So soon, probably during the end of this post or somewhere in tomorrow's post, I'm going to pass the half-million word mark on tychoish.com. This is a bit inflated because I incorporated the posts from tealart a couple of years ago, and some of that material includes quotes and links that I don't think should count toward the site's word count odometer. But there you have it, and in any case this is a milestone, that's worth commemorating.
There's a quote out there along the lines of "everyone has a million words of crap in them before they get to the good stuff." If we count the writing I do here, this means I'm getting close. If we count blog posts and academic writing, I think I'm probably well into the "good stuff." I suppose some of that is up to you.
I wrote a "journal"-type post about myself and what I was up to beyond what I blog about here (and a few of my posts since then have veered in that direction, alas). While these used to be the "easy posts" that I would just sort of blather out a year ago,1 I don't feel like I miss them.
I'm doing well. I have a lot on my plate, and a lot of "loose ends" floating around that are causing some stress, but I really can't complain. Just for grins the things I'm working on right now:
Station Keeping, Season 2 (about 5 thousand more words to go).
The Novel, (half done, 4-5 more months till first draft; leaving 3 months for rewrites, and a podcast launch in August.)
Trailing Edge. (Hibernating. 3k more words, and then scores of edits).
Open Source Research
I'm working on turning the research project that's been sort of sputtering along into something more coherent on a number of different levels. I'm not ready to announce this exactly but it involves:
Writing lots of emails. Lots of emails.
Turn a fairly linear paper into a wiki.
Collect a more complete bibliography file.
Get Critical Futures back on track.
Tychoish.com Redesign project. Not to mention writing for the site like I do.
Something for the open source project described above.
I probably have half a dozen small/midsized trips this year. Knitting things, dancing things, work things, science fiction things. That's a lot of stress there.
I'm going to be moving this summer.
For someone who views himself as being a shut-in mostly, I do a lot of stuff "out:" dancing 3 times a week, singing from time to time, and so forth.
The grandmother shawl, plus two other lace shawls in progress.
My Starmore cable sweater. I'm 20% done with it. That's not very much.
The color-work sweater that just needs another sleeve.
So that's what's on my plate. I really need to start knocking this stuff out.
Will this blog be around in another half million words? I figure that that means that I'd have to keep up doing this for another three or three and a half years, at my current rate. It could happen. It could definitely happen.
I'll see you on the other side.
It was a dark time. I'm better now. Mostly. ↩