rowyn: (artistic)
I drew many pictures in 2015! Enough that I decided to do a picture-a-month collage, which I gather is a DeviantArt thing? I don't know if I did it right. Especially since I had to leave January blank because I drew absolutely nothing during it. I didn't start working on headers until April, and February was the first month that I started going to Panera and doing sketches from Twitter user prompts.



February: a sketch for @ChipUni's prompt of "werewolf cub on moonlit night".
March: A ladybug for [livejournal.com profile] ankewehner, from her Twitter prompt.
April: For [livejournal.com profile] alinsa's Twitter prompt: "Isolation".
May: I could have used headers for every month from April through November, but I wanted some variety. This one is of Anthser and Nikola during the bowrace. I'm using these from the month I completed them, not the month they were posted.
June: For [livejournal.com profile] iron_fox21's "opossum motorcycle gang" prompt on Twitter. The shoulder patch that is too small to read says "Brothers of the Pouch".
July: Wisteria, from the header where Nikola kisses her hand.
August: "Coffeemonsters" for Twitter user @MorganRLevine. The droopy one is the not-enough-coffee monster.
September: Wisteria and Nikola, from the scene of their first kiss.
October: One of the few illustrations that was neither a Twitter prompt nor an RA header! Frost giving a lesson to his apprentice, Thistle.
November: Wisteria and Justin when he called on her after the rescue.
December: From a Twitter prompt: [livejournal.com profile] iron_fox21's fursona.
rowyn: (Me 2012)
I accomplished the one goal I set at the start of 2015! Which was "write monthly updates". Good job, Past Me!

I don't really need to recap my recaps, but I will anyway.

Health/Fitness
My current weight is 173 pounds. I know that I've gained 15 pounds since the last time I tried to lose weight, in 2014. I don't remember how much of that gain was in 2015, which is why I'm writing my weight down now.

I may try dieting again this year. I dunno. I'm not sick of exercising but I am still tired of fighting with food, which is why I didn't in 2015.

Writing

I finished one novella and wrote two other novellas. About 52,000 words. This is more than I wrote in 2014, so I'm trying to be happy about it. It is less than 25% of what I wrote in 2013, though. 2013 Me, you have made every other past and future me look bad by comparison. I hope you're proud of yourself.

(2013 Me is TOTALLY proud of herself).

Anyway, 2016 Me gets to release a book, so that's good.

The Business of Writing

ZOMG I DID IT I PUBLISHED A BOOK.

And people bought it! People I don't even know! Over a thousand of them! Not over this yet. Probably not ever getting over this. The list of business accomplishments in bullet-point form:

  • Finished editing A Rational Arrangement

  • Got a website for RA, courtesy of [livejournal.com profile] alinsa

  • Began the serial for RA, also courtesy of Alinsa

  • Alinsa typeset RA

  • Set up a business (Alinsa did most of this too)

  • Published A Rational Arrangement

  • 98%-finished edits on Further Arrangements

  • I qualified for and joined SFWA


Do you see that, 2013 Me? Did you do any of that? NO. 2015 Me did. (Okay, Alinsa did like half of that list but still. 2015 Me helped.) My point is, 2015 Me had a lot of stuff to do that you didn't and all of this takes time. So yes, she did less writing, and that is why. SHE WAS NOT SLACKING.

Art/Other
SO MUCH ART.

Based on Twitter prompts: Pencil: 31. Marker: 38 Digital: 10
Coloring book pages: 8
Headers for serial installments of
A Rational Arrangement: 108
Cover for RA
Layout sketches for Further Arrangements: 3
The Three Rowyns (a two-page tribute to [livejournal.com profile] haikujaguar's excellent The Three Jaguars
Frost & co: 7

That was a lot. I plan to do fewer illustrations in 2016.

Gaming
I let Elect die, but we resurrected +Terrible Butterflies+, so that's cool.

Socializing
I am SUCH a hermit. I can actually list almost every time I did a social activity in 2016:

  • Conflation in St. Louis

  • Corwyn's birthday party

  • Planet Comicon

  • TableTop Day at Tabletop*

  • Delain/Sabaton/Nightwish concert in LA, where I spent a weekend and met up with Alinsa and [livejournal.com profile] level_head

  • Seattle to see [livejournal.com profile] terrycloth in June, and also saw [livejournal.com profile] chipuni and Eli.

  • Maker's fair

  • Renfaire

  • ContraKC

  • Seattle in November

  • Alinsa visited me after Christmas for a few days, and we went to see Trans-Siberian Orchestra.

