Hi, everyone! It's that time again! Weekly updates delivered every Saturday! On... Sunday? What even is time. I hang my head in shame because this week it is just the most ridiculous and I have not even excuses for being tardy. I do, however, have a few updates! Some important, some less so.
Meanwhile, a few weeks ago, Jim C. Hines very kindly collected the links from SFF authors offering free reading in this time of StayAtHome and you can find his post here. (Because it's a few weeks old, not all reading material may still be available for free.)
I finished a homework assignment! They didn't like it and I have to redo it and I've been dragging my heels because apparently I still have very strong feelings about the usefulness of roleplay in foreign language acquisition. (Like, it's useful, sure, but there is such a thing as relying on it too much.)
- 4051/10,000 words of fiction
- 1 acespec essay draft
- 12/14 books
This Week's Fiction Wordcount: 3,681
This Week's Non-Fiction Wordcount: 0
Woods: Well, apparently I am still capable of reworking stuff, so I'm reworking a creepy novelette. It's fun! And as you can see works decently.
Covenant3: I got a tiny bit of work done on a story for the Covenant setting. It'll be delightful and low-key fun, but I got a little distracted by Woods because it's an easier project to work on while my brain is mush.
Life And Other Such Important Matters
Life continues apace. New Dog enjoys his daily walks as he always does. I'm enjoying that he's finally learning this thing called 'obedience'. He's not bad. Just very independent and stubborn. I am, however, called on to work in the garden annoyingly often because "you can do that later" which... I would mind less if people at least respected that the work I do is, you know, work that I get paid for and not faffing around doing nothing.
Stand-out Positive Moment
Becca recommended me a book on dog behaviour that I have slowly managed to read a few chapters from. I'm finding it both fascinating and helpful. Even if the exercises I expect to show up in a chapter or two don't really help New Dog's issues, the book is at least definitely helping ME try to figure out ways to train New Dog into less disruptive behaviour. This has been an issue for years and despite my best efforts we have made little progress. For a number of reasons, but then this will become a rant. Suffice to say that Becca's recommendation was such that it has given me hope that I can address at least some of it even with an environment actively set up to keep New Dog from learning anything.
And for that hope it is the stand-out positive moment because this is such a sweet dog, everyone, I cannot express it. Okay, I can. He's a massive cuddlebug. I have never known a dog so motivated by pettings and hugs instead of food. He's trying so hard to be a Good Boy, but he's just too high-energy to manage it, bless him.
Beyond that, I'm honestly just grateful my friends who know about dogs put up with me and are still trying to offer me what help they can because both I and New Dog can be a handful. <3
This Week on Patreon
All the Patreon posts from the past week, collected in neat and tidy lists, divided by tier.
How about you? What have you been up to lately? Has anything awesome happened?