Haiiiieeee. I'm trying to drum my mind down to a place where it's comfortable to sleep without listening to the white noise generator again (or Buddhist monks chanting. I've used both to some success by I'm in a mind-over-everything-if-it-kills-me mode today.) I had two options: turn to DayOne and log a few incomplete sentences, or try to formulate something a little more rounded here. I don't know about you, but I notice a big difference when journalling for myself versus actually scrapping together a blog post or livejournal post. (Yes, yes there is a difference. Content is king blah blah blah.)
HERE'S WHAT'S NEW since I haven't been here in forever:
1) I'm a Branding Manager now. I'm not sure what this means on whole (since it's not the same as being a Brand Manager, which carries six figures and a bucketload more responsibility. That's what losing the ing does for you.) I'm not making six figures, and while my anxiety levels are at an all-time high as a result, I'm managing the new responsibilities. I'm "handling" them (by frequently railing that I want to quit. Over and over again. It's therapeutic, I swear.)
2) I'm writing again. I'm working on Wake the Dead with more frequency (also responsible for the recent lack of sleep -- it's horror. I'm plumbing every ounce of the stuff that scares me and making it words. The words make me turn the lights on in my apartment at night to dispel the shadows. All the lights. All the shadows.) I've also got two short original bits going (one to be workshopped at the writing thing that starts tomorrow at the Quebec Writer's Federation) and -- AND -- I cracked open The Ante again. I downloaded Season 4 in preparation for a rewatch and to refuel my brain. I'm hoping I don't lose steam on this, because there's a difference between writing original fiction and fanfiction, and fanfiction, by far, seems less daunting these days and so much more nostalgic after having read Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. (Have you read it? I realized she name-drops Harry Potter, but as far as I'm concerned, Simon Snow is Harry Potter.)
3) I just got back from Vegas/Utah/Arizona/California. The first bit was for work (tradeshow), the other three bits were for fun (which involved a lot of early mornings and fast food and overpriced frozen alcoholic beverages which are gross and watery beer which is even worse. I'm detoxing from the whole experience. Also gross. I feel better, but still. Yuck. Broccoli, please. Moar broccoli. Organic broccoli. Non-GMO.
4) I have developed a sick affection for genderbent Adventure Time, and I demand a spinoff series featuring Fionna and Cake meow. Right meow.
5) Almost done my last big freelancing contract. So close. Freedom is so close! (I'd love to do this again full time. I can't even tell you. Working in sweatpants at home with a big pot of tea is the best.) I definitely don't want to work two jobs while trying to write (because really, let's be honest here: I want to write full time. I want to be a novelist. I want to publish my books. There. Confession over. Dream realized. Let's do it.)
6) Dude, I laughed when they greenlit City of Ashes and City Glass before releasing City of Bones. I called the studio overconfident and chortled. Now that I've actually seen City of Bones (and went a big wobbly one over it) I'm really disappointed that they've put the subsequent movies on hold. I'm a little ashamed about this, but I really liked it. (And I'm buying it on BluRay, just saying. My face burns.)
7) Hot Yoga is AWESOME.
8) Eight! Eight! I forget what eight was.
9) I'm slowly working my way through Maggie Steifvater's The Dream Thieves. Is it just me, or is The Raven Cycle a little loose in places? (I might be drifting a bit. That's not usually a good sign either, but generally the rule of thumb is that the older I get, the shorter my attention span.) I like it! But I wonder what's happening at times.
How the hell are you? Tell me everything!
The Writing of Kira Butler
This is what's new.