Welcome to the new reghanskerry.com!

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It’s ready! A day early!

Let’s call this a “soft launch,” shall we? Not everything is quite ready to go yet, and I know I’m going to be making some changes—major and minor—over the next few weeks, as I figure out the best way to organize some things. (I very nearly changed the entire site structure two days ago, but I think I’m happy with things the way they are. For now.) But… I think I’m ready to share it. Or, if I don’t do it now, I never will.

In the meantime, take a look around. If you have any thoughts on the new design, or if you run into any problems, please let me know.

Happy New Year!

Snapshot #40 | 10 Things for 20 December 2015

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Currently…

1. wishing… I could show you the fantastic project I’ve been working on, but doing so would be a spoiler for someone’s Christmas present. I’ll share it in January.
2. resisting… temptation. Nostalgia’s been a bitch this week.
3. loving… this 1985 interview with Steve Jobs. It’s fantastic.
4. getting… more annoyed each time I see ‘overwhelm’ used as a noun. I know it’s technically correct (or has a historical precedent, at least), but that doesn’t make it right. (Seriously. This bothers me a lot. There are better words. Use them.)
5. starting… my week-long baking marathon. (This just became one of my favourite biscotti recipes ever.)
6. waiting… for one last parcel to arrive. (Looks like it’ll be here in time, but who knows?)
7. preparing… for the site relaunch. The 1 January deadline I set for myself doesn’t feel quite as impossible as it did earlier in the month.
8. feeling… curious. And strangely unsettled. This is such a weird time of year.
9. hoping… that I’m not coming down with a cold. I really can’t spare the time.
10. wondering… why I haven’t gone to see Star Wars yet. (Answer: because I’m insanely busy. Still. I saw the prequels opening day. I can’t believe I wasn’t in the cinema on Thursday.)

Just a quick note to let you know that I’m on vacation this week–and probably away from the computer–and though I’m going to do my very best to stay on top of things here, I can’t make any guarantees.

Normal posting will resume next week.

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Programming Notice

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Just a quick note to let you know that posting will be a bit sporadic for the next little while.

I know. I only just launched, and I need to take a break already. Bear with me. In three weeks, I’m moving to a new (fantastic) apartment. It was a bit unexpected; we’d been planning to move sometime this year anyway, but then this place came up, so it’s all happening a lot faster than we’d expected. And as of yesterday, I’m down with my second cold since January. Either one of those things (probably) could have happened without too much of an interruption here, but with both of them… something’s got to give. And I’d rather it wasn’t me.

I’m going to try to get a few things up over the next couple of weeks, but it’s all dependent on how much energy and time I have. I have a tendency to push myself too hard in cases like this, but I’m going to try not to do that this time.

Normal posting will resume once everything’s settled again.

2014-02-01

Past and Future

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Sometimes you need to start fresh.

Everyone gets that feeling at the start of a new year, I know. We think about the year that’s gone by, everything that’s changed, everything that hasn’t, all the things we accomplished, or didn’t. We make resolutions or set goals; sometimes they fizzle out two weeks into January, and sometimes we manage to see them through.

2013 wasn’t my best year. There was nothing specifically terrible about it, and it was far from being my worst year (2008 still holds that particular title), but it wasn’t great: creative projects that fizzled, drama that arose from (quite literally) out of nowhere, mysterious allergic reactions, seemingly-insurmountable roadblocks standing in the way of my goals. Even with the fantastic things that happened—and there were some truly fantastic things—when 2013 ended, I was adrift. My usual year-end review turned into a reevaluation, not just of 2013, but of everything, and it’s still going on.

That’s what this is.

I started blogging more than ten years ago. In that time, my enthusiasm for the medium, and my ideas for what I wanted to accomplish with it, have changed too many times to count. And one thing that’s become clear in the last couple of months, as I think about things, is that this is one of the areas I needed to change. The blog I’d been writing for so long was not what I wanted to be doing. I felt disconnected from everything about it: the subjects I was writing about, the way I was writing about them, even the name of the site. It all felt like a box I didn’t fit into anymore.

So I’m starting something new.

I’m not sure what it is yet. I have hints of a plan, something like a schedule, but I’m leaving room for it to evolve. It’s a place to reevaluate. It’s a place to play with ideas. It’s a catalogue of my obsessions, whatever they might be at the moment.

Welcome.

Photo by Reghan Skerry