Follow-up Friday: 22 December 2017

(Posted Saturday, 23 December 2017.)

Hey friends and fam! Sorry for the silence over the last few days. There was lots to do, and I just couldn’t find the time to produce any posts of quality for y’all. Now that I’m stationary (for the moment), let me give you the follow-up you deserve!

ICYMI:

Few posts made this week due to business. For Writer Wednesday, I posted a throwback track to the good ole days! The post is about expectations and perfectionism and all kinds of great stuff. Check it out here.

The Journey:

Jingle bells, jingle bells,

Jingle all the wayyy…

Oh what fun it is to ride…

In a small car full of people, traveling for fourteen hours through terrible traffic and inclement weather, only to be caught in 4-lanes-are-now-1 gridlock right before reaching your destination at 3am, with just enough time left to sleep for a few hours and see family the next dayyy…

We’ve left the warmth and relaxation of Florida behind us for now, and have made our way to the always-dreary and terribly unpleasant Cincinnati, Ohio (where we’re originally from). While Cincinnati is not altogether a terrible city—recent renovations have actually made it a pretty awesome place to visit—it is not my favorite place to be. It isn’t even on my list of places I like to be. There are a lot of bad memories in Ohio. Often, when I return (usually from extended absences), I return feeling as though the people here expect me to be the boy I was when I left. Not the man I’ve become. Many of those people have stayed here, doing their thing, while I’ve gallivanted through war zones, other countries, and now a considerable portion of the United States.

On top of that, it’s the holidays! I can always appreciate the family atmosphere this time of year, even though my family and I are much estranged. (We’re working on it.) I’m not one to pander to material gift-giving as a means of demonstrating love, though, and I generally abhor the idea that the general public places such an importance on it during a time that should be reserved for quiet reflection and thanks-giving. But, to each his (or her) own! I’m not here to dampen the holiday spirit. As long as we’re all loving each other, I suppose there’s no right way to do it.

We’ll be hanging out here for a very hectic four days before returning to the wonderful splendor of Florida’s near-eternal vacation weather. It’s gonna be busy. We have a whole lot of people to see in a very short period of time, so we’ve really got to make every second count. Thanks to that, you likely won’t be hearing a lot from me until we get back to Florida. The idea was to have posts all queued up for you guys while I was on this holiday sabbatical, but I just couldn’t get done. I’ve been pretty swamped with work.

The good news: I’m in a chipper mood, I feel fucking great lately, and my life is badass. So, we march on.

 

School:

Coming down to the wire on school! This is the final week—all assignments are due tomorrow before midnight. I’ve finished everything and believe that my final assignments will garner very pleasing grades. I managed to skyrocket that English Comp I grade after the weird uploading fiasco, which is awesome! As long as I can pull a decent grade on the final paper, I’ll be able to eek out an A in English. For the first time in my life, I’ll have maintained a 4.0 GPA through two semesters. Which, for me, is huge.

Perspectives in Natural Sciences – 96.7%

English Comp I – 90.8%

 

Writing

Devils of Kharashan is coming along swimmingly! I learned a lot of lessons from NaNoWriMo this year, and I’m carrying them into the new project. I’m so excited for it, you guys. I’m trying to really throw myself into this one, since it’s the start of a very long road to completing a megaproject (the Worldshaker Ephemeris). So, I’ve been listening to some seriously awesome Middle Eastern music as I’ve been plotting and outlining and worldbuilding. As an extra thing, I’ve been identifying the stories that have inspired DoK and dissecting them (a trick I picked up from Mary Robinette Kowal of Writing Excuses [and literary] fame.) It’s actually super helpful for plotting out a book, and I think I’ll be doing a post on the technique for an upcoming Writer Wednesday.

Reclamation is still on the backburner, but I’m still mulling it over. As I write through the beginning stages of Devils of Kharashan, I’m beginning to understand the mistakes I made with this story. That is super helpful, and I’m really internalizing the process of letting a project sit on its own for a little while. When I come back to it, I know I’ll have a better mindset about it and the changes I make will be worthy ones. Until then, Rhesa and her giant robot-slaying badassery are taking a nap.

HELLIONS, for those of you still wondering about the series, is also beginning to take shape. I haven’t done terribly much with it since last I posted about it, but it is being worked on. Alastor and his crazy adventures have started to take on my natural style, and I’m beginning to shape the story into something a little more me. That, and it’s growing up from a decent idea into a fine story. It’ll be some time before this one really gets off the ground again, but it’s going to be great once it does! It’ll probably be my next major project, once I finish the DoK first draft.

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Welp, that’s about it for the this week! I hope you guys have a splendid holiday, and I hope the family shows you half as much love as I feel for you in my heart! I’m ready to get through these next four days and hit the ground running when we get back to home base! I’m also super excited to go on some Florida adventures once money-saving is less of a concern again! There’s big news coming in the way of our vehicle and future plans, so make sure you stay tuned for more adventures! Also, be sure to follow the lovely @whiterhinodiary​. She’s the smart, good-looking half of this journey!

I love you all! Be safe over the holidays and have fun!

— R.

Ronin travels the country with his girlfriend and his trusty white steed, Rhino. You can follow his adventures and his work on InstagramFacebookTumblrTwitter, and WordPress. Subscribe to his YouTube channel for neat videos on the last Friday of every month!

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Teach peace.

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