Return to Normalcy?

Salutations! Feels like it’s been a year since I had a normal update post. And I guess technically it’s still not a normal post because I’m updating on Monday instead of Sunday. The last quarter of 2019 was really insane, huh? The first two weeks of 2020 have been no walk in the park either.

Although, I did go for a walk in the park yesterday. It was almost 70! In January! In Connecticut! It felt weird, but my only complaint was that it screwed with my sense of time. All day long I kept thinking it had to be two hours later than it actually was. Not sure what that had to do with the weather but I’m blaming it anyway.

It was nice to have some quality time with my husband, too. We’ve both been so busy with beginning-of-the-year stuff at work that we get home late and then don’t have as much time to enjoy each other’s company before we go off and do our own thing. (I go write or watch anime and he goes to watch Let’s Play videos or remote in to his work computer to tweak some code now that no one can bother him.)

Actually it was a nice, low-key couple’s weekend overall. Friday was payday and after the week I’d had I wanted to go out for dinner and be waited on. We made it a date night and after dinner we stopped at the grocery store and bought ice cream. Saturday we vegged with cartoons and video games. I watched him play the new Call of Duty campaign. I like the stories in those games. We also watched some playoff football in the evening.

Yesterday we watched more of The Good Place in the early afternoon, after lunch. Everyone I’ve ever heard talk about it has said how funny and great it is and none of those people let me down. I don’t recall the last time a TV show got me to do an actual spit-take from laughter. Then we went for our walk. We found a trail in the park behind our house and explored a bit. There’s a cute little pond back there and there were so many ducks.

It was also nice to talk with him about my writing. I’ve been struggling with the more science fiction-y parts of my space operas. My brain hyperfixates on the details, which I don’t understand/haven’t invented yet, and makes it difficult to just write the story. My husband is an aerospace engineer. He knows about rockets and space flight and ship designs. Letting him explain the technical stuff is so fun because he geeks out and gives me ideas and talks me through my mental blocks. It made me excited to get back to writing those stories again.

I’ve got to find a healthy balance between working on these prompts and working on my WIPs. The 3-prompt weeks were only supposed to be temporary while I get myself back up to speed, but it might just work out better for my novels if I scale back on the prompts a bit.

That said, here are the 3 prompts for this week:

358. What TV series, cartoon or movie could depict your dating or love life?
359. If you got to name a new planet, what would you name it and why?
360. How do you feel about wealthy people that don’t give back?

Asking the tough questions this week. The real question is how will I approach them? Go a short story route like I did all last week? Wax philosophical, essay-style? Come at them comedically? Is that a word? Spell check doesn’t think that’s a word. It feels like a word. It’s my blog, I’ll make up words if I want.

Speaking of words, I wanna go write more words in other things. And then maybe read them elsewhere before bed. Have a great night! I’ll see you tomorrow!

PS-Like these prompts? Like the short stories I write based on these prompts? Want to show your support? Give the blog a follow! Leave a comment! Buy me a coffee! I put a lot of time and effort into these posts and your support means the world to me! Ok, now go out there and write!

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