2013 :: Year in Review

2013 was an interesting year. My wife and I had a lot of good and some not so good things go on; she got full time at her job, my company moved to Irvine, I got injured and had back surgery, and we adopted a horse.

The move from LA to Irvine has been great for pretty much every part of my life and health (apparently even though I grew up there I’m not used to the smog and pollution concentrations in LA anymore). While I’ve had more time for a lot of things like being home, games, side projects, etc I seem to have lost as much time and drive for writing. Part of this is due to helping write code and documentation at work since moving on to being Director instead of just lead engineer. My goal at the beginning of 2013 was to write something every day- writing is a hobby that I quite enjoy. While I was taking a train every day it was easy to set aside time for writing every day; about 45 minutes as a matter of fact! February brought some really hectic times at work and then March brought moving the development team to Irvine and my promotion which combined took out the time I had previously used to write a lot. I still have about 14 things in variously edited stages that I’d like to get out at some points: ranging from Aaron Swartz to Pokemon games to project management tips and tricks to programming articles.

Possibly the biggest impact on my year was back surgery: L5 disc exploded while sprinting. One of the best surgeons on the west coast did my surgery; it went well and I’ve been healing pretty well. Even with how quick my recovery as been it’s still been a recovery from major surgery. It’s meant not doing a lot of activities, changing sleep schedules, not working out for a few months, and a lot of lingering pain. This process has made me start to wonder how long my disc had been slipping or had broken and I just didn’t notice- it’s very possibly it happened in high school. On the plus side I’ve learned a lot about how to take care of myself and started making even more strides to living healthier.

This coming year will have a lot more scheduling issues with the addition of a horse to the family and new hobbies like wood working. Taking it all one day at a time and working to live by James 4 more:

Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit”- yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes. Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.” – James 4:13-15 ESV

Writing Template

I’ve been using a modified writing template form a few sources, but the Evernote section comes from here.

I would venture that a lot of writers follow similar steps; especially those that have been using blogging software for a long time (I used to use MarsEdit, too). But the straight up template and my variations have actually helped me out a lot. To that end I’ve uploaded said template to this server should anyone else wish to use it. Currently I have seven (7) other articles that I’m working on based on the same template; and when they’re done they will move to my archive notebook in Evernote and all will be well and clean.

Every new beginning…

Greetings and welcome to this, the innumerable time I try to get myself to write more and keep to it. In the now over 15 years I’ve spent writing things for various website and incarnations of my own “blog” like platforms I’ve realized a few things; chief among them that when I first started writing I was beyond horrible, I’ve now creeped up to just horrible. I’ve built up a very large archive of drivel that I don’t really wish on anyone, though from time to time I may “republish” a post or story.

I’ve gone through several blog titles in the past: tks (the kitchen sink), peanut gallery, blog, musing in a half shell, etc. The original idea behind “tks” was to comment on the things I didn’t see other people talking about; everyone else talked about everything “except” the kitchen sink, or so the sang goes. I came to find that I didn’t always have time for such things and instead it turned in to random musings. This time I’ll keep the name for personal nostalgia, but with a very different purpose. This time the cliche of “write what you know” is more guiding my steps.

To be clear, this is not a New Year’s resolution of some kind, though it is coming at that time of year. My current job has been given me many days off during this holiday season, giving me time to catch up in other areas of my life and allow me the luxury of figuring out things I’d like to do going forward. To that end there are a few things I’d like to cover in my writings going forward:
Programing code & design
Trombone playing & philosophy
Gaming- digital, analog, design & implementation
Writing- musings on other and short stories of my own
Socio Political issues (not politics)
Religion
Physical Activity- my own and others
Cats

In the day and age of personal “branding” when looking for a job, or even when trying to be an authority on a subject, some of these topics/ideas may be inflammatory and damaging in some people’s eyes: oh well, my apologies. They might as well know now what my views are instead of three months in to a job that I’ve budgeted for six months, costing me said job.

For an overview post 432 words isn’t really all that many; and it’s easy to do on a day when there are no other real distractions. The real test is going to be int six months: am I still posting daily, weekly, semi-weekly, monthly, at all? Only time will tell.