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valinor spider party ([personal profile] aria) wrote2014-09-01 04:15 pm

but I believe you when you say we're never gonna fall

It occurs to me that I may be terrible at New Year's resolutions in part because my brain thinks of years as having September-August cycles (ie the way a school year/summer break is scheduled) rather than January-December ones. Leaves beginning to turn color? Time to figure out what habits and schedules to change in order to optimize the year! I think this means I should take advantage of my brain's comfort with fall as a time of change in order to make some nicer habits!

Obviously one of these is posting to DW more often. I have stopped worrying and learned to love twitter, but it has no archival-diary function, which is my favorite thing about journaling sites. Also, wow, being able to condense my thoughts is a nice skill, but at this point I feel like I need to relearn how to uncondense them. And so: an uncondensed list of things I would like to do!

1. Get back on tumblr tbh. I need to just pare it down to people whose posts I consistently like, and then give myself a half-hour time limit per day and make myself stop after that before I can go into a weird guilt spiral about never catching up. It's okay, self. Tumblr is infinite.

2. Stretch in the evenings?? The apartment of Gondor often mainlines shows in the evenings (the past few months it's been Warehouse 13); this is the ideal time to roll out a mat and unwind a bit. I have a job that has a lot of heavy lifting! My back has been REAL MAD lately! I should be kind to my body, it's the only one I get unless awesome cyborg enhancements are coming to the general public sooner than I anticipate.

3. Enjoy some new media! I ... have peaced out of Doctor Who so hard :( Instead I am watching Outlander, lololol; I definitely want to give Farscape a go, since it's all on Netflix. (I am told that the viewing order is in some way fucked?? Any pointers from people who know Farscape would be much appreciated.) I have also fallen back into the habit of reading actual books; just finished Jemisin's Dreamblood duology, and Leckie's Ancillary Justice is next on the list. EXCITED.

4. Write ... some books ...? I mean, I have a post-Thor 2 plotty political fic to write with [profile] filiabelialis, and unrelated shorter Loki/Amora and apparently Sif/Lorelei fics, and probably some Gamora/Nebula if I can bring myself to care about the GotG part of the MCU enough; but then I also have some original projects to finish! And to start! And to middle! I think the takeaway here is that, just as I need to block out a half hour per day for tumblr and then call quits, I need to block out probably an hour per day for writing (and then NOT call quits if the writing is actually working). When my days were more structured I got lots more writing done per month, so now that I have a job with weird hours I need to do my own structuring.

5. Gonna learn to vid! This has been a backburner resolution for a while, but [personal profile] verity has offered to actually teach me, so hell yes I'm doing that. (She's also offered to teach me how to break an egg one-handed, as per Thor's skill at that in her fic halfway between the gutter and the stars -- GO READ IT it features the very best Thor -- but presumably learning how to break eggs will take less time than learning how to vid.)

I think all this is doable! It'll be nice to settle in and work on getting comfortable inside my life; A and I just redecorated the apartment, so physically it's lovely to be in; I've had lots of summer adventures and am happy to lay low for a bit. Such good summer adventures, though: some New York friends came up to Boston and took me to a One Direction concert with them, which was pretty great; the following week [profile] filiabelialis and I went down to NYC to visit (mostly different) friends. And I think I want to get back into the habit of having a narrative for adventures, either the gallivanting ones or the at-home ones. I like the way it makes them feel more permanent.
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[personal profile] scribe 2014-09-01 10:07 pm (UTC)(link)
I feel like I should have a more coherent reply to this but really I'm just over here going

vidding vidding vidding vidding vidding is so great yessss
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[personal profile] littledust 2014-09-01 10:10 pm (UTC)(link)
Hooray for your plans! ♥ I wish you the best of luck. (And omg, if you learn how to vid, pass on your secrets so I can finally make my Faith/Buffy "Celebrity Skin" vid happen.)
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[personal profile] verity 2014-09-02 03:30 am (UTC)(link)
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[personal profile] reflectedeve 2014-09-02 01:59 pm (UTC)(link)
Yessss, watch Farscape! :D I don't know what the viewing order issues are (I have the whole thing on DVD), but I'd be happy to take a look at Netflix when I get home?

I am super excited to see what comes of your vidding venture!
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[personal profile] mistresscurvy 2014-09-02 04:17 pm (UTC)(link)
What a great list! And I know exactly what you mean about feeling like September is the official new year - I always have that sense, and I've been out of school for twelve years at this point, so I don't think that's changing any time soon. But you've inspired me to look at how I want to set up my fall schedule differently as well. Creating and treating your body right and consuming the kind of media you like, in the doses that work for you <3

And oh, I love the concept of a life having a narrative for adventures - that is such a great way of looking at it and describing it.
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[personal profile] starlady 2014-09-03 07:15 pm (UTC)(link)
If you ever have questions about vidding, I am happy to try to answer them! Of course you know a ton of vidders who are more accomplished than me, but. :D
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[personal profile] sophia_sol 2014-09-13 01:57 pm (UTC)(link)
hahaha I am the worst at commenting in a timely way but aww these are great goals and I am happy that you had good summer adventures <3