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3 x 3 in 8 vs. 8

After we got home from seven hours of swimming, barbecue, and familial love, I felt exhausted, so I fell asleep, then woke up cramped out of my mind. We watched two episodes of Cosmos instead of lighting ground spinners or watching our neighbors shoot explosives into the air. The cats appreciated our living room routine and came crawling out of their July 4th hiding spaces. It was nice.

Then Chase went to bed, and fueled by two hours of physics and dramatic visuals, I retreated into my office to write another chapter of my arcanepunk novel (that I’ve been previously calling a science fiction and fantasy hybrid, not really knowing there’s a genre already established for this storytelling method). Six hours of sleep later, I sat down with Knott’s Berry Farm boysenberry tea and green and purple grapes (my conure’s favorite) to continue Wattpadding. I also updated one of my blogs, Reminiscencings.

Daily Updates

At this point, I’m thinking of combining my eight blogs with eight novel projects, so I can design future blog posts and chapters within similar narratives. I also want to revisit the purposes of different social media accounts, since they act as one of the marketing platforms for e-books and public and/or YouTube and/or Audible readings.

So that’s 3×3 of blog-book-social, within an 8×8 idea framework… that’s what I’m clearing up today, to clear my head for my next writing goals come July 9th – July 13th.

3×3 by 8vs8 Exercise—Novels vs. Blogs

  1. Necro Blogger
    • 1️⃣ Wordpress
    • 2️⃣ study of the edge between millenniums
    • 3️⃣ retro fan collection
    • 🌐 Rydia’s Last Cure, how Final Fantasy IV Rydia lost her white magic and found her heart
    • 1️⃣ Wattpad
    • 2️⃣ subterranean fanfiction
    • 3️⃣ journey of the body
  2. Reminiscencings 
    • 1️⃣ WordPress
    • 2️⃣ study of language
    • 3️⃣ poetry collection
    • 🌐 Emergence No. 7, where the higher dimensions lead
    • 1️⃣ Wattpad
    • 2️⃣ new adult arcanepunk
    • 3️⃣ journey across dimensions
  3. From North On 
    • 1️⃣ WordPress
    • 2️⃣ study of light
    • 3️⃣ travel & photography collection
    • 🌐 Emergence No. 3, why the speed of light exists
    • 1️⃣ forthcoming rewrite of high school novel 
    • 2️⃣ gaslight fantasy
    • 3️⃣ journey into darkness
  4. Cleo’s Autism Awareness 
    • 1️⃣ WordPress
    • 2️⃣ study of autism
    • 3️⃣ self-exploration collection
    • 🌐 Clockwork Mermaids, when we return to the beginning
    • 1️⃣ forthcoming rewrite of grad novel 
    • 2️⃣ supernatural steampunk
    • 3️⃣ journey into the sea
  5. My Quest for Chicken 
    • 1️⃣ Wordress
    • 2️⃣ study of gardening & nature
    • 3️⃣ DIY collection
    • 🌐 Worlds They Dream, why we dream of lands faraway
    • 1️⃣ forthcoming rewrite of undergrad novel 
    • 2️⃣ portals sword-and-sorcery
    • 3️⃣ journey of the mind
  6. Our Cat Overlords 
    • 1️⃣ WordPress
    • 2️⃣ study of cats, birds, & betta fish
    • 3️⃣ animal love collection
    • 🌐 American Cateye, what would cats say if they were political activists
    • 1️⃣ Wattpad
    • 2️⃣ cat comedy slash political satire
    • 3️⃣ journey into philosophy
  7. Wyvia 
    • 1️⃣ WordPress
    • 2️⃣ study of ceremonies & holidays
    • 3️⃣ rituals collection
    • 🌐 Emergence No. 4, who conducts the ritualistic motions of the universe
    • 1️⃣ forthcoming post-grad novel 
    • 2️⃣ supernatural cyberpunk
    • 3️⃣ journey into love
  8. Kourtnie.net 
    • 1️⃣ WordPress
    • 2️⃣ study of creative & learning processes
    • 3️⃣ launchpad
    • 🌐 Teachers Paying Teachers, where I keep my successful lesson plans
    • 1️⃣ forthcoming PDFs 
    • 2️⃣ writing prompts for education
    • 3️⃣ journey of the voice

