Happy July, everyone! I’m just sitting here trying to comprehend how the year can be
half over… Can anyone tell me what happened?? O_O

For me, at least, June kind of vanished in the blink of an eye — summer is flying, peoples! But here’s an update on some of my doings…

I can’t think of a single non-writerly/non-readerly thing of interest, besides doing a phenomenal amount of blogging in June including catching up on all my tags. Which I am extremely proud of myself for. Basically I’m an ecstatic blogger at this moment. But! Writing and books! And lists. Let’s have some lists because lists are awesome.


I did wriiiting! I’m so excited. Most of this year has been a slow arena in the writing world. I say arena because I halfheartedly wrestle my stories and they easily best me and then go sit in the shade and sulk without me. Which makes for a lonely writer… But! That changed in June because I was super inspired and ended up working on five different stories and pounding out 11k words! That may be small potatoes to some of the big writer folks out there, but for this little weakling, I find myself quite unusually proud of me.

  • 5k of that was working on a couple of lesser stories in the Kedran’s Wood series, messing with Tare backstory which is fun (Son of Kedran’s Wood [0.5], and Return to McAllistair Mansion [1.5, short story]). Like 500 words of KW2, The Secret of Kedran’s Wood… yes, that’s slow right now. But happening! Which is still good!
  • And between a random snippet and that writing dare I posted that I’m leaning toward fitting into The Other Half of Everything somehow… that’s about 1500 words on that story. It’s still in the snippet stage, but hey, I won’t complain if it gets some of itself written already. πŸ˜‰
  • And most of all, I’m very excited about getting about 3.5k words of my short story Darkling Reflections written! I diiid hope to finish it in June but at least I wrote the middle part and now just have the final third to do. So. That’s kind of awesome.

Um… and such nitty-gritty details of what-I-wrote-and-words is probably is of no interest to anyone but me. Ahem. But ANYWAYS. I basically wrote 11,000 words of awesome in June and feel extremely happy and inspired. I also had a couple of epic ideas for fairytale retellings I plan to write and got some plotting notes down. So THAT’S always fabulous. πŸ˜€

I will totally have to post some snippets because AAALL THE WRITING.



I wanted to read way more than that, but apparently I got a goodly amount of reading done all the same… Huh.

  • The Hobbit is a reread, naturally… and just as awesome as always.
  • Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass (finally), as well as Stargirl and Love, Stargirl (totally random), were all small and rather mixed-feelings books that kind of left me a bit torn going “meh”, though they did have their merits I suppose.
  • Perfect Scoundrels — I finally read the last Heist Society book! Which as always was awesome. Cleverness and Hale. Yes. The author totally must write more…
  • Wildwood Dancing and Illusionarium — I had complaints for both, but were generally amazing. Another Twelve Dancing Princesses book (still working on those!). And my first steampunk, so yay! …I feel like all I’ve been doing on my blog lately is talk about Illusionarium (without even talking about it really or reviewing it or anything. O_O). I will stop, I promise! Ahem…

Anyways, that’s the reading I got done. A fairly good month, I guess?

July Nightstand Books

Aaand it being the first Wednesday of the month, not to mention first DAY of the month, I can’t resist posting the stuff I hope to read in July — so here I am, linking up with the Nightstand Books meme as started by Jenelle and D.J. It’s usually the first Wednesday of the month, I thiiink…

Here’s what I want to read… though I have no illusions (arium or otherwise har har) about actually getting them all read this month. BUT I CAN TRY.



  • I’m STILL in Veiled Rose… I can’t believe it. But I’m trying to finish that soon. Poor Leo. *pets him*
  • Plenilune… Erm… Yes, I started it on Christmas, so I’ve officially been in this book for half a year now. IT’S. SO. BIG. I’m only 137 pages in, out of 659… I may cry. Ahem. However, it’s kind of delightful so far in its way, just verrry slow to wade through. *puffs and pants and puts on little-engine-that-could mentality* I think I can, I think I can!
  • And yes, I’m finally going to read The Scarlet Pimpernel. Because my bookclub is reading it. Every single person I know seems to have read and loved it and I’m always being told to read it. So I finally am going to, yay! I love stuff like that so I hope it will be awesome.
  • I don’t know if I’ll get to Out of Darkness Rising and Mist of Midnight, but I’ve been dying to read both of them for so long that hopefully I will… They just look so delicious.

Aaaand also some ebooks.


See, that’s the problem with ebooks, they don’t fit beautifully on stacks on nightstands… *cough* BUT THESE ARE AWESOME ANYWAY, SO.

