Diet Change

I’ve been having some health issues lately. Not the same kind as before with the back but rather with my digestive system. The doctor found ulcers in the small intestine. He thinks it might be Crohn’s Disease, but the diagnosis is inconclusive.

I’m used to dealing with things healthwise but this is different. I’ve decided to change my diet significantly, so the previous meal plans won’t work. I’m going to be using my blender a lot, and I’ve bought a food processor, juicer, and a whole lot of Mason jars.

It feels like I’m going to war, but if good health requires as much, then war it is.

Reading Goals For This Year

I’ve decided to increase my reading to help me with my writing. I’m going to attempt a book a week. Here are some of the books and series that I have in mind:

 

  1. It by Stephen King
  2. Pet Sematary by Stephen King
  3. All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
  4. Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman
  5. American Gods series by Neil Gaiman
  6. The Way Of Kings series by Brandon Sanderson
  7. His Dark Materials series by Philip Pullman
  8. The Dresden Files series by Jim Butcher

 

That should be enough to occupy me for a good bit. In the meantime I’m building a very long list.

Writing Update 1/4/2020

In the process of putting a book together I’ve reached out to someone to be my “writing buddy”. Basically we’re going to exchange work perhaps once per week or so and critique. I’m using this as a strategy to force myself to actually add words to this thing. Like in many endeavors, it helps to have help.

My end goal is to publish by December. I feel like this is reasonable since one book a year is quite common and December is a good time away. I’m aiming for 4 or 5 drafts (including the final manuscript), in the beginning gunning for 700-800 words per day. Not exactly Nanowrimo but not nothing either.

I’m not giving away the working title of this book yet but a good bit of planning has already been done. I know where I’m going in a general sense.

This is the first of several writing updates. When I’m finally done with this thing I will have accomplished a major long-term goal I’ve had for years.

Do I Keep Going With This Blog?

This blog’s been going for a while now and I’ve been doing a lot of soul searching. It’s not really making me money, it’s more of a… release of emotion sometimes? I think Twitter might do this better (although I might quit Twitter soon). At the moment I’m leaning towards simply not renewing the WordPress payments and just going along with starting a different blog, maybe about writing or studying Raspberry Pi’s. I still am not sure what I’m going to do, but I’ve got a few months to decide. I’m in no immediate rush. And I still may keep going. If I do I’m going to transform it into something better instead of a bunch of half-thoughts and whatnot. Pretty sure my last post could have been read as: “Star Wars was bad. The end.” Or perhaps not quite like that but at the moment it feels like a really expensive social media tool.

What I’m saying is that WordPress gives me more control over my media creations than Facebook or Twitter, but it also is costing me money. I keep teeter-tottering between just deleting the thing and continuing with the status quo. At the moment I’m in the zone of “not-quite-yet”.

So for now, I’m continuing down my blogging journey.