Oh, hi! It seems to be March.
. . .
Yeah, no clue how that happened.
Anyway, for once I have an Ishness concerning the month, so let’s see what I was up to in February, shall we?
I unfortunately still seem to be in a huge writing slump, which I’ve been stuck in since NaNo ended . . . But I’ve also been very busy, so oh well.
I did manage to scribble an odd thousand words this last month, still limping along with KW2 and trying to finish, and random Sky Voyages series snippets.
Speaking of which, I’ve been doing some plotting for the sequel to The Siren and the Skyship, so that’s fun. 😀 I’ll chat about that in another post.
So yep, not a lot going on in the writing arena. Essentially, I’m busy, Tare is stalling (or I’m stalling him; honestly not sure which right now), and Keller of S&S2 is all “Well, if no one else is going to then I may as well take center stage HI!”
March looks exhaustingly busy so we’ll see what writing or lack thereof occurs. But I may have to take Drastic Measures if writing doesn’t happen soon.
Oh, hey! I haven’t shared any snippets in awhile. 😀 So here, have a few.
“Stay out of my head,” Tare snarled.
[spoiler redacted]’s eyes were cold in his carven face. “Make me.”
Rook sighed. “We all make mistakes. Both of us have done things we can’t take back, but we can’t run forever.”
“Maybe you can’t. I’ll do what I need to do. I betrayed everything I believed in.”
“So did I,” Rook said harshly. “You can’t even begin to know—” He broke off.
“When you get out, tell Teague to take Lulin and get out of here.”
I snorted. “He won’t do it.”
“Why not? He’d be an idiot not to.”
“Because he cares about you, you great lump!”
Ivan gave a little humorless bark of laughter. “You don’t know anything.”
“I know more than you two do! And you care about him too—admit it.”
Ivan mutinously tilted his nose off toward a corner. “No. Nothing of the sort.”
“Honestly!” I threw up my hands. “You are impossible. Both of you!”
So, I love how I’ve got these sweeping gorgeous covers with somber tones and then suddenly . . . Fortunately, the Milk. XD
Anyway, these were all varying levels of fun! (Except for The Gilded Wolves which Disappointed Me. I gave it one star. *shifty eyes*)
My absolute favorite was Beneath the Haunting Sea — gorgeous! I first met it pitched as The Silmarillion meets Jane Austen and just . . . yep. It took me a little while to get into it and the beginning is super different than the rest, but once she got to the mysterious old house I was totally in! 😀
Smol (ish) reviews on Goodreads:
- Beneath the Haunting Sea (5 stars)
- Stars and Soul (4 stars)
- Finding the Magic (4 stars)
- The Gilded Wolves (1 star)
Speaking of reviews, here are a couple of reviews I shared on my book blog this last month, for books that make me happy! ^_^
I also lurk on Instagram a lot. XD
- I finally saw The Incredibles! I know. I’m . . . a little late on that one. XD It was sooo much fun, and now I need to see the sequel.
- Despicable Me 3 was okay; the second was the best. 😛
- The Man Who Invented Christmas — Yep, finally saw this one too, despite the nonseasonalness of February. I vaguely suspect it was not historically accurate, but it was a lot of fun. Because writers. XD And A Christmas Carol. And yep.
- Black Panther — I’m only centuries late on this one. XD Super enjoyable! (Though from all the hype I had expected more?) And yes, I liked his sis. 😛 Also, Bilbo and Gollum were great. XD
- Antman and the Wasp — Also great fun! 😀
I also got to see a PLAY! Which was loads of fun. It was Peter and the Starcatcher (based on a book which I read ages ago and didn’t love due to its explaining-away-prequel-ness, but for some reason liked the play more). Aside from a few quibbles, I reeeally enjoyed it. 😀 Plays are just so much fun (this was only my second one ever!) and the actors did a fantastic job—particularly Peter’s, who was SO Peter-ish, and the villain, who was absolutely hilarious. XD
I was super happy to get back to listening to audiobooks. It’s a new thing I was trying and it’s working out SO splendidly. I’m so happy!
I finished listening to Scarlet by Marissa Meyer and had LOADS of fun—it’s like my daily half-hour TV show in my earbuds while I do exercising. There are parts of the book I don’t care for, naturally, but on the whole it was just so fun, and I quite enjoyed the narrator, and the snark and character stuff was gold. XD
I’m currently in withdrawal because I haven’t managed to get to the library for Cress so I’m missing Cinder and Thorne and everyone . . .
There has been a Suspicious Lack of Exercising ever since I ran out of Scarlet to listen to, which may be connected to the cold I caught at the same time, or may just be me missing my Lunar exercise buddies. ❤
I think there was also music consumed, but I don’t recall what any of it was. Probably more Tide Lines and definitely themesongs for my Siren and the Skyship sequel (which I really should introduce to y’all!).
Life things included:
- Going to a couple of writers workshops.
- Starting a new schedule/routine which has been incredibly helpful for productivity and which I need to get back to. (As soon as I pick up Cress . . . *cough*)
- Much copyediting/proofreading work has been keeping me busy and happy.
- Caught a cold; yay. So lovely. At least it was minor?
- A library sale also happened which makes up for the cold because BOOKS.
- The weather has been INSANE, ranging from high-70s suitable for lounging in the grass and reading, to super-cold and we actually got SNOW. (Only a smidge and didn’t stick around very long but it was so awesome! And was in the same week as the super warm days. So. Yeah.) It can’t seem to make up its mind and is playing roller-coaster.
I have a lot of life projects piling up on me that I need to deal with so I’m currently panicking over here. *curls up in shock blanket* But hopefully I can still find time for reading and writing and blogging, since there are many of all such things I want to do. 😛
Still, there are also exciting things going on, what with it being my birthday month and especially with March Magics!
For those who don’t know, March Magics is a celebration, around the interwebs, of Diana Wynne Jones and Terry Pratchett. The theme this time is re-reading old favorites (yesss!) and there’s also a readalong for The Wee Free Men by Terry Pratchett and Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones, both of which I plan to join in on. 😀
I’ll be doing a post on my book blog about March Magics and other Book Ishness, but I’m waiting on a trip to the library to hopefully pick up a couple of books before I share my TBR stacks . . . (Wee Free Men and Cress, wait for meeee.)
Meanwhile, for more info, check out the host’s blog and feel free to join in around social media with the hashtags #MarchMagics and #DWJMarch — it’s going to be so much fun!
Whew! So that’s what I’ve been up to.
How about you? And are you ready for it to be March or at least spring? Also, thoughts on the snippets and books and films? And do you “read” audiobooks?
Thanks for reading, and I hope you have a magical March! (See what I did there? *cough*)