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Empathy

“Fuck your feelings.”

That was a phrase bandied about a few years ago from one group to put down others. They were happy, therefore, who cares how anyone else feels? I have seen this repeatedly since then, in words less harsh but ultimately meaning just the same thing. Of course, the vast majority of these people are white, heterosexual people.

As someone who is part of a mostly invisible minority, I know what it was like to have all popular culture for my early life be about people who weren’t really quite like me. Gay people were the punchline (figuratively and sometimes literally). They were people to be mocked, smacked down, or (at best) pushed to the side and ignored. That’s all I saw for a long, long time. At a high school reunion, I told a classmate that going through school was living in constant terror, that at any moment someone would figure it out and I’d be thrown into the garbage.

It wasn’t a hard leap of logic to make. In 9th grade, almost every single one of my friends dropped me like a hot potato. (There were some notable exceptions, but they really were the exceptions.) They might not have known why exactly, but as one of them point-blank told me back then, I was “different” from them. Even good friends could not entirely be trusted because at any given moment a “fag joke” would slip out of someone’s lips. Why wouldn’t it? Because that’s what everyone saw in books, in movies, in television. It must be all right.

I’m almost at the point in my life where I’ve been fully out of the closet longer than not. I still always expect friends to drop me. I regularly hear a chorus in my head of, “I don’t fit in / I don’t belong.” I know all too well where these trust issues come from, even as I struggle to not let them take hold. I say all of this as someone with a genuinely wonderful family and great friends. More importantly, as someone who is at the end of the day, a white male.

So imagine what it must be like to grow up as a minority who can’t pass as looking like the majority. To read children’s books and be regularly slandered. Encountering casual (and not-so-casual) racism and growing up with the world trying to teach you that you are simply not as good. Imagine reading The Secret Garden and getting to the part where one of the main characters declares that Blacks are “not people.” Getting to the point in Dr. Doolittle where a Black character asks to be “cured” of his skin color. What sort of damage are you doing?

“It didn’t bother me,” says the white straight person. Of course it didn’t. But is it too much to ask for a little empathy? To even try what it must be like to be the perpetual outsider?

There are a lot of physically damaging things that aren’t available any more. I joke about how it is a minor miracle that my sisters and I didn’t put out an eye playing lawn darts at my grandparents’ house, especially every time we would try and shake one out of a tree. Not all damage is physical.

It’s all right to let some things stay in the past.

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Reading by candlelight

The perils of self-publishing

I'd say a good 75% of the time when an author regains the publishing rights to their own book and self-publishes an edition, the cover artwork and design ends up so bad that it hurts to look at them.

It's honestly rather sad, especially in this day and age where there are a lot of very talented artists to potentially hire, as well as getting someone to provide a professional looking layout. I just looked up the books republished by an author that I read years ago and... yup, they all looked like amateur hour, which is a real shame. Oh well.
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Movies and Books: 2020

There’s no doubt that 2020, especially in the movie realm, was an odd one for media. Looking at the movies and books lists, I can draw a hard line exactly where the pandemic began in the US. I never would have guessed that Emma would be the last film I’d see in theatres for the year, or that my last in-person book club meeting would be for Wonder Woman: The Golden Age Omnibus. But here we are, none the less. I was actually able to see a lot of old and new films thanks to various film festivals that moved online, and I hate to admit that there was something really nice about, say, not having to hustle across down in the July heat or drive around the Beltway in December to attend these various festivals. (It doesn’t stop me from worrying about those theatres, though.)

I’d also told myself during the pandemic that since I was going out I would try and read a lot more, but the reality was that work swallowed up a lot of that time. I can say that I worked more this year than in past ones, even as the end results were rewarding in their own right. Last but not least, I had to delete the “Plays/Performances” category entirely this year, which stunk. Maybe next year I’ll do better about finding some streaming performances, if nothing else. Anyway, here’s the tally. Onwards and upwards!

