Whistle While You Work

Happy New Year! Yeah, I’m about 2 weeks and more than a couple pounds after the fact, but still. Hope everyone is trying to start their year strong.

This year is one for better organization and time management. Usually I see this in terms of work, but I’m also trying to manage my free time and optimize my learning. I recently started an account on LibraryThing, and already I’m enjoying the process of trying to remember all the books I’ve read as I come up with a reading list for this year. I’ve already re-read The Hobbit, and currently reading The Silmarillion for the very first time. I’m a quarter of the way through, and while it may seem like Middle-Earth overload or even silly to do a prequel of a prequel, the opening chapters alone almost warrant their own entry in the cinematic universe (so long as they steer clear from introducing unnecessary nods to the other films).

I want to read at least 12 books this year, but likely more. At the urging of my awesome fiancee (who is the main contributor to my reading renaissance as a whole), I’ll be moving to Dostoyevsky works next. I also have to fit a re-reading of the A Song of Ice and Fire series in before the next book is published, but I have some time until then!

The Saga Continues

Just popping in to wish everyone a safe holiday season and for a quick update¬†on things. I’m back on the development grind, and learning a ton in the process. At the same time, I’m finally able to take steps for the future, and that includes several art projects both written and drawn. It’s been a heck of a 2014, and with a month to go still, I hope it ends on a high note. My sincere thanks to all my family and friends who’ve built with me over the years, and continue to be inspirations to keep going. With all that’s going on both at home and in the world, it’s the continued growth and creativity and love in the face of it all that keeps me going, and I hope it continues to be a driving force.

What’s This?!

My site…the caterpillar has become…a prettier caterpillar! I’ve painstakingly given my homepage the attention it deserves! With the cleaner interface and room for customization, I can focus on getting work up on here.

It’s not often that I get to be my own client. Usually I lament about not giving my site attention. So to see this through to this point has been quite inspiring. With one piece done, it’s time to move ahead to the next phase.

…I could also use a trip outside.

Projects, Projects, Projects

Fall is here!

Ahhh that beautiful, cool fall season hath cometh. It’s my favorite time of year, and while the leaves may be falling, productivity is on the rise for me. It’s felt like a slow year, but many good ideas have been nurtured, and now it’s time to begin the harvest.

I’ve decided to set a few goals and benchmarks to finally see some things through. Part of it will be a little team building, but first thing is first. All houses need foundation, and with some renewed vigor in coding and art, I’m heading into something big. More info to come when the time is right, so keep checking back!

Eyes Towards The Sky

He holds himself precariously between the three mountains. At this point, he can still touch all three at the same time, but the time has come for him to choose.

He has been at this level for what feels like eternity. His right arm tenses as it pushes against the rocks. His legs bend and flex as they push against his arm, trying to keep the balance without overpowering it. His left hand wields a spyglass, and with a strain he turns his neck to gaze up at his choice.

From where he is, all three mountains look exactly the same. They project out at the same points. They have the same places where the stones look unsteady, ready for overeager climbers to meet their downfall. They have the same caves, places for the climber to find rest or to give up and decide to go back down the mountain. And from where he is, he cannot see what awaits him at the top of any of the three.

The hour grows late. The time approaches. And he must make a choice.

Duty. Desire. Adventure.

He puts the spyglass away, takes his breath, and climbs.