Follow-up Friday: 5 January 2018

Note: This is the first Follow-up of 2018, bitches! Woop!

Dude, I always seem to have this shirt on when it’s Friday. I think I’ve subconsciously made this shirt my Friday shirt. Which… is cool! It says on the back, “free your mind and your legs will follow.” So, yeah, pretty fitting for the weekly update! All right, let’s get into what you may have missed this week!


We started off the week with a bang! Monday marked the start of a new project, No Name for a Sword. It’s an eastern fantasy written in epic haiku. You can find the first post right here, and expect there to be more each Monday. This is going to be my installment thing for a while, meant to boost up my imagination and give me a non-binding creative outlet. It’s loose, action-y, and just challenging enough to keep me engaged.

Writer Wednesday was all about Gradual Progress–learning how to treat your writing like a tree. You’ve got to water it a day at a time, and it’ll grow. Check that out here.

FFS Friday tackled educating yourself with the Internet and using it to maximize your potential! There’s a lot of information out there! Use some of it to better yourself, eh? You can read that right here.

Also, the blog has officially passed 1,500 followers! Say whhhaaaat!? Thank you all so much for your continued support. You are all amazing and beautiful, and you all deserve a blueberry muffin (or dietary equivalent).

The Journey:

Well, I mentioned this a bit in the office post today, but–man, I’ve been feeling a little stagnant this past week or so. I guess I’ve just been letting it boil up inside. Really, I’m feeling just a little grey, and I think that’s because we haven’t been doing much to engage my imagination. As we wait for the money to purchase a new vehicle, we’ve been saving and sitting at home. Mostly, the days have been filled at the house and typing away. Watching Netflix. Going to the gym. I’ve been working, for sure, but it’s felt far more like work than doing what I love. That shit’s got to change. For what I can personally do, it means letting go of trying to plan so much and just fall into the worlds I create. I have to write prose more, rather than work so hard on outlines. I’m writing the damn life out of my fantasies! It’s an easy fix. I just need to apply some focus.

All that said, life is still great. I still maintain that breaking the rat race cycle and going out on the road was the best thing I’ve ever done. I still love Mir to death. I still love waking up knowing that the whole day is mine to do with as I please. I still love being on the road!

We’ve got some money coming our way from that long-forgotten savings account I started in the Army. Thank you, 21-year-old me. (Didn’t think I’d ever thank that guy.) So we expect to be getting an upgraded, even more badass vehicle once that comes in. I’m excited to start driving around and looking at new vans. It’ll make the itch for the road even worse, but it’ll also solidify that we’ll be back to adventuring really soon! We’re hoping to see D.C. and some of the east coast once the snows clear a little. Well… if it clears.


School has been so wonderful these last two weeks! Namely because I haven’t had it! I’m on Winter break. The new term officially starts up on Monday, 8 January 2018. I’ve already done the first week of English Comp II, and Shakespeare looks like it’s going to be really interesting! I don’t have any grades to post this week, but I’ll keep you updated as the term progresses!

Honestly, I’m not very excited for English Comp II. Looking at the syllabus, it’s exactly the same course as English Comp I. Sooo… hooray fractured education system.


Oh, dear writing. You son of a bitch.

As I mentioned above, I’ve been planning too much and not actually writing enough. I don’t know if it was because NaNo drained the life out of me, or because I’ve been too focused on “writing to impress” rather than “writing to express”. But, either way, we’re fixing that shit right now.

Devils of Kharashan received its first words as of late last night, meaning I am officially working on the first draft. It’s a scary step, but also a very exciting one. I’ve been wanting to write this story for so long that I just don’t want to screw it up. But, as the prose started flowing last night and I began looking for the voice, I realized that I’m going to have a blast writing this book. It looks like the Kharashan series will span two books, but I might be able to stretch a trilogy out of it. We’ll see. I don’t want to look too far ahead.

Reclamation is still on hold. The first draft is completed and edits will begin once I finish the first draft of DoK.

Hellions remains a hot-button topic for y’all! I promise, it will be my next major project. I want to finish DoK and Reclamation edits before I start on it. Expect it to be fully in-the-works by the beginning of 2019 (if all things go as planned).

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That’s all for this week, folks. As always: thank you so much for reading. You have been a wonderful audience, and I’m so glad I get to share my dream life with you guys. You are the very reason that I’m even inspired to do all of this, and I couldn’t possibly explain how much y’all mean to me. I love you all from the bottom of my heart.

Have an awesome weekend! Remember, be safe and have a plan!

— R.


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