Movies:

  1. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
  2. Uncut Gems
  3. Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood
  4. Bombshell
  5. The Oscar Nominated Short Films 2020: Animated
  6. The Assistant
  7. Emma.
  8. Baby Boom
  9. The Red Shoes
  10. First Vote
  11. Transhood
  12. AFI DOCS: Shorts Program 1 [ Lake, The Paint Wizzard, Elevator Pitch, Mizuko, Dafa Metti, Flower Punk ]
  13. AFI DOCS: Shorts Program 2 [ Out of the Blue, Still Here, Pampas, 808: How We Respond, The Forest Churches of Ethiopia, Mother, All That Perishes At The Edge of Land ]
  14. Freedia Got a Gun
  15. AFI DOCS: Shorts Program 3 [ Abortion Helpline This is Lisa, Now Is The Time, Do Not Split, Patty Are You Bringing In Weed From Jamaica, San Diego ]
  16. AFI DOCS: Shorts Program 4 [ Broken Orchestra, See You Next Time, Memoirs of Vegetation, Huntsville Station, The Deepest Hole, The Lost Astronaut, Blackfeet Boxing: Not Invisible ]
  17. In a Lonely Place
  18. Birds of Prey and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn
  19. Herself
  20. Assassins
  21. Undine
  22. I’m Thinking of Ending Things
  23. Kajillionaire
  24. Leave Her to Heaven
  25. On the Rocks
  26. Detour
  27. Dog Day Afternoon
  28. Another Round
  29. Summer of 85
  30. Exile
  31. Apples
  32. Wonder Woman 1984
  33. Let Them All Talk

Books and Graphic Novels:

  1. Walt Disney’s Donald’s Duck: The Ghost Sheriff of Last Gasp by Carl Barks
  2. Walt Disney’s Donald’s Duck: Terror of the Beagle Boys by Carl Barks
  3. House of X / Powers of X by Jonathan Hickman, Pepe Larraz, and R.B. Silva
  4. The Power by Naomi Alderman
  5. The Tea Dragon Society by Katie O’Neill
  6. Princess Princess Ever After by Katie O’Neill
  7. Isola Vol. 1 by Brenden Fletcher and Karl Kerschl
  8. Doom Patrol Vol. 1: Brick by Brick by Gerard Way and Nick Derington
  9. Doom Patrol Vol. 2: Nada by Gerard Way and Nick Derington
  10. Mother Panic Vol. 1: Work in Progress by Jody Houser and Tommy Lee Edwards
  11. Mother Panic Vol. 2: Under Her Skin by Jody Houser and Tommy Lee Edwards
  12. Shade, the Changing Girl Vol. 1: Earth Girl Made Easy by Cecil Castellucci and Marley Zarcone
  13. Shade, the Changing Girl Vol. 2: Little Runaway by Cecil Castellucci and Marley Zarcone
  14. Milk Wars by Gerard Way, Jody Houser, Cecil Castellucci, Steve Orlando, et al.
  15. Wonder Woman: The Golden Age Omnibus Vol. 1 by William Moulton Marston, H.G. Peter, et al.
  16. Cibola Burn by James S.A. Corey
  17. Walt Disney’s Uncle Scrooge: The Lost Crown on Genghis Khan by Carl Barks
  18. Lovecraft Country by Matt Ruff
  19. Finna by Nino Cipri
  20. The Stars are Legion by Kameron Hurley
  21. The Adventure Zone: Here There Be Gerblins by Clint McElroy, Griffin McElroy, Justin McElroy, Travis McElroy, and Carey Pietsch
  22. Network Effect by Martha Wells
  23. The Devourers by Indra Das
  24. Piranesi by Susanna Clarke
  25. Solutions and Other Problems by Allie Brosh
  26. The Adventure Zone: Murder on the Rockport Limited! by Clint McElroy, Griffin McElroy, Justin McElroy, Travis McElroy, and Carey Pietsch 
  27. What Did You Eat Yesterday? Vol. 14 by Fumi Yoshinaga
  28. Furari by Jiro Taniguchi
  29. Bellweather Rhapsody by Kate Racculia
  30. Aria: The Masterpiece Vol. 5 by Kozue Amano
  31. Venice by Jiro Taniguchi

Previous Years’ Tallies:

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Movies and Books: 2019

2019 was an extraordinarily busy year, and this year’s list definitely reflects that.

