Return of the Ishness! {March 2016}

We will just ignore the fact that while I was trying to write this post I got distracted looking at Sherlock pins on Pinterest for far longer than I would care to admit. Yep. Because That Would Never Happen. John-est. Honest. Never.


Anyways, THAT was a sidetrack. But HI! Hello everyone! ^_^ I’m… trying to wrap my mind around the fact that it’s April? Say what?

I’ve also kind of… forgotten to post over here. *shifty eyes* I’ve been posting bookish things on my book blog, so it vaguely slipped my mind that I hadn’t posted here in awhile, what with not having life/writing things to say. But I am back! πŸ™‚

And now that we’re a week into April *cough* it’s time to look at what happened in March…



R&RThe month started off with the Rooglewood Press announcements, putting a bookend on my first writing contest, which was definitely an interesting experience! I’m very glad I wrote The Rose and the Raven and glad I entered; and actually, now, glad I didn’t win. I’m not ready for that kind of pressure, that kind of being-edited, and it’s quite clear that my somewhat whimsical, more fantasy retelling would not have fitted with the selection that was finally made…

Anyways! I learned a lot about writing and cutting words and editing under a deadline and all that good stuff. πŸ™‚

Now that this chapter of my writing is closed for now (I’ll likely go back to the story and re-edit/add some eventually but not right now), I feel ready to focus on something else! …What that something else will be remains to be seen, though. πŸ˜‰

OHEcoverAs far as what I actually wrote in March, I wrote a bit of The Other Half of Everything for later on in the story (Teague and Meridian are so fun to write…).

I also finally edited the horrendous bits of The Secret of Kedran’s Wood that I wrote during NaNo (they were a mess) and wrote a bit more of that, officially finishing Part 1 of KW2! *confetti* (We’ll just ignore the fact that it’s passed 60k and only allegedly one-third done… *cough*) But that was a HUGE milestone for me! I’ve been trying to get to that point for a looong time. Very excited about that! Though… my characters are not. Ahem. Tare may or may not be verrry done with me right now. >.>


I printed out Part 1 as a reward/incentive

And as per usual, there’s a lot of plotting of various books going on. I changed the title of my epic fantasy series from The Starrellian Saga to The Princes of Starrellia (because… er… there are many characters of a princely variety… And I like the sound of it). I’ve been working a bit on that.

I also have a new-ish book knocking at the back of my brain to be let in, which is actually a combination of several different ideas I’d had before (namely a sci-fi/mind thing, an alleged Doctor Who fanfic which I’m taking the germ of the story and just making it an original, as well as a steampunk time-travel thing, another time-travel thing involving books, and another vague idea featuring a very special library). This new/old story is called The Library in the Stars and it’s still in fledgling state, especially since I haven’t sorted out exactly how all the threads fit together, but I’m excited to see what happens with it.


So that’s what’s going on on the writing front for me! I’m still a bit writer’s-blocked and having a hard time focusing. I consequently decided to spend much of March reading instead.

Speaking of which . . .



Again, these are in reverse-order of when I read them, because it’s from my Goodreads Reading Challenge.

I read 13 books in March which is… a lot for me.

What a mix! Some Moomin books (a fun, hilarious children’s fantasy series originally written in Swedish); a couple of Regency books; two utterly different fantasy books set in modern-day Ireland (Blood Ties and Skulduggery Pleasant); a time-travel book; a collection of essays on writing; a splendid Beauty and the Beast retelling from Melanie Dickerson of which I got an ARC and hope to review soon; and another Diana Wynne Jones book, featuring centaurs and a Sci-fi/Fantasy Convention and tons of wackiness.

I will likely post a reading roundup on my book blog soonish… (I know, I know, I still haven’t posted my roundup for February. *cough* It will happen, it will…)


I took part, slightly, in March Magics, which was quite fun, most notably listing the books by Diana Wynne Jones that I’ve read so far. Yay!


I got to see Thor: The Dark World again (yay!) and greatly enjoyed being able to actually see the faces and what was actually going on due to not having a bunch of fog between myself and the screen. Thor and Loki together are the BEST. XD

I also finally saw The Guardians of the Galaxy, which everyone and their Groot have been telling me to watch ever since it came out, and found it extremely odd but quite fun and sometimes hilarious.

