Happy February!

Wow, I haven’t done a real Ishness post in ages! So it’s time for another one. πŸ™‚ Here’s a look at my January…


After the insane writing time that was November and December (which I now realize I have STILL to chronicle fully on the blog here…), I was pretty much burnt out on the writing front.

And by “pretty much” I mean “a completely blackened stub of candle-wick at the end of a very gone candle.” Ahem.

So I took a writing hiatus in January. Yup. The whole month off. Which may sound extreme to some, but I really needed it and found it super relaxing.

Obviously, I still blogged… a ton… largely due to said writing break. Because I always need to write SOMETHING, and when I “take off” it generally manifests itself in the form of fiendishly frequent blogging, and starting a book blog only amplified that…

I also cheated a liiittle bit and did writing in my writing journal/notebook, which is something I start every year and use to keep track of my miscellaneous writing ideas etc. So I wrote 25 pages in that. …Which is more than I usually do. Eheh.

OHEcollageAnd Teague and co. from The Other Half of Everything have been steadily bombarding me with ideas this last month, so I’ve been surreptitiously taking notes on that and may have kinda-sorta worked out a rough structure for the story. Which makes me happy.

So this is why I’m not entirely DYING to write just now, which is what usually happens after I take a break and starve myself on words. Instead of starving, I tried to just… cut back and give myself permission to not write. But I’m wonderfully refreshed after my writing hiatus and although I don’t know what I’m going to work on next — so many options! So many books! — I’m excited to return to it.

Oh! And I did write on my writing day. January 20th every year is designated my writing day, because a few years in a row I happened to write something on that day, so I turned it into a tradition. So I wrote a snippet of The Silver Forest. Because Taghdach demanded it. Because he was grouchy and wanted to blow up some diamond trees. So I let him and wrote it. Because I’m nice like that.

Some snippets from The Silver Forest (you’re welcome. XD)

SilverForestCoverFinalWithout warning, he swung round, his head jerking forward and down as if under a great weight, and he flung his arms out to both sides in a violent gesture which leveled the trees around them, at the same time that a howling wind seemed to spring inexplicably up around him, tossing his cloak wildly. At the movement of his arms and the power that brought the wind, every diamond tree within a few feet in a wide swathe around them seemed to constrict for a moment and then shattered, crashing to the forest floor in myriads of glittering, tinkling fragments.


His face was carefully sculpted, a cold marble statue under unforgiving moonlight on a frozen night, and no emotion could be found there. But his eyes burned a painful silver steel of starfire. Taghdach’s voice was as blank as his face as he spoke now. β€œHe was my closestβ€”and onlyβ€”friend.” He looked unwaveringly straight into her eyes, his own like ice with not a trace of any thought readable within them, and finished, β€œAnd I killed him.”



(I seem to be following a trend of reading books with blue-ish-grey-ish covers? Except for the white one, which is trying to shrink into the background because it’s nonfiction, which I rarely read. Also I feel the need to point out that these are listed in reverse order: I read Fire and Hemlock first and Half-Blood most recently… but Goodreads has these nicely listed — albeit backward — and I’m too lazy to go make a new image collection right now.)

I read 10 books in January. Which was nice, because in the previous four months, I read literally 6 books total and was starved for reading… (More about these books in my Reading Roundup over on my book blog if you’re interested in hearing further about ’em.)


I saw Sherlock: The Abominable Bride!

…Three times. *cough* (Once at a theater it was showing at, which was awesome — Sherlock on the big screen! — and twice afterward online. Because obviously I’m addicted.)

It was so awesome and I loved it. So many little (and not-so-little) nods to the original story and to the modern ones, all wrapped up in a clever plot. I just LOVE how clever the Sherlock episodes are. They make me happy, and this is definitely one of my favorites… And the setting! It was so awesome to see the beloved characters in that time period. All tidy and neat-looking in their clothes and combed hair etc. XD And so much humor. My goodness. So. Fun. I had a couple complaints (like the creepiness, but a lot of the original Holmes stories are creepy too…) but mostly just ignored those and had a blast. And the interaction and dialog and all the characters and Sherlock and John and Mycroft and Lestrade and Mary and just lskjflkjsdl SHERLOOOCK.

Basically, IT WAS AWESOME!!!

