I wrote last year about attempting NaNoWriMo; at the time, I talked about working on one of my novels, Fall, and how I was often writing at a Socorro, New Mexico staple, El Camino Family Restaurant. Unfortunately, due to the pandemic and the general population's utter refusal to just wear a damn mask as a collective for two weeks (which really would reduce our numbers drastically and immediately), this really isn't an option this year. I must do my writing "in exile", in isolationfrom home. Even the local eatery to where I actually live, the Mayhill Café, is presently closed due to a Coronavirus case among its wait staff. (And frankly, right now, it would be highly improper of me to both impose myself on such an establishment for my own personal reasons, and to give any service staff any further stress from potential disease by my doing so.)

I've been doing the same thing essentially to finish up my undergraduate careerthis is my last semester, and given the current stresses of the world, it's in everybody's best interest that I take my classes from home. As such, I haven't been making my weekly trips up to Socorro, rather sitting in front of my television and interacting with the class that way. (If you haven't seen my YouTube videos as Schizoid Gaming, I have a full recording system in front of the TV!) This brings with it its own stressors, but in general, it's been fairly chill; I'm taking Thermodynamics and Statistical Physics, and Advanced Radio Astronomy, the latter being a graduate-level astronomy and astrophysics course I'm taking more in anticipation of acceptance to grad school, with the intent of eventually going for a Doctorate in Physics with Dissertation in Astrophysics. In other words, it's not at all essential for my bachelor's degree, but it's something I'm basically taking for fun. And it has been!

For NaNoWriMo, my overall project actually consists of two different projects, for which I'm hoping to collectively hit the 50,000 word mark. The first is the aforementioned novel, Fall; I haven't had much time to work on it this year, and last year's NaNoWriMo was fairly lacking on my part. In truth, I'm hoping to finish the book by the end of the month. The second project is actually an animated feature-length film script I've been working on, tentatively entitled Sexecution. It's an adult-oriented film about a pansexual rat trying to redeem himself in the eyes of a world that effectively abandoned him. I'm a big fan of the concept, of course, and would like to get it done by March of next year, as I (tentatively) have plans to travel to Los Angeles at that time for unrelated reasons.

Finally, Werewolf Spy has been undergoing some growing pains. I am still working on the game of course; however, at present, the game has stalled for external reasons. Once those reasons have been taken care of, which I hope to do in the next two weeks, the game's script is the next item on my platewhich might end up being part of my NaNoWriMo experience too. We'll see.

In the meantime, be careful out there, and stick to itwe'll get through this thing.