  • Couple of miscellaneous visits for board gaming.


When I was in college, I used to see my friends daily. Even when I was in grad school, I'd still get together with people at least weekly. Now I go months without seeing a friend other than Lut. It's weird.

I would like to travel more in 2016: I want to visit Terry a few times and my parents and my sister at least once, at a minimum. But I am not going to make a goal of getting out more otherwise, because the truth is I really like spending my weekends at home with plenty of time to write and draw and hang out with Lut. Wanting more of one thing means less of another thing, and I don't have anything I am willing to give up.

* TableTop Day is a promotional event initiated by a Youtube show about boardgaming called "TableTop". One of my local gaming stores is, coincidentally, also named "Tabletop". They had that name long before the Youtube show, but are entirely delighted to share it with them. :)

Happiness
2015 was a good year for me. I made measurable amounts of money off of one of my creative hobbies, for the first time ever. Many people liked my book and told me so. My friends still like me when they see me, even if that is rare. I had several difficult weeks where I was depressed during 2015, but overall, life is good and I am happy.
rowyn: (Me 2012)
Health/Fitness
The first three weeks were normal winter exercise levels: exercise bike for about 30 minutes per day during the week. The last two weeks I pretty much didn't exercise. I did some housecleaning instead during the week before Christmas.

Writing
Started work on a new scene for "Inconceivable", because I want the story to have more Wisteria.

The Business of Writing
Other than the new scene mentioned above, I have finished edits on the novellas for Further Arrangements. I hope to finish the new scene today and send it off to [livejournal.com profile] alinsa for typesetting this weekend. Then it's just the OH LORD HOW CAN THERE BE SO MANY THINGS LEFT TO DO I ALREADY FINISHED THE WRITING stage of publishing!

Art/Other
Not much art this month! Two color sketches, colored one page from MCA Hogarth's Critter's Beasts, and Fluffies, and did a few very layouts for the cover of Further Arrangements.

I did ZERO headers for RA in December. My buffer for headers is down to two weeks and one day. I am going to have to do some in January or start using repeats that will be strangely incongruous.

If I ever use headers for a serial again, I am going to make them ABSTRACT. And repeat them. A lot.

Gaming
The +Terrible Butterflies+ game lives! It's been slow the last couple of weeks due to the holidays, but I expect it'll pick up a bit in January.

Socializing
Alinsa visited from December 26-29! We went to see Trans-Siberian Orchestra in concert on the the 26th, and ate at the Melting Pot on the 27th, and stayed in and watched Honest Trailers on the 28th. It was a good visit. Come back soon, Alinsa! Like in March. March is good.

Happiness
I am content. It's been a good month.
rowyn: (studious)
Health/Fitness
It's too dark after work for me to go for bike rides, which torpedoes my enthusiasm for exercise. Still, I managed to exercise 15 times this month, mostly on my exercise bike in the basement. Could be worse.

I ate lots of unhealthy food, though. Mmm, Thanksgiving.

Writing
I wrote probably five thousand words in November, in the process of editing "His Angel" and "Inconceivable. New scenes and expanded scenes.

The Business of Writing
I finished initial edits on "His Angel" and "Inconceivable", sent them to beta readers. Then made more changes to both in response to initial comments, and sent them to a new batch of beta readers. I should proofread them some more, but they're basically done.

I am pretty happy with the third novella, "A Regular Hero", but am holding onto it to make some final adjustments. I have promised myself I will look for beta readers for it by the end of next week, though.

Art/Other
I did a mere 13 headers in November: I finally stopped feeling more like drawing than editing, and devoted most of the month to the latter instead.

I did eight other drawings, mostly from Twitter prompts.

Gaming
My November goal, in lieu of Nanowrimo, was "spend 60 hours on art/editing/exercise". My reward for making this goal was that on Monday, I officially resurrected the 2012 +terrible butterflies+ game. Amazingly, all my players who'd lasted until it fizzled had previously expressed interest in bringing it back. I offered to resurrect the 2014-2015 "Elect" game first, but two of the players from that were uninterested to lukewarm, so butterflies it is.

I spent Monday-Wednesday re-reading the archives, and was astonished by how engaging I found it. I'd thought I'd get bored (it's probably over 500,000 words!) but nope. The more I read, the more I wanted to read! I'm not even going to regret spending the time to read it if the re-launch fizzles, because I had a blast going through it and it was worth the time for its own sake.

Anyway, I'm excited to start playing that again. We haven't done much IC yet, as everyone is getting back up to speed first.