…Can you kinda tell I enjoyed a lot? πŸ˜‰


January’s song-of-the-month for me was Tell Your Heart to Beat Again by Danny Gokey… yes, I’m still listening to that. I discovered it at the beginning of the month, and it’s been constantly playing — if not actually, at least in my head. I love it so much and it’s sort of my “theme-song” for January that I associate with the month. πŸ™‚


Humm… Not too much of interest going on here… I’ve been really busy (who knew that basically postponing your life for two months in favor of writing piles up??) but can’t think of anything specific of interest. I had a cold there at the end as I may have mentioned… And I’ve been trying to look after myself better, which has included trying to get outside more, which means that I’ve been actually noticing the weather. Which has been insane. Some days it’s freezing cold with a nasty wind and it’s all I can do not to run back inside to my heater instead of taking a little walk. Other times it’s been like 70 degrees, with a soft breeze and hot sunshine when I even *gasp* had to wear short sleeves.

Apparently our weather is confused about the fact that it was January…?

(Of course, one of those days taking a walk with short sleeves this last week, something — I suspect it was a wasp — decided to randomly sting me, so THAT was fun. I am reminded of why I actively try to avoid the outdoors. >.>)

February Plans

I still want to read. A lot. And I have plans of avoiding Goodreads so that I can focus on reading and writing (if you see me on there before March, feel free to yell at me. ;)), and of trying to consolidate my internet time. …We’ll see how that goes. *cough*

I still have a lot of life projects I’m behind on, so I hope to tackle those as well.

Now that I’m off writing hiatus, I hope to get back into writing again! Yay! …How exactly I’m going to do that, I have no idea, but pfft, details. πŸ˜‰ There’s some Tare editing calling my name, and I’m throwing around the idea of working on a couple of different books, but haven’t officially decided what yet. Hopefully February will hold a wondrous return to the writing world, regardless of what exactly that entails!

I know that February’s going to be busy, but hey! At least we have an extra day this month, right? πŸ˜€

How was your January and what are your February plans? πŸ™‚

Also, tomorrow’s Groundhog Day, and on behalf of groundhogs everywhere, I petition you: celebrate on this little-noticed holiday! (I don’t care how. Just celebrate. Because groundhogs. And spring(ish). And glorious things like that.)

21 thoughts on “Ishness!

  1. I’d tell you what I think you should write, but then I realized that the answer is “EVERYTHING.” Because I love Tare but I also want to read The Silver Forest and The Other Half of Everything, so . . . yeah. WRITE ALL THE THINGS. (I do love that Silver Forest snippet, though.)

    I will not yell at you if I see you on Goodreads, but I might enthusiastically greet you and then just happen to say “I thought you were taking a break, though?”

    Lucky you, with your 70-degree weather. Up here, the weather knows exactly what month it is and won’t let us forget it. >.<

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    • Well, I appreciate the effort, anyway. XD I’m glad they all want to be read by you… Yes ma’am! I will see what I can do! *salutes and tries to figure out how to write all the things* (THANK YOU!)

      That will work just as well, yes. πŸ˜‰

      Don’t worry, the 70’s seem to have been short-lived and the cold is going to close in again this week… πŸ˜› My condolences on your weather and its persistence and awareness. *sends you tea and blankets and firewood*

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    • I’m glad it produces a “yay”! Thanks. πŸ™‚ And yes, my January ’twas good for the most part… I hope yours was as well!

      Aww, I should have told you about it, then! o.o I found it on the PBS site… they had it up for a couple weeks after it aired… :-/ (I don’t have Netflix, soo… I wouldn’t have been able to watch it that way myself. :P) I hope you’ll be able to watch it soon!! ❀ *huggles*


  2. ISHNESS IS BAAACK!!!! Yay for all the wonderful bookish things happening!!! You must be a wizard of some sort to be able to read 10 books! I had a shamefully slow reading month in January, BUT I’m looking forward to reading ALL THE BOOKS in February! (Including, I hope, Illusionarium!)

    SNIPPETS. *snatches them all up and devours them* EVERYTHING YOU WRITE IS BEAUTIFUL LIKE WHAT.

    Ugh, that mean old wasp >.> There IS a reason we don’t go outside…

    Ohhh, happy Groundhog Day! I really love this holiday, but it’s sorely underappreciated. I’m not really sure how to celebrate it, but I think ice cream is always a good method. *nods*

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    • Your enthusiasm gets me every time, you know that? ^_^
      Heheh, well, given that most of what I did in January was read (since I wasn’t writing…), that’s probably why I got a lot read… I hope your February will be a wonderfully bookish one!! (ILLUSIONARIUM! YAY! :D)

      AHHH THANK YOU!! ❀ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ That makes me so happy. ^_^ *huggles*

      *giggles* Yes, the outdoors is dangerous. XD

      Happy Groundhog Day to you too! I know, right? Nobody notices it. *shakes head sadly* Ice cream is always an acceptable method to celebrate. πŸ˜‰ (I had some myself today, so. :D)


  3. Yay, those snippets are awesome! πŸ˜€
    Wow, nice reading in January…*hides in corner because read like 2 books* πŸ˜›
    I love Danny Gokey!! Tell Your Heart to Beat Again is absolutely beautiful…*sigh*
    I really don’t know what I’m going to do February…no plans… XD I just know I want to write more. A lot more. πŸ™‚

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    • Thank you!

