Ishness of a September Variety {2015}

It’s time for another foray into Ishness…

ChasingShadowsCoverBut first! A note…

Ashley Townsend is having an awesome giveaway running from this Sunday (Oct 4) to the 16th, to celebrate the one-year anniversary of Chasing Shadows having been released. So make sure to stop by her blog for the details! It’s going to be epic, there’s signed books and giftcards, and you’re not going want to miss it! #TeamHood, everyone! πŸ™‚

And another note…

I was interviewed by Abi Pearson on her blog!

Go check it out, do! πŸ™‚


I sort of blinked and then September was over. It was basically a whirlwind of me being busy and somehow not getting the things done I wanted to but still doing lots of stuff.

Highlights of the Month

Library Book Sale. I went to a library sale, where I got a stack of books and old videos. (Now I must just find more time…)


My room will eventually look like this.

Vacationing. I was gone on vacation for a few days — road trips and English Country Dancing and kayaking, huzzah! (I’d never kayaked before. I found out that it’s tremendous fun.)

My first interviews! I was interviewed by Jenelle Schmidt on her website, as I mentioned way back when it happened, and also yesterday by Abi Pearson on her blog, as I said above. So exciting! I’d never been interviewed, and then it happens twice in one month. πŸ™‚

I had my 2 year blogoversary!

That was exciting. I can’t believe I’ve been blogging for two years! Last month I also hit 10,000 hits, 2,000 comments (techinically half of the comments are probably me replying, since I always do that… But still. πŸ˜‰ ), and over 220 followers. Thanks so much, everyone!! Readers and commenters are the absolute BEST thing about blogging! You make it worth it and are all awesome and make me happy. ❀

2 Years of Blogging! Happy Day!


August was a big writerly month for me… September, not so much. Life was so busy and hectic that I couldn’t really focus on writing much. Plus, I’d finished Darkling Reflections and hit a roadblock on The Secret of Kedran’s Wood (KW2). So I wasn’t really working directly on anything…

…And then I randomly started writing The Rose and the Raven.


What happens . . .

. . . when both the princess and the prince who’s supposed to kiss her . . .

. . . fall asleep . . .

. . . half way across the country from each other?

I may have mentioned it a few times, but basically it’s a retelling of Sleeping Beauty, and I haven’t decided yet if it might be a candidate for entering the Rooglewood Press contest or not. That would depend on a.) if I finish it, b.) if it’s short enough, c.) if I like it enough, and d.) if I actually have time to finish writing it before the deadline… which, considering the madness that is NaNo prep and NaNo, I actually rather doubt. Regardless, it’s an idea I’ve had for quite some time (parts of it… Other parts “clicked” a couple months ago) that I’ve really been wanting to write.

I’m going back and forth between being in love with it and thinking it’s stupid/loathing it with the loathing of a hundred seasons.



Anyways, I’m hoping it will be a novella and I wrote 3500 words of it in September and will be continuing if I can untangle myself from the writer’s block I seem to have run into at a million miles an hour (i.e., I’m kind of stuck).

But it has a number of twists that I’m very excited about, including the fact that the curse is kind of skewed differently than the fairy who cast it planned, and the thing in question to be pricked on is not actually a spindle. It also involves a prince and princess being adorable as they grow up together and (hopefully) fall in love (I wouldn’t know; I haven’t gotten that far…); forbidden love; a fairy and her evil twin; and lots and lots of outlawed roses.

Anyway, despite typical writer problems of loathing and writer’s block, I’m “enjoying” setting foot tentatively in The Rose and the Raven and getting to know Prince Derrick and Princess Brie (a.k.a. Brier-Rose, which is awkward considering roses were banned soon after she was born. So now she’s just Princess Brier, or Brie to her friends) and the fairy Ev (who some may remember from my Blogoversary post…).

I’ve also thrown myself into planning for NaNo. Not REAL NaNo planning, like actual plotting for the story I’m actally going to write (only a little of that so far). No. Nothing so extreme. That’s what October’s for, right? …Right? But rather pre-NaNo-prep prep, like schedules and to-do lists and lots and lots of scheming regarding my NaNo region involving what I plan to do as an ML (NaNoWriMo Municipal Liaison).


(A glimpse at prepping for my ML life. Look at all that NaNo stuff! I didn’t even plan that picture, I was just doing stuff with all the NaNo things, and suddenly realized it was all spread out for a perfect photo opportunity. Ta-da!)


I was mostly too busy to read… Insanity, right?