Goals to Consider

  1. Writing goal—produce 1 million words in a year—on track to completing this if I measure my metrics from April 1st, 2018 till March 31st, 2019 using only the word count amassed on Wattpad, WordPress, Wix, & Teachers Paying Teachers (first calculation: July 18 @ a quarter-million words; next calculation: Dec 18)
  2. Teaching goal—produce complete lesson plans for college-level English (i.e., English 1) with texts Squeeze the Sponge, Rereading America, and Lathe of Heaven in 2018; upload lesson plans to Teachers Paying Teachers in 2019
  3. Entrepreneurial goal—open Etsy business in 2018; open Amazon e-book business in 2019

Speaking of teaching goals, I just completed my first 1500 words of lesson planning. I’m working in Arial Narrow, one of my favorite fonts. Something about a good font, a good user interface, or a good outline always gets me jazzed up. I think that means I’m a nerd, but that’s fine.

Research

This is Rydia’s last white magic—not Cure, but Esuna. So in today’s entry, she cast her first Esuna… the first step in prepping for the end of the story.

Posted in Overdrive

Celebrating the Beginning of July

On July 1st, I added to three of my Wattpad projects, including the arduous task of one-sentence synopsi in the comments section of each chapter (and technically, I also worked on this for a good part of July 2nd, but when I’m having an insomniac writing binge, relative things like time fly out the window);

My hope was, by incorporating a one-sentence synopsis in the comments section of every chapter, I could:

  • leave stepping stones to bounce off of as I reread “where have I been?”
  • answer “where am I going?” (which has become progressively harder as these projects balloon in size);
  • make sure I’m not leaving any loose threads hanging, as I complicate interwoven strings;
  • double-check everyone looks consistent, the setting isn’t experiencing any weird weather, and characters (and their tensions) make sense.

I also wrote a wicked outline for Rydia’s Last Cure on Kourtnie.net;

A reflective outline for Emergence No. 7 on Wattpad;

You could say I’m trying hard to keep my thoughts organized.

July 2nd Publications

I had a bout with insomnia on the night of July 1st/2nd that lasted until 7am. After I finally went to bed, I rested until 2pm; 7 hours of sleep!—then Chase came home from subbing at a severe/mod SPED class at a high school (45min bicycle ride away), and we had Durotar pies for dinner.

Before dinner, I added chapters to 2 of my 4 Wattpad projects:

  1. Echnida Approaches! & You Can’t Turn Back (I’m redefining “having fun with writing” every day with this fanfiction project—it’s ridiculous. And yet, it gets rather dark and cathartic.)
  2. Hooman Doesn’t Know Yet? (I’ve never written satire. Or cat comedy. or an epic poem. The whole project feels weird.)

And I updated one WordPress:

  1. Meet DeeJAY at Our Cat Overlords

After dinner, we made four candles:

  1. Upcycled Twinings gunpowder green tea canister with 2 parts bamboo, 1 part spearmint, and a lot of gold and green glitter
  2. Upcycled Harney & Sons peppermint tea canister with 2 parts peppermint, 2 parts pine, and 1 part rain, and a tiny bit of glitter
  3. Another upcycled Harney & Sons peppermint tea canister, this one with equal parts bamboo and ocean breeze (I have regrets about not using peppermint essential oil a second time in the, y’know, peppermint tea canister) and no glitter
  4. Lotus flower silicone mold with the same bamboo and ocean breeze mix

Once we finished candles, it was 10pm. Chase went to bed around 11pm, and I continued writing, thinking I’d stop at 1am or so. Since I woke up at 2pm, I’d wanted to at least be awake until 2am, (with the last hour of the night reading Feynman on Kindle,) to try to slowly return to a day/night sleeping cycle. But I stayed up until 4am, sorting ideas in one of my phone’s apps, Ideament. It usually takes me about a week to reset after an all-nighter, so I forgave myself for this.

