Weekly Update – 10/31/17

Hello, Internet!

And Happy Halloween, too! The date is relevant – it’s why I’m writing & posting this a day early.

NaNoWriMo starts tomorrow! Yay!!

Yay?


Reading

My reading’s been light this week again. Unfortunately most of what I’ve read has been strictly for either class or my Alcibiades article. None of what I’ve been reading is inherently unpleasant, but at the same time I’ve not had much opportunity to just sit down and read whatever I want.

The sole exception was reading through Aristophanes’ The Frogs. It’s one of the plays which briefly mentions Alcibiades, so I took that as an excuse to read the whole play. I recently got my hands on an omnibus edition of the eleven extant plays (translated by Paul Roche), and it’s given me something slightly on-task to relax with.

With NaNoWriMo coming up, I’m not sure what I’ll be reading, or how much I’ll be able to read. Oathbringer also comes out this month, and I’ll be grabbing that hot off the shelves. I’m guessing the trick will be to plow ahead hard enough at the start of the month that when I get distracted for a couple days it doesn’t set me back too badly.


Writing

Well, I finished my Alcibiades article. It’s a rough draft, and I feel like it’s pretty shoddy, but it’s been submitted to the class workshop.

I need to spend a bit of time tonight & today fleshing out more of the turning points and twists for my NaNo novel. There’s no way I’ll be as prepped as I want to be. I do have a good chunk of starting preparation sketched out on paper and in my head, but barely something which could be considered an outline.

The novel’s going to super rough (even by NaNo standards), but I think that’s okay. I’m going into this one with more of a ‘practice’ attitude than the ‘write something which could get published’ attitude I had last year.

Speaking of The Rule of Iron… no new news. I haven’t touched it in weeks, at this point. I somewhat regret that, but c’est la vie. Part of this is due to when I was re-reading the Stormlight Archive, and I realized just how derivative it is. That’s not inherently bad, but I feel it’s also not great.

Unsurprisingly, my stories are heavily influenced by my favorite author. Go figure?


In Review

Last Week: Finish the article, hopefully revise it. I finished and submitted it, but did not have the opportunity to revise it beforehand. Also came out like 1,000 words longer than I intended. Whups.

This Week: Get a nice, fat head-start on NaNoWriMo 2017! Preferably with some belated prep work and outlining done in the process, but if not… oh well. Word count matters more.

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