I know today's post is supposed to be another Back to Basics article, but as stated Friday, all of here at the England household are sick. I'm doing better than I was Friday. I can breathe most of the time now at least, but I'm in that stage of a sinus infection, with accompanying ear infection, where all the bones in one side of my face hurt. An it feels like I got smashed in the side of the head with a 2 x 6 kind of hurting that makes concentrating next to impossible. So instead of posting a grammar article that might be full of mistakes or where I forget half of what is needed, I decided to bump this week's article to next week, so you'll get January's Back to Basics articles back to back.
Since I can no longer take NSAIDs without hours of feeling ill, the only thing I've found that's really effective combating this pain is humidity and warmth. So I spent a good part of yesterday with this rather sad looking DIY rice hot or cold pack wrapped around my head with a smaller one laying over one cheek and eye.
Although I've dealt with quite a few ear infections in my life, it's never before dawned on my to try using heat to soothe the ache. So I guess it's not that surprising then that this time, being so different, the sensory input of having a heating device soothing an ear ache triggered a memory forgotten for years and the earliest one I've had sparked.
C. L. and I talked over some issues I've been having trying to get back in the swing of writing fiction the other day, and we decided it would be best if I placed the Flash Fiction Friday segment of the blog on hiatus until the first Friday in April.
You know how "everyone" always says "write every day" when people ask for advice on improving their writing? Well, if the last half of 2017 taught me anything, it's that staying in practice is key. After not writing anything but lesson plans from July to the end of October, I've been finding it very difficult to write much of anything, but fiction is proving more difficult to return to than articles. It's just a completely different way of thinking behind the process, you know?
Because of this, I end up spending a huge chunk of the week trying to write the flash fiction for that week, so I'm always running last moment instead of getting anywhere close to ahead. If this keeps up, the chances of ever getting caught up enough to get serious about returning to drafting Icarus before the end of 2018 are slim to none. So in pulling the plug on the expectation of having a new flash fic up every week, I hope to free up enough time and "thought space" to get back to work on Icarus and use that to try and get back into the swing of writing fiction again.
On a not quite related note, I know I mentioned our plans to begin redecorating C. L. and my master bedroom suite this weekend in Wednesday's post and how that would probably be our vlog this week. But then the sinus infection I've been trying to ward off since early December broke free and hit me like a semi yesterday morning. Work is being done, but there's no way I'll manage to scrape enough of myself back together by tomorrow to even go and purchase the paint and supplies let alone handle all the prep and get paint on the walls.
I apologize for the delay in new stories, but I hope this hiatus will result in better stories later in the year as well as a new novel by the end of the year.
Last week, I posted about yearly goals. This week, I start breaking those yearly goals down into quarterly ones to get there by the end of the year.
I realize I'm already a touch off one of my yearly goals by posting this a day late, but seeing as how our internet was down all day yesterday, I don't think that really counts. I have wanted to get things written and posted ahead of time, but I'm still working on getting that good and started. Yesterday is an illustration of why I want to work a couple weeks ahead.
Enough of that, on with the goals.
It's the last week in 2017, so it's time to look back and see how I did for this year's goals.
Now, the whole thing with the school started in the middle of March. It started taking up a significant portion of time then and then just completely took over in July all the way through the end of October. Because of that, I more or less just dumped this list in favor of other goals, so while I didn't succeed in most of these, I'm still not going to count the year as a failure.
That said, let's get into it.
Being sick most of last week got me a bit behind, and with all that needs to be done to get ready for the holiday on Monday, I haven't had time to write this week's flash fiction. So I'm sorry to say there won't be a flash fiction today. I'll try to write a "double flash" for next Friday, meaning a post that runs between 1000-1400 words, to "make it up" and sent 2017 out with a blast.
I want to thank you for a good year and a very merry Christmas.
It's time for something fun, so I've decided to do The Naughty List tag, created by Jenna Moreci.
I had a really difficult time trying to decide between doing this tag for The Icarus Project and the Myth and Science universe, since I am working on a short story anthology for that one. So I decided to do them both! I did a version for The Icarus Project last week, so make sure to go check that one out if you missed it.
Here's the one for the Myth and Science universe today.
Today's story is set back in the Myth and Science universe most of an hour after the events of "The More Things Change." Having read the other flash fictions can be helpful, but it's not needed to understand and enjoy the story.
You can also find the audio version, as well as a playlist with all the stories in the universe so far in chronological order, on the Eng Family Vlogs channel over on YouTube.
Okay, I know I'm supposed to be publishing another back to basics article today, but between the prep and aftermath for Nerdy Noel 2.0 and being sick the last several days, I just can't seem to find the brain cells for a full on article. Besides, it's the holidays. It's time for something fun, so I've decided to do The Naughty List tag, created by Jenna Moreci.
I had a really difficult time trying to decide between doing this tag for The Icarus Project and the Myth and Science universe, since I am working on a short story anthology for that one. So I decided to do them both! Today's post is for The Icarus Project, and I'll have the one for Myth and Science up next Tuesday.
Today's flash fiction takes us back to the "early days" of the AI Universe and the dealings between Anna Truman and Brady Hall previously seen in "Unknown Benefactor" and "The Game Begins." However, you don't have to have read either of these stories for "Opening Moves" to make sense.
You can also listen to the audio version.
A couple months ago, I found myself teaching an environmental science class where we were discussing the different niches animals fill within their ecosystems and how this relates to competition. Part of this was discussing fundamental niche versus realized niche, which can be more or less summed up as the dream versus the reality. Now, I had these same students at first for English and/or advanced literature, and later for all but math for like a week, which included the adult and geriatric development units in psychology. So it was a concept that came up as a way to illustrate points a time or two between that original class and when everything ended.
This notion of life's expectations versus the reality of things has played on my mind quite a bit since I did the lesson planning for that environmental science chapter. I mean, is there any of us who didn't have expectations for what their life would be like as an adult? How many of us actually had our expectations play out the way they hoped?
I remember being completely convinced I was going to be a veterinarian from the earliest time I can remember all the way up until about eleventh grade. Growing up in the country, I've always been around animals, and I loved them all. I must have watched every episode of Nature ever aired a half dozen times and annoyed the living daylights out of my grandparent's poor, patient dogs studying their paws, faces, and teeth as a kid.
A. B. England is a small business owner, home-schooling mom, novelist, all around geek, and avid crafter. She loves fantasy, mythology, and all flavors of science fiction.
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