Weekend Update – 2013.01.06

For the first time in months I got a weekend off. We took an impromptu trip to visit some family members and just relax; no alarm clocks, no animals, no distractions. Had a nice drive down in and around some mountains (actually got to use my V8 a bit). Today, watched the weather go from sunny and cold, to rainy and warmer, to hailing. Watched a bit of sports with the family today. The Redskins made me a bit sad; as did Indianapolis. Can’t wait to see how the Broncos do in the next couple weeks. Watched them try to play golf on Maui; felt really bad when the ball was moving around the green and falling off the tee for some people. Wrote out an entire proposal and production plan for a new video game I hope to complete in a few months. And now on to a fun week!

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.