Movies:

  1. Black Mirror: Bandersnatch
  2. Shoplifters
  3. Serenity
  4. The Oscar Nominated Short Films 2019: Animated
  5. The Oscar Nominated Short Films 2019: Live Action
  6. Tootsie
  7. Booksmart
  8. Shazam!
  9. The Souvenir
  10. Rocketman
  11. AFI DOCS Shorts Program 1 [Ghosts of Sugar Land, Departing Gesture, Conception: Melissa, Take Me to Prom, St. Louis Superman]
  12. AFI DOCS Shorts Program 2 [In the Absence, A Love Song for Latasha, The Clinic, Life in Miniature, A Tale of Two Kitchens]
  13. AFI DOCS Shorts Program 3 [All Inclusive, Sweetheart Dancers, Lightning vs Thunder, Crannog, Exit 12]
  14. AFI DOCS Shorts Program 5 [Dulce, The Separated, A Very Thin Line, Mack Wrestles, Quilt Fever, The Trial]
  15. Three Identical Strangers
  16. Drag Becomes Her
  17. The Farewell
  18. Downton Abbey
  19. Pain and Glory
  20. Parasite
  21. Jojo Rabbit
  22. The End of the Century
  23. Joker
  24. Knives Out
  25. And Then We Danced
  26. Star Wars: The Last Jedi
  27. The Two Popes

Plays/Performances:

  1. The Play That Goes Wrong
  2. Katya: Help Me I’m Dying
  3. Lizzo: Cuz I Love You Too Tour
  4. RuPaul’s Drag Race: Werq the World Tour 2019
  5. BenDeLaCreme & Jinkx Monsoon: All I Want For Christmas Is Attention

Books and Graphic Novels:

  1. Rogue Protocol by Martha Wells
  2. Exit Strategy by Martha Wells
  3. The Best American Comics 2016 edited by Roz Chast
  4. A Forever Family: Fostering Change One Child at a Time by Rob Scheer and Jon Sternfeld
  5. What Did You Eat Yesterday? Volume 13 by Fumi Yoshinaga
  6. Yotsuba&! Volume 14 by Kiyohiko Azuma
  7. You & a Bike & a Road by Eleanor Davis
  8. Tremontaine: The Complete Season 1 by Ellen Kusher et al.
  9. The Dispossessed by Ursula K. Le Guin
  10. Full Fathom Five by Max Gladstone
  11. Carry On by Rainbow Rowell
  12. Bloom by Kevin Panetta and Savanna Ganucheau
  13. An Unkindness of Ghosts by Rivers Solomon
  14. The Life-Changing Manga of Tidying Up: A Magical Story by Marie Kondo and Yuko Uramoto
  15. Three Parts Dead by Max Gladstone
  16. Abbott by Saladin Ahmed and Sami Kivela
  17. A Spectral Hue by Craig Laurance Gidney
  18. Poochytown by Jim Woodring
  19. This Is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone
  20. The Ascent to Godhood by JY Yang
  21. Caliban’s War by James S.A. Corey
  22. Guts by Raina Telgemeier
  23. Abaddon’s Gate by James S.A. Corey
  24. Meddling Kids by Edgar Contero
  25. Kid Gloves: Nine Months of Careful Chaos by Lucy Knisley
  26. Clyde Fans by Seth
  27. Calypso by David Sedaris

Previous Years’ Tallies:

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End of December

“I’m going to have one beer, some mussels, and tater tots for dinner,” I told a friend. “Nothing too extravagant.” Fast forward a few hours and reality was two beers, a double cheeseburger, and tater tots. One out of three ain’t bad, right?

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Movies and Books: 2018

2018 had me reading less, but seeing more for both movies and live performances. I definitely think some of the former had to do with a lot of work in the teaching realm, but I’m hoping to rally a bit in 2019. Maybe? We’ll see.

