Augtember Ishness: Steampunk & Star Trek & Beren, Oh My!

August – September 2017

Hello, my Roadlings! It’s October! I don’t actually want to hear that, but, well… such is life. Speaking of life, here are some Ishnesses of mine from the last two months. (Shh, of course Augtember is a legitimate month…)

LIFE

I was mostly busy with Life-ish and some Internet-ish things, but here are a few random things of interest that happened:

Sometimes I art. (Dragon from Jenelle’s Minstrel’s Song series for the Fellowship of Fantasy Fan Art Contest. I didn’t win but a different picture for the same series did. XD)

Sometimes I’m interviewed. This was one of those times. (Thanks, Emily!)

Sometimes I see an eclipse. (“See” is here a vague word. I didn’t look directly at it but the shadows did fascinating things.)

Sometimes I have a blogoversary. (A 4 year one at that!) I was so excited to give away books and celebrate. ‘Twas a blast! ^_^

Sometimes I start getting ready for being an ML (Municipal Liaison) for NaNoWriMo again this year. (‘Twill be my 5th year as an ML and 8th year participated in NaNo. I’m surprised too. What happened to Time, again?)

(Left-to-right: March-June bjournal-the-first, July-September bjournal-the-second, and as-yet-unstarted hopefully-bjournal-the-next. Also known as: whatever the latest journal I found at a library sale was when I needed to start a new bjournal. XD)

Sometimes I finish another bjournal. (Bullet Journal, for those unfamiliar with my bizzare and strangely-Nordic abbreviation.) I’d say “sorry to see you go, Max Out On A Limb” but I’m not actually sorry, because it wasn’t the easiest journal to write in so I’m actually relieved to be finished that one. Time to start the next one… (On my to-do list for today.)

WRITING

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I took a writing (and blogging) hiatus in August. It was much needed after a very busy July Camp NaNo when I “wrote” 30 hours.

I then proceeded to accidentally take a semi-hiatus from writing for most of September too, because I couldn’t decide what to work on and Life got busy.

Basically, I didn’t do much writing in the last two months. >.> Like… at all.

I did fiddle with a few stories (including Tare’s because he doesn’t ever leave me alone for too long because he’s guilt-trippy considerate like that. ^_^) so it wasn’t a total loss. Hopefully I benefited from the break?

I did, however, after much panicking (see above image. XD), finally decide what I’m writing for NaNoWriMo next month! πŸ˜€ *has minor heart-attack at the words “next month” being used to refer to November*

I’m (hopefully) writing The Siren and the Skyship, a Steampunk-Fantasy Little Mer(man?) retelling, WHICH I AM RIDICULOUSLY EXCITED ABOUT. I’m sure you’ll hear more about it this month and next, so don’t worry, there will be more on this subject sometime. XD

READING

I read 8 new books, re-read 4 (okay, one was read TO me on audiobook and was so fun!), and read a non-fiction too. Much lovely reading these last two months!

I was particularly excited to re-read The Silmarillion (it had been a few years since I read it last, so this was AMAZING!) and reading the new Beren and Luthien book, which was delightful! ^_^ I’m so pleased to (after far too long) be dipping back into Tolkien! In case anyone’s wondering, The Silmarillion is fabulous and my world from my childhood, and Tolkien’s Beren and Luthien poetry is amazing. ❀

Also The Little White Horse IS AWESOME and everyone needs to read it. And everyone also needs to read “Art and the Bible” if you’re a writer, or want to be a writer, or read, or anything.

I loved pretty much all the rest of the books I read too! πŸ™‚ (Listed below, linked if I reviewed them recently.)

(If you’re interested, links to these books are on my Goodreads challenge page.)

WATCHING

So I watched a lot of things recently, which is rare for me. Maybe since I wasn’t writing?

I’m once again reminded that I don’t actually like to have opinions about movies because then I have to… well have opinions, and movies are my “fun” thing that I don’t do all the time and am not as passionate about as books. So I find I don’t always know what I think of movies, other than generally enjoying them… or something.

