New Year and Other Junk

No, I don’t really have any resolutions. I do have a pile of things to do and, like a lot of people, I need to sort them out so I can prioritize and finish at least some of them.

But first, before we get into all that, I need to get something off my chest. You’re not living “off-grid” if you’re dependent on a fossil fuel network to make any part of that work. I know, thank you Captain Obvious, however, last year I saw this mistake being made all the time in all sorts of media. “Hey, come see my ‘off-grid’ Ford van conversion. Blah, blah, blah.” No. Son, this is no more off-grid than building a house on the side of the Hoover Dam. Just because you slapped a couple of PV panels to the side of something does not eliminate your grid dependence.

The Big List, the Abridged Version

  1. Go back to school, finish any degree:
    Class starts on the 4th of this month. Honestly, at this point, I don’t even know what’s on the sylabus or where to even read it, but I will be making this happen. I’ll figure out how I’m going to pay for it later.
  2. Clean and organize garage:
    I’ve been working on this project recursively since we bought this place. This time around it’s personal.
  3. Sell my Delica:
    It’s currently not running, but it’s got good bones. The simple fact of the matter is that since I started experiencing all these health challenges I don’t have the time or energy to maintain a van, of any sort, for any reason. Sad but true. As the weather improves I will be cleaning it up and selling it.
  4. Write:
    There are three WIP underway right now. A shortish story/novellette about a dog in a future American climate calamity. A novel-rewrite. And a couple of comic book experiements I’ve been developing (episodics get lumped together). I will finish these.
  5. Hike:
    I intend to hike the Washington portions of the Pacific Crest Trail this summer. Time and family commitments prevent me from doing the whole thing. Dirtbag Matt is dead.
  6. Garden and Home Maintenance:
    I had a really interesting message exchange with Tobias recently that has provoked some self reflection. As a result I’d like to improve my focus on these things and find some satisfaction in doing them.
  7. Find a small group of writing peers:
    I need some friends I can write and read with.

So there you have it, the explicated version of my current pile.

Another thing that needs clearing up. If you put a plastic sticker on an organically grown fruit or vegetable it is no longer “organic.”

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