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  1. Ah, good questions. It was going well, and it will go well again, but just now it isn't going all as well as I would prefer. I did write the first two stories, but so far this week is ... I'm struggling. It's okay, I'm not real worried about it, just my usual freewriting process has so far not worked to generate any kind of idea that I actually like. If I get something written today, great - if not I'll pick up tomorrow with trying to get an idea for my D topic. I'm in a bit of a depression slump, for various reasons that are mostly job related. Hubs and I have been bickering (we often do when either of is in a low-affect state). My brain feels disengaged and I haven't quite yet figured out how to get my foot off the clutch. In happier news - the stage combat class was AWESOME and I can't wait for the next one. Today's workout: BW Squats 3x10 Push-ups 3x10 Inverted rows 3x10
  2. Re: Rivers - I've just finished Broken Homes ... dude, wow! My library has Foxglove Summer on e-book, but the audiobook is waitlisted. I checked out the e-book, but I have a hard time with e-books, plus I have a physical library book that I will with me on my weekend trip (need to finish and return it soon), so I'm not sure I'll get to it. Jury's out on whether I'll wait for my library to get me the audiobook or just break down and buy it on Audible, that's what I did with Broken Homes. Lucky for me, Libro.fm had the audio of Tales from the Folly, and I had an unused Libro credit. So I'll at least have that for tomorrow's six-hour drive. Good thing, that. I really need audio fodder for this drive; I just DNFed the audiobook that I had planned on listening to most of the way up to VA. It was Long Live the Pumpkin Queen by Shea Earnshaw. I got through Chapter 3 on my way home from work today, and it was just awful with no evidence of 'getting better' potential. I love Sally, from Nightmare Before Christmas, and am seriously considering making her my Hallowe'en costume. I'll spoiler what I hated about this book; I don't want to ruin it for anyone who plans to read it - y'all might well like it, my opinions notwithstanding. Aforementioned physical library book is A Discovery of Witches, which I'm about half through and enjoying so far. It's not super tight or well-paced plotwise, but I'm liking the worldbuilding/magic system and the characters a great deal.
  3. Hey! Hi! Today's workout: BW squats: 3x10 Incline Push-up: 3x10 Inverted rows: 3 x 10 Tomorrow I drive 6 hours up to Virginia to take a 2 hour class on Sunday morning. Am I insane? Yes. Almost certainly. In my defense, though, that is the nearest stage combat troupe to the middle-o-nothinginparticular that I call home, and I want to get as much stage combat training under my belt as possible before I get Merry Wives into rehearsals. Sunday's class is on pushes, hair pulls, chokes, and strangles. Funsies! In October I'm registered for a full weekend of stage combat craziness in Chatanooga, TN, called Scenic City Slam; looking forward to that! I plan to make this production as physical as I possibly can without putting the actors at any risk. Writing is still super strugglebus. I'll get as much done as I can tonight, and save the rest for tomorrow when I'm in a hotel room for several hours with no doggies or hubs to use as an excuse. (I'll find others, TBH, but I know myself well enough to know that if I procrastinate until I'm right up against the deadline, I'll be able to focus for more than 10 minutes, so I'm not too worried. Yet. 🫣
  4. Today's workout: Single leg RDL: 3x8 Incline Push-up: 3x10 Plank: 3x 35 sec Inverted rows: 3.8 I had to take my car in for repairs, annoying but not serious*, so I walked a mile to the local department store (Target, popular in the U.S.) rather than sitting on my tuchus in the dealership wait room. I bought a book (Assistant to the Villain, by Hannah Nicole Maehrer - fluffy YA fantasy shameless riffing on Howl's Moving Castle, so far) and a diet root beer. I'm well into my A story - The Acorn - and I'm stalled. Like, I know where it's going, but I dont' want to work on it. Because it's perfect in my head, and once I write it it will be not quite so perfect. Uggggghhhh! Shut Up, Brain™! No one even asked you!!! I know I'll finish it, though - I'm not one to cop out on the very first week of a challenge! (Week 2 and beyond, sure, that happens.) *a common issue in my particular make/model, where the seat upholstery was interfering with an electrical circuit, leading to an annoying intermittent false airbag/safety restraint system error message. Not fixed: they have to order parts. But at least identified as under warranty, happy bonus points!!!
  5. I'm just over half through Broken Homes. I am binge-reading/listening as fast as I can, and that's pretty fast considering my commute is an hour each way .
