Unpacking Failure

MikeNM

Rants and Reviews. Mostly just BS and Affiliate Links.

November 29, 2019

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I celebrated finishing NaNoWriMo last year, so it is just as fair to dissect what happened that I failed this year. I can break it down to two factors:

1. Being unprepared

I started the month with a vague outline of an idea, and never really managed to find my footing. I did manage to write a nearly thousand-word . . .

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The Identity Blindspot

MikeNM

Rants and Reviews. Mostly just BS and Affiliate Links.

November 22, 2019

One of the weirdest things that happen as you get older is that you begin to realize that your self-perception isn't quite correct. Depending on your self-awareness, this ranges from having to accept unpleasant truths to having a full-on identity crisis as you begin to unpack how little you know yourself.

I . . .

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Slacking For Self-Care

MikeNM

Rants and Reviews. Mostly just BS and Affiliate Links.

November 12, 2019

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It's not been a great month for writing time, between sickness and a big update at the day job. So this one is going up late, and things aren't looking good for a triumphant NaNoWriMo.

The term self-care gets stuffed with a lot of connotations of middle-aged rich people in spas with eucalyptus oil, cucumbers on the . . .

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Just Keep Typing

MikeNM

Rants and Reviews. Mostly just BS and Affiliate Links.

November 01, 2019

National Novel Writing Month is a challenge every year where people try to pen a novel in just thirty days. I managed to finish mine last year at like 4 AM on December 1st; I rounded it up to mission accomplished.

I dug out an old idea of mine that had been sitting in a notebook and am setting out today to get . . .

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Book Review - Red Rising By Pierce Brown

MikeNM

Rants and Reviews. Mostly just BS and Affiliate Links.

October 25, 2019

I found out about Pierce Brown through the MacStories guys. So I wasn't really sure what I was getting into beyond the basic gist of the book. When I first started reading, I found myself in that familiar YA territory. A well-worn mix of heavy-handed metaphors, large dumps of exposition, and very understandable rules and factions. I . . .

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Creativity and Planning

MikeNM

Rants and Reviews. Mostly just BS and Affiliate Links.

October 18, 2019

My Hobonichi notebook has become a place to do a quick bit of writing every day. I write a page or so with text of varying sizes depending on my motivation. I pair that with an actual attempt to document my day in Day One. These routines are meant to keep me writing even when I don’t get a lot of time to do anything . . .

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Book Review: Fall; or Dodge, In Hell By Neal Stephenson

MikeNM

Rants and Reviews. Mostly just BS and Affiliate Links.

October 14, 2019

Friday went a little sideways on time, and I found that it was already almost midnight by the time I got a few minutes to upload this post. Decided that it made a little more sense to wait until Monday.

I have to admire that Neal Stephenson has created an entire science fiction world to serve as framing stories for fantasy novels . . .

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