Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Memories of What Never Was Chapter 24

I've finished up Chapter 24 of Memories of What Never Was, and you can find it at the bottom of this page if you're so inclined to read it.

This chapter really kind of illustrates the changes I've made in Temari's character between this version and the previous one.  Originally I had her as sort of a comic relief character because everyone else was so serious.  But then it occurred to me that she's the only one of the core cast that isn't white, and having the only minority in the main cast also be the comic relief character seemed a little on the racist side to me, so I switched things up and made her more solemn and stoic, and switched the comic relief duties over to Brand.  Which works better anyway, because he's there for the whole book, rather than just half of it like Temari. 

In other news, they're rearranging routes at my post office because after that mail count we had last month, pretty much every route came back as being evaluated as overburdened.  So, they're cutting off the two most horrible, awful, difficult and time consuming pieces of my route, and replacing them with a piece of another route that is actually really nice, and closer to the rest of my route than the two pieces they're cutting away.  Man, that's gonna be nice.  My job is going to be so much easier once those changes go into effect.  Too bad I have to wait three whole weeks for that to happen though.  Someone needs to invent time travel so badly.

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Memories of What Never Was Chapters 21-23

I did a bit of revising in Chapters 21 and 22 and reposted them, and I also got Chapter 23 finished and posted and you can find them at the bottom of this page if you're so inclined to read them.

Work has been epically harsh these last few months.  I've been working 2-3 extra hours a day because my mail route has grown to be absolutely gigantic over the last year, combined with the added packages from amazon.  We also had a mail count about a month ago, where they count every single piece of mail, every single magazine, every single package, every single second that I spend doing anything all day long, measuring every step that I take, to evaluate how much my route is worth and how big it is, etc etc etc.  And during that time, I have to go through and recount everything to verify that it was recorded correctly, which adds another hour or two to every day.  So yeah, the last few months have been rough, and I have been coming home from work late and basically just dropping onto my couch for a couple hours not really wanting to do anything.  So yeah, haven't exactly been doing much writing lately because of it.

I wasn't really happy with chapters 21 and 22, so I went back and made a few changes to them, and I like them much more now.  Chapter 23 is a pretty long one, which basically puts Temari's character into context.

I'll try to kick myself into getting more of this done faster.  They should be cutting a big chunk off of my route in the next few weeks and hopefully I won't be so freaking exhausted when I get home after that.  It would be great if I didn't have to work and could sit at home and do nothing but my hobbies all day long, but alas, we live in reality, and in reality things suck.