“It’s all he can think about. That and the feeling of something under his skin, crawling, twitching, moving, biting.”
– Yellow Jacket (Work in progress)
I wasn’t sure how to open this. My inner British stereotype almost came out; I was going to talk about the weather. Instead, have a line I wrote today. Isn’t body horror fun?
Today was a good day. I wrote two scenes of my novel, Halo of Flies, and finished the first draft of a body horror short story that was mostly already done, called Yellow Jacket. I’ve been procrastinating lots of stuff lately, so it’s good to sit down and make some progress, on not one, but two different projects. Better than that, it was so good to just write today. It was the kind of day where you remember why you do it in the first place. The work wasn’t that good, (oh editing, how I need you!) but making it was great.
I then proceeded to waste far too much time reading a really cute manhwa webcomic called ‘The Housewife’. So close to building momentum. Try again tomorrow.
The Housewife is amusing, and nicely drawn. It’s a slice-of-life teenage romance type thing. Joonho is used to cooking and cleaning and looking after his family, but he’s a high-school student, and would be mortified if anyone found out. He ends up getting roped into helping out another student who’s hopeless at looking after themselves. They grow closer and hi-jinx ensue. It’s light reading, but it’s fun.
I’ve been a terrible procrastinator for years, but yesterday I watched a course on Skill Share out of curiosity (trying to make the most of my free two months to see whether it’s worth coughing up the cash), and got really inspired. Emma Gannon’s course on self-sabotage, called ‘Unlocking Your Creative Potential’ was pretty good. It really atomises the ways perfectionism, procrastination and other forms of self-sabotage crop up and trip you up in a way I haven’t really seen before. If you have Skill Share, have a look. Take the bits you can use, leave the bits you can’t, that’s my motto.
I’m going to start doing these little updates as often as I can. If you get something out of them, do let me know.
See you tomorrow.