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WCI 1-29-19: Closer Still

Now since I missed the January wrap up post last week, my writing obviously isn’t going that great but I will say that it’s not hopeless for me and my writing.

My office is slowly shaping up. I’m in the process of getting everything organized and getting rid of redundant supplies and organizing the stuff that I still want. Its going to take a while to finish, but the space is already making me excited to work on all the creative projects that I had put on hold. I might have some pictures next week of what I’m doing.

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RW&P: Tales of Vesperia

Let’s start this off by saying that I haven’t played Tales of Vesperia.  I have it downloaded onto my switch and it’s staring at me.  But I haven’t played it yet.  So why am I talking about it at all?

Well it’s because I love the Tales games.  They’re a cult hit series with standouts coming from titles like Tales of Symphonia, Tales of Zesteria, and Tales of Xillia.  And while those three games are great, there is a lot more to the group of games in the series.  Now when I say series, I mean series like Final Fantasy.

Some of these games may be connected, but the majority of them are not.  Vesperia was one of the games that slipped my radar when I was starting to play these games (because I was a kid and therefore had almost no real radar).  So the reason I’m talking about this game is because of the excellent opportunity that this is offering me.

It is a chance to see into the games that other people liked from that time period. It is a chance to play something that meant so much to so many others.  It is a chance to get a game that would have never been available to me easily elsewhere.

It is a huge thing to me that the Tales game is on the Switch.  The Tales games are all over the consoles, but I didn’t think I would be seeing one for the Switch since many of the most recent titles have been only on PlayStation 3 and 4.  I played Symphonia on the Gamecube.  Some of the older ones were on other PlayStations.  There are some that were exclusive to some handheld systems.

I thought the leap toward PlayStation 4 made sense.  The console does well.  But the fact that Vesperia made it to the Switch means so much.  It means that a game series that I grew up loving is getting the respect that I always thought it deserved.

So no matter how you find it, I would suggest that you try one or two or three of the Tales games. 

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My Planner for Week 4 of 2019

If you noticed, yesterday’s blog post came out late and without a picture and this one is also coming out without a picture. And I can promise you that the RW&P that I put up tomorrow is also not going to have a picture on it.

And that’s the thing that I want to talk about. Last week, I used my planner a couple of days well and then after that, I kept forgetting that the planner existed. It was buried in my backpack in a place that I didn’t think to pick it up.  I wasn’t writing either, which I already wrote about very…briefly yesterday.

I have had a lapse in organization and life.  It wasn’t bad.  I was just everywhere.  I was cleaning my home, hanging out with a friend that doesn’t live in the area and trying to find time to do anything that I needed to do.  I got my writing done for the blog, but there wasn’t much else that I could schedule in my life.

I’m not going to say that I didn’t have lazy days that I could have fixed.  I definitely could have fixed those.  I just didn’t.  I needed those couple of hours to cope with the world around me and deal with what was happening in my life.

Now that I’m out here on the other side of that, I am actually struggling to reintegrate my planner.  The best way I’ve found to do this is to just set alarms.  I alert myself to use the planner at the end of the day.  I try to remind myself every single time I’ve finished something.

Getting back on track isn’t easy.  I’ll figure it out.  I’ll find a way to make everything work, but it’s going to take some time and a ton of energy.

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RW&P: The Martian

I am late to this game.  I understand this.  This book has been out forever.  The author has written more and published other things.  My to-read pile (both the physical rows of books and the mental list of books that I need to read to stay caught up on current trends) is a little bit…unruly.  And I don’t help it when I decide to sit down and reread whole series that I have read more than twice just because I found a new book by the author.

So!  The Martian.  The movie gained a lot of notoriety when the speed at which events happened didn’t make sense.  My dad never let me hear the end of it.  He’s one of those science nerds that picked apart everything he saw in shows and movies.  He never read the book, but he did look into it as well.  He came away with mixed feelings.

I am unburdened by tons of knowledge of science.  I understand that a lot of what happens shouldn’t really be possible.  But the important part is that the story that I’m reading is really engaging.  It’s got fun characters and an interesting take on what our trips to Mars will be like.  Honestly, the science could be way off, but it could also be closer to the truth.

When I think of sci-fi, I usually think of Stargate and Star Trek.  Those were some of the first things that I watched when I was a kid.  I remember them vividly.  Now I’m not suggesting that we’re going to start teleporting through the universe via portals.  But let’s think about Star Trek.

Star Trek is huge.  The nerds that loved the show and the stories that it contained went on to help create tech today.  Those pieces of technology range from the phones, laptops, and tablets that we use to things like sliding doors.  Sliding doors didn’t exist before Star Trek.  Sci-fi stories help shape what the future looks like.

While The Martian isn’t that far off from the technology we have today, the approaches that it has to do some of the travel between planets is probably something that inspired people that are interested in traveling to Mars.  Will we do exactly what it says?  Probably not.  But it’s a good idea of what we could do.

I could continue talking about how sci-fi is one of my favorite genres for how it inspires future generations, but honestly, I’m not sure how much actual sense it would make in the end.  I’ll stop myself here.  I’m not done with The Martian and I’m sure that I will have many more feelings about the story.  But for now, I think this is a good first look at how I feel about it.  Maybe read it if you like space things, I guess.  I can’t really control what you do.

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My Planner for Week 3 of 2019

This week I’m doing something dramatically different.  I don’t have any pictures to share.  This is because despite the fact that I’ve been using a planner more and more frequently, I didn’t plan for a sudden emergency at work draining me of the energy that I had when I was going to sit down and write this.

And I guess that’s what I wanted to talk about.  Regardless of what the #bujo community is doing out there or what any of the other planner centric accounts tell you, there’s a point where a planner can’t contain every contingency plan.  There’s no shame in letting go of your normally scheduled activities to handle things that pop up.  In fact, I would be worried if you didn’t break from your planner if things came up.

Not to cut this short, but I’ve only got so long to write this and get the image ready.  My planner will still be going.  And next week, I’ll be able to share more of what I was doing to make the planner work for me.