Welcome to the Month of Simplification!
It's day one, and I'm feeling it. I've removed all social media from my iPad and un-bookmarked it on my laptop. My phone is incapable of having it. After I publish this post, I shall continue with my day by reading and writing and possibly making some tea for myself.
QSince my last post, I have read two books: the first two novels of the Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children quartet, those being Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children and Hollow City. I have also purchased the rest of the series.
Here's the synopsis of the first book, for those who are interested:
"A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of very curious photographs. It all waits to be discovered in Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, an unforgettable novel that mixes fiction and photography in a thrilling reading experience. As our story opens, a horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for good reason. And somehow-impossible though it seems-they may still be alive. A spine-tingling fantasy illustrated with haunting vintage photography, Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children will delight adults, teens, and anyone who relishes an adventure in the shadows."
The story is very good and enticing. I liked the first book a bit more than the second, but I rated both 5 stars on Goodreads.
Changes to the Site
I've made a couple of notable editions to this site. First, I added a cool "WIP" page that has info on my current work-in-progress novel, Knotstone. For example, it features the map I made for the book, a snyopsis, and the following aesthetic board:
I made it using Canva, and all the images I got from Pixabay. The images are real-life approximations of places my protagonist, Kalmok, visits during his journey.
The second change I've made is that the Maps page is now situated under the drop-down menu labelled "Portfolio." This is because I've completed my 2018 portfolio and physical copies of it are on their way to me! It's also currently being processed by the US Copyright Office! As soon as I receive word that it has successfully been copyrighted, I will put it on the other page under the Portfolio menu, "Writing of 2018."
Now, onto the rules changes I've made, as promised by the title.
Updated Rules, Again
Yes, I have loosened the rules a bit. But in other ways, I've tightened them. I decided that in some aspects I was being far too strict on myself, and I would end up just breaking them anyways, which would feel terrible; I know myself well. So, here are the new rules for my Month of Simplification:
Removed: "No" limit on screentime. (Removed because I realized how much I depend on it and would get too stressed out without it. However, I put "no" in quotes because I am cutting down on it, by making myself do all this other productive stuff.)
I hope you can see that I'm not just being lazy, but have valid reasons for removing some stuff. Anyways, we'll see how it goes. I think this plan is manageable.