• Currently around 94% of the way done with the first draft of this novel. Just two or three chapters left. I’m trying to get it wrapped up before school starts, which seems pretty doable at this point.
  • I’m also convinced that I really need to outline next time. And do far more pre-writing. And research.
  • Thesis defense is scheduled! I’m in the middle of preparing the presentation. Very much looking forward to having this defense done and over with.
  • Earlier in the week we had a video chat with one of my siblings, something we haven’t done nearly often enough. It’s good to visit, even virtually. Trying to do that more often, with extended family and friends as well.
  • Lately we’ve been entertaining the scrumptious idea of moving to England someday, at least for a year or two. No idea if it’ll ever actually happen, but it sure would be a dream come true.
  • Lost a coworker this week to another job and gained a new one (from an earlier opening, not a replacement for this week’s emigrant). Sad and happy at the same time.
  • I’m thinking about using a circle packing algorithm and my recent SVG turbulence experiments to do a new version of my Before the World Was piece, since I’m not quite happy with the execution on the original.
  • We watched Inception the other night. Still holds up, for the most part. I’m looking forward to Tenet.
  • Also been enjoying watching Travel Man and Taste the Nation.
  • My goal to read more old books is working. I’ve been reading George Eliot’s Silas Marner (poor fellow) and Lytton Strachey’s Eminent Victorians (I’m in the first segment, about Manning, who I’d never heard of before). Both are interesting enough so far.
  • One of my favorite things in life is a brisk early-morning breeze. Overcast autumn days, too. (Not quite there yet, but soon.)

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