I look in the calendar and can’t believe October is already gone. It was a bumpy and uneven month in many aspects of my life, but all in all I can’t complain about it. An anthology with two of my stories had its launch day, I managed to keep writing daily, and I launched my Facebook page.
I wasn’t very focused this month. I knew I needed to start revisions of Humanborn, my contemporary fantasy set in Ireland, but I needed more time to digest beta-readers feedback, so it didn’t happen. In the end, most of my words went toward blog posts and my side project which was rewriting my fantasy romance.
And then, mid-month, I found myself in a writing slump. None of my projects – all of which I usually love – seemed worth working on. I tried to write my way out of it, but it wasn’t helping. So instead, I took two weeks off. I maintained minimum writing routine (100-200 words a day) to stay with my daily writing routine, but that was it. Instead, I played a lot of video games. It helped. At the end of the month I restored my excitement and drive, but it left me with only few days to catch up with my wordcount. It was a bit of a challenge, but I managed to hit my monthly goal.
As I mentioned above, editing didn’t really happen. I don’t think these 5 hours I did last month is even worth mentioning.
Mid-month Inq, who is not a fan of any type of squash, got me a pumpkin. I got to cook it and eat for as long as I also carved it. Not a bad deal, if you ask me. It was gigantic in comparison to what I used to buy back in Ireland, so I got very excited about the design. After an evening of sketching out ideas, I set up to work and it took me good several hours in two days to finish it, but I’m definitely happy on how it turned out.
Sadly, the carved pumpkin lasted about two days in our warm apartment. I didn’t want the design to vanish, so I converted the idea into an image. It’s a simple one as I wanted it to reflect the crudeness of the carving and lit pumpkin.
Later in the month, ironically exactly when I was taking break in my writing, I had an idea for a more Valentines-like design. “Writer for Life” design was fun to make as I got to experiment with colors to make them match. Yellow and deep pink aren’t my usual “go to” palette, so I got a bit out of my comfort zone.
Both designs are available on Society6, Redbubble, and Zazzle on variety of products. In October, Society6 had added stickers to their products which was great news. I always loved the idea of being able to customize everyday items, and stickers sound like fun.
As I mentioned above, I finally launched my fanpage on Facebook, and I started sharing a series of #thewordwitch drawings which I’ve been creating throughout the year. If you’re on Facebook, feel free to check it out, and if you prefer it as monthly updates, hop over to my October roundup blog post.
Sadly, this month I missed over a week of exercise. I seemed to have pulled a muscle on my back, and even though the pain mostly went away after a few days, I didn’t want to risk it. My workouts stopped entirely to give it time to heal. I confess, going back to regular exercise after the break was even more of a pain that the muscle itself.
Other than that, we enjoyed watching the new season of Netflix’s Voltron and catching up on Kuromukuro – two anime series featuring big robots. We also binged on Stranger Things 2 as soon as it came out. And as I mentioned above, I played some video games which I’m hoping to write about soon in the Gaming Writer’s Saturday series.
How was your October? Any accomplishments you can share? Any setbacks?
Joanna Maciejewska is a fantasy and science fiction author who enjoys all things SFF: books, movies, and video games.
Her short stories appeared in magazines and anthologies in Polish and in English.
Her epic fantasy adventure series, starting with By the Pact, is available in ebook and paperback at all major retailers.