Hi, everyone! It’s that time again! Weekly updates delivered every Friday! I have an exciting official announcement on Saturday, but for now: I’ve added a book-club section to the Discord server! I’ve gone ahead and picked the first book for the club – The Oathbound by Mercedes Lackey – but after that I’ll put things up to the vote! I’ll explain everything in detail tomorrow in its own shiny post, but I wanted to give you all a heads-up on the title! 😀
None yet! Well, I have a very rough short story draft.
- 4,374/10,000 words of fiction written
- 4/12 books read
- 0/3 proper paper section
- 0/1 intro Miss Fisher draft
This Week’s Fiction Wordcount: 4,374
This Week’s Non-Fiction Wordcount: 4,446
Untitled SF Story: This is a slice-of-life SF story about, well, making friends and reaching goals together. It’s short and sweet and I like it a lot even if it’s currently a right mess that’s about 1,000 words longer than I wanted it to be.
DemiPrincess2: I have (finally) identified the issue I’m having with the current scene. All that remains is to fix it and convince my brain to stop being a jerk. THIS STORY SHOULD NOT BE TAKING THIS LONG, BRAIN. (But, also, I’d rather take the time and get a high quality first draft I can polish up than a useless mess.)
Life And Other Such Important Matters
You know when you have a time where your mental health just takes a nosedive? Yeah, that’s where I’m at right now. Which of course means I’m mostly digging in and avoiding people. This is not, I note, a good coping strategy, but it’s the best one I’ve got when “Get out of the overall situation” isn’t likely to happen any time soon. And, honestly, the issue is smaller things adding up. It’s seeing everyone get excited about Worldcon and knowing you can’t and won’t be attending even though you wanted to and held on to hope too long for sense; it’s seeing people say “I would like to read [thing you write!] and knowing that the sales just aren’t there for it unless it’s big names writing it”. (That’s a discoverability issue and an issue with disliking indies, but honestly it all amounts to the same thing: a vicious cycle that’s hard to break through.)
Anyway. Good things have also happened! I got a new laundry basket! Which I realise is super unexciting to hear, but small pleasures exist too. I enjoyed the weather. We attempted a new method to dog-proof the glorified shed. So far it appears to be dog proof. It may or may not be rabbit proof. I petted a rabbit!
They’re small and simple things, but they’re important. We forget how important sunshine on our face is or that kindness exists in the world, I think, because the bad things in our… entire existence are so much bigger and more pressing. But the good things exist too.
Stand-out Positive Moment
Kitty cuddles. If only I could convince Cat to actually stay put an entire night…
This Week on Patreon
All the Patreon posts from the past week, collected in neat and tidy lists, divided by tier.
How about you? What have you been up to lately? Has anything awesome happened?