Anyway, they included:

  • The Secret of Moonacre — I saw the movie before the book! o.o I know, I’m so horrible. *coughcough* I quite enjoyed it, though I did enjoy the book (The Little White Horse) more once I read it. They’re toootally different, in a way. The film is fun but the book as AMAZING. ❀ (The movie did haveΒ Ioan Gruffudd as the grouchy uncle though, so that was fun. XD)
  • Star Trek — The three new Star Trek movies and a few episodes of the Original Series of Star Trek (I had never seen anything Star-Trek-related before; suddenly I’m understanding SO MANY references. I feel enlightened about cultural references now. XD) both of which were rather fun. I’m not a huge sci-fi fan in general? So, not my faaavorite, but I do find myself rather attached to Kirk and Spock and others. *nodnod* Overall, both the new and old versions were quite fun in their way. πŸ™‚ (Yes, I saw the Tribbles; poor Kirk. XD Yes, I liked the timey-wimey stuff in the first new movie. Yes, Benedict CucumberKahn was interesting. Yes, it was weird that New-Kirk’s dad and mom were Thor and Emma Swann.)
  • Tuck Everlasting — Um. Bittersweet? I was bad again and saw it before reading the book (on my list) but it was kind of fun… kind of… except for some of it… I dunno what I think about it. πŸ˜› The idea was neat and I loved the melody thing… Fun-ish. πŸ™‚
  • Spider-Man — I had never seen anything Spidey-ish, other than his cameo in Captain America 3, but this month I managed to see the first two Tobey Maguire films. Pretty fun, though seemingly unnecessarily focused on “let’s make Spidey’s life miserable”. XD Not my faaave, but again, I feel so cultured now. XD
  • Saw Captain America: Civil War again, and Emma (with Pepper Potts and Obi-Wan; shush, I can call it that) again. That Emma film is quite fun, and I’m only in CA:CW for Bucky and Hawkeye and Bucky. *cough* Basically I want a Bucky and Hawkeye and Agent Hill movie. Is that so much to ask?
  • Aaand I started Once Upon a Time. I’ve seen all of 5 episodes so I’m not very far along. XD But, again, I now feel sooo much like I can start “getting” things. XD Quite fun thus far; curious where it’ll go. πŸ™‚
  • I saw some other stuff but those are the highlights. πŸ™‚ Basically, now I Know Things.

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT

Attention, everyone!

There’s going to be a blog tour, coming soon (early November) and it’s going to be cool! It’s going to be… Vintage Jane Austen Week! So if you’re a blogger and want to a) interview some awesome authors, b) read and review some of those awesome Jane Austen retellings set in the 1930s that I’ve been flailing about, or c) share the word with a spotlight post . . . then NOW IS THE TIME. The time to sign up, that is! Which you can do HERE. Otherwise, be watching out for that, because there’ll be cool stuff and a giveaway and it’ll be grand, basically. ^_^ (If you have no idea what I’m talking about, you can find out more about the series here.)

OCTOBER PLANS

Whew! What a busy couple of months, with much reading and watching and not-writing (whoooops) and a lot of lifely things which don’t seem interesting to report but somehow keep me quite busy outside of said mentioned things.

My upcoming plans include:

  • Starting a new bjournal (because how else can I keep track of all the things I need to do and don’t have time for? *coughcough*).
  • Doing ALL THE NANO PLOTTING AAAAHHH.
  • Freaking out about said NaNo’s approach (shhh, we all do it).
  • Trying to read ALL THE THINGS and review them and basically do a few months’ worth of work and projects BEFORE NANO.
  • Because clearly I’m insane. XD
  • *slumps* Yes, it’s that time of year when I’m trying to clear slates and do EVERYTHING, while trying to plot a novel (oh, I capitalized that as Novel when I first typed it. Feeling important, are we?).
  • Which is only slightly less insane than ACTUALLY trying to write a 50,000 word Novel (I did it again; must be reflexes trying to write November, or NaNo. Or a steampunk story with delusions of grandeur) in a month.
  • But we won’t think about that until November, right? RIIIIGHT???
  • [I lie. I’m going to be thinking about it 24/7 for the next month.] Ahem.