Socializing
I went to Contraception the first weekend of November, and to Seattle for the second weekend. (Much too short a trip! I didn't see anyone but Terry because I was only there for two days.)

So real live socialization happened this month! \o/ It already feels like forever ago, but I'm still grateful for my weekends at home, resting.

Happiness
It was a good month. I felt productive and generally not stressed, although the back-to-back weekends away from home were a bit much. I am happy.
rowyn: (studious)
Health/Fitness
Uhh. I went to a health clinic and got a flu shot? I ate way too much junk food during work bake sales. BAKE SALES MY NEMESIS YOU WIN AGAIN omnomnomom.

Writing
Barely. I don't think I wrote a thousand words of fiction in the whole month.

The Business of Writing
Nominally, I am editing. This has not been a complete failure, but it's going badly. At least I figured out the ending I want for "His Angel". So that's something.

Art/Other
At last! An area where I didn't fail. I finished 22 RA headers in October, or 7 weeks and 1 day.

I did thirteen color pictures and one pencil sketch in October, too. I pretty much drew pictures because I couldn't muster the mental energy/willpower for editing.

Gaming
Just the usual: computer board games on weekday evenings with Alinsa and Terrycloth. I am still playing some ARK with Lut, but the shiny has worn off on that.

Socializing
I don't think I got out to see people at all in October. Oops.

Happiness
I was reasonably content during the month, even if my lack of progress on editing stories annoys me.
rowyn: (just me)
Health/Fitness
I ate too much this week, and didn't exercise enough. Baked-goods-for-charity-donations at the bank = EAT ALL THE JUNK FOOD for me. It's for a good cause so it doesn't have calories, right? I'm up a couple of pounds. I should crack down on this now before all the holiday eating starts in earnest. Eek.

Writing
I've written another 10,000 words or so of "A Regular Hero" for my Paradise collection, which as of now has the working title of Further Arrangements. So that's coming along. I had hoped to have it finished by now but let's just say that if I'm surprised, I shouldn't be. I think there's only another 2000 words or so to finish it, however.

The Business of Writing
Once I finish "A Regular Hero", I get to decide if I want another story in Further Arrangements or if two novellas and a novelette would suffice. I have a weird desire to include a short story just so I'll have a story eligible in every awards category. I don't remotely expect to be nominated for any regardless (and I'm not positive I'll publish Further Arrangements this year anyway), but the idea of being eligible amuses me.

I need to do a post for my third month of self-publishing. I got up to 982 sales through 9/28! Amazon will no longer give me my entire sales history in a graph! (The graph only goes back 90 days).

Art/Other
I have done a lot of art this month! Almost none of it was useful! Yay! \o/

I got on a kick drawing Frost, a character I don't particularly plan to write about and so he's making me draw him instead? I dunno how that works. Probably I just like drawing him because he has fwooshy hair and clothes. Anyway, I colored three pictures involving him and one of his apprentice, and I've got another picture in progress. And a handful of doodles that didn't work out for one reason or another. I may put together an LJ post of them.

I went to Panera once and drew five pictures there.

And I completed 12 headers for RA, so still keeping that 3-week buffer going. (In other news, I should do some more headers this weekend.)

Socializing
I went to Renfaire for my birthday and bought some costume pieces I don't need. That was fun.

I know I should get out more but honestly I am just so happy to get home on Friday night and be all "YAY I DON'T HAVE TO GO ANYWHERE I CAN DRAW AND WRITE FOR 48 SOLID HOURS IF I WANT."

Happiness
Much happier this month! See, self, admitting you're depressed DOES help. Also, RA's sales slowed down even more this month, so that wasn't the root cause. I bet drawing more helped, though. It feels more productive than playing games, even when I'm just doodling random ideas.
rowyn: (Me 2012)

Health/Fitness
I've been eating a healthier dinner lately (featuring actual vegetables!) and maybe eating slightly less junkfood. Very slightly. I may've lost a pound or two. Not clear.

Writing
I've been working on a third novella for my untitled Paradise collection. It went okay for the first 20% or so, but has really bogged down on a case of I Don' Wanna. I haven't given up: technically I keep adding a little to it every day. But it is only crawling along.

It is basically impossible for me to distinguish between "this is a terrible idea and I should give up" and "this is fine and you're just being afflicted by typical writing blahs". Maybe I should run it by some beta readers. Anyone want to read about 10,000 words of unfinished novella and an outline of the rest? And also possibly listen to me whinge on about my uncertainties?