      And it’s no shame to read only 2! I just apparently had way too much time on my hands. XD

      Aaah, really?? Awesome! πŸ™‚ I’ve only heard a few of his songs, but there’s something inexplicably beautiful about his style that I’m addicted too! Tell Your Heart to Beat Again is my favoritest. ^_^

      I don’t have much of a plan either, just vague ideas… I hope your February will be awesome and include lots of writing and books! ❀

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  4. Ishness post! I love these so much. And it’s great we both did a wrap-up post on the same day. #braintwinsforever

    So, so, so glad your writing hiatus was relaxing. I cannot wait to see what project you pick up next! I love all your stories so much, I’ll be ecstatic over anything. GIVE ME ALL THE CELTI BOOKS. Speaking of which… DOSE SF SNIPPETS. o.O There are diamond trees. DIAMOND TREES. SO MUCH GORGEOUSNESS. GAH. This book sounds so amazingly gorgeous. I NEED. But, uh, what is this about Taghdach killing his friend????? You are going to destroy me with this guy, aren’t you? D:

    All the delicious books! I must go see your other post about them.

    SHERLOCK SHERLOCK SHERLOCK SHERLOCK!!! Basically EVERYTHING you said. Their period costumes and just ALL DA THINGS. <333 (And I actually loved the creepy factor…eheh.) And wait, you saw it in THEATERS? JELLY.

    Our weather has been the same. I mean, we even got a little snow and yet today it's warm and humid. What even weather? Sheesh.
    Boo on getting stung. Poor Celti!

    Cannot wait to see what February brings!

    And…Groundhog Day. Oh yeah. o.o I always sort of forget about it… Whoops.

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    • Yay! Thank you! And yes, braintwins! πŸ˜€ It’s awesome. *nodnod* (I adored your wrap-up post!!)

      AAAHH THANK YOU! I still don’t know, and seem to be doomed to be rushing around being busy all week, so I don’t even know how I’ll find the time to even figure out what I’m going to write, let alone to write… >.> But hopefully! πŸ˜€ (Eheh, sorry about the Taghdach thing. XD *cough* Don’t worry, it’s not as bad as it sounds. …Kinda. *evil author laugh* But I’m so glad you like the diamond trees and gorgeousness! ❀ Thanks!)

      SHERLOOOCK!! And… yes, I saw it at a theater. *cough* It was so fun. And of COURSE you would like the creepiness. XD BUT I'M SO GLAD YOU LIKED IT AAAAAHHH!! (I hadn't heard anything about it from you so I was beginning to fear that you hadn't liked it and didn't want to talk about it and I didn't want to ask. O_O Heehee. I'm weird. XD But you're like the epitome of Sherlock fan, so I'm sooo glad you liked it!! Wasn't it just AWESOME!)

      But you got snow! πŸ˜€ That's still cool, and makes up for the warm and humidness. πŸ˜‰

      Heehee, Groundhog Day is something *I* always remember, but it seems seldom noticed, and that's okay. XD It's kinda random. πŸ˜›

      I hope you'll have an awesome February!! ^_^


      • Wait, have I forgotten to mention Sherlock to you? I thought I mentioned it in one of our reports when I got back from my trip. Did I forget? Sheesh, my brain! See how scattered I’ve been? Yes, I LOVED it!!! It was absolutely amazing. I adored how they managed to squeeze in all the old episodes while still making it its own story. SO GOOD.

        And don’t ever be nervous to ask me about Sherlock. You know I’ll fangirl with you all day. πŸ˜‰

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  5. ‘Because he was grouchy and wanted to blow up some diamond trees.’ That made me laugh :D. After reading the snippets, I feel even more intrigued by Taghdach than I was before …

    70 degrees and a TEE-SHIRT?! You’re right, the weather has entirely forgotten what month we’re in. Ooo, you got stung? Ouch. I’ve never been stung (and never intend to be), but my sisters have gotten some bad stings before.

    Out of the ten books you read this month, I’ve only read one of them (Half-Blood), though I REALLY want to get my hands on Goddess Tithe at some point.

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    • Oh my goodness, I somehow missed this till now! o.o
      Aww, I’m so glad! Thanks for your kind words on my writing — made my day! ^_^
      Yeah, the weather’s just been crazy this year. πŸ˜› Good plan not to get stung — I approve. *nods seriously*
      Half-Blood was good! I hope you can read Goddess Tithe someday — it was soooo great! πŸ˜€


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