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New Year's Scribblings

The consensus view is that 2016 sucked. From the narrow perspective of my life, that wasn't true. Other than the outcome of the Presidential election and the large amounts of sleep I lost (and continue to lose) in the aftermath, it was actually a fairly decent year. As the lack of sleep indicates, I am actually far more worried about 2017. I'd like to believe that are forces within the Republican Party that have enough power to moderate the worst excesses of the coming Trump administration, but the amount of post-election spinelessness shown by much of the establishment doesn't bode well for those hopes...

I wish I better understood why it is I find it so hard to maintain any kind of consistency in posting regularly to LJ. The fact is that I do enjoy this kind of writing, but forcing myself to do so often feels like some kind of Herculean task. I've long suspected that this is the product of what I like to call "The Facebook Effect": that in addition to encouraging short, simplistic, nuance-free writing, it actually causes you to think in such a manner. I'm going to have to find a way to reconcile my lack of desire to leave the site -- borne from the fact that most of my friends and family maintain a presence there, thus making it my primary social networking tool -- with my desire to spend more time writing in this manner...

I haven't forgotten my statement to provide some explanatory detail for this year's LEGO Christmas diorama. That will be the subject of a future post...

With just 15 hours left in the year, I made it to 40 books read for 2016, and like the LEGO post, there is a concluding 2016 Stuff Read post in the works. As a reward for achieving an unofficial goal for the year, I started Ann and Jeff VanderMeer's The Big Book of Science Fiction. While I am looking forward to reading it cover-to-cover, it's 1,200 oversized pages will make it exceedingly difficult for me to manage 40 books two years in a row. If I do manage that feat, it will almost certainly result from setting aside more time to read than I did last year...

Today is the last day of an extended break from work. I used a few days with of PTO to supplement the additional days off that Major Defense Contractor gave everyone around the holidays, thus providing me with an end of year, nearly two-week vacation. As is often the case with such things, the days passed by far too quickly. I suspect that I will have severe motivational issues when I return to work tomorrow...

Finally, to everyone reading this that I haven't already expressed the sentiment to, Happy New Year. I hope that I'm merely being pessimistic and will be proven wrong, but just in case, I wish you the strength, perseverance, and wisdom to navigate what will almost assuredly be the first of a few dark years in American history.

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