New Habits, Same as the Old Habits (Kinda)

Faithful Place, the third of Tana French's Dublin Murder Squad books.
Faithful Place, the third of Tana French’s Dublin Murder Squad books.
Confession: I made a New Year’s resolution this year I didn’t tell anyone about. (I think because I was sure there was a 0% chance of my keeping it.) But I’m now 10+ months in and still going strong — and mentioning it to Wendy when I visited last month didn’t ruin my mojo — so I think I’m finally safe to talk about it.

I’ve stopped watching reruns on tv.

Now, this may not seem like a very big deal, but I’m someone who would regularly lose an entire weekend to a Law & Order (or Criminal Minds, or SVU, or NCIS, or Castle, or…) marathon, so for me, it was huge change — and one that really needed to be made.

I’d like to say that I immediately reduced my tv watching by a huge amount and developed delightful new hobbies and have been both reading and writing a ton, but my path, alas, was not so straightforward — but it has been positive overall, in occasionally unexpected ways. Continue reading

Obsession, Nerdery, and Witches

The Witches, Salem 1692 When I was in the sixth grade, I became somewhat obsessed with the Salem Witch Trials. I don’t remember what got me started, but I know that I worked my way through the books in my school library, and then used my dad’s alumni library card at (what is now) Binghamton University* so I could get better books — the ones with transcripts of primary source documents. Because as an 11 year old I thought I could understand 17th century trial records?

I’m sure I thought I could (and did), but in hindsight… well, I think it’s kind of adorably nerdy that I tried. Continue reading