Movies:

  1. Phantom Thread
  2. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
  3. The Oscar Nominated Short Films 2018: Live Action
  4. Love, Simon
  5. Annihilation
  6. Black Panther
  7. Thoroughbreds
  8. Isle of Dogs
  9. Il Boom
  10. Outside In
  11. Deadpool 2
  12. Avengers: Infinity War
  13. Ocean’s Eight
  14. AFI Docs Shorts Program 3
  15. The Gospel of Eureka
  16. The Liberation
  17. Alone in the Game
  18. When Ladies Meet (1933 version)
  19. Wild Strawberries
  20. Eighth Grade
  21. Never Goin’ Back
  22. Crazy Rich Asians
  23. Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood
  24. The Wife
  25. The Heiresses
  26. The Children Act
  27. A Star is Born
  28. First Man
  29. Can You Ever Forgive Me?
  30. Beautiful Boy
  31. At Eternity’s Gate
  32. Green Book
  33. The Favourite
  34. Cold War
  35. Non-fiction
  36. Diamantino
  37. Eva
  38. Aquaman
  39. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-verse
  40. Mary Poppins Returns

Plays/Performances:

  1. Blame it on Bianca Del Rio
  2. Miss Richfield 1981: Born Again
  3. Janelle Monae: Dirty Computer Tour
  4. Hamilton
  5. Garbage: Version 2.0 20th Anniversary
  6. Anything Goes

Books and Graphic Novels:

  1. Saturn Apartments Vol. 6 by Hisae Iwaoka
  2. Binti: Home by Nnedi Okorafor
  3. Here by Richard McGuire
  4. Saturn Apartments Vol. 7 by Hisae Iwaoka
  5. Shoplifter by Michael Cho
  6. Borne by Jeff VanderMeer
  7. Full Bleed Vol. 1 edited by Dirk Wood
  8. Doctor Who: The Eyeless by Lance Parkin
  9. The Red Threads of Fortune by JY Yang
  10. Theft by Finding: Diaries 1977-2002 by David Sedaris
  11. Moonstruck Vol. 1: Magic to Brew by Grace Ellis and Shae Beagle
  12. Spinning by Tillie Walden
  13. Gemma Bovery by Posy Simmonds
  14. Epileptic by David B.
  15. Full Bleed Vol. 2 edited by Dirk Wood
  16. Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
  17. Less by Andrew Sean Greer
  18. What Did You Eat Yesterday? Vol. 12 by Fumi Yoshinaga
  19. Theory of Bastards by Audrey Schulman
  20. Leviathan Wakes by James S.A. Corey
  21. The Descent of Monsters by JY Yang
  22. Time Was by Ian McDonald
  23. All Systems Red by Martha Wells
  24. Check Please! Vol. 1: #Hockey by Ngozi Ukazu
  25. The Creepy Case Files of Margo Maloo by Drew Weing
  26. Japanese Notebooks: A Journey to the Empire of Signs by Igort
  27. Gumballs by Erin Nations
  28. Artificial Condition by Martha Wells
  29. My Brother’s Husband Vol. 2 by Gengoroh Tagame
  30. I Met a Traveller in an Antique Land by Connie Willis
  31. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild — Creating a Champion by various authors

Previous Years’ Tallies:

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Movies and Books: 2017

This year’s media consumption had less movies, less books, less graphic novels… and more live performances. So that’s something, at least. But I think that teaching three classes in addition to everything else really sucked up a lot of my free time, as well as just have some less free time overall. Something to get better about in terms of priorities, clearly.

Movies:

  1. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
  2. Hidden Figures
  3. Elle
  4. 20th Century Women
  5. The Oscar Nominated Short Films 2017: Live Action
  6. Colossal
  7. AFI Docs Shorts Program: Labors of Love
  8. Dina
  9. Nobody Speak: Trials of the Free Press
  10. AFI Docs Shorts Program: The Unexpected
  11. Wonder Woman
  12. The Big Sick
  13. Atomic Blonde
  14. Baby Driver
  15. Dunkirk
  16. Ingrid Goes West
  17. Girls Trip
  18. Beach Rats
  19. Blade Runner 2049
  20. The Florida Project
  21. God’s Own Country
  22. Lady Bird
  23. The Lego Batman Movie
  24. In the Fade
  25. Goran
  26. Pin Cushion
  27. The Shape of Water
  28. Call Me By Your Name

Plays/Performances:

  1. Fun Home
  2. Wig Out
  3. Mean Girls
  4. The Pajama Game
  5. Crazy For You

Books:

