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The weather has been getting warmer every day. It is a good thing. The trees are green, and flowers are blooming, bugs are flying around. I no longer have any excuse not to do a recommended health walk outside. Writing about walking outside in this update is apart of making myself accountable. Writing can lead to health issues- posture, weight, sleep, and the most hated carpal tunnel syndrome. If the writer is not careful. Health and over all well-being have been something I have struggled with for years. Health and being creative are connected. Once that was understood, I stopped labelling parts of my life as writing life and real life. They influence and affect each other. Something to keep in mind if you are a creative person.
In writing news, there is not much to tell. I’m still not satisfied with word count but that is something that can be worked on. So, it is a work in progress. Thinking about the future, I considered entering a writing contest or two. I don’t know if I am up to that challenge yet, but I started to look through stories I started as short works. There are about five on file. Two are supposed to be part of the same universe.
May is called Asian and Pacific islander month. I didn’t always know this. A YouTube creator started an Asian readathon a few years ago. I found these two books on the recommended reading list and I indulged. A Pho Love Story by Loan Le. It is a Romeo and Juliet type of story with Vietnamese families and food. I think this is the author debut book, and full disclosure I am listening on audible. The story is told in first person POV and just better for me on audio. The other story also first person POV is the Wolf of Oren-Yaro by K.S. Villoso. It is fantasy told from perspective of the Queen and I am so there for it. Often fantasies are told about the poor orphan from the country or bottom of the city. This is a story about a person in power and the haters that are after her. The queen’s responsibility to her people and to herself is the conflict. I find it interesting and comparing it to the graphic novel Vagrant Queen by Magdalene Visaggio. A topic for the Wednesday review or essay. Those are the fiction books. I am still listening to Germs, Guns and Steel by Jared Diamond for non-fiction. It was stated that it would take about 2 weeks to complete reading and listening to that book. I promptly got distracted on other things. My bad. I used to take a commute to work and often listen to books all through the day at work. I am no longer doing this, so adjustments are being made.
This week’s goals are of course writing 8000+ words in the romance novel Star Crossed. Deciding which short story will be worked on in the next month and the choice for the writing contest. Once I write it here, I must keep to it and update you all later. Nothing yet is confirmed I am just looking.
I hope this week goes well for everyone. We may not get what we want, but let’s hope we get what we need.