I did finish The Scarlet Pimpernel and really enjoyed it! Plus, the Scarlet Pimpernel himself was AWESOME, naturally, and not in this book enough. Fortunately, I hear there are sequels. *schemes to read several of the sequels because some are free on and some are also at my library so mwahaha*

And because I was starving for books and hadn’t read in a few weeks, I randomly up and read a Diana Wynne Jones books I had around and (miraculously) hadn’t read yet — Power of Three. I LOVED IT SO MUCH OH MY GOODNESS. ❀ The twist. The characters. The world. The epicness. The humor (of course). Classic Diana Wynne Jones. It was stupendous!


And that’s it. Yup. I read 2 books this last month. That’s a new low for me this year. *dies a little inside because neeeeeeed booooooks*

Oh, and it doesn’t count as a “book” exactly, more of an essay, but I also just last night finished a delightful little book (can one call it a pamphlet if it’s an ebook…?) of 60-ish pages from 1908 called “How to Live on 24 Hours a Day” by Arnold Bennett. I heard about it I believe from some random NaNo pep-talk or news email or something… Chris Baty or some person with a high position at NaNo randomly mentioned it (wish I could remember where!) and linked to it being free on kindle or, so I randomly downloaded it at the time and promptly didn’t read it for a year or so. I finally did. And I found to be fascinating, hilarious, well-written, with some good tips, and basically awesome. No, I don’t in fact know how to live on 24 hours a day now, but still, it has great ides and I’ll hopefully put some of it to use eventually. Regardless, it’s a splendid read (and short!) and I’m just amazed how brilliant and articulate and funny people from back then were — think the authors of Holmes and Bertie Wooster and Around the World in 80 Days. I’ve rarely if ever read non-fiction that was as hilarious but also useful as this little pamphlet. Lots of fun and also enlightening! I kept reading bits of it aloud for the wit and wisdom. πŸ˜€ (Find it on Goodreads too.)

I’m not doing a Nightstand Books/Upcoming Reads for this month, because while I do have a few ebooks I hope to read before NaNo, and a stack of other books that I would love to read the first chance I get, I really don’t know how much I’ll get to this month. For the record, I AM starving to read some books, so I hope I’ll get to do some of that this month. Because BOOOOKS. There’s at least one that I’m VERRRY much looking forward to reading, and you should see a review for it later this month if I can get through it on time… I can’t wait!


Well, since I wasn’t reading much, I had to get my story fix from somewhere. So I’ve been watching films and shows a little more than I usually do. Normally I’m not a big watcher, not because I’m against watching things or anything, I just normally have more books to read than things to see and I’d normally rather spend my time reading; but these happened this month:


  • Yes, I finally saw Mulan and The Lion King. I know, I know, everyone’s shocked I hadn’t before… They were fairly adorbz.
  • The Scarlet Pimpernel from the ’30s was fun to see, just to see the story on screen (but honestly it got rid of most of the tension, and all of the ingenious stuff the Scarlet Pimpernel himself did at the end).
  • I’ll be honest: I only watched Little Women because of Christian Bale. I didn’t remember the story much except to know that I dislike it. *more heart attacks from the audience* Yeah, sorry; it seems it’s my fate in life to shock my blog readers beyond repair. (But the whole story is depressing; and you-know-who died which was NOT okay; and Laurie married the wrong girl. Just sayin’. I guess Jo maybe started the whole “just friends” thing… *cough*)
  • I’m also re-watching the Hunger Games movies before the new one (one down; one and a half to go…).
  • And re-watching some Sherlock. Because Sherlock.


One of the best things I’ve seen this year is Star Wars: Rebels (Season 1). Asdflksjdflkjdf. It is just SO much fun!!! *flails around* I’m not the most enormous Star Wars fan in the world — I enjoy it a lot but I’m not obsessed. And I never really liked the Clone Wars animated show, what little I’ve seen of it. But the Rebels show, set about fifteen years after Episode III: Revenge of the Sith (and so a few years before Episode IV: A New Hope), is hilarious and fun and I just love the characters, especially Ezra (the hero) and Kanan. They are quite simply AWESOME. Just sayin’. And the rest are super cool and fun too Seriously, I’ve rarely come across such a wonderful dynamic crew of characters — I just love them all and their hilarious interactions. So much awesome and fun!!! It may be a little simple to some, but I just ENJOY it. Lots. Sometimes you just want to laugh, you know? It’s just so awesome. I can’t flail enough. ^_^ ❀


Ezra Bridger

And of course, I saw Beyond the Mask again, now that it’s on DVD! Love that movie!! ❀ Also one of the best things I’ve seen this year. SO. GOOD.


