And before I know it, it’s mere days before I hop onto the plane to the Western Cape and the medieval conference! I’m still busy fiddling with the PowerPoint presentation, but I know that that’s more nerves than anything else. It helps me to keep going through it and through the paper itself. It’s almost like I still need to convince my brain that this is actually happening!
My biggest concern with the PowerPoint from the start was squashing too much onto the slides, so I’ve opted for keeping it short and sweet. Everyone knows how painful badly done PowerPoint presentations can be. Here’s the opening slide of the presentation. That photo was taken in Iceland and I knew I just had to use it when I found it on Unsplash.com. (For those who are curious, I actually made the slide backgrounds and opening and closing slides on Canva.com. I also use Canva for my blogpost headers.)
But, before I head off to the conference, I still have a lot of writing to do. I’m about 75% done with the new Folklore Thursday post. It’s proving to be quite difficult to choose what to include in the post and what to leave out. So I think the Folklore Thursday will be a continuous series instead… Also, it’s a lot of fun to write them and I am also already learning a lot.
I’m also busy with some book reviews (Maps! Lost worlds! Moar mythology!) in the meantime.
Fiction and Epicness
So I decided on a story for the August Patreon fiction, started it, and then changed my mind. The original idea was for an Airtha-Eyrassa story, but it still needs quite a bit of work and I’d rather have it for September and October’s story (it does seem like it’s going to be a longer work) than rush it for August. I’m still excited about it, though, as it takes place in one of the “bad guys’” communities.
I hate to say it, but I’m still busy with A Mask of Paper and Porcelain. I think I’ll put my energy into completing it in September. It’s turning into a longer work than I had anticipated and I also still need to do some research. Specifically on Victorian morgues. Because apparently having “Victorian death photos” aren’t strange enough to have in my browser history. (That was for another flash piece I wrote a while ago.) I’m thinking of releasing it on Kindle if the length, etc. is too long to be published in a magazine.
The Ruon Chronicles’ book 1 and 2 (or half of book 2, perhaps) will be my project for NaNoWriMo this year, so I’m ironing out some bits still so that I can just write when November rolls around. (The basic story is plotted out until book 4. It’s getting bigger than anticipated. But I guess epic fantasy does that.)
And In Other News
I have been doing a lot of knitting and crocheting these past few months. It really does help for anxiety and to keep your hands busy when listening to podcasts, but I also have some gifts to finish and decided to at last start learning lace knitting. (Yes, I am taking some projects with me to work on during the evening at the conference.) There is also now a Randburg Knitting and Crochet Meetup of which I am the organiser (*strikes heroic pose*). We’ve had our first meetup at a local coffee shop and it was awesome (and a great way to get out of the house and meet new people)! I had thought that getting four people would be great and we ended up being thirteen (Gandalf did not show up with a hobbit in tow, in case you were wondering. But who knows what quests the future holds…).