ANYWAY. That’s it for today! Thanks for reading my (dubiously interesting?) rambles about the ishnesseseses (precioussss) of my last one-sixth-of-a-year (goodness, that sounds long, where have I been?) — and have a splendiferous October, friends! It’s Fall and almost NaNo and we don’t know what to do about it, but let’s have a glorious fun mess of a time, shall we? *gives out cupcakes and throws Fall(en?) leaves and NaNo-prep-papers like confetti*

P.S. I may or may not be sharing tidbits about The Siren and the Skyship on Twitter all month for #WIPjoy. And also may or may not be participating in #Drachtober as well. You know, if I have time to keep up with both, which is dubious. XD Also, in regard to Drachtober, Jenelle is having a short story challenge on her blog, so check it out.

P.P.S. Thanks for reading! (Again.)

P.P.P.S. I feel like Gandalf now. This is marvelous. (Never resist the urge to use several postscripts. Embrace your inner Gandalf! And you will never be late! Or something. Because… wizards? *laughs at own joke* …Yeah, okay, I’m done now.)

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21 thoughts on “Augtember Ishness: Steampunk & Star Trek & Beren, Oh My!

  1. Augtember, I love it! I just loved this post in general! You are so funny. The “steampunk story with delusions of grandeur”, the “Fall(en?) leaves”, the Gandalf references. JUST EVERYTHING. You’re the best! XDD (And hey, I think S&S *should* be the Novel with a capital N because IT’S JUST THAT EPIC. I’m just so excited about it! *dances*)

    YOUR DRAGON DRAWING IS SO PRECIOUS I LOVE. DRAGONNNN. I love when you art. You should art more! Your pics are the best! .> Ehhh, yeah. Bittersweet for sure. Heh.

    The Maguire Spider-man movies used to be pretty amazing, but they did not hold up to the test of time. Lol. They’re preeetty cheesy now, especially in comparison to all the many, MANY epic Marvel movies we get these days. I’m very nostalgic over them, but if I had first watched them these days I probably wouldn’t like them much at all. xD

    Also…ONCE UPON A TIME. Sorry. I just have to flail. Like…every day. *grins*

    I hope all your October plans go amazingly! And I’m right there with you in trying to get ALL the things done and thinking about NaNo 24/7 even though I shouldn’t and just SDLKJSLDJFLJSDF. It’s that time of year! XDDD (But we secretly (or not so secretly???) love it.)

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    • (Ooops. It cut off a bunch of my comment. Let’s try this again!)

      Augtember, I love it! I just loved this post in general! You are so funny. The “steampunk story with delusions of grandeur”, the “Fall(en?) leaves”, the Gandalf references. JUST EVERYTHING. You’re the best! XDD (And hey, I think S&S *should* be the Novel with a capital N because IT’S JUST THAT EPIC. I’m just so excited about it! *dances*)

      YOUR DRAGON DRAWING IS SO PRECIOUS I LOVE. DRAGONNNN. I love when you art. You should art more! Your pics are the best!

      You read so many books! :O I’ve hardly been reading AT ALL lately. It’s bad. Meep. But Tolkien and Bryan Davis and fairytales and fun fantasy things and just ALL THE BOOKS. I’ve never even heard of Art and the Bible but apparently I need it. o.o

      Look at you watching movies and getting references! (The Cap gif was perfection. xD) I’ve actually never seen the original Star Trek show. In fact, the only Star Trek I’ve ever seen is the first two new movies; haven’t even watched the third yet! I like the new movies okay, but I’m just not a big Star Trek person. Like you, heavy sci-fi doesn’t appeal to me all that much. *shrugs* The Kirk and Spock friendship though IS kinda the best! (Also Benedict Cumberbatch, so yeah.)

