Junishness {2016}

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Ishness of June 2016

Oh. Hello, July. How did you get here.

CAN WE TAKE A MOMENT TO FREAK OUT ABOUT THE FACT THAT THE YEAR IS OFFICIALLY HALF OVER???

AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHH.

Okay. Thank you. Freak-out is done.

…Ish. (*internally shrieking*)

Ahem.

On with the regularly scheduled Ishness of the last month…

EXCITING THINGS THAT HAPPENED IN MY LIFE

Dead internet, often, agaiiiin. Joy. So I’m still behind on everything due to that. Surprise! XD But fortunately it’s been back for a little while now so maybe that will be over. 🙂

I went to a library sale. I normally spend hours and hours… but this time I was done in a record 45 minutes. It was a very tiny library sale, evidently. XD But I found few gems…

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We kicked off The Silmarillion Awards! Nominations are ending TODAY (July 1), and voting for the top five nominees in each category will start early next week!

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skinmapStephen Lawhead commented on my book blog, on my review of his book The Skin Map. … GUYS. STEPHEN. LAWHEAD. He thanked me for a “splendid review”, said I seemed to have “got” it, and was curious what I’ll think of the rest of the series. (FYI, The Skin Map was one of my favoritest reads last year. SUCH AN EXCELLENT BOOK. You should totally read it — highly recommended.) I’m still recovering from this amazing happening. Saying my day was made is a huge understatement. *flails around*

WRITING

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I wrote closer to 3,000 words than to 2,000, which is a feat for me these days. (Okay, so it was 2,693. BUT STILL.)

Mostly writer dares from my writing group (thanks, Shelby and Ellie!), some snatches of The Other Half of Everything, as well as randomly rewriting an old flashfiction story of mine called Midnight Fear. Which was… interesting.

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I also may or may not have started thinking about possibilities of what I might write for NaNoWriMo this year. …Yep, that’s a thing.

What? NaNo’s four months away. Might as well start preparing… *cough* Pleasedon’tkillme.

Speaking of alarmingly fast-moving time and writing…

We’re officially halfway through the year and I’ve written a grand total of 10,000 words this year, which on the one hand is WRITING but on the other hand is rather sadly small…

READING

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Once again, I didn’t read a lot, but these were enjoyable all the same. 🙂 To be fair, Defying Shadows was HUGE (and also AWESOME. O_O) so… beta-reading that kind of counts for a couple books, I’d say, which is why I didn’t read as much. Anyway. Brief thoughts on them all are here on my book blog. ^_^

BLOGGING

I kinda-sorta-almost-maybe-perhaps mayyyy or may not have roughly planned out ideas for what I might blog about for . . . the rest of the year.

Um.

That might be a thing. >.>

I mean, hey, I technically only post usually once a week sooo that’s only 4 per month, right? No idea if it’ll actually HAPPEN but one can hope. XD

What can I say, I’m an obsessive planner and haven’t done something like this in awhile, and I kind of wasn’t able to actually BLOG very much due to said internet, sooo planning happened…

*crickets*

…I’m obsessed and insane, aren’t I. -_- *faceplants into desk*

Ahem.

Postses on le blogs of mine werrrrrre:

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Here:

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The Page Dreamer:

Random: I’ve made 40 posts on my book-blog since starting it on New Year’s Day! 🙂

LINKS ELSEWHERE

I’m sadly very bad about remembering to save links to posts I loved, so I can share them on my blog… but I DO remember a small handful from this month:

VIEWING

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(I’m fully aware of how weird these movies look together; hush)

I actually don’t usually watch movies much, but libraries happened, so I saw a bunch of weird, random movies for some reason…? So you get to suffer through me rambling about them… 😛

  • Pan: Okay, so this was BIZARRE and they changed a ton of things and — it wasn’t really my favorite and was really NOTHING like Peter Pan, buuuut all in all I enjoyed it okay and was really surprised at that. o.o Mostly that I really really really loved James Hook. XD …I know that sounds bad. But he wasn’t Evil-Captain-Hook yet! And he’s also a funny, self-centered, kind-of-epic, Indiana-Jones-ish character played by Murtagh. What is not to like? I mean… y’know, other than the fact that he’s supposed to become an evil villain. >.> Ahem. *cough* The fact that this movie was basically “a buddy movie of Peter Pan and Hook” is… WEIRD. Like WHAT EVEN. But it was also fun. So. *shrug* I’ll just pretend it’s an alternate universe version of Peter Pan. 😛 (Also, the last lines. *flail*)
  • Red Riding Hood: Um. Creepy. o.o Mostly too creepy for me, I guess, but I did enjoy parts of it, and it was interesting trying to guess who the wolf was… Everyone was SO suspicious. I guess it’s like a mystery/not-quite-horror/medieval retelling of Red Riding Hood. Very… different. But I kinda had fun with it anyway. 😛
  • Snow White and the Huntsman: Apparently I was in for dark fairytale movies this month? I . . . was . . . kind of really surprised at liking this. I expected it to be awful? But it was surprisingly okay. Not brilliant exactly, and a bit creepy, but I enjoyed it. I haven’t seen Kristen Stewart in anything and I know she gets a lot of nastiness from viewers because of Twilight but c’mon, she was kind of nice in this. XD It was interesting to see Snow White retold like this, and it kept a lot of the original stuff. (It even had a touch of Christianity, which really surprised me and I liked. 🙂 …Yes, I do consider a character saying The Lord’s Prayer on-screen, and another character speaking of heaven and angels to be Christian.) It also had Thor Chris Hemsworth (and Finnick Sam Claflin) so that was a plus. 😉 Chris Hemsworth had a Scottish accent, which was WEIRD. O_O He was fun. 😀
  • The Lorax: This one was okay. Not my favorite, but I guess it had its moments, particularly some humor and the cute creatures. 😛 I liked it over-all. 🙂 (I also missed part of the ending because it was a scratched library DVD. PEOPLE, PLEASE BE CAREFUL WITH LIBRARY DVDS.)
  • Inside Out: I liked the idea of it, and some of it was brilliant and perfect, regarding memories and stuff. Pixar stuff is always fun and I enjoyed this one. Again, not a fave (I’m seeing a trend here… enjoyed but not favorites… I DON’T EVEN KNOW, GUYS. Apparently I just enjoy movies. *shrug*) but it was a pretty good movie and gave me feels and stuff, so. 🙂 Plus, like I said, mind stuff is fascinating! Anyways, pretty good! 😀

Aaand I’ve been rewatching The Lord of the Rings, because that’s always a good idea. 😉

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(pinterest; I’m… just gonna leave this here. Yeah. Sorry but I liked him. XD)

JULY PLANS

  • I have a couple books I need to read, and then I’ll hopefully be back to reading anything I want… which means I want to read a LOT this month. But we’ll see.
  • My calendar has started to fill up so I think I’ll be busy… Good busy, but still busy.
  • We’ll have the rest of the Silmarillion Awards this month, so yay! Voting for a couple weeks, and then the awards will be presented and partying will ensue. It’s gonna be great. 😀 *nods*
  • I also will probably post a couple of reviews around here so watch for those…
  • I would like to write again, please and thank you, but we’ll see.
  • I’m not doing Camp NaNo, but for all of y’all who are, I wish you the best of luck and happy writing!

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That ’twas my June. How fared ye, travelers of word and page? And, most importantly, HOW IS THE YEAR HALF OVER? *incoherent shrieking noises*