Category: Misc.

Books Read in 2018

I made it a goal a few years ago to read more, like I used to when I was much younger. I’d read all the time, but at that time my topic selection was limited to Science Fiction and, well that’s all. I have been broadening my selections a bit since then. I’ve explored the vast world of fantasy in 2016-2017, and then moved on to self discovery, philosophy, self-help, some classics, etc. 2018 was a good year for reading for me 🙂

  • The Man in the High Castle – Philip K. Dick
  • The Integral Trees – Larry Niven
  • Real Artists Don’t Starve – Jeff Goins
  • The Anatomy of Peace – The Arbinger Institute
  • Addiction, Procrastination, and Laziness – Roman Gelperin
  • Insecure in Love – Lesli Becker-Phelps PhD
  • Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging – Sebastion Junger
  • The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life – Mark Manson
  • Walden – Henry David Thoreau
  • Meditations – Marcus Arelius
  • Declutter Your Mind – Barrie Davenport
  • The Fifth Season (The Broken Earth, #1) – N.K. Jemisin
  • Roadmarks – Roger Zelazny
  • Good News – Edward Abbey
  • Seveneves – Neal Stephenson
  • Artemis – Andy Weir

Technical Books

  • Docker: Up & Running
  • Terraform: Up & Running
  • Clean Code: A Handbook of Agile Software Craftsmanship

Halfway through Inktober

I am halfway through Inktober. I have not drawn this much in many, many, years. Inktober is a challenge. It is difficult to create something each day, let alone something interesting each day. It has been a rewarding challenge though, as I feel, now two weeks in, like this is just what I do. I come home from work, and instead of playing video games, I draw. It’s what I used to do. Feels good to be doing it again. The social media aspect of the challenge adds an interesting bit of pressure to not fall (too far) behind and to actually get some work out there. It’s one of the most positive social media experiences I have had.

My approach to the challenge is to try something in a different style each day. The results are not always super clean and my impatience means that I am putting in no more than 2 hours into each day, usually coming in around 1 hour, and some as few as 15 mins. However, as a practice and a sketching exercise it has been pretty great. I am remembering that I used to do a lot of different types of art.

I am inspired by some of the crazy effort people have been putting into the challenge, like creating 31 pieces that form an entire story that is unfolded daily, or creating 31 drawings in the same style in the same sketch book in a tight and cohesive collection. Even just maintaining a theme each day. I dig it. Next year I may try something so ambitious. By then I should have a lot more practice in and may be up for the challenge.

Contentedly tucked into bed while our corgi sleeps at my feet and my wife sleeps beside me, finishing a book I’ve been able to take my time with and enjoy over the last 3 months, I am grateful.