RIP Neil Peart

Today came the announcement that Neil Peart passed away Tuesday. Neil, thanks for all the songs and books!

Not Dead Yet

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A few items today to make up for lost time and let you know I’m still updating stuff here.

The Mandalorian is an incredible series harking back to the things that made so many of us fall in love with the original Star Wars. It’s a space western with spaghetti western imagery and influences that brings to mind “the man with no name” and the shows Firefly and Defiance. This is the Star Wars we all know and love.

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker has its ups and downs but it’s a fitting end to the Skywalker Saga. As with every Star Wars movie made since the original trilogy, there are things to love and things to hate here. Much like the first two movies in this new trilogy paralleling the first two movies of the original trilogy, the same happens here with this one paralleling The Return of the Jedi.

Doctor Who Series 12 is underway and if the first episode is any indication of what is to come, the writing is much improved over the previous Jodie Whittaker series. The elements that always made the show great have returned and the episode did not feel like a rushed attempt to squeeze everything into a single episode. And for those who watched the episode, how about that reveal? For those who haven’t seen it yet, what til you see that reveal!

And one more example of idiots sciencing and ideas that should never become reality. A couple of companies recently announced their plan “to put a wireless speaker in a shower head”. As someone trained as an electrician, there are so many ways this could go really bad. Sometimes bad ideas are just bad ideas; but in this case, things going wrong with the system can be (and probably will be) fatal.

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NaNoWriMo, Meds, and Project Updates

I’m thinking this year’s NaNoWriMo challenge is going to be a bust for me. I’m at 5672 words out of a 50k goal and the deadline is Saturday. However, I don’t consider this year’s challenge a failure. A lot of things happened this month and still continue. My new goal is to try and hit 7000 words by Saturday, with Black Friday and Small Business Saturday both taking place. (The part time job is for a small business.)

The meds situation is improved. For now I’m remaining at the 40mg Prozac and 150mg Wellbutrin. The depression side of things has lessened and the only complaint I have currently is concentration and focus are still off. We’re going to hold here for another month and see if I just need more time with the new med.

I’ve almost finished my Christmas Card image, which should appear here in the first week or so of December. The sketch and color work is done, and I just have a couple of design decisions to make. Then comes the less fun side of Christmas Cards, addressing and sending them.

One last note on the current word count. Those 5672 words represent a lot of structural story work. I’m building the story around the main story now.

Current Project Update

So… my current word count for NaNoWriMo is 3675. I know, I know, I’m way behind the 50k target total. According to my “word per day” calculator, I have to clear 3500 words a day to still hit the goal on time. That may not happen.

On a plus note, the med adjustment seems to have gone well. The depression and SAD aspect seems to be lessened, but my focus seems to have also been lessened. Of course, new distractions have also been picked up in the last week (mentioned in the last post). So anything more than 0 words in this most recent window is a win.

As mentioned before, I recently started a part-time job. The blogging, writing, and art isn’t producing a self-sustaining income, so something had to be added to keep the bills paid. On a plus note, I’m working in a hobby and craft shop. So, models, r/c hobbies, train sets, scratch-build supplies, craft supplies, and art supplies are around me daily and helping to fuel plenty of future projects once I get the focus part down. Plus, I get to find creative solutions to problems almost every day that I work.

And speaking of current projects, aside from the NaNoWriMo project, my new current project is designing a Christmas card for my wife and I to send out this year. That should appear soonish in the late November/early December timeframe.

And just so I don’t leave any followers, readers, or guests here empty handed, the above picture is my earliest picture of the USSC Aldrin in orbit over Themis. And as always, the DeviantArt link.