The bad news: Embers has been dragging. I’m getting towards what I’ve called “the double-page spread” of the plot, the big show-down, but it’s been very hard to get myself into the mindset of any of the characters enough to see what’s going to happen next. This, of course, is the big flaw with Draft 0 style plots, but that is well-known and possibly a post for another day.

The good news: spoke to my web designer, and the new version of the website and the blog should be done by the end of the month! Hooray! Looking forward to being able to share that around and feel a little more professional.

Continuing the good news: I’ve found a Japanese conversation school that I like the looks of, and they got back to me, so our Japanese adventure plans (aka The Japlan) continue to build momentum… next up, apartment hunting for the three months!

The best news: next week we are on vacation. Me and Cutie and Marc are going to Marc’s family’s cottage on Manitoulin Island. Originally I was going to bring Embers (and the blog) and use the time to work, but Cutie and Lydia convinced me of the opposite. Lydia was the most succinct: “If you’re treating writing like a job, you need a vacation from it too.”

I hadn’t really thought of it that way, but of course my method of dealing with writer’s block is to attack it until I drop from brain exhaustion, so maybe I am not always the best viewpoint on the matter. I can’t believe how much I am looking forward to fresh air and no internet… although I might bring my sketch pad to work on thumbnails for a design project…

…look, I have too many plans on the go to stop all of them for a whole week…

See you in late August!

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Victoria Feistner is a novelist, a graphic designer, and an artisan in equal parts, although some of those parts are more equal than others. She resides in Toronto with her husband and two fur children, also known as cats.

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