September Update

Happy Labor Day! I’m not going to waste more than a sentence on lamenting the lack of posts over the past few months, so lament, lament, lament, and done.

So far, 2016 has been fighting back at me. I’ve been more productive this year than, very possibly, any year, but that productivity is on long projects, the results of which I doubt I will see this year. As far as those projects are concerned, patience is about the best thing I have going for me right now, and even that can be flighty. Still, I can’t complain. After all, I did just take a break from the world this weekend and made this cake:

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If it’s not pirates, it’s princesses. Yes, I’m post-college age, don’t judge me…. No, go ahead and judge me. It’s cool.

A few updates, since this is my September update, after all: I am now the webmaster of one of our local writing clubs. I was supposed to “update it,” but I’m an INTJ (search Myers-Briggs if you’re unfamiliar) who doesn’t just “update” things; I revamp them completely. This is great, except that I’ve had to learn everything from scratch (I had never used Wix before). Great experience, though!

I am slamming through my financial planning courses, as the deadline for my access to them crept up on me and I found myself a bit trapped. Rushing is never good, which is why my performance on the exams is less than stellar. Still, things could be a whole lot worse, and all things considered, I think I’m doing rather well.

Despite my hopes, my room renovation will not be finished by NaNoWriMo. That’s unfortunate, because I don’t think I can handle a second year of NaNoing hunched over my laptop on my bed. Especially since my laptop is dying (the screen hinges broke and it’s now sitting at about a 155 degree angle). But I am working on the room, and once early November rolls around and I can have my yard sale, the pace should speed up.

Here is my great confession: I have failed my 2,000 words-a-day goal. Funny that the one thing I promised I wouldn’t compromise under any situation has been the hardest hit. I’m writing at least 500 words a day now, hardly a challenge, but there are simply some days when I don’t have time for a challenge. Besides, the majority of that writing has been devoted to brainstorming. Most of it is dedicated to Cursed (I recently compiled all of this year’s notes about Cursed into a single document, and it alone is at 90K words), which has developed astronomically. For a long time, I wasn’t sure how the next two books would pan out, but after a very intense brainstorming session a few weeks ago, it all fell into place.

I’m also working on the brainstorming stages of a satirical fantasy. Like all my satire, we’ll see if it’s even remotely funny to anyone other than myself. This one, more than any other story I have before attempted, deals with weighty subjects, so I imagine that I will walk a fine line between being too serious and being too flippant.

For an update, this is thin as broth, but studying calls! I hope to publish content with greater quality and consistency in the near future.