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January Recap: All The Things!

January was BUSY!

I resigned from a few committees. I accepted a job.

I read 10 books. (Read along with me at Goodreads)

I produced three podcasts. (Listen and subscribe over here at Pages and Popcorn Podcast Website, Facebook, Twitter... Patreon!!!)

And ... I went to Hawaii with my sisters!



This was my first trip with my sisters and one of my one "vacations."

I mean... when I was a kid they called them "vacations" but what they really were was a 17-hour car ride to the middle of Utah to see family. So. No. Not a vacation.

The Maifan-San and I went to Tokyo and England... and they were great trips... but again... not super vacation /relaxing /restful etc sort of things.

This one? This one was relaxing and restful and I read books on the beach! And played in the water! And saw stars! And (begrudgingly) went on a hike! And saw whales! And ate a coconut! And went to a luau!



It was awesome.

There is no way February can top January... but with a visit from my mom scheduled, actually starting that new job, prepping for FogCon, producing even more podcasts, and hitting the one year anniversary of being healthy... well, February won't be half bad!

Aloha!

End of the Year Changes

I don't do New Year Resolutions... but I do take stock in my life around my birthday in early December and then try to spend time in careful reflection during the holidays in order to decide if I am on the right path or not. What areas of my life need to speed up? to slow down? To be thrown away? To be laid gently aside for a bit? To be held tightly?

This year is no different.

For the most part, I am very pleased with my life and my choices.

In 2018, I finished my Copy Editing Certificate from UC Santa Barbara... and I have started to get a few paying gis as a copy editor. This has been a longtime dream and I am really excited to keep fine tuning my skills and help people wrangle their words.

I also started a podcast about books and movies. This was another longtime dream that has finally come to life. I had been waiting for the right time, cohost, and subject... and I really feel like I have somehow found the perfect recipe!

AND I started writing again. Not much, but the occasional blurb or vignette... and boy howdy does that fed my soul.

Those are all the good professional bits...

On the other side of things, I had spent 2017 and the first half of 2018 in my "time of no" trying not to take on more projects or commitments... and over the summer I started saying yes to things again... and I said yes to too many things. Which lands me in the uncomfortable spot of having to now disentangle myself from commitments to teams and committees that I was honored to be a part of. But if GCV taught me anything, it is that you have to step back when your passion is pulling you away. You can half-ass a bunch of things... but isn't it better to whole ass the things you really care about?

Yes.

And my whole ass needs to be doing WORD STUFF in terms of copy editing, podcasting, and writing.

I'm keeping CVAAS because I feel uniquely useful there and UU SM because I know that the load is heavy enough for those I share it with.

Which means I have to step away from UUPC and UU MM. (And yeah, I know these acronyms mean nothing to most of you, sorry.) I have written and rewritten my resignation letters a dozen times and am trying to get them sent by the end of the year.

So here's to the end of the year and the beginning of the next. May your future be bright with possibilities and cluttered with happy memories!

New Project: Pages and Popcorn Podcast!

I teased about this a month ago... but today I get to announce it at the top of my lungs!

Along with my friend Jennifer, I am launching a new podcast! It is called Pages and Popcorn Podcast and the tagline is "Two opinionated book and movie nerds talk about books that were made into movies... and the movies that came from books!"



We have a website!

We have a Twitter!

We have a Facebook page!

And best of all... We have a TRAILER!

I'm still figuring it all out and getting it hosted and promoted and such... so stay tuned and keep those fingers crossed!

I'm so excited!

Something (censored) this way comes...

I am really excited and I can't tell you why quite yet.

This is not vague booking... it is vague blogging!

Here's a hint.



Here's another hint!


SQUEEEEE!

I'm certified!



Dear Kaylia Marie Metcalfe-Armstrong,

Congratulations on your recent achievement! At this time you have met all the requirements to earn the Copyediting certificate.

Huzzah!

I am the proud owner of a Copyediting Certificate from UC Santa Barbara!

(It is in the mail, so no picture as of yet....)

Now, I can charge a tiny bit more for my services! 

wishful dancing.... 


I'm the New Secretary!

Not this kind of secretary.




At least not that I am going to discuss in this venue.

Ahem

I am thrilled to announce that I have joined the Central Valley Alliance of Atheists and Skeptics as the Secretary of their Board of Directors.

I will help this organization as they refocus thier intentions and revive thier social media presence.

The Central Valley Alliance of Atheists and Skeptics is a nonprofit educational, service, and social organization focused on supporting Central Valley’s secular community.  

The public voices that dominate the San Joaquin Valley are overwhelmingly religious in nature.  

This can be alienating to those people who belong to a minority religion or to no religion at all.  

CVAAS works to be, “A Secular Voice in the Valley,” to act as a counterpoint in order to inject reason and critical inquiry into public discourse.

CVAAS encourages the examination of human rights and ethical questions from a human perspective.  We believe that moral principles are best discovered when they are based on empathy, sympathy, and respect for others. We advocate for the examination of fringe and pseudo-scientific claims through the lens of objective scientific inquiry.

What we do:
  • Create spaces for like-minded secular people to find mutual support, advice, and community.
  • Explain the differences between Science and pseudoscience while promoting reasoning, critical thinking and the methods of science in the areas of education, medicine, and government.
  • Offer encouragement, assistance, and materials to local affiliated and allied organizations.
  • Create quality local events for the secular and skeptical community.
  • Through our regular acts of service promote the idea that one can be “good whout God.”

You can find out more about our upcoming events by visiting us on our
MeetUp Page and on our Facebook Page!



Reread or Resist?

Mail Bag Post:

Do you reread books?


Sometimes.
Usually, my mental conversation goes like this:

Hello, book I read ten years ago. I have a huge stack of books I have yet to read... but maybe instead, of reading those, I should dust you off and reread you!

I already know what happens!

And yet... I was a different person ten years ago. I was afraid of different things. I had different goals. I was sleeping with someone else. I was not yet a mother.

I wonder.

Perhaps I have changed, no wait, I know I have changed... have you?

Of course, you haven't changed. You are a static medium. But my impressions of you will have evolved. I have read so much more since I last held you. I have journeyed to new places and my eyes are wiser now.

Perhaps... perhaps you have new things to teach me?

But... could it be that I loved you because of who I was back then, and reading you today would deprive me of that comforting nostalgia?

Maybe it is better not to risk it.   

But maybe it is...

TLDR: Sometimes

Books I have intentionally reread despite the fact that I loved them the first time:

Handmaid's Tale
The Sparrow
To Kill a Mockingbird
History of Love
The Color Purple
Mists of Avalon

(I loved them all the second and third time as well.)