Hey everybody. In gentle of the Coronavirus pandemic, it virtually feels foolish to replace you with what’s occurring in my life. I’ll attempt to preserve this gentle. I hope you might be staying protected, wholesome, and sane in these tough instances.
Sorry I haven’t written a recap since, oh, December. Grad college has been intense — I’m taking 15 credit proper now, so it’s been powerful to concentrate on something however college. The excellent news? I’m carried out in June!
This winter, I’ve principally stayed put in Ann Arbor. That being mentioned, I did take two journeys out west — Park Metropolis, Utah, to ski, and Calfornia to see buddies.
The place I’ve been:
- Park Metropolis, Utah (7 days)
- Traverse Metropolis, Michigan (3 days)
- San Francisco, CA (6 days)
- LA (3 days)
- Ann Arbor, Michigan (the remainder of the time)
Snowboarding in Park Metropolis. Over the vacations, my household and I spent every week snowboarding in Park Metropolis, Utah. It was pleasant. I felt very lucky to have the ability to ski and to take a much-needed break from grad college.
Writing a historic fiction novel. After many false begins writing books (by which I imply I began and stop writing not less than ten), I feel I’ve discovered my style — historic fiction! I’m 80 pages into my novel and it’s been a lot enjoyable to analysis and write. One factor that helped immensely was The Artist’s Approach, a e book that leads you thru a 12-step inventive restoration course. I like to recommend it to everybody, unconditionally.
Spending spring break in California. As I’ve talked about on this weblog many, many instances, San Francisco is my favourite metropolis. So it was great to spend 5 days there catching up with buddies and scoping out potential neighborhoods (P.S. I’m very into Richmond and the Sundown). Although town has modified lots up to now 10 years, it’s nonetheless the place I see myself after commencement. (And if you recognize anybody hiring for UX design, I’d be so grateful for an intro.)
Coronavirus. This pandemic feels so surreal and is tough for therefore many causes. I’m making an attempt to do the socially accountable factor by staying house and washing my fingers ceaselessly. I’m making an attempt to remain optimistic and never panic. I’m utilizing this chance to complete my novel, learn a ton, and re-learn piano. That being mentioned, I’m very frightened about individuals in my life who’re in danger, in addition to the final state of the world proper now.
Michigan winter. Truthfully, it sucks to stay in a spot the place it hurts to stroll exterior six months out of the 12 months. It’s simply too rattling chilly right here. Fortunately, spring appears to be proper across the nook.
Saying goodbye to Cape City. I by no means introduced this, however final month I obtained a two-month internship in Cape City, South Africa in Could and June. I used to be SO enthusiastic about it. However yesterday, I obtained the information that the internship was canceled. It’s an enormous bummer however pales compared to what different persons are going via — so I’m making an attempt to not really feel sorry for myself.
Running a blog Stuff
In style posts
Hottest publish: Why Ditching My Dream Digital camera Made Me Love Images Once more – I used to be shocked this publish did so nicely. It appears many individuals felt the identical method about mirrorless cameras!
Different posts printed since November:
Running a blog visitors & earnings (February 2020):
My weblog visitors took an enormous hit in November because of a Google replace. Visitors is now taking an excellent greater hit as a result of coronavirus. Dips in my earnings like this make me grateful running a blog is barely a side-gig — I’m actually feeling for all bloggers and individuals who work within the journey business proper now.
February visitors: 47,375 web page views
September running a blog earnings – $812.25
- Promoting – $693.36
- Affiliate earnings (Amazon) – $61.78
- Affiliate earnings (not Amazon): $57.11
- E-book gross sales: $0.00
Notice that that is my running a blog earnings earlier than deductions or bills.
The Forgotten Soldier by Man Sajer – This e book received’t be for everybody, however I actually loved it. This memoir follows the journey of Man, a 16-year previous French boy who’s drafted into the German military in WWII. Although the e book has a whole lot of violence, I actually loved Sajer’s introspection on changing into a soldier and what it’s like dwelling in wartime. He is a wonderful author, and writes very poetically about many topics: “Peace has introduced me many pleasures, however nothing as highly effective as that keenness for survival in wartime, that religion in love, and that sense of absolutes. It usually strikes me with horror that peace is admittedly extraordinarily monotonous. Through the horrible moments of warfare one longs for peace with a ardour that’s painful to bear. However in peacetime one ought to by no means, even for an immediate, lengthy for warfare!”
Nothing, I suppose? I used to be imagined to go to my pal’s thirtieth birthday celebration in Baja, Mexico, in April, but it surely appears to be like like that received’t be taking place. Commencement can also be canceled.
How is your winter going? How are you dealing with/embracing this loopy time? Ebook suggestions EXTREMELY welcome.