Sheesh! It’s August already and the pandemic turmoil continues. Our school district decided yesterday to delay the start of school and won’t know until the 25th if they’ll do all online or an alternate day plan. The uncertainty of it all is stressful and frustrating, though I’m sure I’m not alone in that.
My digital art has improved this year, though I’m still slow to produce new works. I typically post them to my instagram account (@art_by_loni), but there are some revisions that I’ve uploaded to DeviantArt. Here’s a Pinterest board, since it doesn’t look like DeviantArt has any embed options.
I’ve managed to get some writing in, netting 10K in July toward book 3 of my big book series. I still haven’t touched the rewrites I’m supposed to be doing for book 2, but eh. Something that made me smile: I submitted book 3’s prologue and first chapter to my critique group during July… and they liked it. They actually liked it! This is big news considering the usual response to my writing is “well, I’m not your target audience so…” Not to say they didn’t have suggestions, but hey, it does help boost the confidence a bit.
On an ABSOLUTELY AWESOME note — my mom is officially in remission!! WOOT!! My parents are both retired and took the the road over a year ago to live a mobile life style. They’ve been going stir crazy for the past five months as they’ve remained in one place for my mom’s treatments. But with the good news, they’re ready to hit the road again and continue their adventure. Yippee!
IWSG Question of the Month – Have you ever written a piece that became a form, or even a genre, you hadn’t planned on writing in? Or do you choose a form/genre in advance?
Though I don’t strictly plan my form or genre, I tend to naturally gravitate toward fantasy or at very minimum supernatural. I did have a piece where I wanted to write the backstory for a side character named Jack. I figured I’d do like a 900 word blip of flash fiction just to get all the details down for myself. It turned into a 16K novella, written in dialect. Hadn’t planned on that. 🙂
Have you had many ups and downs lately? Is school stressing you out? Got any good news? Where does your writing take you?