April 28th, 2020 – 580 – Day forty-three

Starting to level out. I hot target at 23:35, so later than yesterday but with a lot more ease. I also like today’s writing more, but I like both better than the weeks proceeding them. TFS had hit a great point to enter Act 2, and I have a better idea of my B-story and how I’m going to set up the false defeat/victory in about 7-9 chapters time. I’m also pretty happy with Kim’s character development, and how she both shows vulnerability and is still as badass as ever. She’s a joy to write.

I’ve been thinking a lot about how the fun and games part of the novel is going to go, and I’ve got some nice twists to up the stakes and give the audience a kick planned. Whether I’ll use those or not however I don’t know. The ploy I set up to make them work I only came up with today, so that is liable to change. But it’s great just trusting myself to find a route. It’s not like I did no planning for this novel, but the barebones approach is a lot more fun. It also makes me feel a lot less blocked.

My chess game is improving, but I’ve still got a way to go. I did some tests, and I have an Elo of about 1400 at the moment. That is much higher than I thought I would, but still not quite where I’d like to be. I want to get to 1600 and start feeling confident enough to join smaller events. I don’t know why chess stresses me out less than Magic, but I think it’s because I enjoy making silly plays in the latter, whereas I love hunting for optimal moves here. So more puzzles, more games, and in time more reaching out. But for now, time to sleep.

Oh one more thing, I have now included actual emoji- two to be exact – in one of my stories for the first time, so yay for polluting literature!