I also saw Megamind, which… again, quite weird but more fun than I’d expected.

(Are you noticing a trend? Lots of superhero movies…)

And I pretty much finished watching Jeeves & Wooster. SO fun!

But most of all, I saw the first season of an original fantasy webseries, Ren: The Girl with the Mark, by the people who made the Lord of the Rings fan-film prequel, Born of Hope, and I loved it! Now they just need to do a second season! O_O (Seriously though, they need to. NEED!!!) In case you are wondering, it was AMAZING and I have very definite opinions on if you should watch it or not. (Hint: YOU TOTALLY SHOULD.)



Can we take a moment to appreciate the fact that I got to see my favorite singer in concert this March for my birthday? Hearing Loreena McKennitt live on stage was MAGICAL. ❀ (If you’ve never heard her gorgeous Celtic music, you’re missing out.)Β Loreena herself was so lovely — charming, witty, insightful, and gracious. I just love her music so much, and it was so immersive live! So many emotions with that amazing music — one moment achingly beautiful, another hauntingly sad, and the next laughing at one of her jokes. It was so much fun, so gorgeous, and I was utterly enchanted. An incredible experience that I’m so thankful to have had the chance to have. ^_^


‘Twas an interesting month, was March.

I kind of struggled through the Rooglewood announcements and other involved things (though I’m over that one now, thankfully! :)), Daylight Savings Time (argh! I still have not recovered. -_- *shakes clock because surely it must be incorrect*), a lot of various writing self-doubts (thanks very much for all the support on that! I love you guys! ❀ ), and a bout of writer’s block, which is lurking still, slightly…

But aside from that, the rest was really an amazing month. πŸ™‚ I read a lot of fabulous birthday books (and a few review books), saw Loreena McKennitt, enjoyed my very first Twitter Party (for Diana Wynne Jones. It was SO FUN!) and generally… lived. Which is good, I guess. πŸ˜‰

I’ve also gotten back into listening to Corey Olsen, The Tolkien Professor, since it’s handy to have something to listen to while exercising, and I had wanted to get back to listening but hadn’t found an excuse. So this is awesome and I’m very excited to get caught up on some of his awesome (free!) podcasts and lectures on Tolkien and Faerie & Fantasy and other works of literature. πŸ™‚ Corey’s a really awesome guy, both funny and really interesting, to listen to. I always have great fun with his lectures! ^_^



*ignores fact that we’re already a week into the month* Dunno what my plans are for this month besides all the reading I need to do. I’ll (hopefully) have a few book reviews popping up over here soonish!

I am not, in fact, doing Camp NaNo, but for those of you who are, I wish you the best of luck, you awesome people! YOU’VE GOT THIS! I do however hope to figure out what writing projects to work on and get some writing done all the same… but we will see. *fingers crossed*

That was my March! How was yours? Any plans for April? I hope you’ll have a wonderful month! πŸ™‚

42 thoughts on “Return of the Ishness! {March 2016}

    • Thanks! πŸ™‚ And yes, I’m excited to be doing some OHE stuff even if it’s not chronological… (The other half of Editing, eh? πŸ˜‰ Sounds like a fascinating new story in its own right. XD …Ahem. Sorry, I should not poke at typos…)

      Umm… I don’t even know how to describe it really without giving it all away? But… it’s about a girl in this sort of… medieval-fantasy type village who runs into some strange goings-on and some interesting characters. There’s a whole mythology sort of thing going on, they have what seems to be a rather severe kind of guard-type people in charge called the Kah-Nath I think, who kind of control things and they aren’t allowed to have like books, and there’s a sort of magical type of person called Marked Ones who the Kah’Nath say are evil, and it’s all about Ren, the heroine, and her family, starting to learn things about what’s really going on, and there’ still a lot left hanging because it’s only the first season so I don’t even know everything that’s going on. But each episode is only 10 minutes and there are only 5, so it takes less than an hour to watch anyways and I don’t know how to really describe it without giving the entire plot away. XD Anyways I thought it was really well-done and fun and exciting, so. πŸ™‚

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      • (Haha. xD That could be an interesting story . . . of course, it would probably only appeal to writers, but oh well.)
        Hmm. Sounds interesting. I’ll have to look into it sometime when I’m in need of a way to procrastinate. (Web series are excellent for procrastination, but I’m sure you knew that already.)