  6. Gemma (who has never considered the possibility of solo DnD and has not made time for a group campaign in decades) perks up her ears and googles DM Yourself. Color me intrigued. Following.
  7. I love your challenge format, and that journal is fabulous!
  8. This morning's workout: Bodyweight squats: 3x8 Incline push-ups, waist height: 3x10 Inverted rows: 3x8 Also took Cassie on a nice walk, as it is finally cooled down enough here to do that without dying or burning her widdle paws.
  9. Hello, lovely nerds! I'm back in the "real" world (I use that term in the loosest possible sense) after a whirlwind of a summer. My adventures, briefly: Started singing lessons Auditioned for Making God Laugh Played Baptista Minola in The Taming of the Shrew Auditioned for The Wedding Singer (which meant actually singing in front of people, thus directly addressing a lifelong phobia) and played Angie Sullivan (which involved not much, but a little, actual singing in front of people.) Began learning to play the tin whistle Auditioned for The Little Mermaid. Had a mild panic attack because the audition panel comprised some of the most well-trained professional singers I know, but I did it and did not die so ... yay! Was not cast, but I don't mind that because the actually doing it despite the fear was the thing. Was confirmed as the director of next spring's presentation of The Merry Wives of Windsor - the second Shakespeare production ever in our community. Signed up to sing in my music school's Christmas Show, which means much more singing in front of people. Solo. Whole songs, not just a line or two. <taking deep breaths. Lots of deep breaths.> Shot my first NRL-22 competition. Absolutely sucked at it, didn't care, had fun. All of this came after a several-year period of doing remarkably little. Wake, work out (sometimes), go to work, come home, eat dinner, watch YouTube or scroll 'til bedtime, repeat. My comfort zone had become a rut and it started to itch, so I went into this year determined to do three very specific things. 1) Audition for community theater things ✅ 2) Submit a story to a publisher 🔲 3) Shoot in competition ✅ Ah, the writing. Well, I still have four months left of the year. And I have the Struthless Alphabet Superset challenge (spoilered for size). TL:DW - a 30 week challenge to make something, of a reasonable, doable size, every week - 26 weeks, with four planned breaks. The something of each week will be on a topic starting with a different letter of the alphabet. The something must be shared on the internet (part of the driving force behind this is the near-universal fear of sharing creative work on the internet.) My something is short stories, 100 - 1000 words. In other news, the Summer of Theatrical Craziness got me out of my workout habit, though I was still very active. But now that I am not in intensive dance rehearsals three nights a week for a musical, I am starting back up with bodyweight workouts. Just the basics right now. BW squats, push-ups, inverted rows, planks. That's all. I'm keeping it simple, because life is complicated enough right now. The venue where we had planned to present Merry Wives will be under construction in March, so I have to find a place to play. I'm lobbying for an outdoor venue, Shakespeare in the Park style, but the logistics are complicated. And I am trying to squeeze singing exercises and tin whistle practice in as well. So, challenge specifics: 1) Post a short story online every week 2) Do a bodyweight workout at least 3 days per week.
  10. Here for the formae and the partying with Chelsea and Olympia, if there is to be any of that sort of thing. If not I'll just snoop around in the manner of Abigail. 😄
  11. In the interest of Sara's acquisition of haunted biscuit tins (a cause I fully support!), I just finished the first book and was happy to find that Hoopla has Moon Over Soho available for me to dive into starting tomorrow. Particiularly if you thought the first book was not the best of the lot, I can't wait to meet the others. I quite loved it. Got the audio version and 100% concur with your assessment, the reader is top notch. *** In other bookish news, I've just placed a library hold for Glass Town: The Imaginary World of the Brontës by Isabel Greenburg. It's a graphic novel based on the juvenalia of the Brontë kids in the imaginary world that they made up for themselves.
  12. I'm glad you had a good day. Was probably me, I'm a Scribbles that Matter fangirl - but TBH I don't know how much different they really are from A&O (which I've never tried) or Leuchtturm or Rhodia - unless you are a fountain pen user. That is why I love them so much; I have had the best luck with even my wettest inks not bleeding through (Sharpie ink does, though!) And their Dotcross Planner has made bullet journaling easier for me, but that wouldn't be appropriate for a bedside dream-capture book. It has pre-loaded blank monthly and weekly spreads with a lot of extra blank pages for freestyling.
  13. Following! I mean, probably more like lurking, but 2 quick things first before I go back into hiding... You are spot on about J&H - that should have got fifteen times the attention it did I want to see the dragon glove (or gloves when you finish, as you prefer)
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