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August Recap

August has been a quiet month. After some of the insanity that’s been happening in the last few months, I’m happy for a little bit of peace. There’s still a lot left of the year, and that means plenty of time for things to change.

This month was the launch of my new serial Seventh which is in the same universe as Crimson and Gold, though following different characters. I’m expecting the serial to run through to October and will be continuing to update it on Fridays.

As for what’s in progress right now, I’ve been focusing on some of my older projects for most of this month, revamping and revising a few of them. It’s been enjoyable, but it’s also been eating up a lot of time.

For September, I’m hoping to get at least one of those older projects completely redone and ready to go for the next round of drafting and editing. Beyond that I realize I haven’t been great about keeping up on adding photos to my post and want to work on that a little.

How has your month been?

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July Recap

It’s been an incredibly busy month for me here, for several reasons. Not only am I getting Seventh prepped (and still so excited for it!) I’ve also had tons of good stuff coming in through my day job including a possible promotion, plus an award nomination from the lovely Obort over on The Sublime Ink (which I’m hoping I can get to soon).

Unfortunately, it hasn’t been all good news this month.

Meet Jasper.

This loveable jackass is my 17-year- old-cat. I’ve had him since I was twelve. He’s one of my two fur-babies and undisputed ruler of meal time.

About the middle of June we discovered he was having a hard time breathing. A trip to the vet reveal what’s called a pleural effusion: essentially liquid surrounding his lungs. That in itself is concerning, but the cause behind that fluid build up is even more concerning.

Heart disease. Specifically hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, a thickening of the heart muscles. It’s not uncommon for cats of his age and breed to develop a heart condition. It’s common enough at least, that treatment is relatively easy. Medication and low-stress are the two key requirements. It’s also impossible to predict whether it will affect his lifespan or not.

Moving forward brings challenges and a lot of changes I hadn’t expected. It’s hard to say for sure what those changes will mean and whether or not I’ll have to adjust the way I do things for his health.

At the moment I’m glad he’s happy and still a part of my life. I don’t know what next month holds, but I’m thankful for the good things this month.

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A Project Announcement

I am super excited.

If you’ve been following me for a while, you might have noticed that I’ve mentioned a couple of times that I had a project I wanted to start showing off in July. Although that initial timeline ultimately didn’t go as planned, I’m finally at a point where I can tell you a little bit about it.

To start, you may remember The Spinning Wheel Trade which I released back in June. That tied in to my other short, Season of Preparing, both of which are set in the same universe as my novella, Crimson and Gold. All three of those are connected to my newest project.

Which, I have a cover image for.

I’m excited to share more about this in the next couple of weeks. Are you?

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June of 2020

When I started writing this post, I wanted to focus on June and what’s happened this month. It was supposed to be the same as any of my other recap posts.  As I wrote however, it felt false and in many ways, forced.

June has been a painful and frustrating month. For me, the first week and a half was filled with moving to the new house as well as transferring to a new job location. The fire season in my state is above average; we won’t see an end to that until monsoons begin. Here in America, clashes have started because of systematic racial discrimination and blatantly willful ignorance. On a widest scale, there is a global pandemic which we cannot combat, and is forcing us to adapt as a global society.

These are not new issues. There are many of them and they are all frustrating and painful. They are large issues and when you’re faced with how to handle them all together, it can feel as impossible as trying to turn the tide. You feel small and helpless as one person. One person cannot turn the tide.

One person can, however, clean up a beach.

One person can tell a story.

One person can spare a dollar or a dime.

One person can adopt a dog.

One person can read a book.

One person can lend a hand.

You do not have to do all of these things. You are one person, but you are not the only one. While you write the story, someone else will read it. While you lend a hand for an hour, someone else will give spare change where it’s needed. While you rescue an animal, someone else is cleaning up the beach.

We are all just one person, but there are billions of people on the planet. Imagine the impact we could make if we all collectively made one choice to help someone or something else in need. That might be helping an elderly neighbor collect their groceries. That might be volunteering or donating to an animal shelter. That might be deliberately finding a new creator to support. That tiny action impacts someone else. A single action of kindness, of empathy, of simple positivity.

Every month, I like to put an aim in my agenda. Usually it’s something for me to work on personally, but I think the one I put down for May of 2019 fits here. Small positives create large impacts.

There are plenty of awful things in the world, but there is a reason why there’s always a story somewhere about the good things. Maybe it’s about a child who cuts off her hair to donate. Maybe it’s about the police officers who help a child’s lemonade stand. Maybe it’s that story about a kitten who finds a forever home.

These are the small positives. They might only stay with you for a moment. They might be the story you remember vaguely years later, but they are the positives. They are the reminders that yes, things are awful. The world is a terrible place with tragedies and travesties galore.

But it’s also full of people. Singular people that, together, have an enormous power. Your share of that power is not as minute as it seems. Those small positives collect and inspire more positives. They create a force of positive change.

Pick one thing. Be that writing a letter to a friend. Be that supporting a diverse creator. Be that offering time or donation to an organization. Be that offering to do an extra chore for a family member. Be whatever it is, pick one thing.

June has not been an easy month. 2020 has already been an trying year and we still have another six months to get through. But we’re not done yet.

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May Recap

It’s been a whirlwind of a month. It’s hard to believe it’s already over. There’s been a huge amount of changes, starting with: I’m moving! It’s only to the other side of the city, but it’s still a massive amount of work to get everything done.

Writing-wise I’ve got a smaller project finished and ready to go through edits. I’m really excited to see how it goes and I’m hoping to start showing it in July. Keep an eye out for more information on it!

I’m behind on tracking my word count for the month. It’s all been written down in my agenda, which got packed. As soon as I can get those numbers put in I’ll be able to get an accurate count for the month. For right now, I feel like I didn’t get a huge amount written for May.

How was your May?