I know, Canada Day was yesterday. But I enjoyed a great long weekend doing as little as possible. On Friday I felt so worn out, and I was glad to make as few plans as I could so I could stay home and enjoy my time with Merlin. I played waaay too much Idle Champions of the Forgotten Realms (love that game!) and I read Sharon Shinn’s Royal Airs. All in all, a very good weekend.
I made the decision on Saturday that rather than rush to get something ready for Sustainably North yesterday, I took the week off from the blog as well.
I’ve also decided that from here on I’m going to alternate from week to week between working on Sustainably North and working on one of the other projects I want to get done. As I mentioned last week, Sustainably North has kind of taken up more of my time (and headspace) than I thought it would and I really need to get some work done on other things, too. So this week I’ll be working on Sustainably North (since I don’t actually have the next few posts written 😅 ) and the following week will be editing the story for the Make Your Way anthology. 🙂
I’ve been struggling a bit with coming up with Sustainably North topics for the summer. I had one month’s worth but couldn’t decide on the second one (and since July has an extra Monday, I also had a hard time deciding on what that extra post should be). I solved the latter problem by taking the weekend off from the blog. And because I’ve been struggling through most of June with energy and stuff, I decided to dedicate July to taking care of yourself. Because it’s so much harder to take care of other things (like making better choices for the environment) when you’re feeling frazzled. August is going to be dedicated to camping, and September will be looking at the upcoming Canadian election.
Anyway, that’s the plan. Happy July 4th to all of my American friends! 🙂
Wow, where did the week go? And also, where did June go? I can’t believe it’s July already next week!
June has not been a great month for me and the goals I’ve been setting for myself. Yes, I’ve gotten a few of them accomplished (I was actually really proud of myself – I got my email back under control!) But I haven’t done any edits on the Make Your Way story. I also haven’t sat down yet to take a look at how my goals for the remainder of the year will change thanks to that big project I’m taking on this fall.
I was thinking about it a bit today, and it almost feels like I’m focussing on the wrong things right now. I’ve been working so much on Sustainably North over the last while, that everything else has sort of taken a back seat, even though finishing some of the games I’ve had on the go for the last few years (!!!) is just as important (if not more so?) With that in mind, I really need to reevaluate my priorities for the coming months.
That’s all I’ve really got for today. I wish I had a bit more, but right now it’s kind of just a time for reflection and planning.
How about you? How are things going? 🙂
Hi everyone – thanks for the birthday wishes last week! 😀
Originally I thought I was going to get some work done last week. But between my birthday and going away with my family for a few days to the Bluefin, I ended up taking the entire week off. It was a much needed vacation, but now I’m back and working on some writing once again. I didn’t get any work done on the Make Your Way story, but yesterday I did get the last few June posts written for Sustainably North, so that was exciting. I need to get going on the July ones because this month is already half over!
So I just got word that I’m going to be working on a project this fall (I’m not giving any details here until after everything is finalized). I’m very excited about this opportunity, but now I’ll need to decide on what my priorities are going to be for the rest of the year. I had a rough plan for up until December, but that will necessarily have to change. So over the next week I’m going to try to work on that (along with getting the July posts for Sustainably North written); if I have some time, I’ll do some work on the Make Your Way story. I hate to put it aside for another week, but that might be necessary – we’ll see how things go! I’ll also need to rethink my Sustainably North plan for August; I was thinking of doing a bunch of book reviews, but I’m going to change that, too. It’s going to be another busy week!
So how about you? What’s new? What are your plans for the upcoming week? 🙂
It’s my birthday this week! So no update today – I’ll be back next Tuesday! 🙂
I was a bit worried that I wouldn’t actually get the Make Your Way edits started this week. I gave myself WAAAY too many goals, plus the week was rather busy. But I started them yesterday! 🙂
I was actually rather happy with the story; it’s in a lot better shape than I thought it would be. So far I’ve read over it once and made notes of things that need to be changed. This coming week I’ll actually work on those changes in the Game Book Authoring Tool file. My plan is to tighten up the story first; once that’s done, I’ll work more on the dialogue.
