November 2015 Updates

I think I said this in October, but this month was a transition experience.  Last month, I went from injured to back to regular life, albeit slowly.  This month, I aimed to get back to normal, and I believe I did.  Right now, as I write this, I feel back to 100%

That said, I actually managed to fail almost all of my monthly goals!  Here they are again:

  • start light workouts, keep ankle happy
  • write a novel!
  • try for 100k words
  • get chess Tactic rating back over 2000
  • finish my chess games

Physical Update

Okay, so I didn’t fail them all: I kept my ankle happy, mostly by doing as little as possible.  The other day, I jumped, and when I landed, I felt nothing.  No pain, no twinges, no nothing.  The next day, I woke up and didn’t feel anything either.  I hereby declare my ankle 100% healed!  Huzzah!  A celebratory blog post should be coming out in short order!

I did no workouts beyond walking and whatever I do while teaching martial arts.  It also means I haven’t stretched, which now makes this nearly 10 weeks since my last stretching session.  The first one might not be too much fun… [spoiler art, it wasn’t]

That said, I’m back to normal, so the only place to go is up!

Chess Update

Chess has been quite slow.  In fact, I barely played any attention to it.  This was by design in some respect, as I thought NaNoWriMo would hold all my attention…

Anyway, I only played two games, with one draw and one loss.  That’s my first loss in quite some time, and you can read about that here.

I’ve also stopped doing the Tactics Trainer at chess.com.  Why?  Because of this.  I looked at that problem and saw a mate.  I played it … and got it wrong, because a different move would mate faster… and the only reason it is faster is because Black has two spite checks.

Tactics Trainer is full of those.  You play a good move, but the computer suggests another move is 0.5 better, and so you get it wrong.  It’s terrible.  Further, it encourages you to go as fast as you can, so if you double check your calculations, you get docked points.  How does not double checking my work in any way help me?

Anyway, for the moment, chess is on the backburner.  I’ll find somewhere else to do my tactics.  In the meantime, I’m going to focus more on getting myself back in shape, not to mention some other projects I have on the go, one of which relates to chess.  I’ll fill that gap in later, when the time is right.

Writing Update

I started the month with very big goals, but they got dashed quickly.  I wanted to write a novel, the NaNoWriMo, but that quickly did not work.  It lasted a week before I gave up.  I have reasons for that, and they may even be good reasons, but they are still just an excuse.  I failed here, mostly because I failed to plan.

I don’t recommend trying to write a 50,000 word novel in one month on a whim.

Despite that, I still had a good month.  I beat 50,000 for just the second time in one month, though that’s still far short of my original 100,000 word goal.  Writing as a whole was somewhat of a struggle this month, but 50,000 words is 50,000 words.  Any experience is good experience.

Goals for Next Month

Basically, I just want to get back to normal.  My routine has been completely out of whack since my ankle injury, and I need to start redoing the things I need to do.

  • re-start my workouts, get back into shape
  • re-start stretching
  • keep writing, aim for another 50,000 words
  • get all my Christmas shopping done early
  • finish my last few chess games

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