The Business of Writing
There are some business-y things I should do, like flesh out my author profiles in various places and link them to the places I am actually active (ie, LJ and Twitter). And update my LJ profile to mention that oh yeah I wrote a book.


I have not done any of these. I have been mostly trying to produce my next book instead. And not doing a great job of it.

Art/Other
I did some headers. Apparently a month's worth, because I still have three weeks of buffer left, just like I did at the end of July.

I did a couple of drawings at Panera, too.

Gaming Still tending my virtual garden in ARK, still playing boardgames with [livejournal.com profile] terrycloth and [livejournal.com profile] alinsa on weeknights. Not much else. I think wistfully about roleplay, either starting a new game or trying to revive one of my dead games, but I am pretty sure I don't have the energy/commitment for it.

Socializing
I barely left the house this month, outside of work. I only made it Panera once to draw, even.

Happiness
I am depressed. You can probably tell this from the rest of the update. One might argue that I am depressed because of my progress or lack thereof: dissatisfied with story, not enough art, not enough gaming, whatever. I suspect the converse is more accurate: I'm not getting as much done and not as happy about it because I am depressed. Maybe I am sad because RA's sales are slowing down. It's possible. It seems more likely that I am sad because my brain does that sometimes, and while my brain likes to come up with explanations other than "because chemistry", that does not make them true.

I've been down for much of the month. Today is better than the last few days have been. (Yay, weekend!) But the last three weeks or so have been a struggle. This last week in particular I've been hitting the "I don't want to do anything so I might as well be at work" point. All I want to do is sleep. Or possibly eat a gallon of ice cream.

Anyway. I've gotten past the "let's pretend this isn't happening and maybe it will stop" stage, and now I am going through the "let's acknowledge it but try not to dwell on it" stage.

All shall be well, and all manner of thing shall be well.

rowyn: (Me 2012)
Health/Fitness
I cut back very slightly on junk food consumption. Most of that cutback was undone this week, 'cause I keep eating ice cream in the evenings. Ah well. Still biking lots, although I haven't done any long trips because the heat is killer.

Writing
I wrote a new story! "Inconceivable", which is about Wisteria, Justin, and Nikola and takes place after the end of A Rational Arrangement. I didn't quite start-and-finish it in July: I wrote the outline in early July, started the story on July 9, and finished the first draft on August 2. It's 17,455 words at present, just shy of novella length. Anyway, that's a pretty good clip by my usual standards. I am pleased.

The Business of Writing
The "all the details on self-pub sales" post covered my July activities on the business side pretty well. July was more about writing than the business of writing, though. This both pleases me and makes me feel a bit like a slacker. I think "feeling like a slacker" is my default state, however. Whatever I'm doing, I'm not doing enough of something else. Possibly the biggest downside to "I always feel like I'm lazy" is that there's not much differentiation in how I felt day-to-day whether I got a lot of stuff done or almost nothing. I was clearly slacking either way!

Anyway. On the business end, I decided to prioritize putting out a collection of Paradise stories, which means writing more of them. I've got two novelette-length ones now, and an outline for what'll probably be a novella. I may or may not write a fourth story to add to the collection; depends how long it is overall after the third. Once the stories are all drafted, I'll revise/edit/polish them. All of these steps will take longer than I want them to. It'd be cool if I could finish the draft for the new story in August, though.

I did not do a lot of promotional work for RA after the initial launch post/tweets. But I did write up a new scene to use in a promotional post on Angela Highland's blog.

Can I just say how freakishly weird it is that the "Business of Writing" section of these posts is no longer a joke? I mean, I know I've been pretending for a while now that I was going to do something professional-ish with my writing, but I truly did not expect it to work out. I've had "make money at writing" as a goal for most of my life. After 30 years of dreaming about it, it felt like one of those things that couldn't ever happen. Something I'd been saying I'd pursue for so long that I figured if I was actually going to go for it I would've by now.

But. Uh. I did.

SO WEIRD.

Art/Other
I wrote in July. I did not art. At all. It's a good thing I have a lot of buffer on the headers. I've got another three weeks of buffer left, so I am going to have to get back to the illustrating thing this month.

Gaming
I've been playing ARK: Survival Evolved with Lut. "Playing with" in this case is rather different from what it means in an MMO. Instead of going out and killing stuff together, I mostly stay at the home base and putter around my garden and feed the dinosaur herd and occasionally gather stuff. We work on shared goals together (like expanding the base and building bigger/better pens). It's pretty fun and low-key, and works fine in short doses.

