Hello, dear reader!
Another month, and more progress on my novel. Not as much as I’d like, but that is the writer’s life, isn’t it?
I was a fool! I fell victim to one of the two classic blunders! The most famous of which is, “never get involved in a land war in Asia,”
It seemed like I would have so much time to write, so I didn’t write on the first day of my vacation, and didn’t write all that hard the second… and then things started coming up. So, in the end, I probably only wrote as much as I would in a regular week, one hour before work and one hour after.
Ah well, it happens. Or, as my fellow writer Averill likes to say:
Still, I got my novel up to 55 000 words (which makes it officially novel-length!) and I’m entering the homestretch of the novel now. I still hope to have it to beta readers by the end of October, which would be exciting because…
I Received a Grant!
I am the proud recipient of a Canada Council for the Arts grant, which is super exciting. I lost about $5500 publishing my first novel—costs I never expected to get back, but still a lot of money—so I’m ecstatic to have the money to pay my editor and for research for On the Shoulders of Demons (traveling through Finland for the novel wasn’t cheap!)
I was so proud to be part of the largest amateur rugby tournament in the world. It was a wonderful time, and I also got some fantastic photos (All photo credit to Ben Gronfors):
My team, the Ottawa Wolves, won our first 5 matches to make it to the final, where we lost by a single try.
And, of course, right after the tournament was pride! (I was legitimately busy this month. It’s not all my fault I didn’t write as much as I’d like)
I got to march with my partners Brendan and Kale, and it was a wonderful time.
Well, that’s a lot of rugby this month. I tried to warn you!
But rugby is now over for the year, which will give me a bit extra time to write, but I also need to make sure I’m getting enough cardio now, haha.
So, I’ll leave you with one thing I cooked this month, which I was quite proud of. Not because it was exceptionally difficult, but because I did it after 3 days of rugby.
Deep fried Oreos, moose tracks ice cream, roast broccoli, arancini, and seared seitan. (Yes, after 3 days of rugby, I had about five helpings of each of these)
So, now it’s mostly back to running and powerlifting! I’ll need to make sure I keep up the cardio if I want to keep my waist size going down.
And probably not make deep fried Oreos so much. Haha. (I only made them once! Honest! The fact that I friend the whole box…)
Until next month!