      Tuck Everlasting…yeeeeah. It’s a pretty good movie, but I was a little worried how you’d feel about it because of that ending. Ehhh, yeah. Bittersweet for sure. Heh.

      The Maguire Spider-man movies used to be pretty amazing, but they did not hold up to the test of time. Lol. They’re preeetty cheesy now, especially in comparison to all the many, MANY epic Marvel movies we get these days. I’m very nostalgic over them, but if I had first watched them these days I probably wouldn’t like them much at all. xD

      Also…ONCE UPON A TIME. Sorry. I just have to flail. Like…every day. *grins*

      I hope all your October plans go amazingly! And I’m right there with you in trying to get ALL the things done and thinking about NaNo 24/7 even though I shouldn’t and just SDLKJSLDJFLJSDF. It’s that time of year! XDDD (But we secretly (or not so secretly???) love it.)

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      • Heehee, I’m glad you find me amusing. XD (It’s mostly because I wrote some of this late at night… :P) And aaaahh, thank you so much! It makes me so happy that you like S&S! πŸ˜€

        I SHOULD art more…

        This was two months’ worth, remember. πŸ˜› And you’ve been reading! And busy. Yesss, Art and the Bible is REALLY good! And super short (like 90 pages). I should post about it sometime but yes. πŸ™‚

        Aaall the references! *so proud* XD Okay, so you should see some of the original Star Trek episodes just because the original Spock and Kirk are great. πŸ˜€ I love their interactions! ^_^ The new ones are fun too. YES, their friendship! And Benedict was interesting. o.o (But yes, not super sci-fi, so yeah. XD)

        I actually… knew how Tuck Everlasting ended? So I was prepared. XD But yes, not my faaave thing… I dunno. It was still a fun movie in general though. πŸ™‚

        I totally understand that nostalgia thing. XD Yes, cheesy now, but must have been pretty fun/impressive then. πŸ™‚

        OUAT is fun so far! I want to watch more!

        And thank youuu! Good luck on your October things too! (And yes, we love it, even though it’s insane. XD)

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    • AAAHHH YAY! Yes, it’s an amazing little book and I love it so much! Yes, the writing. πŸ˜€ Yepper, there was a movie: The Secret of Moonacre was quiiiite different than its The Little White Horse book counterpart, as is usual. XD They’re fun, just in different ways. The movie’s much more fantasy-ish and also, conveniently, got rid of all the Christian elements. XD But it’s a fun movie too. The book’s just… FABULOUS, though. *heart eyes* So glad you’re another fan! *highfive*

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  2. Can I read your steampunk novel when it’s done? *Twinkle voice* Pleeeeeaaaase? It sounds wonderful.

    I need to reread The Silmarillion. Maybe I’ll manage that next semester.

    I know I’ve asked you this before, but what does MLing involve, exactly?

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    • Of course you can! πŸ˜€ And (*also Twinkle voice*) Fank you. I’m so glad it sounds interesting! ^_^ (Key word being “when” not “if”? *fingers crossed* *kinda-sorta-almost paraphrasing the chess club about needing Tare at the end of book 1*)

      DO IIIT! So worth it. ❀

      So, ML-ing involves hosting weekly write-ins during November (and a kickoff prior to, and wrapup event after), sending out regional messages through the site which go to people who joined said region (telling about said events and other things they should know and encouragement), and posting in and monitoring the regional forum, answering questions and, again, sharing info — and just generally being available to get activity going in the region, both in person and online. Or… that's what I do, anyway. XD There's "official" info about the requirements and stuff here, if you're further curious. πŸ™‚ https://nanowrimo.org/local-volunteers#becomeanML

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      • Thank YOU, and you’re welcome. And of course “when,” not “if.” You’re going to finish it eventually; I have faith in you.

        I want to! I just need time!

