Since it’s been a while I figured I should update or do something. Ha.
Living: Probably in some other life I was a rodent. Not the best imagery, but must have been some kind of nocturnal animal. I’ll go with a fox or owl because those sound cooler. I write from 11p-5a, scurrying from my desk to check on defrosting meat and do some light meal-prepping in the twilight hours before I finally go to bed as the sun begins to rise. I wake around 1-2p.
Writing: Draft 4 of ASHA now, guys. Woooooh. (This is a very tired, but optimistic woooh.) I’m working on cutting 70-80k words out from this 200+k word draft. I’ve printed it out and am about halfway through the book so far. Still need to go back onto the computer and enter in all the changes. After this, get some beta readers in, and then, querying. See you in another 10 years.
Training: Started 2xday sessions at the end of May and it’s been a learning process—to train for progress but also longevity, that is, to not get injured. Recovery is essential and so is eating enough. But I do carry some lady self-insecurity issues into the whole mix: (I don’t want to overeat! I’ll gain weight!) So yeah, I’m trying to be rational and reviewing my data points (yeah, I’m that person who logs everything) to make smart training decisions instead of emotional ones.
Silver Hair Don’t Care: I’ve always wanted to color my hair, but there was no Yelp to high school to find a good salon and it’s not like you can walk around with blue hair on campus. College I was a sad, mopey hermit, so I didn’t do anything then, either. Then I worked in an office, and, well, there were social constructs you followed, though I’m sure maybe I could have pushed it. Honestly, I just didn’t want to deal with the maintenance of colored hair. But now I guess I’m willing? Anyhow, I just got grey-silver hair and it’s pretty exciting. Not sure how long I’ll have this color…I’d like a maybe a rose-pink or a blue-grey next.
Side Project: As it’s been 2 years now since I left my day job, and my book isn’t even ready for an agent yet, I’ve been reviewing new investments for my future: a) Go back into tech, b) Get certified as a personal trainer, c) Go to grad school for either fiction writing or sports-related (like nutrition or kinesiology), d) Look into UCSC’s Farm & Garden apprenticeship since I’d like a farm of my own one day, or e) Explore this new idea unrelated to any of the above. As you might guess, I’m going with choice E right now. Hmm, we’ll see.