Summer Progress Report #4

Posted August 18, 2015 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Miscellaneous / 0 Comments

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High time for another progress report! Whoot!

First, however, some links.

Links

Elizabeth Barrette is holding a half-price sale on all things Polychrome Heroics this week. You have until the 23rd to buy awesome poetry at incredibly low prices. They are well-worth it.

M.C.A. Hogarth’s Passport to the Pelted Universe kickstarter is almost finished. About half an hour to go. The special tiers are all gone, but you can still back for delicious background details on the Pelted setting (and suggestions on how to find out which Pelted you’d be)!

That’s it for today in the links!

Non-Serial Writing

I’ve made very little progress since the last time I mentioned it. Booooooo! But! I did finish a short story draft that I want to go over again and proofread. Then, I’ll need to find betareaders or first readers for it. This will be… interesting. I don’t think (m)any of my friends who’d be happy to beta for me are well-versed in old school adventure games (nowadays better known as interactive fiction, I think).

First I have to rework it, though.

Sea Foam and Silence

I have passed the 50 poem mark! Much, much, much less quickly than I thought. This is an advance announcement that the serial will go on hiatus for a few months afterwards. October 16th will be the last Sea Foam and Silence poem of the year and the narrative will resume in early 2016.

Sea Foam and Silence was always intended to be a two-part narrative and the 50th poem marks the end of the first part. (More or less. I may fiddle with a bridge/interlude.) So the hiatus at this point makes sense.

I’ve learned a lot from the project so far and I look forward to finishing it, but I also look forward to giving myself a break. I’d thought that writing a couple of poems a week would be easy and… in some ways it really is and in others it’s the most difficult thing I’ve ever done.

I’m looking forward to giving my brain a break from writing poetry and trying to keep ahead of the posting schedule. (I love serials, but I really do need to learn not to serialise anything unless it’s done.)

I may change my mind about this — my brain may decide that announcing a hiatus means I must finish the story before October so no hiatus is needed; it’s done silly things like that before — but I’m not sure I will. I’ve already veered off into a completely different story as an attempted compromise. Murgh, I just need my writing speed back. I have no idea how to do that.

Anyway! So that is a thing that will likely happen. I hope people will understand!

Lynn’s Daily Life

This year has been… Well, so far it’s been and I’m thinking that I should, perhaps, have taken part of the summer off to recuperate rather than throwing myself into pretty much anything I could think of to keep busy.

Right now, I’m trying to shake up my working habits and methods. This’ll be fun because I’ve already scheduled a post about what it’s like at the moment. I’ll see about doing a follow-up with the changes once I get some to stick properly.

I’ve acquired a small and relatively cheap work laptop that’ll be for writing only. This means that my day-to-day laptop finds its home at a standing desk so I can switch between the two. That should help productivity (I think) since the work laptop really isn’t set up for social interaction. (After all, what would be the point of it if I did that?)

I’ve spent the past week or so struggling to get everything the way I wanted it. (Hey, it came with a free upgrade to Windows 10. But it was being annoying and it took a while to get things sorted.) So far it is shiny and pretty and I really like the change to my workflow. I’m not settled into it yet, but I’m optimistic and hopeful!

My body is a little less enthusiastic, but I’m still getting the hang of standing ergonomically. I think. My body aches anyway because I apparently fail at building up to things. Also I tend to shift my weight around instead of keep it evenly distributed.

Website

I have been hard at work prettifying and simplifying the site! Some of it you can see pretty easily and have been around for a while. I’ve fiddled with the homepage, got rid of the sidebar on single posts and I’m trying to get the hang of featured images. Pretty pictures! That will hopefully tell visitors what kind of post they’re dealing with. And the monthly round-up graphics should go with the theme of the site better than the old ones did. Let me know what you think!

I’ve also redone the books pages a little. I’ve gotten rid of the buy now button and just added Payhip to the main ventor links at the top and I’ve tidied up the All Books page.

Things you can’t really see involve updating the SEO on all the posts, but I did mention it already. I’m done now! It did also mean removing a few older posts (because I’m lazy and there was no way to get them a proper keyword), but you can find them on DreamWidth easily enough if you really want to read them.

I think that’s it for this update. I have accomplished a fair amount of (not-so-visible) admin stuff and we’ll just have to look at the goals overall and the amount of work I managed at the end of August. We’ll see how things go!

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