My right now in lists

What I’m working on lately

  • Project Clay
  • Satine
  • Email dark mode
  • Deadlifts (gotta keep those writerly glutes strong for the sitting)
  • Project H (still thinking, it’s been ages)

What I’ve enjoyed lately

  • Halt and Catch Fire
  • Letters and Numbers
  • Saving Suzy (still reeling) πŸ’•
  • One-pot pilaf rice
  • Pink pilates socks that look like ballet shoes

What’s made me sad lately

  • War and violence ☹️
  • NFTs and Web 3.0
  • That Australia hasn’t embraced renewable energy fast enough
  • The monetisation of outrage and addiction
  • Ageism normalised in everyday communication

Questions I’d love answers for

  • What does optimistic dystopian fiction look like? (besides Ready Player One)
  • What would a social media platform’s culture look like if it wasn’t run by a profiteering corporation?
  • What does tech culture’s “planned obsolescence” approach do to accessibility, device fragmentation, and the environment? (is it silly to love the idea of the Framework laptop?)
  • Can fiction directly influence people away from toxic behaviours, and if so, how?
  • Is being “the least evil” good enough in the twenty-first century?

My 2021 in lists

Work I released this year

  1. O, swear not by the moon (a novelette in Star Crossed)
  2. About Henry β€” A Novella (re-release)
  3. Microfiction via Dot Club
  4. It Starts with a Kiss (re-release)
  5. Iteration Eleven (published by HyphenPunk magazine)

New things I learned about

  1. Autism (specifically, mine)
  2. Hyper-mobility (also mine lulz)
  3. World War II history
  4. Some of my family history
  5. Art, drawing & digital painting

What I wish I did less of

  1. Fear procrastination
  2. Getting injured
  3. Eating junk food

What I wish I did more of

  1. Reading books
  2. Research & writing for The Basilica Conspiracy
  3. Speaking up for myself

Books/Stories that grabbed me

  1. After my Before by Stefanie Simpson
  2. Summerland by Hannu Ranjaniemi
  3. A Lover’s Discourse by Xiaolu Guo
  4. Perihelion Summer by Greg Egan
  5. Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell

Movies that grabbed me

  1. Casablanca (1942)
  2. Stowaway (2021)
  3. Hot Rod (2007)
  4. Tenet (2020)
  5. Dune (2021)

What I’m grateful for

  1. Family
  2. Broadband internet
  3. The health I do have
  4. My pastry friends πŸ₯
  5. My physiotherapist (it’s amazing what you can do when your health practitioners have a positive attitude)

My hopes for next year

  1. Tidy up my life (literally, it’s a mess) so I can work and live better
  2. Keep my health markers at healthy levels
  3. Consume more SFF and educational books
  4. Get SUNSET to a publishable state
  5. Finish outlining The Basilica Conspiracy

My 2020 in lists

Work I released this year

  1. About Her (short story)
  2. Playing Trades (short story)
  3. Microfiction via Dot Club

New things I learned about

  1. Basic shoulder anatomy
  2. Sustainable activism
  3. World War II history
  4. A little about the American electoral system
  5. Pilates

What I wish I did less of

  1. Multi-tasking
  2. Doom-scrolling
  3. Overworking

What I wish I did more of

  1. Finishing projects
  2. Research & writing for The Basilica Conspiracy
  3. Writing for Project H
  4. House chores πŸšπŸ˜…πŸ§Ή
  5. Art and non-writing crafts

Books/Stories that grabbed me

  1. Simmer Down by Sarah Smith
  2. Chasing Elliot by Stefanie Simpson
  3. Hell Yeah! Or No by Derek Sivers
  4. Luna: Moon Rising by Ian McDonald
  5. An Eligible Boy (short story) by Ian McDonald

Movies that grabbed me

  1. Uncut Gems (2019)
  2. Sexy Beast (2001)
  3. The Lighthouse (2019)
  4. Drive (2011)
  5. The Gentlemen (2020)

What I’m grateful for

  1. Family πŸ’œ
  2. Ebooks and streaming telly
  3. Supportive friends on the same wavelength
  4. A clever State premier who cares about people’s health and wellbeing
  5. The weather we have here

My hopes for next year

  1. More learnings & career progression
  2. Writing better & releasing more stories
  3. Developing healthier eating habits 🐷🐷🐷
  4. Making It Starts With A Kiss available again after Kyanite closes
  5. Being more organised and disciplined about my work and mental health