August turned out a very weird month, riddled with both expected and unexpected distractions. As if life had figured out that since I had finally started to settle after the move and get back to my routines, it was time to spice things up a bit. Or maybe a lot.
I was bound to finish at least some of my projects and get some head way on the others. But life’s distractions kept pulling me away from writing, and I remained unfocused. Yet, as the month was getting close to an end, I was determined to at least reach my monthly goal even if it meant writing intensively for a week. I knew I could do it. But in the end, I didn’t.
In the last week of August our water heater broke, and because of the poor communication with the management office we were left without hot water for a week. So, instead of writing, I ended up on the phone way more than I liked it. I was still determined to make the words happen and pushed for it. But when a random power outage cut off the whole neighborhood, I took it for a sign. I slowed down, and wasn’t even too upset by another power outage, this one likely the result of a heavy storms over the area.
In the end, I was left with little over 22,000 words which added another 9,000 to my already huge gap. Needless to say, I don’t think I’m going to “win” this year’s 365 Writing Club’s challenge. On the other hand, regardless of the obstacles, I managed to write daily and haven’t missed a day since the beginning of the year. That, in itself, is a huge win already.
For the last months, I’ve been working on several pieces. Some of them weren’t quire ready to be shown while others had to “rest”. I wasn’t quite happy of how they were turning out, so I was changing colors and designs itself.
But, as tumultuous as it was, August turned out very creative.
I made a piece inspired by @JRBee’s typo, “We’re all goo.” It was quick and easy, but so much fun to make.
I also finally got back to my Overthinking design. It took me three attempts, each from scratch and an entirely different approach to the idea, to finally get something that I both loved, and was readable for someone who didn’t know what it was supposed to say.
With all the distractions, paperwork to be done, and malfunctions, I couldn’t complain about the month being quiet, but otherwise there wasn’t much happening.
But, of course, there are still pansies that bravely survive the heat and the torrential rains. And finally, among all the yellow and white ones, I got a pure purple one! I definitely feel fulfilled as a gardener.
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How about you? How did your August go? Any achievements? Any positive news?
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.