The Last Scandal; the craziness of March; progress

This last week has been crazy. I could probably say that about every week, but this one has been especially bad. Three birthdays, one ear infection, a few bouts with colds/flu among various family members, and it’s no surprise I haven’t written here in ages.

Okay, a week, but still.

And this is on top of the usual craziness of March because of a convergence of family events that I’m still not entirely sure how to coordinate. The illness, in fact, actually took some pressure off of that this year. So, in a way, I’m grateful.

But I was still stressed, so I watched the first episode of a Korean dramedy called The Last Scandal of My Life this last Sunday. It’s about a thirty-nine year old housewife who finds herself penniless and her husband charged with fraud. During all this, she discovers that an old schoolmate (one who hasn’t seen her in twenty years) still has feelings for her, and might even be able to help her out of her predicament.

That’s a pretty bad summary. There’s actually a lot more depth in there than what I’m implying. I mean, some of the things covered (and covered well!) in the first episode were ageism, superficiality in people you thought were above that, real beauty, crazy fans, elitism among family members, and even the difficulties faced by aging celebrities. It’s a surprisingly smart show, even though it has occasional comic book moments. The characters are flawed, yet likable enough that I’m curious to see where the plot takes them.

Heck, the opening alone made me laugh out loud with its obvious Disney references.

Anyway, it’s a good show. I’m looking forward to watching more when I have time.

Talking of which, I’ve been focusing on writing when I can, making sure I use the WIBBOW* test. Because of this, I’ve managed to get a number of new words in. This pleases me. And I’m still using my boredom as an indicator of story pace. If I’m struggling to get through words, I do one of two things: I either make sure I have a point to what I’m doing, or, if it still feels like its dragging in spite of having a point, I throw a figurative penguin in the air (thank you Jim Henson) and see what happens. It seems to be working.

I hope to reach the mid-point of The Lord’s Tale (part two) by the end of the week. We’ll see! *crosses fingers*

*Would I Be Better Off Writing (not my idea, btw…it belongs to Scott William Carter)



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