(I know, the camera flash masked his face even better than his mask does. Of course I did it on purpose…)

(This is also a good excuse to go: LOOK AT THE BEAUTIFUL BOOKS I NEED TO READ. Ahem.)

October Plans?

October is going to be insane for me. I have lots of catching up to do, lots of NaNo prep that must be done, a whole NaNo novel to plan, several writing events and things I need to go to, a lot of planning still to be done relating to my position as a NaNo ML, and I wouldn’t say no to finishing my Sleeping Beauty novella if I possibly could. Not to mention the daily insanity of every-day life.

I have a massive, exhaustive, comprehensive to-do list that is currently running at 5 pages, of stuff I would like to get done before November 1st brings with it the storm that is NaNoWriMo. …Yeah, probably not happening. *cough cough*

Oh, and I have some upcoming bookish posts and writerly posts (NaNo prep, huzzah!) so watch for that!

So. That’s my September. How was yours? Do you have October plans?

22 thoughts on “Ishness of a September Variety {2015}

  1. Sounds like an exciting September. Your Sleeping Beauty retelling sounds fun! Even if you don’t finish it in time for the contest, I hope you do complete it sometime. Also: you’re an ML this year? O_o What sparked that decision? (And congrats to you on being brave enough to do that . . . wish I was in your district!)

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    • I’ll definitely finish it sometime, even if it’s not on time. ^_^
      And… Um… this is is actually my third year being an ML. XD The decision was sparked a couple of years ago because not much was going on in my region, so I teamed up with someone to ML and I’ve been wrapped up in it ever since. πŸ™‚
      Aww, I wish you were too!! ❀ There's probably some cool stuff going on near you too, I hope!


        • It’s kinda hard from time to time, but gets easier with practice. πŸ™‚ Fortunately I have someone helping plan events so I focus on a lot more of the online stuff. I’m no the best at planning social events. XD And we usually have a plan-in event in October, a kickoff event Halloween night, a few write-ins throughout the month, and a wandering write-in (where we write at different places through town throughout the day)… and a rant night and a wrapup party. πŸ˜€

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          • Well, that’s good. πŸ™‚
            Those sound like pretty fun events. What’s your favorite?
            Also, question: I haven’t actually joined a region before because (A)I’ve been worried about giving out my location, and (B)I wasn’t sure if it was worth it since IDK if I’d be allowed to go to the events. Would you say it’s worth joining a region, even if you’re not sure you’d be able to do the events? (I’m pretty sure I’d be allowed to, at this point; it would more depend when and where the events were if I could make it.)

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            • My favorite’s probably the kickoff! πŸ™‚ But… really all of them. XD

              Hmm. Well, for one thing, you don’t even HAVE to join a region in order to go to events. You can just find the nearest regional forum from the regions list and find what events they have. πŸ™‚ I’m not super worried about giving out locations because regions are pretty big and pretty generic. I think it’s fun being part of a region, feeling a camaraderie of spirit with local-ish people, both on the forums and in person if you can make it to events. The main reason for JOINING a region is I think so you can get the regional messages that tell you what’s going on and about events and stuff… which is also usually on the forums. And you can actually be a part of several regions, though you can only be “homed” to one. …And I’m babbling now and probably confusing you. πŸ˜› Whether you can make it to an event or not, I personally would say it’s worth joining your local region, and that location isn’t TOO big of a worry, but if you want to feel it out first it’s very easy to just stalk the forums first. πŸ˜‰

              I hope this was helpful… Feel free to ask more questions if you like and I’ll try to answer! (Dunno if email would work better though for the longness. :P)


              • Heh. “All of them” is a good answer. xD
                You can? Oh, I didn’t know that! (And don’t worry, you’re not confusing me.) Thank you very much for the advice! I’ll look into my local region and see how I feel about joining. πŸ™‚

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  2. Reblogged this on Ashley Townsend and commented:
    I adore Deborah’s blog, and it would appear she loves Chasing Shadows too. ^_^ Check out today’s post on her site, and keep in mind that SHE just earned herself an extra #TeamHood point for blogging about the giveaway. You can still enter to win bonus entries for the 2 social media prize packages before the 1-Year Celebration kicks off this Sunday, Oct 4th, right here. Get bonus points by tagging me (@TownsendTales) and using #TeamHood #CSBook #ChasingShadowsBook on Twitter, Pinterest, Facebook, Google, etc. You can also reblog any of my posts containing #TeamHood to earn points, or create you own–just make sure it pings back to me or you leave your name and link in the comments section. Happy Hooding, my friends!

