Jan. 31st, 2017 09:04 pm
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[Image: A personalized to-do list bingo card. Several squares are marked and the middle column is complete]

So, it occurs to me as I sit and type this that I could've posted my bingo days ago. I'm just so used to posting at the end of the month now, I guess. Holy self-defeatism, Batman... This actually drives home something I've been thinking about lately, namely that I've fallen into the habit of ignoring the card until the last half-- or less-- of the month. The increased urge to get stuff done that the realization grants me is good, don't get me wrong. Before, I would realize I hadn't accomplished anything for the better part of a month, mean to accomplish stuff and then... not. But cramming a few accomplishments into a week or two isn't really in the spirit of the cards, as I see them. The main problem, I think, is that as I've gotten used to them, they've fallen in line with my long-standing "out of sight, out of mind" issues. I'm considering, for the next card, pinning a physical recreation somewhere I'll see it often, so I won't drift away from the thought of it. I've got a dry erase board around here someplace, might put that to use.

As for this card! Missed some of my more coveted squares again and I wanna go ahead and address some of them now and get it done with, so I've got room to finish on a positive note. The squares I'm most bummed about missing are Practice Spanish Daily, Draw Otter Weekly and Sumbit to a Magazine, so I'm gonna just touch on those.

I am so annoyed with my lack of progress in Spanish. I've hardly touched it at all this whole month, only bothering to do any practicing the last few days. And that's after spending two days wallowing in the fact that I hadn't done anything yet. I'm reconsidering the wording on this square, tbh. For all that I've had pretty good luck with my other "daily" task (Write Every Day), I find that messing up on the Spanish propels me headlong into a grey zone between misery and apathy. I may change this one to some set amount of progress going forward and see how that does me.

The Otters square, I'm not sure what I'll do. I have drawn otters this month-- heck, I think I've drawn more otters than I did last time I actually marked the square-- but I drew them all in the last two weeks. This comes back to the "out of sight, out of mind" thing again. That and my listless, floating relationship with time. I had supplies ready and set the first week, I blinked, and a week had passed. I decided to go on ahead and do as many as I could... and then another week had passed. I'm gonna tough it out with this square, see if the physical copy card idea helps out.

And then there's the Magazine square, which I may be most bummed about. I was all set and ready to do that one this month, like really hyped up and ready. I looked into a bunch of calls for submissions and mindfully whittled down my options, I was on a roll for writing every single day, I knew what I wanted to do... I'm. Still actually not sure where I messed up, honestly. I'm not sure what to change. Put my faith in the physical copy for this one too? I dunno.

... Hm. Well. Onto this month's successes, yes?

Write Every Day: For as bummed as I am about those other squares, I am so happy about this one just because I kept coming so close to messing up and never did. And without checking back, I think this is my third month straight hitting this one? Or at least my second. I used "writing" as a blanket term of sorts, but it was always meant to be. Most days I did work on WIPs or wrote drabbles, sometimes I took the time to write out journal entry-style notes for a big fanfic project I'm planning. Sometimes both! I'm most concerned with getting into the habit of daily writing and staying there and so far, so good!

Work on Big Thing: Accomplished in the midst of writing every day, natch. I hashed out some characters, trimmed a few off who didn't really work once I thought about it and worked out a couple short scenes.

Practice Coding: Yesss, back on the wagon! I'm currently working on learning JavaScript. Gonna have to go back and review CSS a bit, I think, though, I let myself stagnate so long. I've been hit with a burst of motivation that I'm hoping will carry me forward. Once I've got a good grip on web design, I'd like to try a hand at learning to code games. I've got a couple of ideas that I'd love to make happen.

Read Comics: It was oddly satisfying to hit this square-- or perhaps it isn't so odd. For as vague and theoretically easy as this square is, I end up missing it an awful lot. For this month, I marked it by getting around to starting the Love is Love anthology. I didn't even do it for the square, I just finally sat and started with my girl in Canada.

Work on Vampire Thing: I finally started doing more stuff with more characters! Whoo! I got most of two different scenes written out, though they may need some very specific editing by the time they're ready to be slotted in anywhere. I have a naming gimmick for this work, and I'm not sure about whether the most recent characters fit quite where I put them. I'll need to get that worked out soon, because I want to keep using them and I don't wanna get too attached to names that I end up replacing.

Finish Requests: I feel like I may be cheating on this one. I had two requests that needed finished. I got one done, but the other stumped me. Like, I could not work with it at all. I asked the girl who sent it for a replacement and she's not yet gotten back to me, so... Idk, I kinda got this one? It's not part of my winning line either way, though, so I'm not too concerned.

Three Squares in a Week: I actually did most of these within a week's time. Scrunching everything together can be good for something, I guess!

Work on WIPs: Often what I was doing when I was writing every day. Unfortunately, I ended up with yet more WIPs because I tried that "just write whatever comes to mind!" trick and, uh. Well, I forgot just how many things come to my mind at once and it what manner of disjointed mess.

Watch Stuff: For this square, I watched some G1 Transformers episodes and finally got around to a few music videos I said I'd watch, like... last month, haha.

Budget Book Binding: That should actually be Bookbinding but I think it would skew my dimensions, so. Anyway. This square refers specifically to binding comics into a diy trade paperback or hardcover omnibus, something I've been interested in for a while. It's an intensive but fairly straightforward process and the best results are to be had with a sizable upfront investment. A good deal of the smaller supplies I'll need-- fabric for book cloth, utility knives, needles and thread, the comics themselves, a few other things I'm forgetting-- I do have on hand. Several others, I'll be able to get easily at work or at nearby stores. Some, I'll be ordering online. Most of the items I need aren't terribly expensive on their own, but they do add up and of course I'll do best in the long run to buy in bulk. And it's still not entirely certain whether I'll be better served by getting a new laser printer (all I have is an inkjet) or using a printing service. I won't know for sure about that until I've laid out exactly what books I want to do in what configurations, since the size of the book block will of course be a consideration. I've got a pretty good idea of what I'll need to spend, though, and I can start a little at a time. I'm hoping that I'll be ready to start binding in earnest by the middle of the year.

Write a New Ship: Remember I said I could've posted this a few days ago? Well, it occurs to me now that that refers to when I marked this square to finish-- that is, when I remembered to mark this square to finish. I wrote a new ship near the beginning of this month, Brawn/Perceptor (G1 Transformers) for (the beginning of) a kink meme fill.

Read a Book: This is another I didn't actually intend to mark this month, Or, rather, at the time I started reading my book, I figured I wasn't going to finish in time to mark it. I tend to leave off on reading books so I can take them to read on the bus or on breaks at work, so it takes me a good while to get through them. What didn't occur to me was that I was reading a small light novel, so I pretty much flew through it. Specifically, I read the first volume of Strawberry Panic, a girls' boarding school romance. The writing style is awkward to my American eye, there's some colorism and grossness regarding consent, the plot is a lot of fluff and the characters aren't much to write home about honestly. Still, I found it overall pretty cute and did enjoy it. I'm not sure yet whether I enjoyed it enough to start the next volume.

So, that's it for this month! See you all with a new card tomorrow!


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