  • Yes, I’m ashamed to say I’m STILL in Chasing Shadows, which I do need to finish and review, but despite my slowness it’s kind of awesome anyways (WILL IS FABULOUS) and I’m working through it but it’s super long and I’m a very slow PDF reader, I fear…
  • Same with Five Enchanted Roses, which I’m SUUUPER excited and grateful to get to be an influence reader for Jenelle Schmidt’s entry, Stone Curse! *flaiiiil* Lookit that gorgeous. I can’t WAIT to dive into this. I’m very very excited. Expect a review on that sometime later this month too, hopefully!
  • And then of course there’s still that Twelve Dancing Princesses Collection I’m working through. So many! They are mostly super dark, whodathunk. XD

Random Bookish News

I just need to flail a bit about this: there is an official cover for Jill Williamson’s next fantasy book, King’s Folly!Β Read the post. It’s the first book in the Kinsman Chronicles, which are kinda-sorta prequels to the Blood of Kings Trilogy (which I love. A lot).


She’s been writing sci-fi and dystopian and contemporary spy stuff for awhile now, which are great but not FANTASY if you know what I mean… So the fact that there’s another Jill Williamson fantasy book coming out (albeit adult instead of YA) just kind of excites me. Now I just have to wait till next spring. Whyyy. The life of a bookworm is tough, you guys, let me tell you. *falls dramatically across couch*

Anyways enough of my babbling — Coverrrr!! ❀ (Books just become REAL when they have covers, you know what I mean?)


Basically this whole post was about booooks. With a small side of writing. But what can I say. I’m very bookwormy these days. IT’S SUMMER AND SUMMER IS FOR READING RIGHT. I think I’m also now addicted to blogging. This may be a problem…

So that’s what’s up with me!

How about you?

Did you have a good June? Have plans for July?

Are you doing Camp NaNo??

(I’m not. *hides shamefully behind a tapestry*)

Also. IT’S ONLY FOUR MONTHS TILL NANOWRIMO. *drops bombshell and calmly walks away as if nothing happened*


23 thoughts on “Junishness

  1. Hey hey! Congrats on writing 11,000 words in June! I’m impressed. Especially as I didn’t really do anything writer-ly in June. I kind of took a month off from writing and editing concerns (except for my final adventure through the Stone Curse galleys to catch typos and such). But I’m back into editing and I have a deadline for Yorien’s Hand… so… YAY!

    The Scarlet Pimpernel is so good!!! I love it! I hope you love it, too. And Veiled Rose! I love Veiled Rose. Rose Red is my favorite.

    Eeeee! I can’t wait to get my copy of Five Enchanted Roses. I could have read the other stories during the galley stage (still could, actually) but I’m making myself wait until I have the Final version in paperback… then I’m going to curl up in a cozy corner with it and not come out until I’ve read it cover to cover…. (or at least, that’s what I’d like to be able to do… but…… three small children…. probably won’t let me).

    And, yeah, the Nightstand Books meme is supposed to be on the first Wednesday of the month, buuuut I’ve been cheating the past couple of months because of the Ring Around the Rose thing and my day for that is on Wednesdays and I don’t like posting multiple times in a single day. Lucky for me, neither of the creators of the meme are super sticklers or type A about it or anything πŸ˜‰ haha

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    • Thank you! And a break is good, methinks. *nod nod* Good luck on your Yorien’s Hand edits! πŸ™‚

      I hope I will too. Veiled Rose is kinda awesome so far.

      That makes total sense! I hope you will enjoy it when you do read it, children or non. πŸ˜‰

      Okay, I thought so! And that makes sense. πŸ˜€


  2. I’m reading Five Enchanted Roses right now! I’ve gotten through the first two stories, and they’re lovely, particularly Wither.
    I am doing Camp NaNo, but I haven’t written anything yet on account of life being dragon-eaten uncooperative at the moment. As soon as things settle down a touch, I’m totally going to do a writing-cram day. Though hopefully I’ll get something done before then.

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    • Aaaahh, awesome! πŸ˜€ I can’t wait to read it…
      Wowww, I admire your intrepid choice of Camp NaNoing. Best of luck on that! I hope it goes awesomely! πŸ™‚ And I love how Anne Elisabeth’s books have created a whole new slang. πŸ˜‰ I hope your dragon-eaten life will get less so! πŸ˜€

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  3. Ishness post! πŸ˜€

    How IS the year half over?!?!?! I STILL CAN’T EVEN HANDLE THIS NOTION RIGHT NOW.

    Hey, reading and writing is LIFE. Or at least…I always want it to be, but ya know. BUT ALL THE WRITING AND BOOKS.

    You wrote 11k words in June, Celti! THAT IS SPECTACULAR. I am so proud of you!!! And it was most definitely 11k words of awesome. *flails*

    And allll the books. *pets them* I’ve been in such reading withdrawal. I need to find time to REEEAD. That is such a beautiful nightstand stack, yesh. “…though I have no illusions (arium or otherwise har har)” *CHOKES* Celti. xD
    I am SO going to make time to read The Scarlet Pimpernel with you guys. THIS IS GOING TO HAPPEN. IT WILL.

