Monday, August 01, 2016

Back from Break

I have to admit it was nice not having to prepare blog posts for a week, especially since it gave me some more time to focus on my writing. The bad news is that I'm slightly behind where I wanted to be with Summon the Seasons: I'm only at 55,000 words instead of 60,000. However, after looking at my schedule and thinking about my goals, I decided I needed to make revising Fifth Season a priority if I want to publish it by the end of the year. I spent most of last Sunday outlining the current draft to figure out what scenes I need to add. I've also started editing/revising Fifth Season and got about three chapters into it. (Most of the changes so far as minor; I'll have to add some scenes for a subplot as the story progresses.) While I really want to finish the rough draft of Scatter the Seasons, it may take a little longer than originally planned. If I don't finish it this month, I should be able to do it by the end of September.

As for what else I've been doing, I confess I've been playing Pokemon Go. Visiting local Pokestops and gyms has been great for getting me out in the morning, but not so good for my plantar fasciitis. My son participated in his first tae-kwon-do tournament and came in third in his division for sparring, which was quite good considering he was facing bigger and more experienced students. (They were grouped by age and rank, so it wasn't a complete mismatch. Alex just happens to be on the low end for rank and middle for age.) We made our annual trip to the Bristol Renaissance Faire yesterday and met up with some friends there. Although we stayed there fairly late and shopped, watched jousting and other showed, and learned about weapons and dueling,  there was still so much we didn't get to see. It would be nice if we could make more than one trip per season.

So, what have you been up to lately? Ready to enjoy the last month of summer?


Pat Dilloway said...

I haven't really been missing writing blog posts much either.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Welcome back! I didn't miss writing one today. And Wednesday's was scheduled on Saturday.
The writing will flow at its own pace.
Big congratulations to your son!

Sandra Almazan said...

Can't say I blame you, Pat!

Alex, it does help if you can schedule them in advance. Thanks for the congratulations!

Maria Zannini said...

Congrats to Alex. I couldn't stand it when Greg sparred (in the adult division). Those guys fight hard.

To this day, I don't know what that is. I know it's some little simple drawn character but I don't understand its purpose.

Why do you think it's so popular?

Sandra Almazan said...

Thanks, Maria!

Pokemon were featured in a cartoon in the 90s. They evolve into other forms and fight each other. I think there's a nostalgia factor for the people who remember the show.

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