June is coming up faster than I thought, so I did some work on the June posts for Sustainably North. The topic for June is going to be commuting; I chose that because I signed up for the Commuter Challenge through my work. Unfortunately, I can’t finish all of the posts now until after the Challenge is completed on June 8th, so I got what I could done and scheduled for now. I also decided on the June book, Urban Cycling, so I’ve started reading that (but it’s been a bit slow going because the book I chose is more of a reference manual like You Grow Girl was, and so more suited to flipping through rather than reading cover to cover).
So what about you? What are you currently working on? 🙂
It was the May Long Weekend here in Canada – hope you had a great long weekend if you celebrate Victoria Day (or any other holidays!) If you didn’t have a long weekend, I hope you had a good weekend all the same. 🙂
My goals for the last week were to plan out the June Sustainably North posts and to start the edits on the story for Make Your Way. I accomplished the former, but unfortunately didn’t work on the latter; as the long weekend hit, I decided instead to read The Greenprint, the book I had decided to review for Sustainably North in June. I ended up getting about a third of the way through the book and decided it wasn’t for me (I didn’t like the writing); because I didn’t finish the book, I decided not to review it. Instead, I found a couple of other books that I think will be a better fit for my June topic at the library, so I’ve put them on hold. I will hopefully have them in a few days, and will decide which one to read and review at that time.
Since I didn’t get started on the Make Your Way edits as planned, it looks like this next week will be busy! Along with starting the edits, I’m hoping to write out a bunch of the June Sustainably North posts, and read a couple of books (I started one, and once I’m finished it I’ll start on the June Sustainably North one).
What about you? What are you currently working on? 🙂
Like I said I was going to, I took the last week off from writing. I’m not going to lie: it was kind of hard. At the back of my mind I kept thinking that I really need to figure out what I’m doing for June on Sustainably North. I was also tempted to start writing another short story for fun. So I don’t know that it was a particularly relaxing week, but I stayed away from writing.
One of the best things to come out of this was that I finally read Naomi Novik’s Spinning Silver. I was a huge fan of Uprooted, and was really looking forward to reading her next fairy tale. But I wanted Spinning Silver in trade paperback so it’s the same as my copy of Uprooted. So for my birthday last year, my brother gave me a gift card for Chapters, and I waited almost a year, saving that card until Spinning Silver was finally available in trade. It arrived late last week to the store and I picked it up on Friday. I then spent most of the weekend reading it.
I’m not going to lie: it felt so good to be reading fiction. I’ve read so much nonfiction over the last few years, many of which have been climate-related books. They’re heavy, and honestly rather depressing. So even though Spinning Silver is not exactly a happy read (the kingdom in question is besieged by the lord of winter, who is extending winter further and further into the other seasons so crops are dying) and is in its own way topical (dealing with crazy weather patterns), it was still fantastical and honestly just an all around good read. (Although I freely admit that I thought there were a few too many point of view characters popping up – I think Uprooted was better because the narrative is much tighter). Even though the nonfiction books I’ve been reading have been good in their own ways, it was wonderful to go back to fiction.
Once I was finished reading Spinning Silver, I then spent some time going through some old magazines. I got through about five or so that have been sitting around, waiting for me to read them (I was especially happy to get through a few Maclean’s magazines – I was almost a year behind on them!!!) Other than that, I found myself mostly hanging out with friends and family (happy belated Mother’s Day to all of the mothers out there!)
This next week looks like it’s going to be rather busy. Between work and other plans, I’m going to have to be really careful with my time. I’m hoping to have June planned out for Sustainably North by next Tuesday, and have started the edits on the Make Your Way story (in a perfect world, I’m hoping to have the first full editing sweep done; we’ll see how that goes as the week progresses!) So wish me luck, and lots of luck to you, whatever your plans are over the next week! 🙂