I’ve been doing some volunteer stuff down at an SEO copywriting business this past, and it lasts until the 23rd of December, if I can manage not to screw up too badly. I’m still, technically, a social parasite, but at least I can pretend I’m contributing to the world… Admittedly, this fake contributions comes with spamming the internet with every more useless information, but some of the articles and things I write have been interesting and even, dare I say it, enjoyable to write! (le gasp, all my vaguely anti-capitalist sensibilities have just hung themselves).
Any who, that’s why I haven’t really been updating much and why I probably won’t really be able to commit to NaNoWriMo this year as I would like; I’m still going to give it a go! I have an idea for a novel, and I’m quite excited to start working on it as it is something thematically similar to The Caitiff, but in a completely different setting, and features problems which I have never had to address before. Now that the first draft of The Caitiff is essentially finished, it’s just a matter of going through and editing and cutting down the word count to a little below 100,000 rather than a little over it.
That said, I am quite happy with the way the Caitiff has turned out, though I think it still needs simplifying a little for other people to enjoy it. I like convoluted, self-referential metaphors and the like, but I get that the average reader wouldn’t (even though I’m probably not targeting the average reader, but anyway) so I’m trying to make it a little more bland in places, sacrificing what I might enjoy for what the majority might enjoy instead.
There are also a few new things I would like to try out over the next few weeks, if I get the time and the enrgy to do so, which might enable me to continue to update this blog-type-thing on a regular basis whilst not consuming the entirety of my free time which would, you know, be nice.
In the spirit of me wanting to try new things out, here’s a picture of a happy boar statue that lives in our garden.