About

Andres Kabel is an author living in Melbourne. He is writing a narrative nonfiction history. In a former life he was an actuary with three decades of global management experience.

His writing portfolio includes murder mysteries and award-winning short stories.


Big Decade

This blog has a ten-year life, covering the ten calendar years from January 1, 2016, to December 31, 2025. I’m aged sixty at the beginning.

One big decade. What’s that, you ask? A Big Decade is a geeky idea for shaping a segment of a life. It comprises ten or more Big Years.


Big Year

Over a calendar year, you obsess over one activity that appeals mightily to you. You might be attracted to activism, physical activity, culture, charity, craft, creativity, any beguiling idea at all. Set up the 365 days so that every day, or the ones that are conceivably available, you attend to that obsession.

A Big Year:

  • Obsesses for a long time; it covers an entire year from New Year’s Day; it doesn’t conclude until New Year’s Eve
  • Absorbs only one year; obsess but then stop and do something is else
  • Challenges you to your limits without being ridiculously extreme
  • Requires advance planning and continuous calibration in order to fit it into your everyday life
  • Can be measured and should be reported upon; you not only obsess, you learn from the obsessing

My Pursuits

Writing provides much of the meaning in my life but I chase a number of dreams. I am an ardent reader in a wide variety of book genres, I love modern film, and I am still current with, and excited by, rock music. My wife and I hike often, our adventures ranging from day walks, through pub-to-pub multiday rambles, to camping and carrying packs into remote territory. We are ardent birdwatchers; like Jonathan Franzen, I use birding as my conduit to nature. I jog and cycle. An activist in several periods of my life, my current passion is climate change action.

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