ISSUE #37

Fresh Start

Hello again, dear readers.

 

Fresh findings on Rahaman Writing:

                                                       

  • Added a lot more lore to The Baron's World (including the 9 Laws of Hell)

  • Updated the rough release date for my short story collection on the Future Works page

The past two weeks have been some of the most relaxing I have had in months. In addition to cutting down on newsletter writing, I pushed back some flexible due dates and have found what feels like a more manageable pace.

 

I have also vastly decreased social media usage. I found that it felt more like an obligation than fun towards the end of the year. There are some great people I've met on Twitter, though temporarily distancing myself from most of them feels like a breath of fresh air. Like being at a house party with a bunch of friends and stepping out onto the porch for a breather from the liveliness.

 

The party is always going, with or without me, which I take solace in. I plan on slowly increasing my social media activity so that it does not interfere with all the great progress and the better pace I've set for myself.

The Baron of Beholders' Writing Tip #26:

 

Set attainable goals!

 

I'm absolutely awful at giving myself manageable workloads. I always take on way too much and end up being disappointed when I don't meet my inhumane goals. I still make great progress, although it doesn't always feel like it. This is the ideal way to rob myself of accomplishments.

 

To avoid this, I have begun giving myself more time to do things. Not a lot more, just a bit more. Also, I have been trying to do less per week, as a way to limit the number of tasks I feel that I need to take care of.

 

Make a schedule, even a sparse and generous one, and try to stick to it! It can be tough at first, but once you get into a rhythm, you'll find that you may acclimatize quicker than you think! Give it at least a week or two to sink in.

The next chapter for Of the Sky, Of the Sea, and Of the Stones begins with a decade-older Athos traveling to a northern island covered in ice and snow. One home to a fishing community that braves frigid conditions and gigantic, monstrous crustaceans that thrive in the harsh waters.

 

Chapter 3 - Of the Sea

Part 1

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"Approaching the docks, we heard the violent smashing of wood and the clanging of metal being pounded through the cold veil of white mist that hung in the air by the coast. With a sudden gust, the pale haze cleared to reveal a beast from the brine like none I had seen before or after my time on Kioshell Island. It was roughly the same size as the fishing ship that had ferried me here and was in the process of tearing apart a vessel of similar proportions with a cold fury, pausing only to fling away huge bits of debris or adjust the monstrous maw that was its shell: the living, partially decomposed head of a sky serpent.."