Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Since Last We Met (#2)

The positive luckily continues to outweigh the negative in life, and things are slowly starting to fit together in a manageable way. Over six posts I intend to highlight some of the progress I've made, show you sneak-peeks, and share useful tips I've picked up along the way.

#1: Work
#2: Novel-writing
#3: Book illustrations
#4: Painting
#5: Game Design
#6: Random Experiences

#2: Writing is still going slowly. From what little I managed to do when I played catch-up over NaNo (ya know, all of one typed page of actual drafting *ahem*) I did come up with a decent opening for a new story, set in a world with a never-ending struggle between Home and Gateway..

But it's not enough to come up with a pretty idea and think about what you can do with it. Putting pen to paper, or fingers to keyboard, is the only way to make it from start to finish.

Meet Naime, our cat-anthro protagonist:

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My best friend, Dem, has died forty three times. Our commander has died at least a hundred.

I've never experienced death, and it terrifies me.

They say it's no big deal. It hurts, sure, but it goes away after a few minutes. Burnt to a crisp. Electrocuted. Drowned. Poisoned. Eaten. Sliced open. Gutted. Bled out. Of course the best part is the complete relaxation that follows, when your soul leaves your body. It's no big deal.

After all, the Home Crystal keeps us safe. When we die, we simply reappear at Home, organs intact.

Still, I'm terrified.

What if I didn't come back?
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Of course I couldn't neglect my main project, so about two days in I decided to hell with Dungeon Thief until Mura/Tsirash is done. Well done, NaNo, you distracted me for a whole 48 hours. *slow clap*

I am currently rewriting a section that sloppily stuck two scenes together without a clear transition or relation between them. Or rather, I'm rewriting the rewrite of that section, because it sucked. Badly. However, I am confident that the first 22,000 words are now at maximum capacity for greatness. At least, they've won over two writing groups and a few other readers.

Now, to get this manuscript polished before the upcoming pitching contest at LTUE... I don't know if I can work that fast, but I've got to try, right?

-Tsira

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Since Last We Met

The positive luckily continues to outweigh the negative in life, and things are slowly starting to fit together in a manageable way. Over the next six posts I intend to highlight some of the progress I've made, show you sneak-peeks, and share useful tips I've picked up along the way.

#1: Work
#2: Novel-writing
#3: Book illustrations
#4: Painting
#5: Game Design
#6: Random Experiences

#1: Work is a time- and energy-sucker.

I went back to recertify in manual restraint this week--an unfortunately necessity in my classroom. The training is really about "treating others with dignity and respect" and "developing positive relationships." But sometimes it's not enough, so it's also knowing what to do if you absolutely must physically intervene.

And, oh yeah, people die doing this. Rarely. But yeah, there's a whole section about catecholamine levels (one of your stress hormones) causing rhabdomyolosis (muscle-cell breakdown), and positional asphyxiation and all that horrible stuff that happens when done improperly. Which is why, again, manual restraint is only for when there is a very real, believable, and immediate threat. ...like when your coworker is being choked.

But I'm making it sound like my class is death and it's not really like that.


See? Ahaha.

Liz is my sister, and the subject of this drawing. One of our students drew it just before she left our room. In reality Liz is gorgeous and really good with kids--but when you work in special ed and one of the kids tries to draw a picture of you, it usually looks, well... special. In truth, we all found the drawing hilarious. And heaven knows we could all use a little laughter. Sometimes even the naughty ones have their moments. You just have to remember to start over every day with a fresh pair of eyes, and see mistakes as what they are: mistakes. Forgiveness around here is absolutely essential. 
 
-Tsira