Sunday, October 28, 2018

Anthology Contest and October Wrap-Up

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Re-read: Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, The Hobbit, The Horse and His Boy, and Theft of Swords.
Re-watched: Star Trek 2009, Star Trek: Into the Darkness, and Star Trek Beyond.
Had a late discovery of Grimm on Amazon Prime and watched the first three seasons with my 17-year-old.

Totally new and unplanned viewing: Bad Times at the El Royale. 
Disturbing, unique, and interesting. Definitely R-rated for content. 
My whole family loved the storytelling style - how the movie was sequenced and presented. We watched this at the request of a family member who did not want to watch another superhero movie at this time. (Venom is going on my to-be-viewed-as-DVD list. I, perhaps, have been re-watching too many superhero movies at home this year. Can there be too many?)

Wrote: a dozen micro fiction stories, one of which I submitted. I plan to submit 5-6 more in the first few weeks of November.
Also wrote: 7,000 words on a new draft of Anomalies (previously: Greenling, Seedlings, Generations, Title Death). I think this is the right draft this time. Plan to make this my NaNoWriMo project and finish it for real this time.

Submission responses: 1 rejection earlier this month. 1 in submission-waiting zone.

Firsts: I went to a new-to-me critique group for the first time and liked it.

Grad School: 2 more credits done. (Total of 10 finished so far, 16 to go.)

Teaching: Ups and downs, love all my students, wish they would all turn in their work.
Plus, ran into a few former students and heard about their lives and goals and dreams. (Yay!)

Family and Community: Ups and Downs, some health concerns (not me), and a reason to strongly urge everyone I know to shower love on everyone they know. Suicide is showing up as a real and urgent issue in the community I live in and among people I know. Remember, we don't know what kind of day someone else has had. Let's be kind. Let's find a way to listen. Let's love one another.

Released: Ashes Burn, Seasons 1-7 as an e-book. There's a Reviewer's Special at Smashwords and it's also available for Kindle


krystal jane said...

Busy month! Unfortunately, I was one of those kids who didn't like to turn their work in. Lol! Venom is also on my watch-at-home list. Cannot wait! I wanted to see it in the theatre, but I literally couldn't get anyone to see it with me. Probably the biggest downside to being an adult is that all of my friends are also adults.

Congratulations again on the new release! I started reading it tonight. ^_^

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Never too many superhero films.
I still want to see El Royale.
Sixteen more credits - you can do it!

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

The NaNo countdown begins! Good luck to you!

Thank you for the reminder about being kind, about not knowing what kind of day someone else is having. When we look at behavior and situations in that light, it makes it easier - at least for me - to let go of some of the small acts of rudeness that would normally make me grumpy.

Tyrean Martinson said...

Krystal - agh! I think what gets me is that the students who don't turn in their work are bright and intelligent, but then I have nothing to actually give them points for.
I hope you find someone to watch Venom with, soon! :)
Happy Writing!

Elizabeth Seckman said...

The day we found out my brother's cancer had spread so far that there was no more hope, I was zoned out at a red light and the person behind me blew their horn and flipped me off. I was in such a bad place, I locked my doors and waited at the red light until the person was totally furious. I kept thinking, screw you- you have no idea what kind of day I'm having. I suppose anger trumped tears in that moment.

Erika Beebe said...

Congratulations on your steps to your Graduate degree! The end is so worth the work. Young people face greater social battles than I could have ever faced and it makes me sad to see the struggles and esteem issues driving the thoughts and actions to suicide. It’s true. We are all human and have our own battles no one else
May see in any given moment. I am trying to spread as much hope as I can along my path and the paths of my children. I wish you every success with writing and your education and family Tyrean :)

Heather R. Holden said...

Wow, you've been busy! Thoroughly impressed with your writing accomplishments this month. Best of luck with Anomalies during NaNoWriMo!

And so true about being kind. That's a philosophy I always try to embrace. Life is too short to spend it being cruel to one another...

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Karen Lange said...

Sounds like you've had a busy month! Hard to believe it's November already. Hope your Thanksgiving is wonderful and blessed! :)