Yes this is two months of updates in one but I have a Japan sized excuse for not posting an update at the end of September. To compensate though I have a lot of updates to tell you! In fact it feels like I will have ticked off this whole list by the end of the year as hoped. So…
1) Get a new job or find a way of making current role more enjoyable.
Lucy has a new Job. In Devon. By default that means I have to leave Portsmouth and I have to get a new job.
Right now I’m just happy to do whatever. I’ve got an interview tomorrow and fingers crossed I’ll either get that or hear back from other applications and succeed there. I’ve got enough in the bank to tie me over and I’m happy to temp if needs be; it’s not like I’ve not been there before.
For the first time in many years I am both nervous and excited; and it feels fantastic.
2) Explore Japan with Lucy.
Japan was amazing. It truly is one of the greatest experiences in my life. The landscape could be both beautiful and ugly. Miles of concrete and rice fields spreading up to vast green mountainsides. Trains zipping us across miles of a foreign continent taking us from traditional mountain villages all the way to the heights of the Mori Tower in Tokyo.
I will of course post a proper Japan blog at some point but for now I will say two things. 1) Make sure you go – it’s a brilliant country. 2) Planning the entire trip myself was a real confidence boost. There wasn’t a single thing that went wrong or that I regret!
3) Actually paint some miniatures.
Unsurprisingly nothing got done here. Not really much point painting when there’s a chance I won’t be able to play the game for a while. I did have a quick count up of all the miniatures I’ve painted this year and it’s over 80 so I’m feeling pretty happy with that!
(Note – Necrons are easy)
4) Sell some of the dead weight.
No extra sales of late again because of Japan. We need to clear out big bits of furniture and a few other bits round the house before we move. It’s a perfect opportunity to downsize from some of the clutter. The charity shops nearby will be doing okay!
5) Look after myself a lot more.
As I said earlier – I’m currently a mix of emotions. Apprehension, excitement, fear, joy the list goes on. We are making a big and potentially risky change but one thing I do know is that there are positives that should come from the move. Physically and mentally I feel a lot clearer. Japan gave me so much confidence going forwards and taking risks so moving across the country away from almost everyone I know and love should basically be a doddle.
6) Read more and challenge my own opinions.
Took the Sisters of Battle omnibus with me on Holiday and read pretty much all of it. Finished it now and apart from one of the short stories the whole book was pretty enjoyable. It was fantastic to read about a faction that isn’t just ‘men with guns’ and the super pious angle was a nice touch.
If you’re not familiar with 40K – think warrior nuns with a smidge of Joan of Arc and a fuck ton of flame throwers. Awesome.
Opinions? Well no major changes. I’m just trying to remember that the world doesn’t just revolve around me. Other peoples shit matters.
7) Finish the copy editing and proofreading course even if I’m not really enjoying it.Move to Devon!
We have already ‘hopefully’ sorted a new rental place. Lucy has her checks going through on her job and I am working on getting mine. This is going to be a big change but I’m looking forward to sitting in our new home and exploring our new area like a vertically challenged fantasy creature in a famous novel.
8) Blog weekly.
Yeah gimmie a break on this. I’ve been busy!
So yeah it’s all gone bat shit crazy. Circumstance and plans have conspired to present Lucy and I with a very different future than the one I expected at the start of the year. I am very excited about seeing how 2017 concludes.
Never surrender dreams