Friday, December 28, 2018

One word 2019

I've done the One Word "resolution" a few years now, some years more successful than others. Now I'm trying to decide what word I want for 2019.

"Start looking forward and stop looking back" - Steve Universe lyric (What's the use of feeling blue) kind of resonates for me. I think forward may be a strong option for my 2019 word.

Awesome is another word I've been pondering. That's the word on a journal from a close colleague, and could be something positive to focus on.

I still have a few days yet to decide. Along with my word I want to decide how I'll make a point to reflect on it.

Who else does one word? Or resolutions? Or a vision board?

Thursday, December 20, 2018

Reading: Earthsea

I've been wanting to read more of Ursula Le Guin's work for awhile now and recently got the chance to do so.

This month I read the first two Earthsea books. I enjoyed her world building, and it was easy to get into Ged's story as he learned to be a wizard then set off on his adventure.

I liked how she didn't mention Ged's race until further along in the story. Which she did deliberately because she knew many white readers wouldn't accept a non white hero. (1967).

Also interesting is that the first book was initially a stand alone. It wasn't meant to be a series. A line she wrote about Ged going off on further adventures was wrapping the story up. Yet it turned into a hint of further story for the series.

After that first book she wrote Left Hand Of Darkness. Then travel brought setting for the second Earthsea book. Ged is still a part of the story, but he's not the main character. Tenar is introduced here, this book is her story.