Wednesday, March 2, 2022

March 2022 News

These always sneak up on me! Here comes a lot of pics & some updates.

February Recap in pics

Camping & caving

Camping in 25ish degrees Fahrenheit was a first for me, and not something I care to do again soon, although by the end I'd pretty much figured out how to conquer the cold. 


we fashioned a clothes line and got mistaken for gypsies.
I wish I was kidding.

Day 1 cave was a casual exploration just off the highway. Quite muddy.

Day 2 we had to scour a mountainside to find the cave entrance.
It honestly reminded me of Indiana Jones;
studying the map, the compass, the topography, the hints.

Entrance 1. It wasn't the 30' drop that stopped us on this one,
it was the waterfall at the bottom.

Entrance 2. Mark and Trevor got deep enough to realize our timing was off.
The tunnel they crawled into was half-submerged in icy water.
Regrettably we had to withdraw.

Entrance 3. Way more accessible than the other two, 
but it only accessed a side quest, not the full cavern.

Good place to stop for lunch though!
The insides of caves hover around 65 degrees F, even in the dead of winter. 
Bear that in mind if, for example, nuclear war sends us back a few thousand years.
Caves might be how the species makes it through.

pictured: Myself and Firstborne
I've never managed to capture the wonder and 
claustrophobia of caves in picture form,
but that doesn't stop me trying.

Acting

Boyo was Dickon in The Secret Garden
It was his first "real" play (including grown-ups)
and he is madly in love with it. I may have a theater child.

Ben Weatherstaff and Dickon Sowerby

Rock show

SoS returned to play at South Hart Brewery.
There's B.Dunc in the setup-process.
The crowd got kind of nuts toward the end, but nothing was broken,
no one was too hurt (or at least we weren't),
and no one ended up in jail (to my knowledge).

Writing

We're closing in on the end of developmental edits. Dev editor John Jarrold (yes, I'll drop that name every chance I get) showed me a lot of "opportunities for improvement" in my story and I've taken the last YEAR to work on them. Yes, it's a long time. The book is 285,000 words which is roughly a thousand pages. Is that too long? I don't know. Probably. I won't make any excuses. On the plus side, I anticipate more writing time in my near future. (that feels like a dangerous thing to announce)

After dev edits come copy edits. My aforementioned band (Something Once Sacred) has some good-paying shows these days so the expenses should hopefully be covered. 

After copy edits I get to figure out how to type-set again. (kill me)

Kayaks



It's almost time to go hard. There's social media pages to build, imagery to upload, ads to create, boats to clean and decal. Fun times. By God I'm looking forward to sunshine, fresh air, and 100+ temperature days.

semi-related:

Job Opportunity

Royston LLC is seeking to hire an IT help desk position for its Royston, GA location. Entry-level with the potential to learn and grow. If you get in on this in time, I'll train you. 

Job's recommended stats: 5-10 years trouble-shooting PCs and anything that can connect to a PC. Yes, anything.
My recommended stats: The ability to confidently approach, communicate with, and get along with literally anyone.

Follow this link to apply: Technician, Help Desk 

Schala & Zeal

It's too cold to progress Zeal and we're too busy to work on Schala prototypes, but that's okay. They're both solid enough endeavors to weather a little neglect, and perhaps even improve in clarity because of some distance.

Next Month

So much uncertainty. I'm not making any promises. Except that I'll see you then.

dtl


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