Funny that this far into the new year I should finally do a review of the last, but here it is.
I’ll note a few things that went on on, dealings with and situations of others online and face-to-face, the high and low points of 2013-early 2014:
In 2013, as in any year, I’ve been thoughtless, uncharitable, even overreaching in some goals, but there were things that went well, both for my friends and myself…
My friend Kate aka @AButchersWife (*waves at monitor*) has been doing a series of giveaways and book reviews over on her blog, and has acquired some new feathery pets — her rapidly-growing chicks — who shall serve her in the laying of the eggs when fully mature. She’s gotten a lot done in only a year, between blogging, family duties, tons of study at University. She’s also a grandma, by way of her daughter Jessie, and all things considered, 2013 seems to have been very good for her, the resident critters, and the family despite the heatwave going on.
Stu, whose blog is here, is a dad…again! He also has done VERY well in his writing career, so congratulations and more success to him. Few have what it takes to do it well, and this seems to be the case for both he and…
…Christopher, aka @Ravenpenny, who has gotten lots of articles for GURPS done, and though he had to deal with a loss in the family along the way, has come forth victorious over the that dire multitentacled horror, the dreaded scheduling deadline, even winning 2013’s NaNoWriMo contest.
Chris got to stay over at my place during most of the month, as otherwise I’d be alone with the kitties, which is not a healthy thing for one with my peculiar psychopathology. I picked up a few really cool things during Chris’s stay, including new ways of avoiding writer’s block, and am currently fixing unconstructive writing and blogging habits of mine.
I’m back to study this year, and experimenting on optimal ways to better manage my time, better study methods, and with cool tools to make those easy — I purchased a new laptop in March, an iPad in November, and am using them with the fractal apps (four of them now), and cool study tools like Evernote and Peek. I’ve done tons of images, many of which I would put in the category of ‘not quite as crappy as they were a couple of years back,’ and have finally started posting the Mandelbulber Tutorials, with the first installment here.
Last year, I announced that I would likely be ending activity on this blog by the end of 2014, switching over to my blogger site, The Collect Call of Troythulu. I deactivated my other WordPress site, I am Troythulu, early during the year, only to reactivate it later the same.
I’ve posted a giveaway for this blog’s 5th anniversary last year, but without a conclusive winner I’ve posted it again here, and extended it until February. The prize is a first edition copy of Guy P. Harrison’s book, ‘Think: Why You Should Question Everything.’ Check it out. Delivery is to anywhere on Earth except where prohibited by law, Low Earth Orbit, or Antarctica.
English: Profile Photo of Kylie Sturgess (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Also, this December, I received a holiday card from one of my favorite skeptical podcasters, Token Skeptic’s hostesss, Kylie Sturgess, with a Krampus on it no less!
Awesomely cool of her to send it all the way from Australia, and personally signed, too! She’s working on her latest podcast project on Patreon right now, the Urban Legendary Radio Show, with its first episode already out!
We’ve another addition to the family, a new cat named Willow, and a big, fluffeh beast she is, though she scares even Mister Eccles and Rockykins!
Okay, enough of the felicity, and on to…
Two of my friends, Christopher and Ani, lost loved ones this year, and my heart goes out to them. Chris’s Nana and Ani’s mother both passed into the Ultimate Mystery in 2013…Their loss is mine as well.
Two of my favorite blogs, Left Hemispheres and Krissthesexyatheist have closed down in 2013, though I maintain some contact with their owners through Facebook. Good people, all of them.
One of my blogging friends, Zor’ra, has gone silent over the last few months, and I’ve no idea why.
There’s no sign of her online recently that I’ve been able to find, and I truly hope she’s doing alright. I’m concerned for her health and safety, but she’s capable and tough. It’ll take more than online trollery or whatever to get her down. My thoughts and hopes go out for her good fortune, wherever she is… Know that I miss seeing you, Little Sister…
So things have been rough for some of us, good for others, and for most, a blend of the two. Let’s see if we can make this year better than the last — for all our sakes.
Be strong, be well, be brilliant as the stars… or in the Old High Kai’Siri, what would render as: