• Nanowrimo 2021 Word Counting Calendars

    October 24, 2021

    "Word Count Progress Calendar for Nanowrimo 2021"

    November is again upon us, and I have updated the Word Counting Progress Calendar for 2021! This calendar is designed so you can track your progress visually over the course of your novel writing challenge. You record daily word counts and then fill in a number of boxes on each day to indicate roughly how many words you wrote. You can also summarize your weekly word totals as well. As time goes by, each day shows you how much effort went into the day.

    There are six color variations and you can download the files from here.

    You might want to bookmark the official word counting calendar page, which is updated every year to reflect the current calendar. It also has more explanation.


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    DSri Seah
  • GHDR 2021 October 10 Report: Characters, Revisited

    October 11, 2021

    "Divinity's Reach in Guild Wars 2"
    New character in Guild Wars 2, an MMORPG

    I’m a little late with today’s monthly progress report on Groundhog Day Resolutions, and it’s kind of a rambling one. Last month had been a tough month emotionally due to the death of my cat and ongoing feelings of disconnection with work, so I decided to focus on self care. When I am in a depressed mood, I obsessively consume media and lose myself in another world. It’s not intentional, but it has the effect of being a vacation away from myself that has lead to reconnecting with virtual worlds! (more…)

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    DSri Seah
  • GHDR 2021 September 9 Report: Rememberance and Recovery

    September 9, 2021

    "Sri's cat Kat"
    In memory of Kat 2002-2021

    It’s time for the September 9 Groundhog Day Resolutions Report, covering the period of August 9 to September 9! My cat passed away three weeks ago. This has added to the deep sense of depression I’ve been feeling, but I have gathered a few observations and insights to keep myself oriented in a positive direction. (more…)

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  • GHDR 2021 August Report – Conceptual Musings

    August 9, 2021

    "A Conceptual Model of Self by DS"
    A conceptual model of myself, made around 2014

    Goodness, it is already time for the August [GROUNDHOG DAY RESOLUTIONS][2021] REVIEW. I’m going to try a different format for this report, based on the poor readability of the [July][0707] report. I had tried to retain a conversational tone around themes I was having trouble summarizing, and I don’t think it worked well because I had rushed to post it.

    Today I’ll try to get to the point more quickly. (more…)

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    DSri Seah
  • GHDR 2021 July Report – RWBY Reflections

    July 8, 2021

    "Sun Moon Lake, Taiwan"
    random pic of the month: View from hotel over Sun Moon Lake in Taiwan

    It’s time for my GROUNDHOG DAY RESOLUTIONS REVIEW for JULY 7! :-) My focus for the month, as I declared in the [last report][0606], was to get a lot of Javascript project work done. I’m working on a rather large multi-system feature that affects the future direction of our codebase, and we don’t have a lot of time left to implement it. Stress! I am keeping last month’s mantra: “Not being done doesn’t mean I’m bad”. That helped a little. What helped a LOT was letting go of worry that indulging my curiosity to get started was perfectly acceptable. It’s taken several week to ramp-up.

    In all other areas, I have not made any progress on the following:

    • didn’t work on exercise and posture (though I have learned that standing up straight is different than I thought)
    • didn’t do gender transition voice-related stuff (I have been feeling rather demoralized)
    • forgot about the food portion thing I started (though I have been eating fewer carbs overall)
    • didn’t work on the new personal website
    • didn’t work on the DS|CAFE Discord bot
    • didn’t update any of the tomes. I continually drop these so I’m thinking maybe they are not sustainable
    • didn’t update the DS|CAFE Wiki at all after getting it set up

    It’s demoralizing to see so many projects initiated but not having the time, focus, and energy to do anything on them. I don’t think it is due to the lack of TRACKING this year either; from 2007 through 2017 I used to track EVERYTHING and create detailed plans, and the “win/loss” was pretty much the same.

    From 2018 onward, I started tracking less (tracking wasn’t working) and setting smaller objectives until I stopped tracking entirely. The pattern that stays is (1) failure to self-motivate to start and (2) failure to maintain interest and focus through the projects that did start.

    What’s new in 2021 is the preliminary ADHD/AUTISM SPECTRUM diagnoses, so I’m revisiting some ideas about ADHD brain. (more…)

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    DSri Seah