Warning: Rambly and ranty blather below.
Well, okay, I have started playing a really time-intensive tablet game that I need to put down. But still. I should be able to find some time to do other things. And post here. It's really nice to be able to come back here a year later and see what I was doing back then.
A good chunk of April was devoted to Camp Nanowrimo, which I signed up for because I needed to write my entry for who_guestfest. I didn't set a high goal for myself because I knew I wouldn't do all that much, but I figured on 200 words a day, and I did it! I managed to finish the fic and do a little work on some other WIPs, so I'm pretty happy. I posted the fic and it turned out to be the only fic posted in the ficathon, so I guess that was pretty much a failure. *shrug* I can't say I know how to advertise this kind of thing and attract participants, and I don't have many friends (geez, that sounds pathetic) so I'm really not surprised. Oh well. It's still my favorite ficathon and I will run it again next year (if thisbluespirit can't do it).
Since then, I've re-started working on a long fic that I've been planning for a couple of years now. A good 75% of it is already written, but it's complicated and I'm not sure it's coming out well, so it's hard to keep working on it. But I'm very happy to be working on it again.
I've been working on my calligraphy in fits and starts. I was doing a lot more in early April, but then writing got in the way and I've sort of put learning Italic on hold to re-practice Uncial. I've also been trying to learn to use India ink, because it's opaque and waterproof and has this gorgeous sheen, but it clogs up the pen something fierce. If I'm lucky I can write three words before having to clean the pen out. I've tried diluting it down but have not gotten it to work much better. I picked up a new ink that is also opaque and waterproof but has a matte finish that I'm liking a lot. The ink we used in class was not opaque and I ended up using black gouache more often, but that's difficult to work with, so this new ink might just become my favorite, as it works a lot like the class ink but looks nicer. (Compared to the India ink, I can write about two full lines before the pen reservoir goes empty, and I don't need to clean the pen out until I'm done.)
Okay, that was one rambly and nearly incoherent paragraph. But I'm not fixing it. :)
I think the big thing going on right now is that we're prepping to go visit my mother-in-law for a week. If you've read my journal before, you probably already suspect that we're not happy about this. This is not going to be fun. It's going to be a week of sitting around the house, at her beck and call, waiting to get told how we're living our lives wrong. This is a woman who believes that she's right about everything and that everyone adores her and would do anything for her, and she loves to tell you about it.
Her current thing (which she tells my husband about every phone call, because she never remembers telling him something and thinks it's so interesting and she's so right that he'll want to hear it again even if he tells her she's told him) is that her sister and her husband are going to England, and she (mom-in-law) is telling them everything they need to know about traveling in England - where to go, things to see, how to do things, etc. She's an expert, or course, because she used to live there back in the 1970s. (No, she hasn't been back since.) Sister has pointed out that that was forty years ago and things have changed since then, to which she replies, "No, they haven't. England doesn't change." She's actually made the effort to send her leftover currency to Sister so that she'll have cash she can use, despite the fact that 1) the currency has changed since then, and 2) Sister has credit cards. Mom-in-law doesn't believe that England accepts credit cards.
This is a woman whose reason for voting for Trump (given the day after the election) was, "I wanted Hillary to win, but not by much."
The only good thing about this trip is that we're also going to go see my sister, and my sister is fun and nice and awesome. Her husband's cool as well. So that's good, at least.
Is that enough whine for now? I think so. Hope you're all having a good spring. (Or fall, if any of you are in the southern hemisphere, which I doubt.)