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! 🙂
I did it!!! I finished the first draft of the story I’m writing for the Make Your Way anthology! I exported the story from the Game Book Authoring Tool; the draft is 28 pages long (13,661 words)! Check out the completed graph:
The final story ended up having 71 sections!
There are now 11 possible endings (the light green sections). Since last Tuesday, I’ve added another 23 sections to the story.
Now that it’s done, it’s going to need some major editing. But I’ve decided that I’m going to take a week off from working on it to work on some other things. After all of the work I’ve done on this story over the last few weeks, plus all the work I’ve been doing on Sustainably North (I have all of the May posts scheduled!), I figured that a bit of a break is in order, just to clean up (my kitchen table is my work space, and it’s totally a mess right now as you can see…)
So next week I’ll get to work on editing this story (and planning out June on Sustainably North). But in the meantime I’m hoping to have a relaxing week (maybe I’ll even read a fiction book for a change!) I hope you have a great and productive or relaxing week, whatever the plan may be!
On Sunday, I was really proud of myself – I was able to write and schedule most of the remaining Sustainably North posts for May! Prior to Sunday, I got a few quotes and the May bUneke post scheduled. But on Sunday I wrote and scheduled the two essays for May, as well as the final Friday post (it’s going to be another taste-test!), and of course the editorial post (which I didn’t want to write until I had the two essays figured out). So all that’s left for May is to finish reading the book I’m reviewing, then write and schedule the review!
Then yesterday afternoon, I actually did some work on the Make Your Way story!!! I was going to plan out all of the endings before writing them up, but as I started working on it again, I found myself doing a little bit of planning, then a little bit of writing. Going back and forth really helped me when I got stuck. I also had to remind myself that this story isn’t a full game book, so it’s okay to end some of the threads quicker than others. I wrote up one ending (hurray!) then took a break for dinner. When I got back to working on the story an hour or so later, I managed to plot out the endings for the rest of the story threads! And from there, I actually got four of them written out! Check out the new graph:
The different blues are RPG choices the player can make. The light green marks the endings. And the reds/purple were just for me to mark different story threads.
I added about 20 sections to the story today!
Since today is the last day of the month, I’m not quite sure if I’ll be able to get this draft done before May 1st. But that’s okay; even if I don’t, I should be able to have it finished by the end of the week! 🙂
Just a really quick update today. First, for the exciting stuff: one of the author interviews I did for TBPL Off the Shelf was published in a book! It was the Interview with Amor Towles – it was published in Contemporary American Fiction, Volume 3, which was edited by Harold Bloom. Contemporary American Fiction, Volume 3 is published by Bloom’s Literary Criticism, which is an imprint of Chelsea House Publishers and Infobase Learning.
Now for the less exciting stuff: I heard back from Mythic about “A Friend from the Deep” and they rejected it, too. 😦 Now that it’s been rejected again, I’m going to have to sit down with it and look it over. I suspect I need to give it a good edit before sending it out once again.
So now that that’s out of the way, I also spent some time over the weekend play testing a friend’s game. He made it with RPG Maker (and has been working on it a lot over the last while). The game was super fun, and I got quite into it (and then it ended because it’s only a demo!) 😦 I’m quite excited to see how it develops. 🙂
After playing it though, I wanted to get back into working on some of my RPGs. So I’m going to try to power through both my Sustainably North planning and the Make Your Way story so I can get back to one of my RPGs soon. 🙂
How’s your week been? Anything new and exciting? 🙂
Not a whole lot to talk about this #WriteTuesday – I got sick AGAIN last week (I started feeling off earlier in the week, but after work on Thursday night it turned into a full-blown cold, which knocked me out of commission for the weekend).
But I did start thinking through an idea I had for another short story (the one I mentioned in my last post for a new market). My plan was to use an alien species I came up with many years ago for it, so I thought that wouldn’t be to tough to plan out and start writing. Unfortunately, the more I thought about that alien, the less sense it physically made to me; so while I wasn’t planning on it, I kind of got stuck in worldbuilding for this story idea too. While aquatic, these aliens don’t live on Imezza, so I haven’t really thought about them in a long time (or properly thought through their biology). I’d really like them to make sense to me before I actually write any stories with them. So I spent some time over the weekend doing some research on how aquatic animals evolved; I *think* I found a way for these aliens to make sense to me.
Of course, once that’s done, I’ll need to figure out how they got themselves to space since they are aquatic! I also need to get back to the Make Your Way story. I still need to plan out the ending(s) then write that up. So everything is currently stuck in planning. Well, wish me luck on all of this – hopefully I’ll be actually writing something soon!
Just a quick note to say that I heard back from Asymmetry about “A Friend from the Deep.” Unfortunately they rejected the story. 😦
So I went back to the Duotrope listings and discovered MYTHIC: A Quarterly Science Fiction & Fantasy Magazine. I liked that they are looking for fantasy from more diverse settings than the typical medieval one, so I decided to try my luck with them. Unfortunately their deadline for submissions was today, so I didn’t really have a lot of time for editing “A Friend from the Deep”. But I did give it a once over (and made a few edits) before sending it their way. So we’ll see what happens this time. 🙂