10 years on

Apr. 5th, 2011 11:56 am
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First, the Venice report and photos are here and the next two entries (the photos are in the third one.)

Meanwhile, I’ve just realized that I missed my decade blogiversary! I wrote my first entry on March 9, 2001 during a miserable winter in Massachusetts. (Pardon the formatting issues; they happened when I ported entries over from my first ‘home’ at Diaryland to my own site). It isn’t that I don’t like Massachusetts; it’s just that my company at the time said “Hey, wanna go to Boston for a month right after New Years?” and after I said “Sure!” it turned out to be three months in Worcester (Woostah). The company seemed not to understand that being on the other side of the US for three months might screw up people’s lives a bit; I had been training hard at the time and, though that area is rife with rowing normally, I couldn’t get on the water at all because it was all frozen at the time. I had to fight hard to get the company to pay for membership at a gym with a rowing machine. On the other hand, they did send me home (or bring Ted out) every other weekend.

Since I wrote that blog entry I’ve been reunited with Ted and then, years later, separated for an even longer period; lost two cats; visited three more continents and lived in Europe and Asia; aged visibly; competed in a bunch of regattas including Masters Nationals and World Masters, not to mention some in the Netherlands and Taiwan; lost one close relative and two grandmothers-in-law; worked for two other companies at a total of four sites, strengthened my dependence on the Internet even further, read a whole lot of amazing books, been to the city and back again, been moved by some things that I’ve learned, met a lot of good people and called them friends, felt the change when the season turned.

Sorry, I was channelling Bill Staines there for a moment. But what do you expect from a rower when the song is called ‘River’?

I’ve lived nearly a quarter of my life since beginning this blog, that’s what.It hasn’t been all daisies and butterflies and staggering accomplishment by any means, and there was some pain in there as you might expect over the course of a decade. There were a lot of lucky chances, probably more than our share, though I do think Ted and I did a decent job of seizing them. The one thing I think I can legitimately be proud of is that it’s been a full decade with a lot of living in it.

I don’t know what I’ll be doing for the next decade. There’s someone I’m looking forward to meeting and seeing grow up in it, and there will almost certainly be (yet another) continental move, this time back to the US (however, I first expected that to happen in 2009). I’ll turn fifty somewhere along in there (or if I don’t, bloggng will not be my main concern.) Past that, I can’t predict details. There will be more meeting of interesting people and reading of good books, because there are too many of both in the universe for it not to happen. There will be some sightseeing wherever I am, because there are sights to see anywhere. I don’t expect to change drastically – I think I’m still pretty recognizable as the same person I was at age nine, with most of the same opinions on the broadest topics – but I hope I’ll grow and deepen and become more interesting.

One final note: sine LiveJournal has been stuttering lately, I should note for those who read it there that this web journal can also be read at Dichroic Reflections and DreamWidth.

Mirrored from Dichroic Reflections.

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The following entry was originally posted at my main blog on January 11 - apparently JournalPress, which is a plugin I use to mirror entries to Dreamwidth and LiveJournal, isn't working with the latest version of WordPress. It's kind of a relief to know why I wasn't getting any comments on those sites - I was beginning to think no one liked me! So I will be posting three past entries here, then I guess I'll just mirror them manually until I can get the plugin fixed.

I got the new computer pretty much set up yesterday - since both old and new are Macs, that was pretty much just a matter of hooking them together, letting them talk to each other, and then gently pointing out, "No, you idiot, I don't want you calling up old versions of software when we now have shiny new versions of the same thing!" However, now I have two profiles on the machine and can't figure out how to combine them. I would use the new one, to make sure I did have the latest version of everything, but then it can't see my iTunes libraries. Oh, well, I replaced the shortcuts to old Office programs with new shortcuts on the profile I transferred and I don't think it's using old versions of much else. And that one's got all my bookmarks, etc, which the new computer has kicked me into streamlining a bit.

I recently finished The Indigo Dragon, which kicked me into a reread of James Owens' first three "Here There Be Dragons" series in order, plus purchase of the fourth (ebook, instant gratification). As a result, I'm thinking that if this computer needs a name it can be Whatsit or Little Whatsit, which is also a nod to one of my first fantasy favorites, A Wrinkle in Time.

Incidentally, on this read-through the dialogue isn't bothering me nearly as much. I still don't think CS Lewis, JRR Tolkien, and Charles Williams would be using first names at their initial meeting, and it does get annoying when Williams says "Bad form, Jack!" every other page, but at least the phrasing that struck me as too modern and casual (like "okay!") is mostly combine to Jack, who's only 18 or so in the first book. And I think it fades a bit as he ages - the second book is nine years later, the third five years after that.

I'd appreciate more clarity about what's happened between books - if they haven't contacted each other between the first two, for instance, as Owens states,, then how does John know someone in the Archipelago has married and had a child? In the beginning of the third book, it's implied John has gone back since the events of the second - it would be nice to know a bit more about what he did. But that's all a minor thing; what's within each book hangs together pretty well.

What I'm really enjoying in this readthrough is seeing how much the series was planned as a whole. The plots of the first three books are each pretty standalone in that they are separate adventures, though you need to read them in order for the character and relationship development. But it's a lot of fun to see little clues in the first book that don't bear fruit until the third. I can definitely see why Owens said the that one was the hardest and the most fun to write; it struck me as the most .... umm... the biggest plot maybe, the most complex and most far-reaching. Also, since the story's taking place at very defined real-world intervals, in this book Owen's had to start dealing with Lewis's conversion to Christianity, fictionalizing and integrating plot elements with perhaps the conversion most thoroughly described from inside since St. Augustine's, and it was fascinating to watch him tackle that, and not in any way I'd have at all expected. The book stakes out threads for later books to tie up, but now I'm very curious to read book four (The Shadow Dragons), because The Indigo Dragon will be a hard act to follow.


May. 12th, 2009 09:34 pm
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The mirroring worked, yay!

But the posts showed up with comments disabled on the other sites. I’ve now changed the settings so they should be allowed - after all the whole point of my being on LJ and DW was that I like the community and conversation there.

Mirrored from Dichroic Reflections.


May. 12th, 2009 06:02 am
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This post is written at Dichroic Reflections; if my new plug-in works correctly it should be mirrored to Dreamwidth and LiveJournal (so if you’re seeing it there, it worked).

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