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Merry Monday - Challenging Week

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A lot of my weekend was more challenging than I would've prefered, but that's life sometimes.

Videos

Well, I spent a large chunk of the weekend trying to find video software that I don't hate. I haven't been successful. This is what I want. Filmora's easy mode, but don't force a theme on me or music. I like how easy it is to plunk a photo or two in and then have your main video and then another photo. The problem is that they force music and a theme and then your video is like some kind of animated scrapbook instead of a video and the parts where you are talking are gone. I don't want to deal with things frame by frame. It's too much for me to handle mentally, visually, etc. I want something simple, but useful.

And I'm getting really tired of applications that are listed on websites as free, then you download it and an hour into using it a popup informs you that actually it's a trial. Tell me that at the get go. If your software isn't free, it shouldn't come up when someone searches "open source" in Google.

I tried editing the audio on a video, and came to the conclusion it would be easier to redo that video, so I'll do that eventually once I find the video software for me.

Martial Arts

After my first Iaido and Kendo practices of the year, I seem to have injured my right wrist :(

Not a good start to the year for martial arts. Hopefully, it heals quickly.

I did enjoy doing the special kata set that involves spinning and such to rid the dojo of last year's demons. We did them a number of times to be sure we got rid of all of 2016's badness. I don't know the name of them. I can't always understand things people say, especially with the heater running and it being in Japanese.

Job

Still looking for the next job. I can't say I entirely mind not working during winter though. It's nice not having to go out every day.

Writing

After talking with a friend, I figured out my short story had the wrong narrator. Suddenly I feel as though I can actually get the thing written. It's hard to type or write with my wrist though :(

Perhaps I can at least get a semblance of plot going, so I know what to write when my wrist isn't so sore.

For now, I'm watching The OA because the dog down the hall won't stop barking. It barks all day every day, so I left the neighbour a note. Hopefully, he'll do something other than leave the dog alone all day. I don't want to have to file an official complaint if I can avoid it.

Perhaps I can at least get another query sent out for The Page & The Magician. It feels good being done the editing as I can focus on writing other things.

Ciao,
R~

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