Nate Dickson Thinks...


This year has been hard enough on the face of it, but for some reason I have come up with a number of ways to make it even harder on myself. This wasn't really intentional; most bad habits aren't.

Some part of my mind has decided that “the past” has nothing to teach me, because nobody else in my lifetime has had to deal with all of this.


I've done NaNoWriMo every year since 2008, and I have “won” (meaning I have written 50,000 words in one month on a single project) every year as well.


Not a lot to say about this one. I've been playing with Hipstamatic X quite a bit lately, just for fun, just to relax. I'm not a world-class photographer, and I'm easily impressed by silly effects, so the Hipstamatic X app is perfect for me.

Sometimes it's “art house” camera, which applies silly effects to pictures, is a lot of fun. This was one of those times.

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But on purpose. I definitely have enough food in the house, I just choose not to eat it. And I'm making this choice because for most of my life I have just eaten all the time. I was never hungry.


These are the things that have been occupying my mind lately. Which is a change, because for most of my life I haven't really thought about them at all. They've just been part of life. But suddenly I'm facing them and thinking about them, and, in between moments of panic and stress, learning to appreciate them.


So, no more sugar, far fewer carbs for me, at least for a while, until I can get my relationship with food under control. Which isn't fun. But there's not a good reason to keep looking back, that's just a good way to be discontent.

So it's time to start looking for new better things. Things I can eat and like.


I have a routine now, more than ever, and out of necessity.

For years my motto has been:

Such power there is in clear-eyed self restraint —James Russell Lowell

But honestly, I've been less “powerful” than I could be because my self restraint has been just enough to keep going.


Music is the thin, vibrating line between me and insanity, many days. Being able to channel my emotions into something, anything, has been a requisite activity. Anyway, on with the post.

I learned that Plex has the ability to create “Smart Playlistsa la iTunes back in the day when we all used iTunes. I never used that feature to the fullest, but I did enjoy it.


For a choice to have meaning It must also have cost: There must be something selected And something else lost. —Nate Dickson

Listening to music on streaming services gives us the fatigue of having everything, but not being able to decide what we want out of the mess.


When writing the Jala Jones stories, I came up with two different ways to do faster-than-light travel in Jala's universe.

These both played a part in Chapter 4 until they were cut almost entirely. But they were fun to write and I didn't want to waste them. So here you go!