J. Martin

July 11, 2021

The Joys of Editing

Last week, I stepped hard on the gas with developmental editing for my current writing project. What is developmental editing? Here’s the rough guide. You check if everything’s fine and consistent with your dramatic structure, theme and motifs, and, if applicable, genre expectations. Then you check if your first page, first scene, esca...
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July 4, 2021

Come On, Leave Something for the Asteroid!

Recently, the global weather has picked up on the contrast shower fad—and as the good fitness & health fanatic that it is, it adopted the most extreme version, alternating between intense 130 °F droughts and bouts of torrential rain. Meanwhile, humans set the Gulf of Mexico on fire, blasted Romania’s largest oil refinery, and turned Eu...
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June 27, 2021

Lockdown Countdown

If I understand this correctly, there’s a field test being carried out right now to assess how wide and how fast fresh Covid variants can be propagated by soccer fans. I’m looking forward to reading the paper! Meanwhile, we had our own second Covid scare around here. My SO, in order to go to the dōjō, took a rapid Covid test and tested...
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June 20, 2021

Writing in Pseudoprose

Last week, I became so absorbed in my writing project (good!) that I haven’t written a single blog post (bad!). But I’m getting closer to finishing my current draft, and fast. A mere 1,500 words are left which I need to write from scratch (but I know what’s going to happen), and the closing scenes beyond that I already put down in what...
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June 13, 2021

Back in the Groove

First off, everything checked out, I’m on Big Sur now. Beyond what I already anticipated, there was one unexpected hitch with NTFS for Mac, but it was my own fault as I’d mixed up some kernel extensions. And while I recognized and fixed the problem myself, I had fired off a support request to which Paragon’s support then reacted in a t...
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June 6, 2021

Digital Habits Die Hard

Last week, I was critically preoccupied with readying my Mac for 64bit-only macOS 11 Big Sur. Why am I still on OSX Mojave? Workflows & pipelines! It took me two years to whittle down my enormous stack of 32bit-only apps to an acceptable degree. A few problems remain, and while they’re not trivial, I have to go on. Switching from Adobe...
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May 30, 2021

Clearing Up at Long Last

My workload dropped considerably last week, I caught up with some sleep, the weather improved, and I even found the time to redecorate my side blog just drafts a.k.a. My Secret Level. Sadly, though, I caught two crushing migraines—my monthly one and a second one that was triggered by the constant drone of heavy gardening machinery outs...
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May 23, 2021

This Newsletter Won’t Mention the #ESC

Last week I was absorbed with preparing and executing final workshop sessions for two university courses, and I wanted these sessions to be an enjoyable experience. Now, when I was a student, particularly back at school, workshops came as group work or team paper preparations, and I hated both with a passion. So I always try to set up ...
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May 16, 2021

The World Needs a Timeout

Even though there was less work on my plate, it was an exhausting week after all. I felt tired, “worked” incessantly in my sleep on my projects, and comprehensively failed to relax during the weekend. And while it’s not merely the situation in Israel, as there are many other things going on in the world that can leave you tired of exis...
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May 9, 2021

Throwback Sunday

Another packed week passed by, full of lectures, meetings, and miserable weather. Yet today, suddenly, the sun’s out! 82 °F! And it comes with a fresh breeze! All working together to deliver a massive throwback to good old times and great memories, back when I spent every summer season living on a yacht, roaming around with a motorbike...
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