Updates January 30-February 03

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Just like that, the first month of the quarter is done. Honestly, I have no clue what I have done. I have a planner to track my day, and there is a record of what I am eating, reading, and basically doing; I don’t see progress, and worse I don’t feel it either. This is frustrating, but something that has been dealt with.

None of the stories I have mentioned in previous entries have been shelved. The day job does take a lot of my time. There are times I feel mentally drained and the only thing that helps is an audiobook and Farmville 2 or Cooking Madness. Other times it is a manhwa or manga, I mean they make reincarnation or isekai really appealing. I have yet to decide which book I’ve read in the past, that I want to enter to be a side character or villainess. A book that made an impact on me in the past was Wild Seed by Octavia Butler. It would be my luck to get killed by Doro.

I have been doing re-reads or re-listens of books I liked in the past. I started with Dhampir by Barb and JC Hendee. I wrote about it before. Wild Seed of course is going on the list and the third book on that list is Street Magic by Caitlin Kittredge. All these books are parts of a series but I am not sure if I will continue with reading them all to the end. I wanted to re-read the Murderbot series by Martha Wells but decided to read book 1 from another series the books of Raksura. The Cloud Roads seem seems to be set in an alternate fantasy world. Distinctly different from the Murderbot universe. For education, I will be watching a Skillshare course on content writing and finish listening to 13 steps to evil by Sacha Black and Worldbuilding for Fantasy Fans and Authors by M.D. Presley. Both of these craft books make points that I can utilize in the future.

A brief note on writing. I have started to read what I wrote in Connection Lost. I think my mind was wandering. I started to focus on the lives of secondary characters that should have well-rounded lives but had no bearing on the overall story. Because I know that Connection Lost is a middle story. I got carried away with what could happen and then also got confused. To fix this I am challenging myself to write a summary or synopsis of the whole story of Connection Lost from the beginning to the end. This is important, many of my stories have vague endings, the romances end with the “happily ever after’ and the speculative fiction end with “good triumphs”. The hows and whys are never explained and that has to stop here. I have watched many writing videos, which have suggested different methods to keep track of writing. They have all mentioned that endings are important. They also let us know that we can change it later on but significant points of a story aid the narrative. I will let you know how it is working for me.

That is all for now. Glad that this entry has not been late. I hope it makes sense and entertains for a bit. Please remember to be kind to each other.

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