I spent most of the month sick, so October was kind of a bummer of a month. I participated in Inktober, so I spent a lot of time drawing instead of writing in October. This review completed for Oct 1-27.
Last month’s review.
Play — B
Character design for little mermaid with ink and digital color
After taking the first six months of the year off of Twitter, I’m deeper in than ever before – I spent 17 hours and 30 minutes on Twitter this month :/ I might need to log out of all my devices again. I’m torn because I do get a lot of enjoyment out of Twitter, but it’s also a destination for mindless scrolling that can easily turn into an hour. My need for some mindless time and inability to focus on the long-form storytelling that I usually prefer (novels) might be because I was sick, or might be a sign that I need a break. Hopefully the former because November is NaNoWriMo…
Next month will be a little tricky to make sure I get some play time in, because I’ll be so busy with NaNoWriMo, which in one sense is play but in another is a whole ton of work. I’ll be hosting a weekly writing session at my house for my writing group, which should be fun.
I spent half the month on vacation, and the rest of the month recovering from vacation and the change in the seasons. It turns out that sleeping on the ground for 9 days in a row is rough on your body in your early thirties ;)
Last month’s review.
Play — A
Stars over the Athabasca River in Jasper National Park
At the beginning of the month, I spent eleven days in Alberta, mostly at Banff and Jasper National Parks. Smoke from this summer’s innumerable fires impacted the vistas, but I had some fun with photography and art anyway :)
Watercolor of the Athabasca River and same ridgeline as pictured in the night photo
Took sunset and star photos (even though it was nearly a full moon) at my campsite in Jasper with a new friend from the neighboring campsite
- Did a watercolor painting of the Athabasca River, even though I really don’t know how to watercolor
Photobombin’ Albertosaurus at the Royal Tyrrell
Had a blast checking out the dino skeletons and superb displays at the Royal Tyrrell Museum in the Alberta Badlands
- We took a dorky train tour at an old coal mine in the Alberta Badlands
- Took texture photographs at Jasper National Park
- Went to a gin bar and tried some Albertan gins with various tonics – Park Gin was the winner for me
Hard-copy markups, working my way through Part One
Had a hard time getting back into my book after eleven days on vacation. Also spent a good bit of time editing photos.
- What I did: Hard copy markups for the rest of Chapter 6 and Chapters 12, 13, 14 & 15, and outlining Chapter 19
- Time editing: 2 hours
- Time outlining: 50 minutes
- Plan for next week: Finish outlining chapter 19 and make edits for chapters edited this week
The trail at Edith Cavell in Jasper National Park winds through trees stunted by chilly breeze off the glaciers above
Although the Rocky Mountains of Alberta mark the boundary of Cascadia, I wanted to share this free texture collection from our midwest neighboring region. The ten textures include bark from the conifer forests of the Rockies, lichen-covered rocks from the alpine scree, water calm and rough, and stone worn by water.
Textures from Jasper National Park
Flaky conifer bark texture at Jasper National Park
Conifer bark dotted with dark lichen and sap at Jasper National Park
Red orange lichen explosively dots iron brown stone at Edith Cavell in Jasper National Park
A mottled orange stone at Edith Cavell at Jasper National Park is weathered into smooth facets almost like the surface of water
Writing Stats for Aug 21-27, 2017
- Starting word count: 137,103
- End word count: 136,075
- New words written: 349
- Scrivener hours (per Rescue Time): 4 hours
- Editing hours (estimate): 1 hour 15 minutes
status updates for the week
- Reorganization to remove two (not yet written) chapters, yay!
- Edited and revised first two scenes in Chapter 6
- Edited and revised Chapter 18 (now Chapter 16) – but moved in another scene that needs editing, and started writing a partial scene
- Expanded outline of scene in Chapter 15 (now Chapter 18)
No work plan for next week because I’ll be on vacation!