Things I have done this week:
- Answered numerous questions from bemused strangers with long, rambling answers that I couldn’t find endings to, when a simple “yes” or “no” would have sufficed. Sometimes being me is just THE BEST.
- Made brownies. Sometimes being me actually is the best.
- Finished my second temp job of the year. (They were each only meant to last a couple of weeks, I don’t suck THAT much.) I start another one on Monday. I’m pretty neutral about this. I do get kind of stressed about starting new jobs, which makes doing it so often less than ideal, but I also enjoy learning new things and meeting new people so it kind of cancels out. Also, I’m getting better at remembering people’s names which is good because I’m naturally awful at that. Also also, moving on quickly helps mitigate my embarrassment over my general social ineptitude.
- Started a new version of Faustina, which is now called Venetian Masks (although I’m probably going to keep referring to it as Faustina for a while). I am… less than happy to be starting again (if this were a movie we would cut to footage of me sobbing uncontrollably in a corner right now) but in order to move forward from where I was I need to make substantial changes to the beginning and in the end I realised that it was more than I could just edit in. So… I’m starting again. AGAIN. It’s really not as big a deal as I’ve been thinking it is (cut to the sobbing again) because after the first few scenes I’ll be changing details rather than ripping everything out and replacing it, and it will definitely make the story stronger and fix a bunch of things that have been niggling at me, but… yeah. Those of you who’ve been here a while will remember that time I accidentally gave myself a mullet when I tried to cut my own hair without the necessary planning and preparation. Writing this book has been exactly like that, only drawn out over a longer period of time and with an infinitely huge and mulletacious mullet.
Things my Skyrim character has done this week:
- Discovered godmode.
I used to play Skyrim on the PS3, where there are no cheats and crashes are frequent and sad-making. But I got a new computer recently and then I discovered Steam. And then I discovered that Steam do 66% off sales. So now I play Skyrim on the PC. (And, erm… some other stuff.) And I get cheats, like godmode. When godmode is on, your character doesn’t lose any health or magic points. I suck at videogames, despite my enthusiasm for them, and I’m also wildly impatient, so something that makes it completely impossible for me to fail is ideal. For example: my level 7 character, who got those levels from, like, making potions and has basically no combat skills, wandered into a dungeon full of assorted undead and died a bunch of times. I could have reloaded a previous save and come back to that dungeon another time, but I wanted to finish that quest NOOOOOOOOW. So… godmode.
I can shoot magic at monsters all day without running out of magic points or getting hurt by their attacks. It’s very relaxing.
Things you could do with godmode in real life:
- Eat an infinite number of brownies without feeling sick. (I could really use this right now.)
- Run all the way to work without getting sweaty.
- Stay up all night to play more videogames.
- Write a whole novel without getting stuck and starting again. (HAHAHA NO NOT REALLY THIS IS IMPOSSIBLE.)
See you next week.