I used to loathe these insomniac episodes, because they antagonize a regular work schedule, but when I spend all day writing, I have more flexibility when (and where!) I work; and that freedom helps me forgive the flaring side effects of depression and anxiety, which in turn lowers future forays with depression and anxiety.

July 3rd Publications

  1. Dreaming of Two Princes, another chapter of Rydia’s Last Cure
  2. Planning a Honeymoon, over at Wyvia
  3. DeeJAY Educates Hoomans, another installment in the epic poem American Cateye
  4. Research & Planning for American Cateye, a syncing between two projects at Our Cat Overlords

July 2nd Research

I let myself fall down the YouTube rabbit hole to research my different Wattpad projects.

I’ve been trying to clean up my YouTube playlists lately, after realizing the creative potential of semi-organized Pinterest boards.

Emergence No. 7 (Sci-Fi/Fantasy)

“Imagine one of these inching through your arteries, cleaning your body as it goes…” 😆

American Catseye (Animal Humor)

I’m always embarrassed by how much I laugh at Ze Frank’s videos.

Rydia’s Last Cure

The below ridiculous video inspired me to write a set of 3x three-sentence synopsi for Part One, Part Two, and Part Three of Rydia’s Last Cure, (so a 3×3 prewriting exercise,) to help gauge where I want the second and third movements of the story to go; and that, in turn, inspired me to do the same exercise for my more serious project, Emergence No. 7

July 3rd Research

I just found this marvelous article of flaws (and quests to end those flaws) for characters in every story ever.

Emergence No. 7

“Buried up to his eyeballs, he watches and waits. Then springs into action, impaling his prey on a serrated blade with blinding speed, dragging it beneath the sand…hexnocular: for when accuracy counts.” This is way more terrifying than the giant spider that tried to eat Frodo.

I also found a lovely fractal kaleidoscope for the upcoming interdimensional journey in Part Two of Emergence No. 7

Cleo’s Autism Awareness

I know I could write something good about social skills with the below video, but I’m not sure if I want to venture into humor writing on my autism awareness blog. I mean, who doesn’t like to laugh?—EXCEPT WHEN I’M NOT FUNNY, I’M VERY ANXIOUS ABOUT WHEN I’M NOT FUNNY—

Holiday on July 4th

Only plan on handwriting for the holiday… 🤗 Put together a binder of notes for Emergence No. 7 with lots of lined paper wedged in the middle of my print-outs, so I can see what my imagination has locked away under the magical spell of ballpoint pens.

I have lots of handwritten projects I’ve been meaning to work on beyond Emergence No. 7, so I’m bringing candles outside on July 4th and 5th to play on paper and soak in lovely smells in the hot sun. With any luck, I can mine up ideas not just for my Wattpad projects, but the WordPresses I’ve been investing in, too.

Happy July 4th!—remember enormous fireworks in tightly woven neighborhoods are super rude to all the pets (and nervous people, for that matter) who are trying to avoid heart attacks!

Wattpad Updates

Yesterday’s postponed goals still aren’t complete. 😶

But I wrote a lot on Wattpad today?

  1. “Creation Myth” for Emergence No. 7 (also acts as Prologue Header)
  2. “E’Ruin Code 3.6.9” for Emergence No. 7 (also acts as Part One Header)
  3. “Four, Five, & Six” for Emergence No. 7 (also acts as Part Two Header)
  4. 4K outline of characters and plot points thus far in Emergence No. 7
  5. “Part Two” for Rydia’s Last Cure
  6. “From Unfamiliar Lands to Landscape” for Rydia’s Last Cure
  7. “HOOMANS!” for American Catseye
  8. Philosopher Jones Explains the Dinosaurs” for American Catseye

I also did a fair amount of research on self-publishing with Amazon. Seems doable. So I have a solid end-goal for Emergence No. 7. Just want to read how to execute this plan.