Let me summarize, briefly, what I've spent what free time I have (which has been limited since coming back from the Christmas holiday) doing:
- Watching hiking videos on Youtube. Along with planning both future hiking trips and gear and clothes that I want to get.
- Gathering more music, including a bunch of FM Attack remixes of bands I don't know, and—of course—some more hardstyle.
- This means listening to a lot of it on Youtube or Spotify in the background while doing other things; I can't do the first and the second at the same time very well, unless the hiking videos don't have much of a soundtrack that I need to hear.
- Trying to figure out some reading; I've been trying to finish Out of the Abyss before I have to take it back to the library, as well as read the third book in the Nagash Trilogy by Mike Lee so I can pick up the End Times series. I also picked up the last three Dresden Files novels, which I hadn't bought in paperback until now. I'm actually caught up (on buying) except for Side Jobs which is—sadly—only available in trade paperback, so it won't match the rest of the series on the shelf. Sigh.
- Finished reading a bunch of Kindle books, including The Insidious Dr. Fu Manchu, Prisoners of Darkness and The Winds of Gath by E. C. Tubb. I'll finish The Gods of Mars I hope yet this week and The Last Closet: The Dark Side of Avalon will take me longer. But the latter is non-fiction, so I'll probably start up some more fiction so I can go back and forth between them.
- Also, my birthday is this weekend (technically Monday, but it's a 3-day weekend.)
- I've picked up a bunch of new movies. Well, they're not new, nor are they, with some notable exceptions, necessarily very good. I picked them up dirt cheap because I knew that they were (mostly) the kind of trashy movie that I like to watch every so often. Ivanhoe and Scaramouche are the exceptions here (although honestly; both are disappointing compared to the literary antecedent on which they are based. Oh, well.) I'm talking stuff like the Percy Jackson movies, the new Clash of the Titans series, The Seventh Son and Solomon Kane, etc. I'm not watching them very quickly, because I admit that I don't even think that they're great movies necessarily. But because they're new (to me) I've been kind of ginning to watch them, at least a little bit at a time (the fact that the DVD player holds my place when I stop it is great. I can watch this at my own pace.)
- On the other hand, my watching of Netflix is way down and I'm struggling to be motivated to watch much of anything. Daredevil dragged and stalled. Jessica Jones stalled. I never even started the other Marvel series. Longmire stalled. Blacklist stalled. Hawaii 5-0 stalled. Magnum P.I. stalled. About the only thing that I do reliably watch are documentaries
- I've got loads of RPG stuff that I've had kicking around for a long time but either never read, or haven't read in so long that I don't really remember what's in it. I'm reading, in addition to Out of the Abyss which I mentioned above, The Shackled City, Princes of the Apocalypse and also The Witchfire Trilogy, The Freeport Trilogy, Drow of the Underdark (the official 3.5 WotC book) as well as Advanced Race Codes: Drow (the unofficial Green Ronin book on the same topic.) Curiously, of course, Green Ronin was contracted to do most of the work on Out of the Abyss, so I presume Wizards of the Coast is happy with their take on the drow.
On top of this, I should point out that my free time is relatively scarce to begin with lately. I've got a ton of stuff going on that manages to keep it at a minimum. And I've got new goals and projects that I'm anxious to start on top of all of this. Sigh.
So, if it seems like the blog is stalling itself in the wake of the holidays—well, it kind of is. But I'll get back into the swing of things. Eventually.