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Keeping Busy, but not necessarily wisely

So hey. I’m still alive. Terrible about keeping to schedule, but that’s not really something that comes as a surprise to anyone who knows me. I’ve been enjoying my time in Norwich and at UEA more and more lately, now that I know where everything is and have a decent idea about what it is I’m supposed to be doing. Granted, I don’t always do precisely what I’m supposed to do, but I’m having fun with that. I’m told that’s what counts. I hope that’s what counts, but c’est la vie.

Classes are going well, which isn’t too much of a surprise. I’m taking three: Witchcraft (history, but… I guess speculative would be the kindest way of phrasing it), Creative writing: poetry, and Creative writing: prose. I’m only really predisposed to be good at one of them. Three guesses which one that is, and the first two don’t count. Hint: it’s prose. I enjoy the theory of witchcraft, but it’s hard to take the lecturers too seriously, especially when they’re too busy taking themselves too seriously as is. Poetry I adore, but really don’t have any talent for. I can arrange words into sentences, sure, but when I have to make them into a stanza and obey a strict rhyme structure, everything kinda falls apart. I’m treating it as a sort of exercise for a part of my brain I don’t normally use. And prose is more or less what I expected it to be – a lot of focus is placed on making sure the students are actually writing as often as possible, which is a sentiment I wholeheartedly approve of. It’s fun coming up with ideas based on the prompts I get, and then twisting them as much as creative license allows. Here’s the thing, though: I’m doing all of this, but it’s backseat to all the other work I’ve managed to assign myself, because I’m an idiot like that.

Finding the local cafes and libraries in Norwich has been something of an urgent mission for me. I bring my chromebook (think laptop, but lighter and dependent on wifi) everywhere, searching for a place that lets writing inspiration come easily. I’ve been very, very busy with my own projects of late, and some of them I can actually talk about without violating non-disclosure agreements! First up, I’m now properly into editing the sequel to my novel that came out two Octobers ago! The first one is called Aspect of Winter; the sequel is the Doorway God, and it’s been a lot of fun writing it. That said, editing is kinda like handing over your child to a bunch of professional butchers, and getting told to rebuild what you get back into something better. Grisly image, but not actually an exaggeration. It’s an exercise in patience and humility, neither of which come naturally to me (can you tell?), but I’m learning to enjoy it. I’m also neck-deep into queries for another standalone novel of mine, called the Kingdom and the Crow! If you’re not sure what querying is, it’s essentially like applying to colleges, except with more essays that need to be personalized, and the acceptance rate is closer to .1% than 15%. Rejection is the name of the game, followed soon after by persistence. In other words, I’ve been very busy sending out queries. Very, very busy. But I remembered to post this, so I’ll call it a win.

I’ll post again soon, with any luck. Hope you’re all enjoying your weeks, wherever you are and whatever you’re up to. I’m going to go back to drinking my tea.

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