Just another monthly update: life, health, birthdays(!), and more. With technical difficulties for that extra touch *wink*
January felt busy… in more ways than one. It also felt strained and hectic, but that’s a post in itself. Just breathe, I tell myself. I am a pessimist at the best of times, I just need to breathe.
Anyhow, looking back, I accomplished a lot of things, and that’s something to celebrate after all the badness that threatened to bring me down.
- I celebrated my ninth anniversary and took a mini-break to join in my friend’s wedding.
- There were dates, and lots of them. Just time to get away from the daily grind.
- I cut my hair.
- Finished 25 of the 31 days of Yoga Revolution (will make up the missing days this week, and complete day 31 tonight).
- Balanced festive eating with paleo-ish eating, which was good.
- Read a few books:
- Air & Light & Time & Space by Helen Sword (on academic writing, pre-pub)
- Without a Summer by Mary Robinette Kowal (Regency fantasy goodness)
- Polish your Poise with Madame Chic by Jennifer L. Scott (for the inspo)
- Demon’s Curse by Alexa Egan (for the mystery, fantasy, sexiness)
- And rewrote/revised/edited a total of 14,770 words as of this morning.
Here’s hoping for better days.
How was your January?
It’s been a long, hot month. I finished three writing projects (work-wise), made some progress on the edits (fiction-wise), and squeezed in plenty of evening walks.
In other news…
My dessert rose finally bloomed! It took nearly two years, but my little twig finally grew up into a proper little bush thing.
My hair is finally collar length! YES!
And I enjoyed my first beach walk of the year :). It was lovely.
I almost can’t believe how quickly the last month went by… July was definitely jam-packed with happenings, some more welcome than others, but I managed.
Writing is on hold and I’m loving it. I really needed this time off to recharge (though the story is never really far from my mind). The plan is to start reading 5 chapters every weekend until I get through the entire manuscript. I’ll be looking for the big picture stuff–plot issues, time/setting, characterization, etc.–while creating a new chapter/scene outline using cards and noting down all those little details that slip between the cracks (like is it winter or fall? and why is this person suddenly blue-eyed when they had black eyes two chapters ago?)..
With 20 chapters to get through, 5 chapters every weekend should be manageable.
Finished City of Heavenly Fire, wrapping up yet another one of those series that have followed me from my teens into adulthood. My thoughts on the ending… it was okay. I find that I prefer The Infernal Devices over The Mortal Instruments series–I find that the story and characters in the ID arc are better developed–but TMI started to get a little bloated in the second half of the series and CoHF really epitomizes that. I found myself struggling to finish it, mostly because there were so many subplots fighting for attention. It felt long. The resolution seemed to go on forever, and then there was an Epilogue. Just when I thought it had reached a conclusion. So it was okay, but it could’ve done with some cutting IMHO.
So now that that’s over and returned to the library (right on time too), I finally get to dive into Written In My Own Heart’s Blood. Hurray for Highland hotties! (sorry, fangirling).
Dad’s still sick. Granpa’s still sick. Mom is her usual self. This is what happens when you are raised by elders.
The boy needed professional (ha!) pictures for a website bio. He returned the favor (though I was unprepared and sporting mad hair and no makeup). I give you, my lazy girl weekend look…