I’ve been busy and productive! It’s important to include both parts. I don’t know how many times I’ve been simply busy, but didn’t actually produce anything.
With the new school year begun, it was time to sit back, wait for the bar to come down, and get ready to ride the roller coaster ride that is Computer Club. I started it last year, because while I believe in my kids’ school, I find their computer science division to be sorely lacking. One might even describe it as nonexistent. So starting last year, I left work early two days a week in order to fill the brains of students with what I know about computer programming, heaven help them.
It went okay. I made some mistakes, the main one being that I had kids ranging from 6th grade through high school. The age range was too wide, which lead to the pace of the whole program being too slow and varied, which lost the interest of the serious students. So this year, I’m narrowing it to high school age only. I’ll probably wind up with very few students this year, but maybe that’ll be better, too. We will see.
Here is the new web site I put up for the Computer Club. My plan is to use it heavily for keeping notes and staying on track in maintaining a solid pace.
In other news, I went to a Shut Up and Write event yesterday and I got a ton of writing done! In addition to adding about 2500 words to my book, I plotted out some more of the backstory. I’m not a huge plotter, but it needed to be done in order for the context of what I’m currently writing to make sense. To rephrase, my characters were entering a place where they’d been before but couldn’t remember, and I needed to figure out what they did while they were there before. It’s way more confusing to describe than it is to just read.
Tonight, the band I play with has a performance. That should be fun! Some of the stuff we’ll be playing should go over really well. Some of it, I expect to be a bit of a train wreck.
Tomorrow or the next day, I’ll post about WorldCon!