Socializing
Outside of online and Lut, I saw Corwyn once in July when he took me to the store. I are an introvert. Yikes.

Happiness
Between sales of A Rational Arrangement vastly exceeding my expectations, and writing a new story, I spent most of July in a joyful daze. August has been more down-to-earth so far.
rowyn: (Me 2012)
Health/Fitness
Much the same as the last five months. I still exercise regularly, and I still eat too much.

Writing

I did ten LJ entries, a couple of Flight Rising bios, and some trace amounts of fiction. I've written up some notes about ideas I'd like to work on next. Birthright is stalled in the "everything I write for this is terrible" mode. -_- I am hoping that I can work on something new at the same time that I work on Birthright, by way of giving me a project that's fresh and gives me enthusiasm instead of sapping it. We'll see if that works at all.

I have a mostly-finished novelette (probably 50 or so pages typeset), "His Angel", that's a prequel story about Nikola Striker and Justin Comfrey from A Rational Arrangement. I hope to write a few other short stories and then make a collection of it. I am reluctant to release it as a standalone for $0.99, partly because I've heard the $0.99 shorts do not sell as well as book-length ebooks, and partly because I don't want readers thinking "this comes first chronologically, so I should read it first." In my opinion, it's better read afterwards, for a few reasons.

The Business of Writing

I PUBLISHED A BOOK.

Whew.

It's accumulated 5 reviews so far! Zero of which were written by me or my mother! By the way -- if you've read it and not yet written a review, reviews are much appreciated and highly useful. Assorted promotional opportunities (like asking review sites to review it) are only available once the book has 20+ reviews.

Wow, I actually did all of that business-of-writing stuff that I've been postponing forever.

I am allllmost ready to declare the publishing process complete. I am just waiting for Amazon to link the print edition to the ebook edition, so that Amazon shows them as different versions of the same book. Amazon does have the print book listed, but the print version doesn't show up on Amazon's search as of this writing, and the "show other formats" link doesn't show both formats on either page.

I have been trying not to check A Rational Arrangement's sales obsessively, and mostly failing. I am down to only checking two or three times a day now! Probably when sales peter off (which I expect to happen on Tuesday, after the sale ends and it goes up to the list price of $6.99) I will stop checking frequently.

Art/Other
I did 12 headers for RA, drew and colored six pictures from Twitter prompts, and colored one page from [livejournal.com profile] haikujaguar's The Jokka Coloring Book.

...

I am so much more diligent about doing art this year than I am about writing. It's kind of depressing.

Socializing
I went to visit [livejournal.com profile] terrycloth, for the first time in ages. I failed at contacting any of my other Seattle-area friends because I've had massive organizational failure surrounding trips for like the last year. [livejournal.com profile] chipuni noticed me tweeting about being in Seattle, though, and so I got to see him and [livejournal.com profile] misseli. \o/ I also went to the local maker's fair with Corwyn and Kat last Saturday. And Lut and I both went to visit him and Kat and watch a movie on Friday night. Other than that and Lut, it's all been virtual.

Happiness
I had a great week in Seattle. <3 Other than that, though, I spent most of June feeling rather wrung out, probably because I was trying to get all the publishing bits done. Also, I am more aggravated by my day hobby than ever. Hopefully, July will go better overall. Having my first book out for sale, and people actually buying it and saying nice things about it, is certainly a good start. <3

May Wrap-Up

Jun. 2nd, 2015 01:16 pm
rowyn: (studious)
Almost halfway through the year and I am still on track with these posts!

Health/Fitness
May was the month of All The Rain. I probably did less than 150 miles on my bike the entire month, and I was insufficiently motivated to do indoor biking. But this weekend was clear and I got out both days, and this week should be good for biking too. Yay!

My diet is not improved. Weight remains about the same.

Writing
I wrote 5 LJ posts: one wrap-up and four related to publishing serializing RA. This is my life now. Somehow it takes more time to publically serialize my finished novel than when I was simultaneously writing the book and serializing it for my beta readers. How does that even work?

I did write a little original fiction: two short scenes in Birthright. And made some more notes for another scene.

Note to self: keep writing original fiction. You've got a plane ride in June to write during anyway.

The Business of Writing

All the business! I started serializing A Rational Arrangement ij the second week of May, as anyone who is reading this has probably noticed.

