April was productive in some ways but not in others, but that’s okay as I’d decided to take it easy before the next university semester anyway. Whilst I’m pleased with the progress I made, last week was hard, as realistically, when is this pandemic going to end? I hope our odds of survival are better than they are in the Pandemic board game at least!
Before lock-down began I hadn’t been out much, as I was so focused on my university assignment. I think that’s part of the reason I resent my degree right now. I’m itching to go out and see castles, hit the arcades, etc, but lock-down seems never ending. If I’m struggling as an introvert I imagine extroverts are going stir crazy by now.
I won Camp Nano on the 19th of April, and shared my favourite lines, but I continued writing 200 words a day and ended up with 9272 words. I wrote less on Merlin: Second Chance than I intended, but 4000+ words for my Beauty and the Beast retelling, and 4000+ on our Dungeons and Dragons adventure, which was fun to write as it’s like reliving our adventure!
I didn’t finish my Merlin plot like I’d hoped, but I did change a section that didn’t make sense. I think I’m spending too much time overthinking it though, as although I’m keen to start writing it, it’s beginning to feel like there are no surprises left.
I’ll aim to write 200 words a day in May too. I’ll focus on my D&D piece, one short story, and finishing my plot for Merlin. If I decide to complete my MA, I won’t have time to start writing my draft until September, but at least I’ll have a good solid plot and starting point.
Merlin had to skip a month of flea treatment as we can’t get any until the 4th of May. He seems happier when he doesn’t have to go to the vets though, even if he does hate it when I clean!
He’s also been really cuddly lately, and getting in the way when I’m watching Netflix by sitting in front of my face around my neck like a giant scarf! We’ve been watching Scorpion together, and we also watched Code 8. My Netflix slump seems to be over!
My goal was to read 4 books in April. I succeeded, but three were short stories. I’m behind on reviewing though, because I’m struggling with how to rate things. Is it fair to rate a book lower because the plot or characters weren’t for me? Should I really reserve 5 stars for things I fan-girl like crazy over, even if that means I rarely give 5 stars? Are book reviews more about personal opinion than facts or writer skill? How do you review books?
I’ll aim to read two books in May.
April was a bust for blogging, partly because I was ill, and partly because I struggle with motivation in times of crisis. I posted about Camp Nanowrimo and Merlin, as we’ve had him for a year. I’ll aim for a regular schedule in May, with a short story based on the pandemic, the Author Toolbox (What does your inner editor sound like?) and Book or TV reviews.
I’ve been trying to decide if I should continue my MA. I found out that if I finish this semester, I can quit with a PG Diploma, not a full MA but it avoids the long dissertation project. I know another student on the course is doing this, but I’m still not sure. If I decide to do the dissertation I’ll use the D&D story I started for Camp Nano.
I hope the workshop feedback is better this time, as apparently we need to write about feedback received in our assignment. I want to submit each week in May.
Last week we were given tons of reading and told to read outside our comfort zone. I couldn’t see the benefit to that and didn’t finish most of the reading as I didn’t like it. Do you think there’s any benefit to reading outside your comfort zone?
Our garden is overgrown with weeds. I’ve been trying to sort it out, but it’s taking ages and some of the roots are very deep. I want it sorted by the end of May. I’m wondering why Dandelions are considered weeds though, as they’re not unpleasant to look at:
Also, after a month of me thinking they were dead, my potatoes are finally growing! There was a potato shortage in stores, and as I have a habit of leaving potatoes in cupboards so long they shoot, I thought I’d plant them. Now, my worries are over, and I’ll have food again! (This is an exaggeration, we have tons of food!)
Thanks for Reading!
Writing, reading, TV and gaming were my focus in April. I met my reading goal, despite a massive slump where I wanted to do nothing but watch TV, played a few games before we got bored, lamented my lack of Final Fantasy VII remake (I don’t have a PS4) and wrote plenty for Camp NanoWrimo, all words I can actually use.
How was your April? Chat in the Comments!