November 2018: Surprises

Hey, there. K. A. Parker with your promised monthly update (a little bit later than usual — my apologies!), and the second-to-last one of the year at that. Last month, I wrote about doing what I want as a creative individual. This month, I’m going to be talking about surprises.

Ready?

I’m (Probably) Getting a Job

Last month, I had a job interview. A few weeks ago, I had another one as a follow-up. And both, along with the reference check, went pretty well. I haven’t been given a job offer yet, and there’s a slim chance that an asteroid can hit the Earth tomorrow and destroy life as we know it on the planet. But if that asteroid doesn’t come, then it’s likely that I’ll be getting my first full-time job soon.

As what, you ask? An ALT.

Yup. That job I didn’t get last year. This time, I applied via a different company with my driver’s license, TEFL Certificate, and freelance shark experience in tow. All that investment in myself I put in last year paid off, and it feels pretty darn good. It’s a slow burn, but it’s a good burn.

And for those wondering, no. I’m not going to stop blogging or writing. My top priority right now is getting my novel published and making some money on the side before I head to another country, since I missed by June 2018 deadline. Thankfully, I have Scribophile premium membership to help with that. Initially, I disliked the subscription paywall. But, when you’re a writer on a budget and a deadline, getting critiqued and giving critiques for less than a dollar a day for one year is worth it to me.

I’m Meditating (Again)

After my Headspace subscription lapsed near the beginning of 2018, my meditation practice lapsed as well. Twenty-ish days ago, I got back into it with the free app called Insight Timer. I don’t use the guided meditations, only the timer mode, but it’s been really great so far. I can listen to background music, set bells to keep me in the present, and keep the lessons I learned from Andy with me. Not quite a surprise, I know, I’m glad that I’m back into the swing of things.

A Player Character Died

So, you know that I’ve practically screamed to the high heavens that I love Dungeons and Dragons. Every writer or creative person I know should play it at least once in their life. Everyone in general should try it. Anyway, enough of the high praises.

In one of the campaigns I’m in as a player character, someone’s character died. I won’t go into detail and what happened to who, ’cause it’s one of those “You had to have been there” type things. I will say, however, that the death of this character was completely out of the blue. It was one of the few times I felt shock as a mixture of the desire to laugh and to cry at the same time. It didn’t even hit me until afterwards, and I think it was the same for my fellow players. There’s a chance said character will be revived, but it’s a slim one. I won’t be there the next session to see what happens, but I’ll be rooting for the rest of the party to bring him back somehow. If anything, it’s taught me that nothing is set in stone.

What’s In Store?

I don’t know. I’ll keep you posted, as always. Month by month.

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