Daily Thoughts 99: Milestones and the False Big

Author's selfie I prioritized sleeping this morning. According to the CDC 1 in 3 adults don’t get enough sleep.  To look after my mental and physical health, I try to prioritize my sleep when possible. Of course, prioritizing sleep this morning meant less time to draw, write, or study before work. That’s okay!

Grizzly Bears


I love that The Oatmeal’s fan base supports efforts like this one, to support the restoration of grizzly bears in the North Cascades.

Check it out.

Daily Sketch Challenge: Bonus!

Daily Sketch Challenge of CaesarI’d already done my five sketches for the week, but I wanted to do another. Since I was talking about Planet of the Apes yesterday, I decided to go ahead and tackle a Caesar sketch.

Milestones and the False Big

Tomorrow marks the 100th daily thoughts post! My first thought at seeing that approach was to start thinking about what I could do for reaching 100 posts? It’s a milestone, isn’t it? In SuperBetter terms, is this an epic win?

Um, no.

Why not?

I’ve just posted to the blog for 100 days. There isn’t anything particularly challenging about doing that. I’m having fun. I enjoy it. Consistency is great. It works for me. It could be a ‘milestone’ in the sense of a stone marking a mile. It is 100 posts. Okay, let’s keep walking. It isn’t that significant. Tomorrow isn’t any more significant than today.

It points to the second issue with thinking of a milestone as something significant, what I think of as ‘the False Big.’ We make things out to be a big deal. I finished a story. A novel. Ten novels! Or we set out to do something ‘big’ in the sense of importance.

I’m planning a massive reboot project. Isn’t that a big deal?

Um, no.

Creating art is expressive. It may be fun (or not) depending on your approach. Adopting the attitude that creating something is important, that it is a big deal, puts stress into the equation. I don’t want that for my work. I’ve done that in the past, and I’m done with that. I draw because I enjoy it. Because I want to do it.

And yes, the ‘challenge’ aspect puts some stress on it, making it a ‘big deal’ in a sense. I’m walking a line with that concept. The challenges are goals. Reminders to stop and enjoy myself, to make time for the things I want to do. I’m not putting any pressure on any particular drawing, story, or other projects.

I’m having fun. Like I had fun today doing the Caesar drawing.

Daily Thoughts 98: It’s a Mad House! I Get Knocked Down, But I Get Up Again

Author's selfieSpent another day in our administrative offices. In addition to signing forms, reviewing documents, and meetings, I spent time looking at data. I also considered how we might improve our coding of materials in the library. I enjoyed it! I like being out in the libraries, but sometimes it’s nice to have time to get through some of the other tasks on my list!

War for the Planet of the Apes

I’ve enjoyed the new Planet of the Apes film series. I was thinking about the next movie this morning. I couldn’t remember when it was coming out. Turns out, it’s a summer release. So still time!

I might have to draw Caesar for my sketch challenge.

Writing Challenge


I need to restart my 400-word challenge. I didn’t set aside time to write yesterday. That’s okay. I miss a day, I just try again. I’ll keep my weekly count, it just won’t go up this week. I was thinking of it as a streak, but I really just want to count the number of weeks in which I’ve written at least 400 words, 5 days out of the week. I’m trying to keep it going each week. I think I’ll note the previous streak so I can see the comparison.

Love They Might Be Giants!

Daily Sketch Challenge

Self-portrait sketchI tackled the sketch first thing after my walk this morning. It is too easy to fall prey to Predatory Procrastinator (one of my bad guys in SuperBetter parlance). E-mail, web pages, and other distractions can quickly eat up the few minutes I might have to work on a sketch. I try to do the key things I want to accomplish first thing in the day.

Daily Thoughts

Self-Portrait of the authorMy focus today has mostly been on the semester’s final assignments. I did come across this post at BoingBoing People really, really suck at using computers, which reports on The Distribution of Users’ Computer Skills: Worse Than You Think over at NN/g. The summary makes the overall point of the article clear, “Across 33 rich countries, only 5% of the population has high computer-related abilities, and only a third of people can complete medium-complexity tasks.”

Every day librarians help users with computer-related tasks, and we’re starting to do much more. The article makes another crucial point not included in the summary, “In total, across the OECD countries, 26% of adults were unable to use a computer.” A quarter of adults are unable to use a computer.

Librarians provide a key resource to help the 95% of users that lack high computer-related skills. This next week I’m planning to share a plan to provide more opportunities in our libraries.

Planet of the Apes

I’ve always enjoyed the Planet of the Apes movies (except for the terrible ending of the Tim Burton version). I’ve enjoyed the recent series of movies and was excited to see the trailer for War for the Planet of the Apes.

I plan to be in the theater to see this one! The new Spiderman: Homecoming trailer looked like a lot of fun too. We don’t tend to go to the theater often. With the improvements to our local theater’s seating and operation, it’s much more enjoyable to go see a movie than it used to be. I’d like to get over to see Fantastic Beasts, and we’ve got to see Rogue One (of course)!


No, not the video game. The quakes in Oklahoma that I’m studying as part of my final for this data analysis class. I thought I’d share this quick visualization graphing the magnitude and depth of earthquakes each year. It’s pretty boring until 2010—and then watch out! One more tiny piece in this final project.