I can't but shake my head at me.
Look at that, two months passed by, and no update, no interaction, just a mute silence on this wall. And here I am, again , apologising for being absent..after all the plans, and the good intentions!!!
Well, I know where the time has gone (list below), some activities necessary, some for leisure, some just because - do I regret it? Yes and no. It is clear to me my main and primary difficulty is to apply myself regularly, methodically. I am a mugpie, I see the shiny, and if I'm tired by RL, I just give in.
Therefore, a stern discussion with myself is needed, and a DAILY LOGGING IN. Even just to say...Good day to all.
List of Things Distracting me for All that I Want to Do, in no particular order:
1) Temeraire, by Naomi Novik (one of us!) I started my spring annual reread of the Temeraire books, in anticipation of the forthcoming one. Oh, how I love these books, I can't express (and if I am writing somewhat weirdly, it is because the language of the books is affecting me - mugpie and imitating monkey, that's me ;)
TOR.com is doing a re-read of them -- although i find these rereads always disappointing, too short, too careful not to give important points away (which is, I understand, somewhat of a necessity, but still). I encourage everyone to grab these books and read them to pieces, like I have been doing, they are so good: inventive, historical, funny, moving, fantastic, gender-progressive, and the dragons, oooh, THE DRAGONS.
Not just Temeraire, who is a wonderful, round character, full of ingenuity and good heart and such a dragon ;) but all the others too, Maximus and Lily and Arkady and Lien and Iskierka and Kulingile and Volly and Levitas, oh, Levitas... I have sobbed my heart out every time I read his part of the story in Book 1, and I don't know that I can ever forgive Novik for that (in a not-serious way, of course).
Novik's world of dragons is magnificent, funny, unique. I hope she never stops writing about her dragons, although I suppose it will happen eventually. But, oh, what books, what stories.
2) Destiny. I am afraid I fell headlong into this video game, almost like a new fandom. It feels like it.
I've been playing it (on PS3, can;t afford a PS4 yet) since last July, and it is very addictive and mind-soothing; I found a clan of like-minded players, and, well...it does take away hours of my time (although, since I started playing it, in all I have played something like 17 days, which, in almost ten months, it's not too terrible...but I also spend time chatting with the clan I joined about the game, the lore behind it, the different tactics, etc etc.
SO, yes, a fandom of a sort...up to and including my writing three very short stories set in the universe and an article (all to be put up online on the clan's website, and the stories on AO3 as well). What can I say?...Fandom happens. It doesn't delete my previous fandom loves (never), hence my posting here, but it adds to it, and takes a share of the time.
3)TV watching. Really, how blessed are we, with TV series, these days? There is so much good telly to watch!!! I am so behind with some of my staples, because I keep getting distracted by new offerings. I've been watching:
Mr. Robot -- watched the whole first season, it's brilliant, quite scary in its technological representation of what can be done, and has wonderful photography. Any budding filmographer out there, don't miss it.
Vikings -- up to date with the latest season. Ragnar. And everyone else, yes, but, you know, Ragnar. But also, Ragnar because of Fimmel's acting, which has grown season by season and lets you see Ragnar's thoughts with a glance. Brilliant.
Badlands -- only six episodes, watched the first two. Production values (costumes, scenery) are really good, and Marton Csokas is great in it. The story is okay, but because it's short, well, it's on the list.
American Horror Story Asylum -- I just started watching it, and I love it. I know I should watch the seasons in order, but hey, it's not doctor's orders ;)
Lucifer -- so much fun! Watched it all, looking forward to a second season.
Jessica Jones -- watched it all, loved it.
Daredevil season 2 -- The PUNISHER. Was looking forward to John Ohbernthal (sp?)'s performace as the Punisher, and I was sooo pleased. Couldn't ask for better. A touch disappointed by Electra, storyline and performance, nothing specific, but you know when something just doesn't click? Yes, like that.
Walking Dead -- up to date. Waiting for next season.
The 100 -- up to ep 13. I have a soft spot for Bellamy. I can't help it.
Supernatural -- need to catch up with the second part of season 11. I will marathon it during the summer. Love the boys, always will.
And some more. Don't want to bore you :)
Spy - with Melissa Mcbride, Jason Statham, Jude Law, etc. I did not know I needed this film in my life, but I did, and do. Made me laugh lots and I needed it.
Civil War -- I can see Bucky lining up with Krycek as a Little Black Dress of Fandom ;) I can only imagine the fanfiction, and eventually I will browse for it. Really liked the film, love how they manage the conflict, and felt for both parts. There were FEELS, I tell you, FEELS.
Antman -- so funny. Loved it. Worked really well.
And yes, my dad has been to hospital again, and I almost flew out again, but he is back home already, and I can keep stressing from afar :(
The novel has not proceeded as I wanted (see the above lack of regular discipline).
But I have written something (the Destiny stories) and submitted a couple of original short stories to competitions. Fingers crossed. I should submit so much more/often!
Still editing/rewriting/writing The Producer (Pros fic). I need to check the Pros Big Bang journal to see where we are at.
I will be at two art fairs with my artists books: 18/19 of June in Newcastle, and 7/8/9 of July in Liverpool. I have projects to finish! /o\
Love you all.
Still here :)
ETA...also got the first book of the Bujold's Vorkosigan saga...erm. *headdesks on self*