I [livejournal.com profile] terrycloth came up with a publisher name for me: Delight in Books! So now I can do all that paperwork stuff that [livejournal.com profile] alinsa researched for me. I have already begun this, by getting an EIN! Which only took 6 minutes, so didn't hurt at all. The Fictitious Name Registration took a little longer, but still not bad.

Art/Other
I did 23 more headers in May. Officially, I didn't do any headers this weekend. Instead, I worked on cover art. After letting it rest for a while, I decided I liked the papercut-like image of the three dancers after all. Still fiddling with the text.

Gaming
Uhhh ... I think I killed the Elect PBEM again. Dangit, I knew I was forgetting something. >.<

Terrycloth found an adaptation of the boardgame "Small World" for online play. I never liked this game two-player, but I have been playing tons of it (usually making Alinsa and/or Terry play with me) online with additional bot players.

Socializing
I went to LA at the beginning of May, to see [livejournal.com profile] alinsa and [livejournal.com profile] level_head, and a fantastic Nightwish/Sabaton/Delain concert. We also saw the California Science Museum, which had the space shuttle Enterprise on display. Not as cool as seeing Alinsa or Level Head, but still pretty impressive. n.n

I have done nothing else with friends other than Lut in RL since. Ahhhh, the hermit life.

Happiness
I was more stressed in May than in April. The impossibility of Doing Everything weighs on me more than usual, perhaps because I feel like I've been been actually trying. If I'm frittering half my free time on games or webbrowsing, I can imagine I'd get everything done if I just stopped wasting time. When I actually value all the ways I spend my time, I can no longer say that.

On the bright side, I value all the ways I spend my time. So that's cool.

So, still pretty happy with life, and pleasantly surprised by the positive reaction so far to A Rational Arrangement. Thank you, everyone. ♥
rowyn: (studious)
It's a new month! I still haven't forgotten my NYR! I didn't even give myself a deadline beyond 'sometime in the next month' for doing these, so I'm still on track!

Health/Fitness
April was not a good month for health. I am still (still!) recovering from whatever horrible plague I caught three weeks ago. I am 95% healthy, but I feel a little rundown and I'm still coughing and sneezing now and again.

Predictably, this means I didn't get much exercise in April. I actually have done a fair amount of biking the last two weeks anyway, but more like 7-8 miles per ride instead of 10-11. And I've skipped several days.

I need to change my diet and lose or at least stop gaining weight this month. I'm over 50 lbs up from my lowest adult weight at this point. More importantly, I don't want to buy new clothes. Surely losing some weight will be easier. Right? Right.

Writing
I wrote three book reviews, eight other LJ entries, and quite a bit of Flight Rising fanfic -- I'd guess 7,500 words or so. Mostly since I caught the plague. The plague is good for lightweight writing? Maybe.

Note to self: in the May wrap up, I want to be able to put down that I wrote some original fiction.

The Business of Writing

[livejournal.com profile] alinsa is mostly done typesetting A Rational Arrangement. I divided it into post-length installments for serializing. In theory, I am starting the serial next Monday! I am not at all nervous about this.*

Alinsa is also hosting a webpage for me, so it can have its own URL, and she's putting together a Wordpress for it. She's also trying to set it up to auto-update, which will be awesome if it works. Although honestly, if I just don't have to manually re-italicize everything for posting, I'll be happy.

* This is a total lie. I have no idea why I am nervous about this, though.

Art/Other
I did 18 pictures based on prompts from Twitter; not as many this month as last month, but closer to it than I expected. I also finished coloring two coloring book pages. I did use up an entire 6x6" sketchbook, and started a new one.

But mostly, I've been crafting headers for the installments of A Rational Arrangement. I did 15 of them in April! For installments 1-13, 15, and 17.

[livejournal.com profile] haikujaguar told me at one point, "The headers are great! Please don't do 134** of them", which kind of sums up how I feel about them. I enjoy doing them, and I am surprisingly pleased with how they look, and doing 119 more is daunting and would be crazy time-consuming. I spent probably 3-4 hours on number 12. It is my new favorite. It's people at a dinner table. There are a lot of scenes where people are eating in this story: I am pretty sure I will be using a large chunk of this one again later on. Probably multiple times.

** Technically, she said 133, because I originally thought RA had 133 parts. I'd missed counting one. Oops.

Gaming
The Elect PBEM is still going!

I never did write up that character in Champions for Bradley's PBEM. *sigh* I may have to admit that I don't have time even to be a PC in a game.

Socializing
Corwyn took me to Tabletop Day three weeks ago. I caught the plague there. I have not done anything social and offline since then. Though I was flying to LA when I started writing this! But that'll count for May's activities.

