Isn't that what life is, though? Setting goals, meeting them (or failing and retrying), and heading on to the next? I love that authors keep coming up with monthly or weekly challenges. Each one offers a chance to try something new and look at my work from various angles. So here's what I've been up to since the last blog post.
What have you done?
Last Thursday and Friday, we had several appointments to see about and it's amazing that I managed to blog Thursday at all. Friday, there was no way to fit blogging in. And Saturday and Sunday were spent recuperating and just enjoying family time. I was by no mean idle. I did some studying up on my craft and genre and how to make it better. I worked on my style sheets a bit more. And I got a critique back from a friend that I plan to use for refining my short story.
#MayLitWrit Days 30-31 - Finished Up The Challenge!
I finished up this particular challenge a day late but it's done. I felt like I couldn't give it my all, though, since I was focused on a different story than the one I was using for the challenge. I'll have to go back over my answers while I'm revising this month.
Day 30 - MC's Bookish Bestie - This was a tough challenge because Liha doesn't really have a best friend. She's pretty isolated because she's a special case. And Zec isn't really 'bookish' so I couldn't count him. The closest I could come to this challenge was Guardian Zim Haya Ne of Si'Yinte Falls. She's taken care of Liha all her life and since she guards the holy shrine of the Bot'ha Clan, she has access to all the written material for that clan.
Day 31 - May Wrap-Up - Well, I think I've done that pretty well in this post. I did get a lot accomplished this month. I have a solid rough draft of my short story to work on during this week. I've given some serious thought to how OLUS is set up, from character profiles to setting and plot. I learned a lot about different areas of writing I never thought of before. I participated in a book club for the first time and really enjoyed that. And I read at least four books in my genre. All in all, May was a fairly productive month.
Family Time Is Important
I'm the worst when it comes to setting time limits on my work. My kids are growing up so fast and I miss a lot, even though I stay home to work. So this weekend, when they popped Wii Band Hero into the console, I jumped in on the mic. It's the only game I can claim competency at and I even keep it on the medium level. I really should bump it up to expert one day...just to see. LOL
It's really important for me to have down-time. I know this. I do. But actually putting it into practice is really hard, especially on a regular basis.
There's absolutely nothing quite like the flavor of loose leaf tea. I found this green tea on Amazon and I just had to take a moment to savor it after the first sip. (Nope. Still not an affiliate.) I've also taken a giant step and decided to try matcha. I was pleasantly surprised to find I like it very much. I can't wait to bake with it! :)
Coming Up - Video Logs
I'm starting a week-long challenge hosted by @erasmusthecoward on IG. Check out the account if you're interested in joining. The challenge is tagged #juneauthint. It doesn't have to be in video format. I just wanted to challenge myself to get my face and voice out there. I'm thinking of it as a sort of warm-up practice thing to prepare me for author-tubing later. I'll share my video posts here, too. Please look forward to it! :)
Melody Kittles writes fantasy fiction under the name Robin McElveen. She loves God, her family, the arts, a warm cup of coffee or tea, visiting friends, and collecting coffee & Pusheen items.
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