Facebook. Life is an editing process. You keep what you want, make what you absolutely need[…]

Here is a brief update on what’s going on with me right now. As I continue to find a better work/life balance and separate the personal from the professional, this will continue to change. For the moment, however, this is what my current reality looks like. My Personal Spaces This blog, aka Simplify – Create – Thrive, is very much my personal space. I’ll mention writing as part of the “create” part, but don’t expect me to spend much time plugging my current projects. I’m using it as an extension of my journalling and self-care routines, and I’m drawing post ideas from those. The things I share are hopefully useful and helpful to others. I’d like to foster more discussion[…]

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[…]

In spite of what I said earlier in the week, I’ve taken up writing an RPG blog again. This is a limited-run endeavor, based on a Twitter hashtag. The #AprilTTRPGMaker challenge asks one question per day, and tabletop RPG creators post their answers. I decided to participate on Twitter with answers that fit within the 280 character limit, following up with expanded answers in blog posts of roughly 300 words. Doing this dovetails with the journaling I’ve been doing on game design and Dancing Lights Press. I’ve been trying to nail down what my design goals are, how to explain what I do, and create a tighter focus for my business. Answering the very specific questions of the challenge has[…]