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Friday, 15 August 2014

Lately...

   I've been quiet as of late, and I admit that I've been dealing with a few things at home that have been a bit tough on me, but I've been pushing through and it's all gradually getting better. But I'm not really ready to talk about it yet.
   I've been throwing myself ever deeper into my book, and it's very nearly finished so I've been putting work into planning out the world and villain for the next book. They're not linked - I'm not very fond of creating a single world and writing a hundred stories within it, I like to experiment and try out new ideas, and a lot of the time those ideas won't work at all alongside others. I did come up with an idea for a book to follow on from the one I've almost finished, but it would be about 200 years on in a changed world and no familiar faces so it could be good, but I also think it's likely that when I've finished my next book I'll want to create a whole new world again.
   I've also been doing a hell of a lot of exercise, and I've been trying to rearrange my routine. I don't think I've struck a plateau, and I've been losing more weight which is just amazing, but I'm finding myself more exhausted. Usually I'd work out every day for 90-100 minutes, taking only Sunday off, but I'm burning out big time especially with the kickboxing which is not easy, so I've started taking Wednesdays off as well as Sundays, and it's been making a big difference.
   I've already got next month's workout planned and I'm ridiculously excited, but I have a feeling it's not going to go as well as I'm hoping. Either it won't be high impact enough, or it will be too far in the other direction. I don't like to watch the DVDs until I'm actually ready to use them, either, so I'm not going to truly know until September 1st. Still, I am very excited!

   I've convinced Seeg to start watching Naruto Shippuden again and it's pretty flipping good. We're at episode 341, and, unfortunately, I've already had one of the biggest things in the series spoiled for me - by Ebay of all flipping places! A name, just a name, that's all it took. But even knowing what I know, I still love it and I'm still enjoying it, watching the characters piece it all together. I doubt many people reading this blog have or ever will watch Naruto, but in the interest of the one or two who do or one day might, my lips are sealed.
   Seeg also just played through The Last of Us, a game which originally only came out on the PS3 but was remastered recently for the PS4. That game will stay with me forever, if just for the end. So, so often I've said "everything always turns out in the end, and I hate it" because it's so predictable. I've even considered writing a book that doesn't end with everything turning out all right, but I don't think many people would like an ending like that. Well, The Last of Us has an ending like that. I won't give details, of course. Seeg said he didn't really know what to make of it, but I, through floods of tears, have never been more satisfied with the end of a story, because the ending was human. And it was awesome. And it's now one of my favourite games. Although I didn't appreciate Seeg making clicker noises at me while I was just falling asleep. That shit isn't funny.

   I plan to start blogging whole-heartedly again, with product reviews, crafting tutorials, pictures of things I'm working on and more general things. I've been hiding from the world, like I said, by focusing on my writing, exercising almost constantly, watching Seeg play video games and also getting back into World of Warcraft myself despite it being the end of the expansion.
   So I apologise, but I'm going to fix it! 


In the meantime, please enjoy this screenshot of one of the few scenic areas of The Last of Us, where there are no clickers trying to eat your face.




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