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  1. Yay, Ishness posts! *dances happily*

    All of your story projects sound thrilling, as always.

    Very intrigued about this Ren series… may have to go look into that. Since we seem to be pretty much in lock-step about things we enjoy watching/reading/etc πŸ™‚

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    • Aahh it makes me happy that Ishness makes you happy! ^_^

      Thank you so much! Now just to write them… πŸ˜‰

      I dunno if it’s your type of thing or not but you might enjoy it. πŸ™‚ I know I did! And that’s always awesome when our taste coincides! πŸ˜€


  2. A new Celti Ishness post! *squeals* (I laughed out loud at your “Johnest”. xD)

    Look at KW2 all printed out, and even spiral-bound!!! It makes me so excited seeing my precious baby like that. I need more! Even if you are destroying all my feels.
    Have I mentioned lately how amazing The Library in the Stars and allll your writerly things sound? Because…I NEEDS DEM.

    March seemed to be a very bookish month, which is, obviously, fabulous! You know you read more books this month than I’ve read so far this YEAR? #embarrassing In my defense, I have read quite a few monstrously sized books lately. I don’t know why I’ve been reading so many huge books, but I guess that’s not a bad thing.

    Oh, oh! I forgot that LotR fan group was making something new. I MUST GO WATCH THIS THING.

    I’m still flailing excitedly over you getting to go to the Loreena McKennitt concert. What a special thing!

    I hope you have an absolutely amazing April! ❀ ❀ ❀

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    • Eeep, I’m so glad you’re excited — that makes me happy! ^_^ (Eheh, I couldn’t resist. XD ALL THE SHERLOCK JOKES!)

      I will have to get to work on writing more, in that case! πŸ™‚ …Hopefully with less of the feels-destroying stuff… *cough*
      Aww, you’re the best! Thank you! ^_^ I’m glad you like the sound of it/them! ❀

      I, erm, seem to have read 35 books in three months. Ahem. But that's because I haven't been writing and the three months BEFORE that with NaNo/R&R I read basically nothing and was dying of book starvation. o.o But you've been reading big books! Yes! (And mine are smallish, especially lately…) And you're busy with editing and work and stuff and I'm just reading-obsessed and irresponsible right now. XD

      Methinks you'll like the Ren thing! I hope! But awesome indie-made fantasy! πŸ˜€

      It was so awesome! I just love Loreena's music!

      Thank you so muuuch! I hope your April will be amazing too! <333


  3. Yaaaay an Ishness post!!! πŸ˜€ i’m always so happy when I see a new post on this blog or your bookish blog.
    Woah, you read so many books this month! Hehe, I didn’t get much reading done. Actually feeling quite lame because I had to return Firefight to the library AGAIN without finishing it…and my mom has a special educator card that lets us have books out for like 6 weeks so yeah. Pretty lame. But I did read By Darkness Hid and really liked it! Jill Williamson is an amazing writer. Though both Achan and Vrell really need a hug…
    Oooh a Doctor Who and steampunk? That sounds awesome. And hey, if you ever write your steampunk little mermaid retelling…i would loooove to be beta reader. Actually, if you’r ever looking for other beta readers, I would love to read more of your writing!
    I had grand plans of doing a lot of writing this month, but those grand plans went poof when life stuff happened and I went through a couple weeks of “blaaah am I really a writer??? I don’t write much!!! I gotta actually finish a story!!!” So now I’m trying to finish up the first draft my story A Ticket to Yonder, which I’ve had going for like, four years. *sigh* It’s my silly nonsensical book that always gets shoved aside for my more serious story ideas. But this time I want to just FINISH a first draft. πŸ˜› I’m also brainstorming a steampunky fantasy story about winged people that I’ve had in the works, but never seriously started writing. I’m ditching a lot of my old ideas and centering the story around different characters, so now I’m trying to see how much of the plot is left. Aaand I’ll have to research cause a lot my main characters are training in the military and I have like zero fighting knowledge…ehehehe fun stuff.

