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Friday, May 15, 2020

Well, There's Something, At Least

I managed to write the first chapter of Agnes of Haywood Hall and am hoping to add another this weekend. It was a bit of a creaky process for me on the whole, but I've re-read it after a couple of days' distance from it, and so far, so good. Let's hope I'm able to keep this momentum going. Eidolon is still in the process of getting the general outline refined since I found that I can actually go three different ways with the main conflict, and I absolutely hate being indecisive about stuff. Maybe things'll settle down next week, and I can at least manage one chapter. But as I've noted before, I'm in no rush with that book since we're looking at several months' out for its planned release date.

I don't know why I first opted to tackle The Ghosts of St. Grimald Priory and Automata at the same time since I normally avoid multi-tasking when it comes to writing, but, holy hell, I'm glad I did. This pandemic would've made it a nightmare of a process had I just started working on Automata now with the latter part of this year for its target publication. At least I have a massive amount of wiggle room for the next two books coming out (spring and fall of 2021), and it's not going to be a major issue if the uncertainty created by the pandemic were to bog me down horribly.

All the same, I've been keeping a close eye on whatever free time I have currently and have been trying to make the best of it as much as I could. My work is getting ready for a possible partial opening coming soon, and all these extra hours that are so easy to take for granted now won't be around for much longer if things work out to the store's benefit. So basically I'm trying to get as much writing done as possible now before I go back to my old full-time schedule with the day job.

In more lighthearted news, I recently got into Nailed It on Netflix, and I've binged all four seasons of the US show before bingeing the ones from Germany, France, Mexico, and Spain. I recommend the international shows and somewhat less so the US ones largely because of Nicole Byer, who's got energy to spare but can be too much to handle. She's funny but pretty loud and obnoxious, but I stuck around for Jacques Torres and especially the contestants, (almost) all of whom are a riot.

The fourth season is a big disappointment to me because they've somewhat strayed from the simpler and more straightforward concept of the first season. Family members were brought in to help, and the worst episode I've seen is the one in the fourth season where a pair of twins were two of the contestants, and goddamn, they were fucking obnoxious. I couldn't even finish that episode and couldn't give myself to care who won even though I did discover who it was later on. Don't even get me started on the whole cross-Netflix-series appearances made to look like a quick comedy sketch that instead falls embarrassingly flat. That moment made me wonder if that was just Netflix trying to pimp out their other shows, and if so, tacky move, Netflix.

At least you don't see any of that crap in the international series, and while some episodes stumble more than others (pretty normal in any series), I'm more inclined to re-watch these shows than the original US series. Now this is making me think it's time to re-watch all of the available seasons of The Great British Baking Show. That'd be the fifth time, I think.

I'm still working my way through The Wimbourne Book of Victorian Ghost Stories and am taking my damn sweet time with those anthologies. It's easy for me to hit pause and then change direction to something else more contemporary or non-ghost story before switching back. It's like a security blanket that I turn to again and again, and that's even before I get copies of the rest of the collection. I've got another eight books to buy. Not that I'm complaining...

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