This month: Keeping Steady, Cowboy Menages, Video Courses!
My #goals2017 plans took a nosedive after the last post and I made no progress on any front. February was a blur of getting sick, being up to my eyeballs in work, and even more frustration with my not-writing situation.
March is looking promising though! Signed up and took my first calligraphy class. It’s something I’ve wanted to do since my early uni days but somehow never did. I’m also looking into some digital design classes at a local university, ones focused on Photoshop and Illustrator. And lastly, I got accepted into the Copyediting program I applied to last month.
It looks like a lot and it probably is, but I thrive on being busy, especially with things I love. All this good stuff piling up had me thinking…if I keep steady and do my best not to stress or panic over being stuck in life or in a dry-spell with my writing, moving forward will always be possible again. Yeah, February sucked, but I signed up and applied to things, I went after stuff I wanted even while feeling like crap. And now I get to enjoy it all.
Enough to say that I’m in love (read: obsessed) with Sloane Kennedy’s Finding Series. Binge read it this week, annoyed my reader friends about it, and now I can’t wait to go at Kennedy’s other series—The Protectors, Barretti Security, and The Escort. Even better? They’re all interconnected and feature crossover characters and relationships. Can you hear my fangirl scream?
I’m…uh…weak for all things space.
Random find. Creative and funky music. Rollercoasters is my favorite, but you all should check out their other songs, especially Quick.
I opened my idea notebook a few days ago and wrote an entire page of a new story! As with all things new, I’m both excited and terrified with it. I don’t even know what genre it’ll be or who the characters are or their story, but i do have the opening scene. I’ll give you guys a hint…or three.
Work, sleep, work, repeat. Nero’s lonely life suits him just fine until his best friend, Cass, asks him to take on a new apprentice—a beautiful young man who’s never set foot in a professional kitchen. Despite his irritation and his lifelong ability to shut the world out, Nero is mesmerised by the vibrant stray, especially when he learns what drove him to seek sanctuary on Nero’s battered old couch.
Lenny Mitchell is living under a cloud of fear. Pursued by a stalker, he has nowhere left to run until Nero offers him a port in a storm—a job at the hottest restaurant in Shepherd’s Bush. Kitchen life proves heady and addictive, and it’s not long before he finds himself falling hard and fast for the man who has taken him in.
Fast-forward a month and a neither man can imagine life without the other, but one thing stands in their way: a lifetime of horrors Nero can’t bring himself to share with Lenny. Or can he? For the first time ever, happiness is there for the taking, and Nero must learn to embrace it before fate steps in and rips it away.
If my first love is writing, then second close is art. Since I’m going through a separation period with the first, I’ve been flirting around with the second and searching around for online artsy courses to boost my creativity. There are A LOT of online places—Amazon, Atly, Mediabistro—that offer fun video courses for a fee, but the question always is…are they worth it? Can I learn enough just from a few hours of video?
There’s only one way to know. So, I’ve made a list of my top choices with the goal to take the courses in the upcoming months, and of course, I’ll be writing about it in future Currently posts. If you have any other sites or have taken online video courses like this, feel free to share in the comments!
Making me Happy
Accepting I’m not writing at the moment has made me realize of all the other things I am doing that will lead to improving as a writer. Yes, there is no better practice and improving than actually writing, but reading, researching, blogging, analyzing my past writing, and letting my brain express itself creatively through other means is still progress. I’m happy to have realized that this month.
Until next time 🍓