Hope you’re all safe and healthy. I had a few goals for February, which I don’t think I met, and I skipped an update post, so I’ll start over here.
Covid-19: Aka Coronapocalypse:
When the UK went on lock-down on the 23rd of March little changed for us. My partner works in food retail, so he went to work as normal, and my MA in Writing is via distance learning. This time of year, when it usually rains, we prefer to stay in, and whilst the weather has been beautiful since lock-down began, I’m sure the rain will return as usual.
Things were okay, all things considered, until yesterday. My partner got feverish at work, and now our household has to isolate for two weeks. I always have plenty of food in the house in the event of a zombie apocalypse, and I’m an introvert, so staying in isn’t an issue. We’re not deathly ill, just feverish, tired, and I had a bit of vertigo. Hopefully it doesn’t get worse.
Given my partner’s job it was a matter of when, not if, we got sick. We’re both usually healthy, and hopefully if it’s Covid-19 it’ll be mild like the majority of cases are: Our government is only testing NHS workers, so we have to assume we’ve been affected. I’m trying to be optimistic, but scrolling BBC live news every hour wasn’t helping, so I’ve limited myself to once a day.
Anyway, onto happier things!
I have a huge backlog of books to read, as during term time I don’t have time to read for fun. My goal is to read 4 books in April to start clearing my backlog. The good news is I’m in a Netflix slump. The bad news is I keep downloading more books, and now my ‘too many books, not enough time’ problem is significantly worse 😀
I got my grade back: 68. My average is under 70 now, and it’ll be harder to get a distinction. Given I hated the last module, and the only way to improve would’ve been to write in more depth about my self (which I didn’t want to do) I’m okay with it.
I summarised my assignment, on using life experiences to improve fantasy stories, in a blog post. The final modules will (hopefully) be better. I won’t have to use first person or memories I’m not comfortable writing about, and I think I get more freedom for the essay topic.
The next assignments are back to back, so from May to September I’ll be crazy busy. I’m not convinced the MA is worth it. I’m still a perfectionist with impostor syndrome, I’ve learned little about writing, and assignments are stressful. Some days I feel like quitting, but I’ll see how the next module goes. I aim to write a story I can use for my next assignment by the end of April.
I posted the story I wrote for my last university assignment in two parts, On the Horizon 1 and 2. Writing it made me realise I’d rather have lots of scrapped outlines over lots of finished drafts, so I’m editing my plan for Second Chance again. I think I need to write from Merlin and Arthur’s POV, not a single POV, and I’ll only start writing when I’m sure the plan is right.
I aim to write 6000 words for Camp Nanowrimo: 4000 on a retelling of Beauty and the Beast, based on a fanfic I wrote years ago (I want to write my next essay on fanfiction), and 2000 on Merlin Second Chance, if I finish the plan! So far I’ve written 1463 words and written daily.
Merlin’s obsessed with climbing on the clothes airer and putting cat hair all over our clean clothes. I could stop him, but he looks so hilarious doing it so I leave him to it.
He was on Metacam for a urine infection, but he seems to have recovered. He’s going to go crazy with both of us here all the time as he’s not used to it!
We’d been playing a lot of games before our isolation. Now my partner’s here all the time I expect us to play a lot more, as even though we’re drained gaming is mindless fun and it’s one of the only things we can do! We’re currently trying to complete Ark: Survival Evolved (dinosaur survival), and I’ve bought Halo on PC because I used to love playing PVP on Xbox.
Dungeons and Dragons:
Before the lock-down we had our first D&D session. My character, Seth, took a crossbow bolt to the left shoulder, missed twice with his fireballs, stole a bottle of wine from the cellar of the guy we were helping, and asked quest-givers for more money as his charisma is through the roof!
My character’s based on Seth from my past stories Brothers Through Fire and Shelter from the Storm. Our game’s on hold until lock-down ends, but I might write up our first adventure for a future Sunday Scribbles!
Thanks for Reading!
I’ll be taking it easy in April as university doesn’t start until the end of the month. My priority is to stay sane and recover from whatever it is I have, so reading, gaming and writing are my focus.
How are you coping with lock-down? Do you have any goals for April? Chat in the comments!