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  3. Yay, Ishness post! Except that means September is over and it’s October. O_O HOW IS IT OCTOBER? *hyperventilates*

    But September was a good month and, as busy and hectic as October shall surely be, I think it’s going to be an awesome month, too. October is one of my favorite months because FALL. It’s just an adventurous kind of month, so I’m excited!

    Alllll the Celti-ness! πŸ˜€ Blogoversary and The Rose and the Raven (*squeals* Do NOT hate it! The more I hear about it the more amazing it sounds!!) and all the Pre-NaNoing! Aaaah, that “ML life” pic is PERFECT. You are SUCH a good ML. I so wish I was in your region! (But also just because, ya know, that’d be the best thing in the world if we lived in the same town.)

    Ya know, I’m not sure I even read two whole books this month, so you did better than me! Seriously, what is up with us? But now I’m very interested in the books you read! Of course I need to read The Scarlet Pimpernel and ALL the Diana Wynne Jones books, but also that pamphlet thing sound super interesting! Who woulda thought?

    Such a wonderful watch list! I’ve seen all of those save for the Star Wars thing and The Scarlet Pimpernel. But…but…you don’t like Little Women? :O Yes, you have shocked me. I mean, yeah, my favorite character DIED and Jo didn’t end up with Laurie. *growls* But I still love that story, whether it’s the book or movies.

    Is it bad that I didn’t even really at first see the Beyond the Mask case because I was so busy looking at all the books behind it? (All the lovely boooooks.) I’m so horrible! But that flash on his face is hilarious! xD

    Whoo, October is going to be insane, isn’t it? But you got this! *fistpump*

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    • I know, right? OCTOBER. O_O
      Hurray adventuresomeness! ^_^
      Heh. I will tryyy not to hate it. XD Aww, I wish you were in my region tooo! ❀ And thank you! πŸ™‚
      I guess we're too busy to read, then…? YOU MUST READ MORE DIANA WYNNE JONES YES!!
      The Star Wars thing is sooooo much fun. ^_^
      Um. Yeah. *shifty eyes* It must be a growing-up-with-it sort of thing…
      Believe me, I'd do that too. XD BOOKS!
      Yup, October's going to be absolutely INSANE. But thank you! I hope you have a lovely October!! πŸ˜€


  4. The Rose and The Raven sounds so interesting! I love her name too. And the twist!

    The Scarlet Pimpernel is very awesome! It’s one of my favorites. πŸ™‚ The Power of Three looks interesting too.

    SHERLOCK! I love Sherlock.

    I hope NaNoWri goes well. πŸ˜€

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  5. Yes, that Sleeping Beauty retelling does sound really interesting!
    I like the book Little Women, but I’ve always been underwhelmed by the movies. (And seriously, who wouldn’t have picked Christian Bale’s Laurie? Erm, Jo, apparently).
    The Scarlet Pimpernel has been one of my favorite novels for a while (I think I read it when I was fourteen) – and Percy is amazing. And so funny.
    I am interested to see how they’ll end Mockingjay (in other words, will it be a wimpy flopping cop-out like the book . . .). I liked all the movies pretty well.
    I am a life long Star Wars girl, but I only just watched some of “Rebels” because my younger siblings wanted to. And you’re right – it’s fun, and funny, and charming. And it reminds me of Firefly, which makes me happy.
    AAACK November is too close. I have an idea for NaNo (as of two days ago), and I’m not sure if I’ll outline . . .
    Good luck on getting things done before then though . . . November has a way of creeping up on you! And applause for the fantastic use of a C-3PO gif πŸ™‚

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    • Thanks!
      (I know, right?? Christian Bale’s awesome. :))
      Oh my goodness… Rebels is like Firefly for kids!!! :O Best. Ever. XD (I love Firefly to bits, btw.) Rebels is so much funnn.
      It’s frightening, isn’t it…? Ooh, yay, a NaNo idea! I hope you can get it wrestled into something novelish! πŸ™‚
      Thanks so much! ^_^


  6. It seems like a lot has gone on for you! That’s so fun that you just watched Mulan and Little Women! I just watched Mulan on Friday and Little Women on Sunday, though I’ve seen them before lots of times haha. I grew up with those movies. Yay another person doing NaNo! I’m doing it too, though I did most of my planning last month. XD
    Happy planning!

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