Burnout & Overworking by Jaiden Animations

I ran across this video and loved it. Great reminders to take time to take care of yourself.

This post is part of my summer series where I post links and videos that I’ve found helpful.

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“Six Websites for Writers” by Stripped Cover Lit

This post is part of my summer series.  During the summer I take a break from focusing on the blog, to spending the entirety of my writing time on my stories. In its place I post links and videos I’ve found helpful or interesting.

“Geography of the Pacific” by Thought Co

This post is part of my summer series, wherein I point out articles, videos, and websites I’ve found helpful.

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I ran across this page on the Pacific Ocean’s geography.  It’s not comprehensive and is an overview at best, but it is enough to get me thinking about necessary geographical features in my own fantasy/scifi stories.

Enjoy!

Geography of the Pacific

 

SAO: Gun Gale Online

I wanted to take a moment to mention Gun Gale Online.  The anime premiered earlier this spring and I believe all the episodes are out now (I’m a little behind due to my busy summers).

I’ve seen about half of the season and so far I’m impressed.  The characters are fun, though with very high school-ish drama going on.  All in all, it’s an interesting anime for when I need a break.

Quick note: You don’t need to watch the regular Sword Art Online seasons in order to enjoy this one.  Though it might help you understand a little more about what’s going on with the game structure.

Camp NaNo July 2018 Update

 

forest trees adventure tent

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I believe strongly in the importance of both self discipline and accountability.  It is because of this, coupled with my desire to tell stories, that I have signed up for every NaNoWriMo and Camp NaNoWriMo possible since I started seriously writing in 2015.

This does not mean I’m a “winner” every time it comes around.

In April, I shared my success with you.  Today, I’m sharing a different kind of victory.

I had originally intended to submit a couple short stories at the end of June in order to give myself more time over the summer to work through novel edits.  Well, four weeks later, I finally took the time to finish reviewing what my beta readers told me and make the necessary edits to those short stories.  I finished submissions yesterday.

Unfortunately, this also means that my editing timeline is a month behind its already extended timeline for the novel. and that I will not likely “win” this Camp NaNoWriMo.

This is kind of a big deal for me.  It’s the first novel I’ve written that I strongly believe has a chance at publishing in the near future.  I do have another novel hanging out on my bookshelf.  This bookshelf novel is more ambitious than my current projects and I want more experience as a writer before I go back and tackle its comprehensive storyline.

I know I’m rambling a bit.  But, I wanted to give you all an update on where I’m at now and a partial update on when you can expect to see stories from me in print.  My guess is that I’ll hear back sometime between 11 weeks and six months from now.

Now, back to NaNoWriMo.  I cannot say enough good stuff about the orgnaization.  For me, it was exactly the kick in the pants I needed to take my stories from theoretical to words on a page.  Being able to see other people with the same struggles and humble origins is a huge confidence booster (and stress reliever).

So my friends, get out there, meet some people, and write.

“School Lunches Around The World” – Buzzfeed

Today I’ll be continuing my summer series: where I share all sorts of videos and websites that have helped me write. This post will be highlighting a video Buzzfeed produced that shows examples of school lunches from around the world.

Food is one of the necessities of human existence and blends together our traditions with what the land around us produces. It also gives us a glimpse into a nation’s trade both inside and outside its borders. This video gives me a lot to chew over in regard to how I’m crafting my own fantasy and scifi worlds.