I have been using Twitter more for actual socializing and less for random web-browsing this month, though. I've made some friends who're also friends with other people I know and it's starting to feel more like a community. By which I mean not only "I'm interacting more with new friends", but also that I feel more connected with ones that I've known for years. This makes me happy. ♥

Happiness
That thing I mentioned in the March wrap-up, about "there's not enough time for everything I want to do"? Even more intense now. In good news, I have been spending more time doing things I care about, instead of mindless webbrowsing or staring into space.

But where I said under socializing "this makes me happy": I mean that literally. Plague or no plague, April was a good month for me. I'm happy.
rowyn: (studious)

It's a new month! I still haven't forgotten my NYR! Or failed it.

Health/Fitness
The weather improved dramatically this month, so I've been doing lots more biking. Including a few 25+ mile rides on the weekend.

Also, in my head, it is more "trouble" to put my bike in a car trunk and drive it to a bike trail than it is to bike 16 miles (round trip) to the same trail. I think if I ever buy a car, I should get a bike rack for it.

Writing
I wrote a couple of book reviews (I actually need to write some more -- I am behind on reviewing) and a handful of LJ entries, plus a small amount of Flight Rising fanfic.

The Business of Writing
I finished editing A Rational Arrangement!

... I spent more time editing it than I did writing it. Oif. Let's not do that again.

Alinsa is kindly typesetting it for me. I'll start serializing it sometime this month, after I figure out where I am serializing it other than "on LJ". The e-book will come out in May or June, at a guess.

I started work on the cover design. My current plan is to release it as an e-book with a simple cover that I'll do myself.  When I'm done serializing it, I may run a Kickstarter to see if I can raise money for a real artist to do an illustrated cover.

Art/Other
Been doing a lot more art lately, mostly as a soothing activity rather than out of any particular desire to either (a) illustrate something or (b) get better at illustrating things. So I've asked for prompts on Twitter and done little sketches: sometimes with color markers, sometimes pencil, but all small, in my 6x6" sketchbook. In between those, I'd color in one of [livejournal.com profile] haikujaguar's coloring books.  In March I did 26 sketches and finished two coloring book pages.

I did a very rough sketch for a potential cover of A Rational Arrangement. Then I decided I needed a reference picture for the poses if I was to have any hope of making it look all right, and gave up. Maybe I will get a ref pic taken at some point and try again.

Gaming
As March neared the end, I realized that my statement at the end of February that "I haven't yet killed my PBEM" was in danger of no longer being true. So I finally started posting to the PBEM, at which point it instantly revived. ♥ my players.

I met up with an old friend of mine at Planet Comicon, where he was selling his comic books ( http://www.sunday-superheroes.com). I'd been in a couple of PBEMs he'd run some years back, and we talked about starting a new one. I'm going to use the "Guardian Angel" superhero concept I came up with a couple of years back, but I still need to write it up as a character under the current incarnation of the house rules/Champions hybrid that Bradley uses.

Socializing
I attended Planet Comicon for one day, including my first-ever experience manning a table at a con. It was very low pressure, since the table was for the d20 Girls, which is a nonprofit organization more about making women welcome in fandom than selling products. Also, there was always at least one other person with me, and I was only on duty for three hours total. It was more an excuse for me to sit and draw for a while than anything else.

In retrospect, volunteering for a few bours turned out to be the best way to experience the event. First, it meant I didn't have to pay for a ticket to a very expensive con. Second, it gave me a place to sit, draw, and let people come to me (even if I was nominally 'on' and therefore endeavoring to look perky, alert, and friendly towards anyone who strayed near). Third I mainly go to cons for fannish companionship, and Planet Comicon was HUGE and NOT COMPANIONABLE. There's not much in the way of panels, so it's basically 20,000 people wandering around a gigantic dealer's area or waiting in line to pay media guests for pics and signatures. So you're basically spending a lot of money for the opportunity to spend a lot more money buying stuff.

It's really not my scene. Even the "big name" guests are all actors, and while I'm not going to say "actors are boring", I am a lot more interested in talking to writers.

In that vein: I did get to hang out with Randy Milholland of Something Positive for a while, which was fun. He even kind of  remembered me, which I hadn't expected. (I met him a few years ago at a local gaming con, and I was in a Little Fears session he ran at it.) I remain amused by how totally different his in-person demeanor (friendly, helpful, and welcoming) is from his online demeanor (curmudgeonly and grumpy).

