Follow up of sorts to: https://www.minds.com/newsfeed/832380784580694016
I've got my degree mapped out. This time next year I will have a Bachelor's in computer science, assuming nothing goes horribly wrong (going for an MRI scan next Thursday to make sure I'm clean of cancer, so... fingers crossed!).
On my book: I started my most recent draft in August and committed to writing 1000 words each week at a minimum, so that the book would be done by the end of August 2019 and I could begin editing it. Unfortunately I'm at 13k words going on 13k right now, even though by my notes I should be at 20k going on 21k. But that's fine, it's not an insurmountable difference and if I'm a little late, it's not a big deal. I'm the only person involved here who's waiting for me to finish it.
On money: I haven't done too well on working, but I have managed to reduce my living expenses, primarily by cooking more for myself (baked potatoes are incredibly easy and beyond delicious, btw). I intend to start Ubering every Friday and Saturday from now on (and come to think of it I might just go tonight so I can know I did *something* today) to make some more money.
On videos: I've got a [redacted] LP coming. I know, I know, I said that about For Honor too, but... [redacted] is my kind of game. It's a very good game, one that I've beaten before. I love the universe and I've even done some experimenting, so it should make for an interesting first video. The first video's already done and is uploading to YouTube in another tab. I'll also be putting it up on Bitchute and schedule it to go live around the same time as the YouTube video. (No, the game isn't actually called redacted, I'm keeping it secret so I have to finish it to get it out there.)
On making a video game: I've been digging into Ruby lately, and I'm familiar enough with RPGMaker to actually start making a legitimate product from it. All I've got to do is learn the ins and outs of this program and then make it do what I need it to. Should be... well, not 'easy', but not impossible at all.
Also, I've been going to the gym off and on since September. Back then I was running a mile in 13 minutes; now my record is 9:16, with most such runs getting around 10 minutes. I haven't lost much weight if any, but I do have some actual muscle definition and it feels amazing.
Things are going... well, I think.
I recently decided that the Creative Writing degree I'm going for in college right now just... it just isn't enough. I feel less like I'm earning a degree and more like I'm getting a participation trophy for spending 7 f#@$ing years at this s#@$. I'm sick of living my life halfway, being so gorram insecure about my abilities and my prospects. So to that end, I've got a lot of stuff I'm gonna be trying to do over the next few weeks. I want to start going to night classes and get myself a degree in computer science so I can program properly. For the next few weeks, I'm gonna be talking to some counselors about what I can do for that over the summer. Then when I get that, I can get a proper job programming, maybe even make my own game like I've been trying (unsuccessfully) to do for like 2 years. I also want to get a job driving for Uber to earn some money again. I want to monetize my Minds account and start earning some cash that way as well, though that venture's definitely gonna start out small. I also want to start doing Let's Plays. I already have one on my channel, but A) it's not very good and B) I want to do them as a regular thing. If my Minds account takes off and I start raking in some real revenue, or if I can get a Patreon running, then I can get some real financial independence. Finally, and most importantly, I want to start publishing my writing. I want to write novels for a living, and getting something good published is the first step. It's not going to be an easy time, nor will it happen overnight. But I can do it. And I want to.