Post-November Blues

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Shannon Hale Quote on Writing

It’s the last month of the year, which means I’m starting to look over what I accomplished in 2020 (the twelve-month decade of doom).

While it wasn’t anywhere near what I’d hope it would be back in my pre-pandemic hubris– it wasn’t as bad as I’d feared either. Even in the worst of times I get a little writing done, and that’s comforting.

So what’s happened since (checks notes) September?

NaNoWriMo 2020 Writer Banner Twitter

NaNoWriMo once again came and went and while I didn’t hit 50k, I consider the event a success! I ended up with a working game engine and the bones of a story that I can continue to pour story into.

I’ve even expanded my goals a bit and am working on setting things up so the site can support a library of stories!

Part of my post-NaNo adventures will be trying to get 100 words a day done in December (which is one room). I’ll also be working on some blog posts explaining how I did the AWS set up so that other folks can follow along.

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On the more social end of things, I’m slowly getting back into the habit of daily #VSS365‘ing again. Writing tiny stories to a daily prompt is a lot of fun and there are some awesome writers out there who I love to read responding to them.

I still have a bunch of old responses that I need to get images and blog posts done for and it might be fun to do an eBook collection. ๐Ÿค”

Anywho, I’ve done a few and I plan on doing a few more, so onwards!

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I have three more SSP posts in the pipeline for this year and thankfully they are already mostly done. Now that I’ve filled in the missed posts from July-August that means when 2020 closes out I won’t have any catch-up to do!

I did a LOT of work on the archives this year and all 565 are now in the updated Gutenberg format and have tinyURL links. There are 173 that still need images, but I’m hoping to put a dent in that this month.

I don’t think I’ll have the archive completely updated before the new year, but if I do an image a day starting in January they’ll be done by the end of June.

But that does mean I now have 392 images ready to go so I’ll have no issues keeping my Instagram feed filled in 2021. (Finally!)

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I’ve started poking at the draft for the next chapter of Bitter Mint, but it’s taking a bit to get my brain settled back down into it.

So I’m going to go back and try and get a few 500 Words stories written this month. I figure they’re just a smidge longer than the vss365 responses, so it might be easier to do those than proper long-form fiction.

I’m trying not to make too many hard set plan this time, if 2020 has taught me anything it’s to have a little flexibility for when my creativity turns off. (Like formatting things or coding plugins, etc.)

But I really do need to get back into the habit of doing these sum-ups on a more regular basis! ๐Ÿ˜‚

Martha Bechtel

My name is Martha Bechtel and I write fantasy and science fiction stories, paint small model horses silly colors, cast resin and plaster magnets, code random code (and Wordpress plugins)... Come on in and join in the fun!

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