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It's been a looooong time since I've posted. I plan to post more often from here on out, though still not as much as I used to when I was over on LiveJournal.

I've been working on worldbuilding a lot, and I've been writing rough drafts of short stories. I'll be planning and writing more soon, but I'm trying to take care of some other things first.

Research is a biggie. I'm having to research things like medieval sailing ships (mainly the cog, but others, too) and how to sail them, pirates and privateers, the yeti, currency in medieval times, etc. I'm also making up a lot of stuff about my different countries and regions, creating races for my world, etc. It's a ton of work, but a lot of fun, too!

Reading and taking courses are two other things I've been up to. I highly recommend Udemy.com. They have tons of courses, and if you sign up to get their newsletter, you'll get notices when they have awesome sales. I recently picked up two great writing courses for $10 each, and before that, I got my first course for about 70% of it's normal price. Awesome! :D

And I've been dealing with lots of tech issues. My external hard drive started dying, for one thing. I got a lot of stuff off of it, but not everything. I want to try again. Most of the maps of my fictional world are on it. I'd like to save them if I can. There have been other problems too, but nothing so nervewracking as the external hard drive situation.

I've also started playing my first "real" game, Assassin's Creed II. I'm loving it, but there's a lot I still don't know how to do. I'll get the hang of it. I'm currently on sequence 4. :)

I normally participate in Nanowrimo every November, but I'm taking this year off. I'm still dealing with some wrist pain and trigger finger, so I've been limiting how much I do on the computer. I'm also dealing with fibromyalgia, which is getting better slowly. I just don't want to put any pressure on myself and have a relapse of any kind. I should have taken some time off earlier in the year. Not participating in Camp Nanowrimo in April and July would have helped, I'm sure. :P

We've been working on changing our eating habits, too. We've been steering clear of processed foods as much as possible, though Jeff still eats bread. I've been staying away from bread, rice, and pasta for the most part (occasionally I'll have some, but it's rare and not much). I've been drinking tea, rarely having coffee of any kind. I love Yogi and Stash teas. I drink some Harney & Sons, but I'm trying to use those up. Then I'll stick to Yogi and Stash. I also love matcha tea, but I need to get a sifter and matcha bowl. Hmm...

I'll sometimes post writing I've done, but I'm going to lock it to my friends filter. They'll be first drafts with a little editing to clean them up. They won't be the finished product. The finished products will likely wind up on my Website (or in Kindle eBooks when I start publishing them).

And that's pretty much what I've been up to. :)

Keep traveling light!

Lois

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