Well it’s that time of year again, the time when the year is half over and half ready to come. I won’t go into any sort of detail as to how bad of a year this has been for me, easily the worst one for me yet, hopefully it is the last one for a while. But enough melodrama, here’s a half way updates for your enjoyment.
Books – at this point I have read 7 books, and I am currently getting through the 8th one, which is really good so far, an anthology edited by Stephen King called “Flight or Fright.” It’s not a great accomplishment of reading (as I have largely given up my nightly hour of reading for either writing or watching DVD’s on my laptop) but it’s not awful.
Writing – as always I set a stiff goal for myself at the beginning of the year. Every month I was/am to write 2 new stories, edit an old (and as of yet unedited) story, and write a new blog post (publication notices don’t count). So far I’ve written 6 of of the 10 stories owed, edited none of the old stories, and I’ve done 3 (of the 5) blog posts. Of the 20 pieces I should have finished by now, I’ve finished 9, 45%, not as good as I’d like, but there have been a lot of things getting in the way. More stories have been written at this point, but writing is only half the battle at best, most of my stories go through 7 rounds of editing after being written, I take this stuff seriously, and the old story I’ve been working on is nearly 11k words. I’ve started writing stories on my phone this year, as mentioned in my post on “A Toast to the End of Time” in short 10-15 minute sessions, it’s more efficient and the stories are cleaner at first draft then I had previously assumed, so I think I will be doing that quite a bit more. As of now I’ve spent 184 hours writing this year.
Movies – this has not been a year of watching movies in anyway. At this point I’ve watched (including movies already seen) 14 movies. 9 are new to me, and 4 of them are from season 11 of MST3K which I very recently picked up. The year started out with one incredibly bad movie “The Accidental Tourist” which makes the MST3K episodes look Oscar worthy by comparison. I plan to watch significantly more the rest of the year. I have however spend a good amount of time watching stuff, but most of this stuff was old TV shows, which doesn’t get put into the movie category.
Video Games – I’ve tried to make an effort at playing less video games this year, so I could focus on writing more. So far I’ve put 87 hours into video games, nearly 100 hours less then I’ve spent writing, which is good. This year I’ve beaten: Aladdin (on the Genesis), The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Link’s Crossbow Training, and A Boy and His Blob: Trouble on Blobonia (called “Blob” for the rest of this post). Aladdin and Blob are games I’ve beaten several times, and I speed run. Not that I’m particularly great, I can usually do Aladdin in about 20 minutes, and Blob in 9. As an interesting aside (maybe) I picked up Blob last year on 420 (the last game I ever got at Jay Street), and this year started playing it seriously right around the same time, after maybe 5 hours I was able to beat it for the first time.
Collecting – as far as collecting goes I’ve taken Vinyl the most seriously, picking up 13 records, 3 of which were new, of those three the best is “MoonGlow” by Avantasia which received a blog post in march, of the used records the best so far is a tie between “Three Sides Live” by Genesis and “Exit Stage Left” by Rush, both of which are double LP live albums. As for video games, I only got to the retro store (Game N DVD Exchange) once so far, and there picked up 4 carts, two of which (“Toe Jam and Earl: Panic on Funkatron” for the Genesis and “Tetris Attack” for the SNES) I’ve wanted for years, I also picked up 2 games for the Wii U at Game Stop. As for DVD’s, this year I’ve picked up 9, and of them I’ve only watched the “Best of the Cosby Show.” I picked up that one as either a future (and considerably dark) gag gift or sadness that no one else would pick it up at the library sale… that being said, the show is still quite good, despite what we now know of it’s creator. The full list of Vinyl, DVD’s and Video Games; as always, will be compiled at the end of the year.
Wake Up Songs – yes I have been keeping track of my wake up songs this year, the first one came about on January 6th, which was “Flying Home for Christmas” by Synthwave artist Street Cleaner, one of several great Synthwave Christmas songs. The most recent song was on May 31st and was “Lavender” by Avantasia, which is officially my favorite song off “MoonGlow” and maybe favorite Avantasia song of all time (though time will tell with that).
I’ve realized while writing this that July, not June 1st is the half way point of the year, this is why I was always so bad with math… think about it, there’s twelve months in a year, half of twelve is 6, so the 6th month should be the half way point, but no it’s not because you have to count all of the 6th month, regardless, I’ve always done this on June 1st in the past, and who am I to break with tradition. I hope you’ve enjoyed the update.