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Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Not Dead….Really

Posted by Tim Stobbs on April 2, 2015

Sorry for the lack of posts lately, but real life has been sucking down my attention with a vengeance.  Work has been particularly busy and then my evenings and weekend have been consumed doing various kid related things and stuff that HAD to be done around the house.

The other particular things why I wasn’t writing is I have been going through a bit of deep hit of negativity around work lately.  So I did draft a few posts but most of them came out so negative and occasionally whinny about working that I couldn’t bring myself to hit the publish button.  It would have been like feeding you guys a steady diet of battery acid for posts.  Perhaps later I’ll clean them up and publish them, but for now they are going to spend some time in limbo.

That is perhaps the unstated risk of pursuing financial independence.  While having more money means you can put up with less bullshit at work, it also has the side effect it becomes easier to become disconnected from it as well.  So in my case, I got so disconnected that one day I realized I could have cheerfully piled up all the paper on my desk, toss on my laptop and cell phone and burned the entire mess.  Yes I was that apathetic about my job.

Actually it was so bad that one point I was seriously entertaining applying for a job with WAY less pay and worse hours just to have the novelty of doing something that I might enjoy.  I had gone so far to actually put together a resume and cover letter and in a moment of self reflection realized that I was just trying to run away from my current job situation…it wasn’t going to solve any long term issues.  Just trading one set of issues for another set so I didn’t put in the application.

Yet today is the start of a lovely five day weekend for me.  So I finally have some time to think about things and realize that I just need to put some energy into something that I can enjoy.  So I’m planning on expanding my wine making hobby to also include beer brewing.  I’ll likely write up a post on the process later on in the spring or summer.

So now that I’m back…any particular topics you want to hear about?  I’m taking requests.

Novel Writing

Posted by Tim Stobbs on November 6, 2014

Dear reader,

Yes I’m ignoring you.  It isn’t your fault, but rather my decision to try out being part of National Novel Writing Month.  The goal of the month is to finish 50,000 words of a novel from Nov 1 to Nov 30. So I’m writing a lot of material, just nothing on this blog lately.

I decided to dust off my 2013 attempt at the 3 Day Novel contest which was about 29,000 words already and see if I can add 50,000 to it over Nov.  The idea would be to have a full manuscript (~80K words) by the end of Nov.  If you would like to see how I’m doing, you can follow my process at my page on the site.  Please note I only update my progress at the end of each day and I’m only counting my progress this month.

I do plan to produce a few posts here this month, but not that many.

Take care,

Tim

Merry Christmas to All

Posted by Tim Stobbs on December 21, 2013

So I am starting a well deserved holiday break this weekend, as such I may not be writing much here for the next week. Just a heads up for you to feel free to ignore the internet and spend some time with your families… Or not depending upon how much you like your family. ;)

Merry Christmas to all!

Tim