Corwyn was helping one of the vendors at this event. He's interested in vending at it some time, and offered to buy me a pass if I'd help him at his table, so I may do the con again. I doubt I'd go as a regular attendee, though. It just doesn't seem like that much fun, and it doesn't attract many guests/dealers that I'd want to see in person.

Outside of the con, I saw Corwyn a couple of times, but I was mostly in hermit mode.

Happiness
I think this month was pretty good overall, though I do feel more than ever that there's not enough time for everything I want to do. I am trying to spend more time doing things I care about, and less time on mindless webbrowsing or staring into space. Part of me does believe that if I spent most of my day doing things that matter, then it's okay that not everything got done. It'll get done eventually.

rowyn: (studious)
Health/Fitness

I am up a couple of pounds from January. I am at the stage where I need to diet in order to stay the same weight. Maybe I will try that this month. Does anyone know a good app for diet/exercise tracking?

Exercise in February was maybe a smidge more frequent than January, so still pretty bad.

Writing

None to speak of in February. Some book reviews and a few dragon bio updates.

The Business of Writing

I am about 25% through my (hopefully final) pass on editing A Rational Arrangement. Slow progress is still progress. (Man, I need to pick up the pace on this, though. I do not want to still be at the editing thing in June. I'm gonna try to get through a minimum of 15 pages per day in March: that'll see me finished with it by the end of the month.)

Art/Other

I actually did some of this in February! Some pencil sketches (posted to my Twitter), some life drawing from the session at Conflation last weekend, and colored one of the pictures from [livejournal.com profile] haikujaguar's Not in Need of Quests.

Gaming

I didn't do any gaming in person this month. I have also stalled out on posting to the Elect PBEM, though I don't think my neglect has killed it yet. I really need to get back to it before that is no longer true.

Socializing

I did some of this too: Corwyn and I went to Conflation last weekend, and to his birthday party yesterday (which had 17 adults in attendance and was actually smaller than he'd anticipated, due to snow.) Melody and Andi drove in from Springfield to attend, which is a 2.5 hour drive that took 5 hours due to weather. Yikes! I met Melody last Contraception, in an amusing way. Contra has a "virgin raffle", where people buy tickets and "win" first time attendees: the basic concept is "raise money for the con and act as a way to introduce newcomers to old-timers so they don't feel lost and alone. I'd bought a bunch of tickets by way of supporting the con. When Melody came up for auction, I stood up and called out to Corwyn: "I need to win this one. We have matching corsets!" And we did: hers was an underbust corset and mine was an overbust, and the patterns weren't identical, but they were similar and the colors were exactly the same. And then they drew her lot and I actually did win her. Hee! She was also amused by the matching corsets, and we hung out for a while and chatted while at the con. It was neat to see her as well as all the long-time friends again.

Happiness

This month was kind of up and down. Better than January, I think, but still struggling. Last nine days or so have been pretty good, although this weekend I've felt exhausted. Which is probably a mood thing. -_-
rowyn: (studious)
It's February! That means I have not yet forgotten my goal for the year, which is to post monthly updates about whatever it is I've done.

Health/Fitness
My diet is as bad as ever. Weight is approximately the same, maybe up a pound. I've been exercising less than I do during the summer; probably averaged to "half an hour of biking every other day" for the month. Although in practice, it was "most of the last two weeks and very little for the first 2.5 weeks" of the month, because the weather was nice enough to bike outside for a little while.

Writing
I successfully completed a "write a page a day" challenge for January, solely by counting absolutely anything I wrote. Mostly PBEM posts, Flight Rising dragon bios, and blog entries. Plus some notes on setting/character/plot for original stories, and a very little actual fiction. Like maybe two pages.

The Business of Writing
Nothing here. But since I made no significant progress on writing new fiction in January, I did decide to start Round Two of editing A Rational Arrangement in February. Maybe I'll even finish it this time! A girl can dream. -_-

Art/Other
*thinks*

Nope, nothing here.

Gaming
I did actually get out for board gaming twice in January, when I rented a car three weekends ago. The Elect PBEM is still going, though I have been sluggish about replying and need to catch up.

Socializing
"Gaming" covers about all the socializing I did this month, too. Mmm, the hermit life.

Happiness
I was pretty depressed for a couple of weeks in January; the weird thing about this bout was that it took me ten or twelve days to notice. "Hey, I'm depressed!! That's why I'm snappish and mopey and irritable and don't want to do anything at all." I started to feel better after that realization, which is not any less weird. Been doing well for the last week or so, so hopefully it's passed.

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