Of the year, of course!

December has been rather unkind. Illness has plagued my footsteps, mostly of the “breathing sucks” variety. I’ve also gotten a temporary boost in hours at the bookstore (and am also running the store’s Facebook page), which means more money, but less time to do stuff such as write. Now that the holiday season is over, my hours will magically be reduced, which means more time to write. I’ve managed to scribble my Forces of Geek columns, and do a bit of short story writing, but that’s been it. I had really hoped to have my wacky take on the Four Horsemen ready by, well, today, but sadly the tale is unfinished. I will still finish it, because I’m enjoying the ideas that are coming up as I write it.

My New Year’s resolution is a simple one: create more, consume less. I want to write more, improve my health, and make my life fuller and richer. I want to buy less stuff, own less stuff, and take in less bullshit. I think that is both an encompassing and simple goal for the coming year.

I wrote my latest Forces of Geek column on “13 Books for Doing Your Thinking About SF“. It’s not as in-depth as some of my other columns, but I wanted to respond to all of the “Best Of” lists coming out right now . I’ve thought about doing a “Best Of The Year” or “Decade” post here, but it seems so trite. I’d rather do something else to reflect on the decade, something that jibes more with the idea of “doing your thinking.”

This idea comes from my college mentor, Dr. Thomas Buckley, who wrote an article with that title for Parabola some years back and gave it to us to read in a Native American religions course. It is essentially the notion that you need to combine appreciation, analysis, meditation, and reflection to not just critique an idea or a subject, but to understand it as fully as possible. He wrote about it in his excellent book on Yurok spirituality also. This is an idea that is about creating good thought and good action, not just consuming information. It is about learning all of the time, not just taking in and spitting out data. I’d like to enact this idea more in the coming year as well.

Happy New Year to all!

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