Welcome to my July updates post!
Can you believe it’s August already? This time last year I was writing a story series for my blog, planning my Cornwall trip to visit Arthurian legend sites, and preparing to start an MA. Now, I’m getting ready for the second year of my MA, and to start an editing business.
July was all about writing and planning. I did okay, although I’m still not back in a regular office routine. I think I needed a longer break after a busy year, and some days it was too hot to think, let alone use a computer. Anyway, let’s talk August goals and July progress!
I’m planning to get ahead before classes start again in November, by learning about critical commentary and autobiographical fiction. I know our tutors will go over everything when I start, but the next module worries me: Autobiography is so far out of this fantasy-escapist writer’s comfort zone, and I’m dreading it. I figure preparing in advance will help!
Merlin’s latest favourite thing is climbing our curtains. Raising a kitten’s not easy, it’s one trial after another (including tearing wallpaper from the walls!) but the cuddles make up for it. He can still be a handful, but he’s learning and starting to feel like a member of the family:
We also taught him sit, paw, leave, and my partner is now teaching him to hi-five! He’s such a fast learner. Who says cats can’t be trained?
I’ve decided to start an editing business after I graduate, although I may launch part time during year 2 of my MA. I adore editing, sometimes I love it more than writing, and I want to put those skills to good use helping other writers improve their stories.
I have a knack for spotting errors, but I want to research proofreading/copyediting to make sure my skills are up to date. I have a huge list of things to do before launch, including removing older stories from my blog, developing pricing, and researching how to start a business. In August I’ll focus on skills/knowledge and beta reading as much as possible to practice!
TV & Film:
During the week long heatwave I watched a lot of Netflix. Jessica Jones Season 3 was good. I like her character and it’s a shame it was the last season. Trish irritated me, but she does every season so that’s nothing new! Jeri Hogarth’s struggles were portrayed well, I liked Malcolm’s crisis, and one particular part shocked me. All in all, recommended.
I’m stuck for what to watch next, so I’m re-watching Psych and Yu-Gi-Oh! (Since we’re back into the card game!)
My goal was 25000 words. I loved working on multiple projects – Merlin, Dragonspire, a supernatural romance, short stories, and fanfic – and I wrote mostly on paper so I’d be less distracted. The downside? I haven’t typed it all up yet and had to count my words by hand!
I didn’t reach my goal – the week long heatwave made it hard to write – but I did write 20000 words. I might not use them all, but Camp made writing fun again, which is all I really wanted.
I wrote one short story in July, Shelter from the Storm, which I’m particularly proud of as I love the characters and it continues Brothers through fire, which I wrote last year. I’m hoping to write two short stories this month. I’m also doing the 31 Days of Summer Writing challenge, which provides prompts and motivation to write daily in August!
Next year all of my university assignments are on creative writing. I’m bound to learn more, so I’m changing my writing goals again and easing the pressure on writing chapters for my novels until I graduate. I can’t bear the idea of putting in a ton of work only to have to change it all again. I’ll focus on short stories and scenes to develop characters and plot instead.
Reading & Art:
In July I read and reviewed Magic at Midnight, a fantasy with pegasi, Captain Stellar, an lgbt superhero romance, and started Struck: The Lightning Project, also an lgbt superhero romance. I read a lot of fanfiction again too, mostly Yu-Gi-Oh this time, and read Good Omens (but only rated it 2 stars). My goal for August is to read at least one book, but I’m not sure which yet!
I’ve also switched from a laptop to an old desktop PC. It works better with Photoshop so I’ve dug out my graphics tablet: I’m even doing a 30 day anime drawing challenge and might share some sketches on Instagram 🙂
Thanks for Reading!
I’m looking forward to getting back to normality in August and catching up on everything I’ve missed whilst slacking off/melting/recovering from uni and writing!
What are your August goals? Read any interesting fantasy books lately? Anything you’d recommend on Netflix? Have you ever put a WIP on hold? Chat in the comments!