Week Notes 2021/42+43
Sun Oct 31, 2021
Notes for the weeks of 18th through 31st of October 2021.
Well the four months of darkness are finally here, so the on coming anxiety of winter is tempered by it now being here.
- Not a lot I can report about work. It happens to me more than I happen to it at the moment.
- Some writing of fiction, but not enough. Never enough.
- I also started working on a pitch for Blood Knife, but it needs more work before submission
- I’d also like to write another pitch to keep in my back pocket and as a refinement exercise.
- Booked flights to and from England in a few weeks. Also a hotel in Leicester. It’s a trip I’ve been looking forward to for ages. It’s been over two years since I visited the family home.
- Quite a dull two weeks. Obviously time has passed and I’ve done things, but nothing much outside the ordinary patterns that I’ve already documented.
- A copy of The Weird: A Compendium of Strange and Dark Stories edited by Anne and Jeff VanderMeer arrived. This was a much appreciated anniversary gift from Jen.
- Once I’m finished with these notes I’m going to start reading one of the novellas inside it, The Beak Doctor.
- I reclaimed by USB hub from Jen, so have more ports available to charge devices (watches, many different headphones) and also use my Kenchron keyboard.
- The Dying of the Light (George R. R. Martin, 1977)
- Finished this some weeks ago. It really picks up at the end. Not sure I’d unconditionally recommend it.
- Mörk Borg (2021)
- A rules light Doom Metal RPG. Count me in! I picked up and read both the core book and the zine of additional material.
- Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead (Olga Tokarczuk, 2009/2019)
- Not far into this, so won’t comment. Holding my attention better than Dying of the Light. :)
Running & Adventures
Two good weeks of volume. Mixed feelings on how hard the effort was in week forty-two. Running in the evening now means dealing with dark skies and inclement weather. However, I’ve managed to get through October and stay active, so I’m reasonably upbeat about keeping in the groove over winter. I’m starting to make plans for some longer trips once late spring comes. Also, in a few weeks I’m planning a one day adventure on what was once familiar ground.
I don’t feel like documenting everything from Strava at the moment. The long run on Sunday 24th was a 16km beast of a run that wrecked me for the afternoon. Today’s 11km was far gentler and kinder on the body. I hit more than 30 kilometres a week for the last two, which is good. Also, I plucked up the courage to do another hill repeat session. Worst session, but also the best session.
- The Crow (Jim Jarmusch, 1994)
- Disco Elysium
- Wolfenstien: The New Order