Taking A Week Off

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Starting today and going through until next Monday, I’ll not be posting anything on here. I’ve been so focused on writing my novel that I haven’t done anything else. That hyperfocus is starting to fade, so I’m going to take this time to work on myself and make some exceptionally good content. Mostly my house is a mess, I haven’t read a book in almost two weeks, and I’m burning myself out. My other platforms should still be updating, so I’m not gone completely, I just want to get ahead on my mood.

Took Midna to the Beach

Some updates since we’re here: I enjoy writing poetry, and since it’s unfortunately a writing style I have an extreme amount of content for, I may try and publish a book of two of that before my novel is finished. Especially over the last month, I’ve made about fifty new poems. I have to go through, edit, and group them up. After that, I can start looking to publish them with the help of my amazing roommate, who happens to be an artist.

Percy squishing my poor plushie!

I’ve rewritten my novel’s first and second drafts now, so I can start looking at reading it over, hating it, doing it again, and then letting someone else maybe read it once. In other words, I should actually finish novel one soon here. Should being the key word of that sentence, because my brain is a dick. I post more updates on the progress on my Twitter. I have high hopes though, I’ve been putting in a lot of work and am so far, pretty proud.

Shadow is so cute!

I’m going to start more home reno’s soon! Which means more posts of me bitching about that! (That’s meant to be funny…) As well as maybe more posts looking to moving out possibly coming? We’ll see, I’d like to do that still, but I’ve got to fix this place up still quite a bit.

Blurry shot of Midna being a fish

That’s all I have for updates, and all I have for today. I’ll be back for the 17th! Thanks for stopping by, and if you want to help support me, Patreon and PayPal are still the best ways financially. I love and appreciate you all! Be safe out there!
— Deryn

Errands and Homework

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I have jobs to do today, starting with errands, my roommate has lost a part of her piercing. I have to go downtown and see if I can get some cute replacements for her. I don’t buy jewelry often, so let’s see how this goes.

That’s really it for errands though, but since I have to make a trip out of it, I’ll be busy for a couple hours. I may also actually apply to be a batista at the cute nerd cafe in town. She may not need one, but it wouldn’t hurt to try. I don’t need a job, I’m just kind of, bored? I think? Maybe just feeling stuck...

As for homework, for those who don’t know, my Tuesday job is dispatching cabs. We have a system for quotes and estimates, which is super out of date. My job for today is to hopefully rebuild it. If not, I’ll have to work on it tomorrow too.

I’m also mad hyperfocused on writing my novel right now. I’ve almost completely redone my first draft and have plans for a full series. So hopefully I can put more work into that today. I haven’t written this much in awhile, so I’m not gonna stop myself.

Today’s weather is supposed to be cooler with a hint of rain, which I think is perfect for writing in. So we’ll see what I get done today! But for right now, that’s all I’ve got. Stay safe, and check me out on both Twitter and Instagram for updates on life, and behind the scenes stuff!

Thanks for reading!
— Deryn

Happy Anniversary

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Wow! Guys, I’ve been doing this for a year now! How crazy is that?! It’s hard to believe that I started this as a hobby a year ago only to now use it for both my sanity, and to tell my stories. I’m excited about this! 

I’ve gone to England on this blog, I’ve hiked random trails around the Okanagan, and I’ve made friends of mine do new things just so I’m not alone on here. The adventures I get to experience, man I love what I do. 

Yes, I’m reusing pictures. Hush now

Without all of the people who tune in and read this every chance they have, I really would be nowhere. I’m baffled and grateful. And to the friends who read my work, and the friends I’ve made, thanks for being there for me! I know I say it a lot, but I really do love all of you.

That’s my office I work at on Tuesdays

I’ve been going through quite a bit lately with understanding trauma and growing for what feels like the first real time as a person. There’s a category of posts tagged under mental health here, and I’m appreciative that I can talk about those things. Being able to put what I’m feeling into words helps me understand what’s going on, and gives me the chance to work on it in a healthy manner.

I still love this picture

I love what I do, and I can see myself doing this for at least another year. This is, was? the best decision and hobby I ever threw myself at. Writing is just, I don’t think I have the words, it’s everything I really needed to control my heart and mind. I feel at peace behind this keyboard. And being able to take pictures of the world around me to show some adventures I get to take, this blog has really become my baby in a way. Many of you know more of what I do in a week than my family does. It’s weird how hobbies can change a person isn’t it?

As a thanks to helping me grow, and as a challenge to myself because I should have posted this forever ago, I’ve decided to post the opening paragraph to that book I still haven’t finished. That’ll be on the bottom of this page, and I am freaking out a bit over doing it, but now that I’ve said it I kind of have to. No one has read that yet, and I mean that. 

