So, I'm going to try to do a general life update.
Life in Ithaca: I'm at the point of winter when I want it to be over with already. Mostly it's just cold and gray and I want to curl up in my bed and watch TV and play video games. Don't get me wrong, I love life in Ithaca from about March-April to the winter holidays, but the winters drag a bit on me. Maybe I'll get my next job in Arizona. Speaking off...
Job Applications & Grad School: I have something on the order of 20 out, and five more I'm working on (and need to ask my references for letters before they all leave for Cassini stuff). I've been delaying since I really want to be able to send a CV that at least shows my second paper has been submitted. It's almost there: pretty much I have one more thing that my adviser thinks I need to address (plus I found another code error that changes the numbers and graphs without changing the conclusions). Of course, it'll be delayed since adviser and postdoc are doing Cassini stuff and don't have time to read it until next week (I bet).
The final bit of my dissertation research mostly just needs a write-up.
Creative Work: I'm trying to get back to drawing and have a few things in the queue. Sadly, I'm still in the 'I don't know what to draw, so I sign up for things like Big Bangs and contests to get prompts'. I'd like to be a bit more proactive.
Writing is a bit better. I did a lot of drabbles in January, and I mean to go through my idea bucket and at least outline some of that stuff. Also not signing up for any Big Bangs unless I have an outline in the bucket that works. (I think I'll post my outlines here rather than over at invoking_urania, since I tend to keep that as an archive.)
I'm experimenting with a site called Challenge Accepted, which gives you 'exp' and 'skill points' for completing personal goals: sort of a mix of a to-do list combined with a video game. I don't know if it's helping, but I'm level 2 after about a couple weeks.