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New year, new books

For a number of years now, I've tracked my reading on this site. Sometimes I have a grand goal; sometimes I just read whatever grabs my attention. My goal for 2022, for example, was to read mostly books by women or non-binary authors. (See how I did.) Reading

Favorite reads, 2022 edition

Every year, I track my reading habits on this web site. And every year, right about now, I take stock and consider which books meant the most to me. In 2022, I read 98 books. That's fewer than 2021, but still a nice, solid number. I've

Neither here nor there

* To my amazement, waking early, then doing a medium amount of work on Project A, then a small amount of work on Project B, seems to be working. (On weekends I do a large amount of Project A, and stick with small amounts on Project B.) * Sea of Tranquility [https:

Reading into a new year

A couple of days ago I began reading The Fifth Season [], the first novel in N.K. Jemisin's Broken Earth trilogy. I'm feeling very late to this series; seems as if everyone's already read it, and here I am, just

Patience, writer-person

This might be some of the best writing advice I've ever read. > Don't rush your thinking. Don't rush to make sentences. —From Several Short Sentences About Writing [] by Verlyn Klinkenborg

The glass station

I'm having a curious reading experience: This week I began Emily St. John Mandel's The Glass Hotel [], which tells the story of a financial con artist and the people in orbit around him. At the same time, I began watching HBO'

Favorite reads, 2021 edition

Since 2015, I've been tracking my reading habits [] on this web site. Each year about this time, I look over everything I've read and select five-ish standouts. It's not easy selecting just five books when you read, you know,

Glowing pixels

I have a soft spot for small games. By that I suppose I mean games that are built by small teams, that attempt to do something unique. One of my favorites of the last few years was Firewatch [], a visually delicious and narratively fascinating game about

General systems collapse

> Apparently in the Late Bronze Age, starting about 1,500 years before the Christian era, the Eastern Mediterranean region was characterised by a system of centralised palace governments, which redistributed money and goods thorugh complex and specialised city economies. I read about this on Wikipedia. Trade routes were highly

Epistolary novels

> An epistolary novel is a novel written as a series of documents. The usual form is letters, although diary entries, newspaper clippings and other documents are sometimes used. Recently, electronic "documents" such as recordings and radio, blogs, and e-mails have also come into use. —Wikipedia [https://en.