I am no expert at writing — or anything, for that matter. You need many years to gain expertise, and I haven’t had many years yet. But I do love writing, and I get better at it every day. Here are some things I have learned from online, other people, and my own experience.
I decided to try something new, so coming soon is a helpful infographic: An Editing Checklist for Fantastical Hobbyists.
147. That’s how many posts I’ve made on this blog.
70,770. That’s how many words I’ve written on this blog.
698. That’s how many times I’ve clicked a zoom link to a virtual class.
∞. That’s how many hours I’ve spent in front of a screen.
418. That’s how many days I’ve been familiar with the term “mask up.” “Unprecedented.” “Pandemic.”
365. That’s how many days it’s been since I started this blog.
So slow, so fast. The year arrived and escaped. (Or did we escape from it?)
I learned a lot in the past year. I could go back to my first post and point out every mistake I made.
But I won’t do that. I’ll leave my younger self in peace and pride.
I can confidently say this past year was the weirdest of my life.
But (and I acknowledge my privilege in saying this) it was also one of the best.
I learned a lot this year.
How there was such a thing as cloth masks.
How when the world finds out they’re going to be in their house for an indefinite period of time, I guess their first thought is toilet paper.
How a birthday can still be amazing even when you talk over Zoom and sing on the sidewalk.
How although we as humans have caused global warming, littered the earth, been careless and unsafe, and hurt others in countless ways, we always manage to find the good.
I’m glad to let go of this year. It is one I will always remember.
If not for the pandemic, I wouldn’t have started this blog.
I wouldn’t have made so many new friends.
I wouldn’t have realized how much I like school.
I am happy to say that Words on Key, a project I thought would only last a month, is still going, even if I can’t write something every day or every week. And hopefully, I will be writing another post on March 20th, 2022. Hopefully then, I can say that everything happening now is behind us.
But for now, I’m happy to be safe and well. To be able to go to school, even just a little. To have a place where I can share my thoughts and writings like these with the world and be proud of them.
Another book I had to read for the competition, in addition to Gregor the Overlander, was Indian No More by Charlene Willing McManis with Traci Sorell. It surprised me in multiple ways and while it won’t stick out as a favorite, it was an insightful book that I recommend to pretty much anyone.
Since early October I have been working hard on a Dungeons and Dragons adventure for my eight-year-old brother, who didn’t know how to play but really wants to learn. Since we can’t play with other people currently, it has to be just him and me, different from the typical party of three to five. There are lots of free adventures online, as well as a couple that I have, but not really any one-player ones. So, I kind of ended up having to write one myself (which was, of course, not at all a disappointment). I finished writing the first part in late November and we just finished it… now I have to get working on the next part.
The adventure itself is probably not going to be published or shared beyond with people I know, and I’ve never been a Dungeon Master before (the person that leads the game and tells the players the result of the things they do) let alone written an adventure, so I am sure I got a lot of things wrong but I understand it, so it doesn’t really matter.
Instead of copying and pasting the entire thing here, I wanted to share a summary about it — mostly story rather than rules. You needn’t know the rules to D&D to be able to understand it. I haven’t finished writing it yet, but I know how the plot will go. So, I guess it’s a little like a short story. Presenting… Beyond the Sea!
It’s been a while since I wrote something on here.
I’ve been busy with virtual school (my school is doing all remote learning, and I never thought I would be so anxious to go to my actual school) and have been spending my free time on a project, which I am working on a post about.
Now that I have finished (sort of) that project I decided to pick up on the first few chapters of a story I started writing in the summer. You might need a recap, so here are the links to the previous chapters.
Now that Hamilton has come out on Disney+, a lot more people are watching it. I’ve been meaning to write a post related to Hamilton ever since we watched it on July 3rd, the day it came out. I’ve watched it about two and a half times so far. It never gets old (or maybe I’m speaking to soon?) because you always notice something new.