        Cool. Danke sehr. I want campus NaNo events, but there don’t seem to be any, so I’m wondering if I have to arrange them myself (and if I have to be an ML in order to do so).

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        • Aww, you’re sweet! ^_^ THANKS. *has pretty much zero faith in self because I’ve done 7 NaNos and only finished one of them* XD BUT MAYBE THIS IS THE YEAR. I’m pretty excited about this story, so…

          My advice is figure out which region you’re in on the site, and see if anyone’s doing any events (sounds like you have and there aren’t) and arrange some yourself anyway! MLs aren’t the only people “allowed” to run events. Participants are encouraged to start events too. πŸ™‚ And honestly it makes us MLs’ jobs easier because we can’t be everywhere! All it takes, really, to have a write-in is pick a place/date/time and say you’ll be there to write then, and you can even post it in the regional forum if you like so other wrimos (if there are any on campus or nearby) can join you. πŸ™‚ Sometimes MLs even put participant-run write-ins on the region’s calendar. *shrug* Honestly, if you want a write-in, DO IT! πŸ˜€ It’s fun and not too terribly difficult. Loads of regions have ones run by people, even if I unfortunately am the only one where I am who runs any. XD Sorry for the ramble! Hope it’s helpful.

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  3. Augtember is totally a thing. I think I experience it annually. LOL

    YAY FOR ISHNESS!!!

    I really really really want to do Nano… I have Turrim 3 to write. But I don’t know if I can get Minstrel’s Call edited AND the rest of Turrim 3’s outline finished before the end of October! AAAAHHHHH! Clearly, I am insane to even be considering the attempt… but I have this whole “write 5,000 words in an hour” book thing that I’m trying and I want to see if it works… or even comes close…. because that would be AWESOME and think of all the possibilities if I could churn out whole drafts in a month or two instead of taking 6 months to 2 years to write a book??!?!? And what better time to try something ridiculously insane and writing-related than during Nanowrimo? *nods*

    I love that you’re watching so many things that are allowing you to be Captain America now. πŸ™‚

    You had another fabulous reading month. I am jealous. Clearly, I want to be you when I grow up.

    I sort of forgot about ishness as September ended because HOW IS SEPTEMBER OVER? *curls up in a corner and rocks back and forth*

    October just sort of feels like the doomsday approach of the end of the year… and I’m not ready for 2017 to be over yet. I have things to doooooo.

    But thanks for reminding me, because I’ll have to see if I can figure out what I did in September and write up a post about it. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

    Happy October! And thanks for spreading the word about #Drachtober… it is taking off, which is pleasantly surprising!

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    • I thought it was just Junely, but I’m beginning to think Augtember is a thing too, yes. XD

      Aww, thanks! ^_^

      It would be AMAZING if you could do NaNo! But obviously no pressure, and trying to finish Minstrel’s Call and outline Turrim 3 sounds tricky… o.o Best of luck, whatever you end up doing!! I shall be here to cheer you on! πŸ˜€ (That book sounds good… I wish I could write novels in a couple months too!) NaNo is definitely a good time to try insane things. XD

      Haha, you made me laugh. XD YESSS, I can be Captain America now. πŸ˜›

      This was TWO months of reading, remember. πŸ˜‰ And awww. ❀

      I'm confused about September's over-ish-ness too? O_O

      I knowww! Where did this year go? :O Right there with you.

      And you're welcome! So excited #Drachtober is spreading! It's definitely fun! ^_^ (And I'm so glad you like the Yole pic!! ^_^)

      Thanks for your loverly comment! ❀

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  4. AGGGH NANO PREP. I don’t know what I’m doing. Not even a little… So…I can’t really send help to you. Sorry. XD #sendhelptoME

    It’s such a great thing, understanding references. πŸ˜€ I feel like Cap most time of the time though. XD

    Good luck on prepping! ^_^

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  5. I’m a huge Star Trek fan! I’m glad you finally get the references. They’re everywhere. XD Your new NaNo novel sounds awesome! Good luck in Preptober!

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