  1. The Last Policeman by Ben H. Winters
  2. The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket
  3. The Swan Riders by Erin Bow
  4. Sorry Please Thank You: Stories by Charles Yu
  5. Crosstalk by Connie Willis
  6. The Reptile Room by Lemony Snicket
  7. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany, and Jack Thorne
  8. The Wide Window by Lemony Snicket
  9. The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers
  10. Air by Geoff Ryman
  11. Lily and the Octopus by Steven Rowley
  12. The Good Times are Killing Me by Lynda Barry
  13. Passing Strange by Ellen Klages
  14. The Massacre by James Cooray Smith
  15. The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories by Ken Liu
  16. Cocktails at Seven, Apocalypse at Eight: The Derby Cavendish Stories by Don Bassingthwaite
  17. Radiance by Catherynne M. Valente
  18. Lust & Wonder: A Memoir by Augusten Burroughs
  19. The Target Book: A History of the Target Doctor Who Books by David J. Howe
  20. Doctor Who: Only Human by Gareth Roberts
  21. Doctor Who: Sick Building by Paul Magrs
  22. A Taste of Honey by Kai Ashante Wilson
  23. Rivers of London by Ben Aaronovitch
  24. Binti by Nnedi Okorafor
  25. The Black Tides of Heaven by J.Y. Yang

Graphic Novels:

  1. Emma Vol. 4 by Kaoru Mori
  2. Peanuts: A Tribute to Charles M. Schulz by various creators
  3. Patience by Daniel Clowes
  4. Emma Vol. 5 by Kaoru Mori
  5. Beyond: The Queer Sci-Fi & Fantasy Comic Anthology by various creators
  6. Hellbound Lifestyle by Alabaster Pizzo
  7. My Brother’s Husband Vol. 1 by Gengoroh Tagame
  8. Monstress Vol. 1: Awakening by Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda
  9. The Terrible and Wonderful Reasons Why I Run Long Distances by Matthew Inman
  10. Beanworld Vol. 4: Hoka Hoka Burb’l Burb’l by Larry Marder
  11. Usagi Yojimbo Vol. 29: Two Hundred Jizo by Stan Sakai
  12. The World of Edena by Jean “Moebius” Giraud
  13. The Leaning Girl by Benoit Peeters and Francois Schuiten
  14. The Theory of the Grain of Sand by Benoit Peeters and Francois Schuiten
  15. Usagi Yojimbo Vol. 30: Thieves and Spies by Stan Sakai
  16. Usagi Yojimbo Vol. 31: The Hell Screen by Stan Sakai
  17. Zenith: Phase 1 by Grant Morrison and Steve Yeowell
  18. Zenith: Phase 2 by Grant Morrison and Steve Yeowell
  19. Tune: Vanishing Point by Derek Kirk Kim
  20. Nijigahara Holograph by Inio Asano
  21. Vattu: The Name & the Mark by Evan Dahm
  22. Vattu: The Sword & the Sacrament by Evan Dahm
  23. Saturn Apartments Vol. 4 by Hisae Iwaoka
  24. Saturn Apartments Vol. 5 by Hisae Iwaoka

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“Why don’t you still run full marathons?”

A co-worker asked me this question and made me pause, in part because while I’ve had a short answer on hand the past couple of years, there’s a little more to it than that. The short answer is that I gave them up in 2013 when I went back to graduate school and I didn’t have the time to properly train for them. Training runs in the 14-23 mile range eat up a lot of your time, after all.

What I think people who don’t run marathons realize, though, is that it’s not just the time for the training run, but rather the time surrounding it. On Sunday morning I ran a half marathon, which meant that I had to go to bed early the night before, eat some fairly bland foods, and then be prepared for being low-energy the rest of Sunday. It also meant that I left one celebration early on Saturday, and then by the time I’d rallied for another one scheduled for that afternoon, it was getting too late in the day and I’d run out of “free” time before I had to start eating that bland dinner and getting ready for bed. And similarly, I knew that I would need to skip a convention I’d planned on attending on Sunday entirely because I would be tired enough that the potential stress would be magnified.