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    • D’awww, that makes me so happy! Thank youu!! ^_^

      Er… yes, I’m afraid I did. o.o I got a bit carried away with the reading, methinks… Aww, I hate having to send library books back without finishing — that’s too bad. :-/ But in your defence, from what I’ve heard, Sanderson books are GINORMOUS, so. πŸ˜‰ Eep, you read By Darkness Hid!! πŸ˜€ Yay! Yes, they definitely need hugs though. ❀

      *squeal of delight* Thank you so much! I will definitely keep you in mind for a beta-er for that and/or other stuff! πŸ˜€ *day made*

      I'm sooo sorry about your non-writing month… in fact, everything you just said, EVERYTHING, sounds exactly like what's going on with me! o.o …Except the actual trying-to-finish something; I'm still in the wanting-to stage. XD Best of luck to you on your nonsensical book (it sounds fun!). AAAAHH A STEAMPUNKY FANTASY STORY ABOUT WINGED PEOPLE OH MY GOODNESS I NEED TO READ THIS IT SOUNDS AMAZING. :O I hope your brainstorming/writing/researching will go well! ❀


  4. YOU FINISHED PART 1 OF KW2!!! *applauds you loudly* GO, Deborah! And tell Tare that he MUST put up with you, because otherwise he won’t get his story written, and then we won’t get to read about him, and we MUST read about him!

    The Library In The Stars sounds awesome, I love the title you came up with!

    LotR fan-film prequel called Born Of Hope? Hmm, I has not heard of this before … perhaps I should look into it :).

    Loreena Mckennitt sounds like an AWESOME singer, I’ll have to find (and then listen to) some of her music!

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    • Aaahh, thank you! ^_^ And… I will see if telling Tare that helps. I kind of doubt it, but hey, it definitely inspires ME! XD

      Thank youuu! I’m glad you like the title. πŸ™‚

      Yes! Born of Hope was really good… as long as you don’t mind, ya know, most people dying, because it IS before LotR of course… *cough* But it’s about Aragorn’s parents and stuff, and has baby-Aragorn and the sons of Elrond!! πŸ˜€

      Loreena’s INCREDIBLE! You must definitely try listening to her! ^_^


  5. JOHNEST! HAHAHAHAHA. That is my new favourite thing!

    Well done for all of your writing! I’m sure your characters will get over it πŸ˜‰ REMIND THEM WHO’S BOSS!

    I absolutely love Skulduggery, I hope you enjoyed Playing with Fire! That series just keeps getting better and better and better. It’s an upward curve. Love it.

    Have a good April! (Although it’s already half gone, what?)

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    • ALL of the Sherlock jokes! XD
      Thank you! Eheh, sometimes I think my characters are the boss of ME, but hey. XD
      Yay Skulduggery! I’m looking forward to reading more if I can FIND them…
      Thanks, you too! *in denial over April’s rapid disappearance*


  6. Pfffft, of course not. How is being distracted by Sherlock pins even possible?
    Hey, that’s great for writing progress for one month!
    The Library in the Stars sounds cool!! I look forward to it.
    Ooh, what did you think of Northanger Abbey?
    I didn’t know the Born of Hope team was doing a webseries! Ohmyword, I have to check this out!
    Arg, DST needs to be abolished.
    It was great to read what you’ve been up to, Celti, dear!

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    • Totally a myth, yeah. πŸ˜›
      Yay, thank you, glad it intrigues! πŸ™‚
      I enjoyed the poking-at-novels stuff and LOVED Henry Tilney, and loathed Isabella and everything do with her; which means that most of the book I couldn’t stand just for my personal taste of hating Isabella, BUT every part with Tilney, and with him and his sis and Catherine together, were absolutely fantastic! So a mixed bag for me. I think I rated it four stars. It’s really fun except for the not fun parts! πŸ™‚
      Definitely check out Ren! πŸ˜€
      Aaahh, you’re a fan too? IT WAS AMAZING TO HEAR LOREENA LIVE!
      *readily signs petition to abolish DST*
      Thanks so much, Lody! ^_^ ❀


  7. Wow you’ve had a crazy month! Happy belated birthday! So many books to write and read! I hope April is even better for you! And Loreena McKennitt. Yesss! I’ve been listening to her for years. ^ ^ That’s so cool you saw her live! What’s your favorite piece of hers?

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    • Thank you so much! ^_^
      I hope your April’s going well too! πŸ™‚
      Aaah, yay! Loreena’s fabulous. πŸ˜€ My favorite is “Never-Ending Road”. I have a thing for roads (you may have noticed ;)) and it’s just so gorgeous! ❀

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