Sun, Feb. 12th, 2017

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1) Most of the things I want to write about are probably too private to actually write about here. Which is a problem for me personally because I really want to write about them. This is a display of self-consciousness possibly not previously displayed in this blog. Ever. And that's saying a lot. It's one of the reasons you haven't seen much of me lately. I have entered this weird "I'm not telling you" phase. :: sigh ::

2) I'm deeply unhappy about the new administration in the White House. I suspect this is a surprise to no one. I have been more politically active in the last three weeks than I have been in years. On the one hand, it's been exhilarating. On the other hand, it's been exhausting and disheartening.

3) I have been having such trouble writing the last few months that I'm off of fiction writing for a while. Every time I try to do it, I get about 1,000 words in and stall. It's frustrating, it's painful and I'm woefully self-conscious at the keyboard. There's so much baggage around fiction for me at this point that I feel itchy in my skin trying to write. Poetry is happening a little bit but not enough. So I'm turning my attention to other kinds of creativity for which I have some aptitude: jewelry, coloring (some evidence of which you may have seen here or on Facebook), drawing and painting--things that aren't wrapped up in words. I figure that if one of these takes, maybe the pipes through which fiction flows will loosen up enough for me to try again. Right now, though, not so much.

4) I have been spending a lot of time distracting myself with iPad games. Probably not good for me, but it keeps me from doing other things that are probably a lot more self destructive. I have been playing Fishdom, a match-three game with an aquarium theme that I find addictive and just entertaining enough. I've also been playing Plants vs. Zombies 2, which I find challenging and, occasionally, a little more stressful than I want my light entertainment to be. I'm choosing my play times carefully as a result. I've been thinking that I need to add some kind of adventure game to the mix. Must ask the gaming cohort what they'd recommend. (Hey! Gaming cohort! What do you recommend?)

5) I have tasked myself with trying things I haven't done before. This has resulted in my signing up for some Meet-up groups and joining friends to attend events I haven't been to before. I would like to report on them as I do them, though my writing here has been much more unreliable over the last eight months than ever before, so I won't make promises. Still, it's a project. Also, I'm thinking about one thing I have done before: taking another Earthwatch expedition. More on that depending upon whether or not I actually decide to do it.


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