Optimism & Too Much Caffeine [Belorehalla's Progress Thread] Mar 20, 2021 6:16:49 GMT -5
Post by belorehalla on Mar 20, 2021 6:16:49 GMT -5
77,060 / 175,000 (44%)
Monthly Word Counts:
- January: 61,843
- February: 10,189
- March: 5,020
- In the Gold of the Sunrise - some planning & worldbuilding (+????, it's all on paper lol)
- Very late Promptober 2020 - 3/4 (+1), 5,798 total words (+953)
- General planning/prepping - 732 total words (+305)
I think I did pretty well this last week. I got a lot of planning done, but I... am admittedly pretty lazy about transferring things from physically written format to typed format so I can't really tell how many words I have written for that. (Somewhere in the ballpark of a few thousand? But that's all the more reason I can't really be bothered to type it out so I'll err on the side of caution and not put a number to it until I get it typed out.)
Lately I've been thinking a lot about if I should ever consider writing for an elementary/middle grade audience. I used to ponder it every now and then, but by this point all my works tend to be deeper social commentaries or explorations of trauma. That's the stage I'm at in my life, politically inclined and a discouragingly extensive distance from even starting to unpack my twenty (and counting) years of pretty intense issues. But on top of rereading the Magnus Chase series, my friend is currently pursuing a teaching career and they mentioned one student at their placement who's been more or less academically abandoned for being dyslexic and I've been thinking about my school days ever since. It's a hard experience to explain to anyone who isn't learning disabled, but picture this: either you are in a special program for "special" kids where you may or may not be neglected and given work under your grade level and therefore be held back by your teachers' incompetence, or you struggle through everything in "normal kid" classes without any real help. It's like teaching a kid to swim by throwing them in a pool and hoping they don't drown, except you don't help them if they do drown. I wish I could add "except the learning disabled kids don't die" to the end of that, but learning disabilities can lead to a life of financial dependence (and exploitation!) and/or poverty. So I mean... there's that. But it makes me want to consider writing at least a couple of books for kids - specifically learning disabled kids, because god knows they need it. Plenty of kids have Percy Jackson, but that can't be the only thing these kids get. They deserved more. Percy Jackson got me through the struggles of being ADHD and dyslexic, but it shouldn't have been the only thing. And what if I'd needed more than a single book series to pull through? Rick Riordan is a wonderful ally to disabled people, but he's not a god. And it'd be nice to have books for learning disabled kids written by learning disabled authors.
Anyway. I'm trying really hard to fix my sleep schedule! That's sucking a lot. I'm having a terrible time. I've been dialing back half an hour at a time. 6:30, 6, last night was 5:30... so I guess tonight is 5. I think one of the more unfortunate parts of ADHD that never goes talked about is the fact that caffeine isn't really an effective way of waking up or staying alert. Like yeah, the name of this thread probably suggests I rely on caffeine to stay wakeful and whatever, but no - no, I just drink way too much coffee and Monster and since perpetual over-caffeination fits with the aesthetics of being a writer, I thought it fit pretty well. I simply just start writing or editing and hope my body doesn't decide it's time to completely power down while I'm working.
Anyway, I think that's all! There's not much else of note.