    WAIT. HOLD EVERYTHING. King’s Folly has a COVER? Oh man, I’ve been soooo behind on Jill Williamson news. IT IS SO EPIC AND WONDERLFUL AND FANTASY-ISH. She’s writing more fantasy, Celti, I think I’m going to explode from excitement!!! EEEEEEE!!!!

    Such pretty lists of writing and books. *pets them*

    And… Wait.


    DID YOU JUST SAY NANO IS 4 MONTHS AWAY? EXCUSE ME? *dives from bombshell and curls up in corner as explosion goes off* 4 MONTHS WUT. Okay, okay. So I’m kind super excited about NaNo to be honest but 4 MOOOONTHS???????

    *staggers away hyperventilating*

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    • LIKE HOW EVEN. O_O *commiserates with you over time problems*


      Thank you so muuuch! ^_^ And it was partially your fault I got so much written, so. πŸ˜‰ It's not like your amazing 30k JuNo, but at least it is progress!

      YES YES YOU MUST READ AGAIN. I wuveth my nightstand stack. *pets*
      Scarlet Pimpernel must simply be awesome! And… I should probably go make a thread for that, come to think of it… *coughcough*

      YES IT DOES HAVE A COVER. Don't worry, this is totally new news: the cover only got revealed yesterday. XD YOU'RE NOT BEHIND. But isn't it loverly?? AND FANTASY YES.

      It's kind of frightening, this whole 4 months thing. Don't worry, I'm freaking out too… *curls up in denial*


  4. I got Plenilune for Christmas too and I’m only like 200 pages into it….I totally agree, the writing is beautiful BUT IT’S SOOO LONG.
    I’m on the home-stretch with my novella, Corroded Thorns–it’s almost ready to be published!!! Yaaaaay! The major edits are done. *pardon me while I weep tears of joy*
    And I’ve actually had time to read books!!! I’ve been enjoying every minute of the Full Metal Alchemist series and I even bought a couple books at my library book sale that i had never read before! Have you read The Looking Glass Wars? It’s an amazing retelling/sequel to Alice in Wonderland. And i finally finished Shadow Scale, the sequel to Seraphina. Both books were sooo good, but I did like the first one better.
    I’m actually doing NaNoWriMo this year!!! *cheers* I can’t wait!!! Are you doing it?

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    • I am glad you understand about Plenilune. XD WE CAN MAKE IT.

      Aaaaahhh that’s awesome!!! Congrats on your major edits being finished! And best of luck getting it all finished and out there! ^_^

      I keep hearing about those… No, I haven’t read the Looking Glass Wars but I have heard good things about them, as well as about Seraphina. πŸ™‚

      Yay for NaNo! YESSS I’m definitely doing it. πŸ˜€ I’m planning on a Twelve Dancing Princesses retelling novel. ❀ What are you going to be working on?

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  5. 11,000 words of awesome! πŸ˜€ That’s wonderful! (And I was completely interested in what you all wrote this month, silly.)

    Veiled Rose–ooh, what a good one. You must gobble it up and then read Moonblood. And Starflower. And Dragonwitch. AND ALL OF THEM. ❀ All in good time, of course. XD

    Can't wait to get my hands on Five Enchanted Roses. It looks so good!

    I'm not doing Camp NaNo, but I am aiming to write the better part of 20k words this month, in order to finish the first draft of my Sleeping Beauty retelling. o.o Wish me luck…

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    • Well I COULD have said “11,000 words of possible-junk” but that’s bad for morale. πŸ˜‰ And aaahh thank you! ^_^

      Yes yes. I promise to gobble them all in good time. XD

      Ooh, yay!!! πŸ˜€ That’s awesome! Best of luck on your goooorgeous SB retelling! *flail* I’m sure you will do AWESOME and get it all written this month! ❀


  6. Congratulations on 11K! Every little bit is good and helps push through the story. πŸ™‚

    Plenilune was good; I liked it a lot.

    THE SCARLET PIMPERNEL IS A MOST AMAZING BOOK. I’m horrible at picking favorites, but if I were ever forced to choose just one favorite book, it would be that one.

    Only four months? Where DID the year go?

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    • Eep, thanks! ^_^

      And so I’ve heard! I do like Plenilune so far, it’s just… so… long… *drowns in pages*

      YES I KNOW. XD Seriously, you’re the person I think of when I think of The Scarlet Pimpernel. πŸ˜€

      I know, right? O_O It’s kind of terrifying… Time has just gone MAD this year I think…


  7. I am doing Camp NaNo, and I’m experimenting in sci-fi. So far there’s no plot holes, but that’s probably because I haven’t even finished the first chapter yet. xD

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