Hey everyone, I hope you had a good month 🙂
Our February was a snow covered experience, full of many challenges, but we came through it mostly okay. Here’s what happened in the Writing Cave last month!
I wrote two blog posts last month as planned, an updates post and a post on writing confidence. I like my new schedule, but as I have quite a bit to say this month there’ll be three posts, including this:
16th March: Reading habits & preferences, quiz style post!
30th March: Why I don’t want to write scripts (following feedback on my MA project, which suggested I should consider writing scripts instead of fiction).
MA Creative Writing:
I got my results back, a 66, the lowest I’ve achieved during the course. As the overall grade is the same between 60-70 it doesn’t matter much, and a 66 is good enough given I was demoralised and nearly gave up towards the end of the course.
I think the main issue was the course wasn’t for me, as I adore TV and think/learn visually. I felt misunderstood, like an outsider on a course full of writers, and it was the weirdest experience. I need to rediscover the writer I was before the course, who enjoyed writing and didn’t feel like less of a writer for not reading as much as writers are ‘supposed’ to!
I’m not done talking about my MA, as I have a few posts planned about it (including a discussion on if I found it worthwhile overall), so stay tuned for those 🙂
I realised early in February my plan was in a bigger mess than I remembered and my 4 chapter goal was out. I had a huge collection of word files with different drafts and notes, and my outline needed editing to fit the NA genre.
I consolidated my notes, worked to redo my plot for what feels like the millionth time, and outlined characters/setting. Near the end of February I had an idea which would change the plot significantly, change an entire major character, and add a new one. It feels scary, as it changes the entire basic concept of my story, but I think it’s the right thing to do.
I still have planning to do, so I’ll aim to write a chapter by the end of the month!
I’ve been trying to get back to a regular routine, where I sit and write at the same time on set days in my office. Merlin loves this, as he gets to look out of the upstairs window and spy on the neighbour’s cat from up high!
He’s also became a lap cat again: When I stopped using the office in June, because I didn’t want to taint my creative space with my MA, Merlin stopped being cuddly. Now I’m back in the office he slouches on my lap when I’m writing, or stands in front of my monitor or on the keyboard! He never interrupts me for hugs during video games, only when I’m writing, but it’s nice to be cuddled again so I wont complain too much!
Snow & Hospital Trips:
Merlin was fascinated by the snow. He loved watching the flakes and jumping at the window to try and catch them. We got a pile of snow and brought it inside so he could play with it too, which was super cute! I adore the snow too, so we watched it together.
Snow is great, until you have to travel in it, and we had to make a trip to A & E in the next town, in a blizzard and a pandemic. I’ve never driven for more than 5 minutes in the snow, so a half hour journey in the worst snowstorm we’ve had in three years was nerve-wracking. In addition to that, I was panicked over going to A & E because my partner might have a blood clot, and I have a general unexplained fear of hospitals. It was a stressful day.
My partner didn’t have a blood clot, but because of his exhaustion and shortness of breath the doctor suspected the Covid tests we took the week before were false negatives. We isolated in case, and if it was Covid I suspect we’ve had it twice now: Last year we were both very ill with similar symptoms!
TV: Queen’s Gambit & Stranger Things 3 (Spoilers Ahoy!)
I watched Queen’s Gambit on Netflix, since a streamer I watch mentioned it. It was okay, but I didn’t enjoy the portrayal of addiction: Specifically that the main character’s addiction was magically cured when her friend visited. The rest of the show was good, I liked the characters for the most part, but that one point stuck with me, as overcoming addiction seems like it should be an uphill battle, not a walk in the park.
I also finished Stranger Things season 3. The finale made me cry, especially when Joyce decided to uproot her entire family at the end. That’s it, take your kids away from everything they’ve ever known, including their friends, right after all the trauma they went through. Sad. At least Robin and Steve are happy, they’re my favourites. It’s not often you see male/female best friends, and they’ll never be more than friends because Robin likes girls. I hope to see more of them next season, whenever that is!
Thanks for Reading!
What did you get up to in February? Have any snowy adventures? Chat in the comments!
What Genre Do you Read/Write?
I’m a fantasy writer who dabbles in superhero and light science fiction, and all my stories have romantic LGBTQIA+ subplots. I read a lot of fanfiction, and used to write it too, because I kept getting mad my ships never sailed. Yes, I’m a shipper and a fangirl. I like reading stories with characters I can connect with and relate to, who have super-glue tight emotional bonds. I hate stories with superficial character bonds, adore M/F friendships that don’t become romantic, and love bromances that become romances 🙂