April 2016 Updates

April’s over.  Cool.  April wasn’t as kind to me as March.  Honestly, I think a big reason was simply the weather: it snowed in April, and then it rained and got very cold and never really warmed up.  That doesn’t make for a good month, and it more or less mimicked my mental state.  I never really got going.

More accurately, about halfway through I took a break from most of my things.  I did less chess, less poi, less of everything.  Now that the month is ending, though, I feel recharged and ready to take on the world in May.  I’m getting ahead of myself, though.  First let’s look at what happened the last 30 days.

Splits and Flexibility

I continue to follow my stretching routine, and I’ve felt great … until photoshoot day, where I felt less great.  The following is me feeling very stiff … which isn’t bad, I guess.

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April 2016

March 2016

I’m definitely not as low this month, but I also felt much stiffer.  Maybe I should blame my new haircut?

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April 2016

March 2016

This one is almost depressing.  I’m higher up, I’m leaning forward, and my shoulders are well above my desk compared to last month.  This is my weaker side, and it decidedly shows.

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April 2016

March 2016

This is my stronger side, but you can’t really tell.  It’s all about the back leg, where last month I almost had it flat, while today I had a much more noticeable bend.  Again, though, this is a stiff picture versus a feeling great picture.  Within context, I’m doing okay, and it will probably make next month appear that much more amazing when I’m back to normal.


I said last month that I’d be eating healthy, and I largely did … except for when I didn’t.  I had three really great weeks and then a bad day that turned into a bad week that turned into a let’s start again.

By that, I mean almost all my meals were perfect.  I followed my nutrition plan exactly when it came breakfast, lunch and dinner.  I just washed them down with chips and cookies.  And donuts.  I won’t be doing that in May.


Oh boy, this one is tough.  On the one hand, I played great.  I beat two different 2000+ players, including someone rated 2144 and another person whose rating jumped above 2100 a week after.  I played some great chess, and my rating even temporarily hit 2106, a new high.

And then this happened, and I still haven’t recovered from it.

After that painful, painful loss, I basically stopped all chess training for two weeks.  I still played my games, but I did the bare minimum.  Since then, the feelings have lessened, and I think in the future I’ll back at this loss as a turning point.  Whether it’s for good or ill I don’t know yet, but we’ll find out.


I, uh, didn’t do any poi for the last three weeks.  Indeed, I’ve barely done anything at all.  Opps.  Check back next month!


Finally, something good!  I wrote some good pieces this month, and I continue to enjoy the writing process.  It’s about the only thing that didn’t suffer from my need to take a break.

I wrote more than last month, even though April had one less day.  I thus had to overcome that, and I did it.  Another month of over 50,000 words, and it’s my second-best month volume-wise.

That’s great, but it pales in comparison to my major milestone: I passed the 500,000 word mark.  I have written half a million words.  Wow.  That’s just … wow.  If you would have told me that last year at this time, I would’ve laughed.  Now I’m just … wow.

I remember reading somewhere that it takes a million words for someone to become a good writer.  That’s the 10,000 hours equivalent of others skills.  A million words.  That’s certainly my next goal, and I could hit it by next year.  My little blog challenge may turn into a million words.  Wow.

And, speaking of which, I’m coming up to the one year anniversary of my blogging challenge.  I said I would write something everyday for the entire summer … and I’ve kept going and going and going.  Though I first published something on June 1st, I technically started the challenge on May 28th.  If I can make it to May 28th, then, then that will be one full year.  That’s 28 days away.  I’m getting goosebumps thinking about it.

Expect a big celebration post on that day.  But let’s not count any chickens before they hatch.


This wasn’t my best month, but it also wasn’t my worse.  It just was.  As the weather improves I feel I have more energy, so let’s see what May has in store for us.  I have some big events coming up, so let’s make May worth writing about.


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