Hello and welcome to February!
This is always a busy month considering almost every important person in my life has a birthday to celebrate. My birthday, as fate would have it, is also in February and I was born on the same day as my dad. We like to celebrate that fact, so I’ll be flying out to Texas later this month so we can adventure around Austin with my brother. I’m really looking forward to taking a trip and getting a break from life here in Oregon, especially after recent life happenings. It’ll be good to reset, have some fun, eat good food, and hang out with some genuinely wonderful and inspiring people.
Of Blood and Briar Update
I fell a bit behind on word goals this week. Seasonal depression is kicking my ass, and I’ve spent a good chunk of time staring at walls or lying in bed wrapped in blankets wishing I could do anything other than hate winter and sleep.
Is it too much to ask for wonderful 60-degree days with a light breeze and sunshine until 9PM?
I JUST WANT ALL OF THOSE THINGS ALL THE TIME. EVERY DAY.
WHERE DO I HAVE TO LIVE TO MAKE THIS HAPPEN?
Most of my writing has been done during my lunch break at work, which has been a great way to get in a quick burst of writing. I’m generally able to get about 500 + words down between lunch and breaks, so I’m still making progress, even if it’s not as much as I’d like to be getting done.
I’ve been debating working in 10,000-word chunks, alternating between writing and editing. So far, it seems to be working out well, as I’m able to add details, clean up what I’ve written, plug in ideas before I forget them, and get a more accurate picture of my word count before moving on to the next section.
I’m going to continue doing this for the next few sections and see how it works out, but so far, I’m finding this process helpful. For February, I’m looking to get another 20,000 words done to get back on track. Expect lots of updates and whining on Twitter.
January was a terrible reading month in which I started reading a bunch of books and didn’t finish any of them.
I’m hoping to change that in February, because the good news is, I really like all the books I started, so let’s hope I actually finish some of them this month instead of starting even more new books.
I’m about 100-ish pages away from finishing Seven Blades in Black by Sam Sykes, and have really enjoyed it, even if I’ve been reading at a snail’s pace. Also, have you all seen the cover for the second book? I’m a sucker for black/gold, black/silver color schemes and just… uff. My heart. I love it. I’ll be getting Ten Arrows of Iron because I really loved this first book, but that cover pretty much sealed the deal. I need it.
Favorite Quote from Seven Blades in Black
“Since then, I’ve come to believe it gives people a little too much credit. In my experience, they’re not really like flowers, so much as they are like wounds, hundreds of little cuts you collect over the years.
Some of them you barely notice, healing up and leaving nary a mark behind. Some of them you feel deep and stitch up bad and you carry the scar of them for the rest of your days. And then some of them…
… you keep picking at.
No matter how much you know you shouldn’t.”
Reading List for February
A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab
Fragile Things by Neil Gaiman
The Death of Democracy by Benjamin Carter Hett
SONG OF THE WEEK
Kill Us All (feat. Denzel Curry) by The Neighbourhood
That’s it for updates this week.
I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!