Water is neat, isn’t it?

Before I go for today, I figured some shameless plugs for myself are in order. Because I have things like Patreon, Instagram, Twitter, and with this being what I want to do as a career, I would love it if you checked them out. You all are amazing, and I cannot thank you enough. Have an amazing day and stay safe out there!
— Deryn

Clear page break before the novel piece.

Today has been interesting. I’ve never been surrounded by so many bland people. What is the point of drinking until you pass out? I guess that’s what I get for having hobbies and no real friends. I’d much rather be at home reading, or playing cards. Young adults with raging hormones are battling everywhere for attention and alcohol. Man, I’m fucking tired. And the music; oh my God this music is ass.

“Hey babe,” sparks up from behind me.

“Oh hey,” crap, what a lackluster response. 

“You alright?” Tones of kindness and love bring joy to my heart. How sweet, the poor guy is worried about me. 

“Yeah cutie, I’m fine. I don’t know, I guess I’m just tired.”

“Okay, well if you need me at all, I’m going to be over by the food tent.” His heads up of where he’s going is wholesome. 

Too bad this world is boring. Our reality is just a bunch of people trying to make their way in a world that doesn’t want them. If only my world had something worthwhile going on. Magic, airships, literally anything at this point would make life worth my damn time: all I want is a hint of excitement. Well, at least I have food I guess.

This food tent is mediocre: breakfast from a cheap fast food joint and an insult of an attempt at handmade food line the tables. Why serve breakfast with alcohol? Doesn’t dinner, or even greasy American food pair better? It doesn’t help that rain started pouring down. Today is just another waste of my time. 

“Babe! Look at what I found!” The only thing in this world I really care about is him, isn’t that strange? “It’s your favourite!” 

Oh hey: tequila! And it’s my favourite too!

Personal Growth

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It’s been almost a month of living with just one roommate, and I never thought I’d change so much in such a short amount of time. Not that long ago I was talking about having a garbage memory.
In case you missed that.
My big thing is since it’s just the two of us, my house feels different. Not in a bad way, but being just us two has helped out my mental health, and honestly my physical health quite a bit too.

Besides my hiking habits, we also bike quite a bit now. I used to be exhausted just going around my neighbourhood, but now I can go down right to the lake and be okay. Granted a huge piece is downhill but that’s way more than I used to be able to do. I’d be hiking more, but it’s been real crap weather and we went climbing as my last real workout day.
In case you missed that too.
As for my mental health, I feel good right now. Yeah life was thrown into a craze for a bit, but I’m honestly good. My roommate is so supportive and we get along really well. I’ve learned more about myself in the past month than in the last two years.

The people I choose to surround myself with are great people who support me and I am so lucky to be in the situation I’m in. I’m motivated to keep going too. I’ve said it a thousand times, I’m a lazy person by nature which clashes with how I’ve been living my life.

With weather improving and nothing but time, I’m definitely going hiking more soon and I promise I’ll get some nice pictures! For now, my flowers living their best lives will be the pictures I post.

Well, since I’m here, an update!
My plants are doing well. The flowers are just thriving. The rose has no full blooming flowers right now though. My potatoes are growing like weeds unlike my lettuce which I cannot figure out why, but is staying rather small. And my army of tomatoes are growing in nicely! That’s all for the garden really.

And that’s all for today now that I look at the time. Thanks for stopping by today! I really appreciate all of you! Have an awesome day!
— Deryn

Working for Myself

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I went back and was looking at old blog posts I made just to see what I was talking about, and to see how my opinions have changed. My oldest post being me ranting about customer service work.

Can I Rant? Remember this post? Probably not as it was the second post I ever did, but the oldest you can find anymore. The summary on that is I’m only human so be nice to me. My overall opinion hasn’t really changed, mostly because people still suck. But that got me thinking about my current situation.

Percy’s safe space in my closet

I’ve been blogging full time and only working a traditional job one day a week for awhile now. And with that, I’m happier than I ever was working a 9 – 5. I’m intrigued to see if this blog can properly support me within the year, cause that would be super cool.

My favourite part about this is though, I feel like I can do this for a long time. This blog is something I can feel myself getting invested in, and I’m willing to work for it. That’s more than I could ever say for working the old jobs I had. I’m thrilled by the idea that I can do what I want to do and people support me. This is what success feels like to me.

Tried taking a pretty picture

I’m thankful for the foundations I’ve built, and for the people around me, as well as my readers. I want to keep doing this, I love what I do and am so excited for the future. With that, I want to say that I’m updating my Patreon to have different subscription options, and that I’ve also made Multimedia Mondays a permanent addition to my blogging days. So keep an eye out for those!

But anyway, that’s all I’ve got for today. Thanks for stopping by!
— Deryn