May Goals: Writing and Resting

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Writing more

Thanks to all the public holidays in April (and me taking a few days’ vacation at the end of the month), April went far quicker than I’d thought it would. But the good thing is that I did have some extra time to rest thanks to the days off.

I didn’t do all that much writing during April, though, something which I want to remedy in May. I came into the habit of sleeping late every morning and then sitting in traffic. Which I hate, in case you were wondering. It’s not moving traffic, you see, it’s staring-at-the-car-in-front-of-you-for-45-minutes-traffic.

Anyway, I’m setting my alarm for about 15 minutes earlier for a few days in case I end up snoozing a few times. See, I actually like writing before work. And for that I need to be up early in order to miss said traffic.  

Resting more

This past weekend I also had a movie weekend at a friend’s place for the first time in months. I kid you not. It was the first time in months that I actually sat down and watched hours of film basically nonstop (we watched The Hobbit and only stopped for snacks and bathroom breaks). And relaxed. And just breathed. And I also realised that I can knit in the dark as long as it’s just garter stitch!

It made me realise that I should block out longer stretches of time to rest. Which, I guess, is obvious to some people but not that obvious to me. Oops.

The good news is that, in a few weeks’ time we’ll be watching The Lord of the Rings (the extended cuts, of course). Unfortunately I have some crazy work deadlines during the next few weeks, which is why we can’t do it earlier. Honestly, though, sometimes I think there are angels tasked with just making sure magazines get printed on time! As soon as the next mags are finished though, it’ll be The Lord of the Rings time! (Note to self: Buy more tissues and warn friend of ugly crying that is going to ensue while watching.)

Writing goals for the next two weeks

I’ve realised that, thanks to me pantsing part of The Knowledge Stones, I now have more of the mythology of Airtha-Eyrassa to work into the story’s timeline. I’ll be taking the first two weeks of May to work on figuring out the whole timeline and seeing where I need to change what. I’ll then make it available on Patreon and some of it I’ll post here. (Obviously the non-spoiler parts.)

For those wondering how I make my timelines; they used to be in Excel — which didn’t work for me — then in Scapple — also a no, at least for Ruon Chronicles. Then I discovered Aeon Timeline through a post that I can’t recall the name or website of now, and that seems to work with how my brain works. If you’re busy with series or epic fantasy I can highly recommend it. There are some discounts on the price sometimes (which, honestly, is how I bought mine), which makes it more affordable. It is worth every cent, though. The exchange rate at that time was just really bad. I’ll do a proper review of the software I use for writing in the future, though.

By Carin Marais

Bibliophile, writer of speculative fiction, non-fiction, and maybe-fiction, language practitioner, doer of stuff.

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