Next year has to be better than this one. It just… has to be.
I hate winter for multiple reasons. Cold, allergies, the holidays, and a lack of sunlight are the big ones.
(Cold for multiple reasons. FYI, while no one is allergic to the methane of natural gas, the methyl mercaptan they add so you can smell leaks? Burned, that can indeed be an inhaled allergen. Yaaaaay.)
If I could, I’d pull the covers over my head at the start of December and not come out ’til, oh, February. When the light’s come back a little and I feel less like a shambling pile of gray in the shape of a human. Alas, we are not yet capable of month-plus hibernation. Darn.
I’m still working on Midnight, and hope to finish the rough by the end of December, or at least the end of January. Normally I’d be a lot farther along but the year has been difficult, to say the least. Meaning full immersion into characters and worlds I’m writing has only come in fits and starts. Yes, this has slowed down fanfic too; probably more, because origfic drafts at least mean potential income later. Yes, this is very frustrating. But as someone eloquently put it over on Mad Genius Club, sometimes you simply cannot juggle one more flaming chainsaw.
Still, as time and house-cleaning permits I will finish the Midnight rough, then let that sit and stew while I try to hack the Leatherbound rough draft into something more closely approximating a coherent storyline. That one in part is going to be tricky because it started out inspired by wacky shonen antics, then the story itself got more realistic and serious. Meaning some character actions and portrayals have to be adjusted accordingly. Argh.
(Not to mention a few action scenes are still only in outline form. Sigh.)
I have hopes to do a lot more than that, but… work on two books is probably enough to wave under the universe’s nose as a Plan. Who knows how things would crash down if I tried to get any more detailed.
My life is not a shonen manga. Or a seinen one. You can quit with the shonen protagonist levels of trauma any time now.
Seriously. Enough already.
If this keeps up I’d better by-goodness get an isekai vacation out of the whole mess, or the entire universe is completely unfair.