This was a half marathon. Now turn that into a 20 mile training run. It’s exhausting, only even more so. In my 20s and 30s it was tough. Now the idea of running 20 miles makes me want to just collapse. I hate missing my friends’ big moments, my own downtime, and so on. Having that happen every other weekend when the training runs get longer just eats up my life that much more. And as I grow older, I value that free time so much more. I feel bad that I missed a good friend’s birthday, that I missed seeing once-a-year visitors at a convention that I used to run, that I cut out early of another celebration. Heck, I feel bad that a lot of things I wanted to get done around the house on Sunday didn’t happen (but not THAT bad).

Every now and then I think about tackling “one more marathon.” And maybe if it was a really special race (one friend has talked about the London Marathon, for example), I’d consider it. But right now, I just can’t muster up enough enthusiasm. I think this weekend was a good reminder for me on why I had to, sadly, give them up for a while. Fortunately, the trade-off of seeing friends and having more free time is incredibly worth it. I’ll take friends over a new full marathon in a heartbeat.

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Uberlist 2016: The Aftermath

As I start working on my 2017 Uberlist, it seemed like a good idea to look back at what I tried to accomplish in 2016. Life has a funny way of surprising us, and 2016 was full of a lot of personal surprises and changes that meant that a lot of what I had planned went out the window. Still, I did successfully hit a few of my attempted items.

1. ADMIN: Finish writing my 2016 Uberlist
6. HEALTH/RUNNING: Regularly three days a week
9. HEALTH/RUNNING: Run 10-miler/half marathon
10. HEALTH/RUNNING: Run 750 miles
11. HEALTH/RUNNING: Run 846 miles
15. HEALTH/WEIGHT: Be under 160 lbs.
16. HEALTH/WEIGHT: Be under 162 lbs.
17. HOME/ENTERTAINING: Cook for friends (1)
18. HOME/ENTERTAINING: Cook for friends (2)
19. HOME/ENTERTAINING: Cook for friends (3)
20. HOME/ENTERTAINING: Cook for friends (4)
21. HOME/ENTERTAINING: Cook for friends (5)
27. HOME/REORGANIZING: Sort through pants and donate excess
28. HOME/REORGANIZING: Sort through the gift box
33. LEISURE/CAMERA: Complete 1 Second Everyday
35. LEISURE/CANNING: Make new type of jam
45. LEISURE/FILMS/AFIDOCS: See full-length doc
46. LEISURE/FILMS/AFIDOCS: See shorts compilation
55. LEISURE/LEGO: Put together Bike Shop/Coffee Shop
56. LEISURE/LEGO: Put together Doctor Who set
57. LEISURE/LEGO: Put together Toy and Grocery Store
62. LEISURE/LOCAL/EATING: Go to Jackie’s before it closes
68. LEISURE/READING: At least 5 book club selections
69. LEISURE/READING: At least 20 prose books
71. LEISURE/READING: Best American Comics 2009
72. LEISURE/READING: Best American Comics 2010
73. LEISURE/READING: Best American Comics 2014
78. LEISURE/READING: One from the Mieville stack
86. LEISURE/TV: Transparent S2
87. LIBRARIANSHIP: Apply for NLM Associate Fellowship Program
88. LIBRARIANSHIP: Find a new job
89. LIBRARIANSHIP: Pitch adjunct teaching
91. LIBRARIANSHIP: Volunteer with Lubuto 12 times
92. LIBRARIANSHIP: Volunteer with Lubuto 20 times
93. PERSONAL: Wear sweaters more often
95. TRAVEL: Big vacation with Charlie (not listed)
96. TRAVEL: Florida/visit parents
97. TRAVEL: Gallifrey in February
99. TRAVEL: Lost River
107. WORK/REORGANIZING: Clear out books for eBay or donations
111. WRITING: Regularly contribute reviews to CBR
116. ZENITH: Be happy

Not a bad list of accomplishments at all, and items 88 and 89 both happening and being successful really wiped out a lot of other attempts. But that said, it makes me want to focus a bit more on the items I didn’t finish and see what’s worth keeping and what goes away for my 2017 list.

Which is, at its core, why I like the Uberlist: the process of coming up with the list alone makes me think about priorities in life and what I’d like to be doing in the year ahead. That’s always a worthwhile endeavor.

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