Welcome to my August updates post!
Can you believe August is over? I can’t, but in a way I’m glad because the temperature should start to drop as we ease into September 🙂
My goals for August were:
Learn about critical commentary and autobiographical fiction for university.
Beta read short stories and university excerpts.
Write two short stories.
Participate in the August Writing Challenge.
Ease the pressure on my novels.
Read one book (and don’t watch as much TV).
Draw every day.
So, how did I do?
University Research: Commentary & Autobiography.
I started researching critical commentary and it’s nowhere near as intimidating as I expected. I’ve got a bit more research to do, but I’m enjoying it and think it’ll be fun to write commentary alongside my stories. I also think it’ll be a learning experience that’ll help me draft.
I haven’t researched autobiographical fiction yet, but I’ve got a project idea. I’ll focus on recalling five positive childhood memories to write about. I think it’ll make an interesting project, as most of what I remember is negative, although part of me is still hoping I can write about dragons!
As expected, my research will take longer than one month: I’ll continue in September 🙂
TV & Film:
Currently watching: Carole & Tuesday, Digimon Adventure 02.
Watched: Wu Assassin. I loved the characters, and it was fun to watch, but the last episode was rushed and confusing: as the end of Netflix originals often are. 3 stars.
Watching: Digimon Adventure 02. Confession: I rage quit Digimon as a teen when my friend told me about the epilogue, where everyone got married. I hate epilogues like that in kid/YA: They ruin the magic. Continuing the series reminded me how much I loved the show, so I’m adding the epilogue to my list of things that doesn’t exist (right beside HTTYD 3)!
Watching: Carole & Tuesday: I can’t resist anime, or tales of musicians trying to make it, and I’m obsessed with musicals. The setting, futuristic Mars with pop culture references, reminds me a little of Cowboy Bebop, and I think it’s going to be good 🙂
Watched: Spiderman: Homecoming. I find Marvel movies hit or miss, but Spiderman was always one of my favourites, especially the cartoon, so that probably explains why I loved this film.
Clearly my ‘don’t watch so much TV goal’ failed!
Merlin doesn’t seem to care about the heatwave we’ve been having. He’s been bouncing around like a crazy kitty, and even after we had him neutered he ran around as soon as we got back from the vets: He played for hours before he finally crashed!
He’s recovered well and is growing so fast. I also love how fluffy he is, especially his tail! We’ve been playing with floating ice cubes in the sink (he got drenched!) and though he’s still climbing curtains and attacking feet, our neighbour says it’s his age and he’ll grow out of it!
I’ve been making an editing checklist, but it’s nowhere near done. There’s a lot to proofreading and copy-editing, so this is another project I’m carrying over to September.
I also beta read lots of short stories, and I’m slowly learning the difference between university ‘beta’ reading and beta reading: beta reading is more about the story and less about editing, and university is about everything! Either way I really enjoy doing it 🙂
I wrote two short stories: Hands of Fate, about a criminal, a superhero, and an artefact, and Fall of a Kingdom, about an elf who causes trouble with his stealing. I’ll aim for two stories this month, based on the #sunscribbles prompts New (8th Sept) and Star (29th Sept).
I failed the August Writing Challenge, in that I didn’t write every day. I have been writing, I wrote at least thirty pages of fanfic, but in larger chunks on the days it wasn’t too hot to write. I wrote the same amount as I would’ve if I’d written daily, so I’m not too bothered!
I also said in last month’s update that I’m putting my WIP on hold until after university: The day after I wrote that post, I started re-plotting Merlin and Dragonspire. Relaxing my goals was just what I needed! I didn’t write any words, and I’m back to the drawing board again, but I’m happier with them. No goals for progress in September: I’ll just see if I end up working on them!
Reading and Art:
Why did I set a daily drawing goal? The first five days were great, then I lost momentum and didn’t sketch for the rest of the month. I don’t know what happened, I was so enthusiastic about this project. Maybe daily was overkill? In September I plan to draw weekly instead 😀
I failed my reading goal too. I read a novel’s worth of fanfiction, and I’ve been reading non-fiction for my research, but no original stuff. I think I’m in a slump after Good Omens, which always seems to happen after a disappointing book. I’ll aim to read a book in September!
Other misc stuff:
- I’m still behind on some things, mostly emails and getting back into Twitter and Instagram, but by the end of September I hope to be caught up and on Twitter twice a week!
- I started Yu-Gi-Oh Speed Duelling at our local game shop. It’s fun: I like it mostly because it’s old school Yu-Gi-Oh with no Link/Pendulum monsters or boring OTK decks!
- I’ve been skipping exercise, because it’s too hot, but I made it to the beach a few times:
- The new desktop computer I switched to sometimes refuses to connect to the internet, which is sometimes a blessing and sometimes a curse. I get more done, but my emails, blog and Twitter notifications pile up a bit!
All in all, not bad. I’ve been keeping ‘office’ hours again, but I still feel really sluggish because of the heat! Hopefully September will be more productive, and less hot!
How was your August? Productive? Relaxing? Hot? What are your goals for September? Any Netflix recommendations or good editing resources? Do you have a list of sequels or epilogues that ‘don’t exist’? Chat in the comments!