Thursday, February 15, 2018

...and Update on Book 4!

This is the other good news I promised in my last post. Unlike the last couple of years, I've been making steady progress on book four, currently called Arashna. I wouldn’t call it hefty progress, but it’s been steady. I think I’m averaging about a page per week, which is not a great rate, but it’s a good habit to have while there are lots of other things distracting me.

Naturally, some of those things will have to take precedence sometimes. I’m student teaching right now, so that will definitely take precedence, because if I don’t make that a priority, students and their learning will suffer for it. That is obviously most important. Also, I have a massive portfolio project that is going to require a lot of my time and attention and is going to determine whether I get licensed or not. So, there’s that.

But, the short version of my progress so far is that every character except two has been presented, including a few who were in Pasadagavra, but not in Graystone. Zuryzel is there, obviously, and she’s in the middle of a couple of serious struggles - no, Mokimshim wanting her dead is not her only problem.

So, that’s the last of my news. Progress is being made on Arashna! I don’t have anything like a release date for it yet, and if I keep to my half-page-per-week rate, it won’t be for a while. But, never fear! The story will be told! Eventually...

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Update on Me...

I know I haven't been blogging much, but the reason for that is that there hasn't been much to blog about. Seriously, Sunday last week I sat down to write an email to a professor about what I've been doing since Turkey, and I couldn't think of anything particularly interesting. It's been work, school, and visiting family.

Nonetheless, here's the general news about me since Halloween.

The Saturday after Halloween, I came down with some kind of nose issue. It wasn't a cold or the flu, as there was no fever, sore throat, aches, or coughing. This lasted for about three weeks - another reason I know it wasn't a cold - at which point, my nose cleared up, but I was then beset by a furious cough that lasted from November through New Years. Basically, I was sick from Halloween to New Years, I pulled a back muscle from coughing so much, and I missed church, work, and homework on different occasions due to this. That's also why I never posted the list of craft shows, by the way - I would get home, suffer through my homework, try to update my Travel Blog (to give you some idea, I was working on that Before You Go post on Halloween in my Zuryzel costume, and I posted it the day it was finished), and then be too exhausted to figure out where I was going to be and when. I was lucky if I knew where I would be the night before. Yeah, that cough took over my life, which was pretty mortifying.

Sickness aside, I nailed all my classes.

I got a collection of awesome Christmas presents, including books, a commuter mug, lots of earrings (which are my favorite jewelry), and two fidget spinners!

I quit working regularly at the school in December, so I would have some time to prepare for student teaching, but I spent a lot of time covering for people who got sick, so I was still there for a general January birthday celebration with the other aides. That was fun!

I saw multiple movies I'd missed over this hiatus, including Ragnarok, Spider-Man Homecoming, and Guardians of the Galaxy II. I also saw Darkest Hour with my family - that's that new Winston Churchill movie starring Gary Oldman (Sirius Black) as Churchill. If you can catch that one, I definitely recommend it.

And, in probably the most exciting news, I start student teaching on Monday!!

Anyway... sorry for being gone so long, but I really didn't have the energy to do anything beside was I was getting graded to do and getting paid to do. The good news is that my coughing has completely ceased, and I expect to be back on my blog more often.

More good news coming in the next post ...