March: In Review

Doesn’t it feel like March almost didn’t happen? I could have sworn it was still February yesterday. Between being unusually busy this month and falling into a depressive state because of the season change, the end of March seriously snuck up on me seemingly overnight.

Writing:

I’m disappointed in my word count this month, though it’s still at least the minimum of what I’d like achieve every month. With the changing weather approaching fast, I was hoping to write as much of Dreamsters as I could before warmer weather pulls me away from it and summer novel starts to get chatty. Sadly, that didn’t happen. Maybe I’ll be able to keep Dreamsters alive in April, but Beyond the Trees (BTT or Summer Novel, whatever you’d like to call it) is already starting their summer dance in my head. I know it will be hard to keep it at bay much longer now that the temperatures are changing.

Anyway, total word count for March was: 5,064 words.

Reading:

Within the first few days of March I’d already read 3 books and I think that says a lot about how much I deprived myself of reading in February. I had high hopes of finishing my current read and another whole book before March was over, but this three day vacation weekend I’d planned to do that in ended up being more exhausting than my average workweek. Still, I did read quite a lot this month, almost all of which were really great reads.

March Reads

Carrie by Stephen King (part in a collection)
Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson, Book 1) by Rick Riordan
Reasons I Fell For the Funny Fat Friend by Becca Ann
Darkly Dreaming Dexter (Dexter, Book 1) by Jeff Lindsay
Destroy Me by Tahereh Mafi (not pictured, e-book)
The Sea of Monsters (Percy Jackson, Book 2) by Rick Riordan
The Titan’s Curse (Percy Jackson, Book 3) by Rick Riordan
The Dark-Hunters: Infinity Vol. 1 by Sherrilyn Kenyon

(Titles are clickable and take you to my reviews on GoodReads)

I’d like to take a moment to say something that’s been on my mind a lot lately in regards to books. I read an e-book in March for the first time and am currently in the middle of another. I’d read a short story on my tablet before, but that only took a few minutes as opposed to the hour plus for these novellas. I always thought I wasn’t an e-book fan before, but now that I’ve read some, I can absolutely say I loathe them. These books I’ve bought on the tablet were only purchased this way because it’s the only format they’re available in, but I really wish they’d been available another way. For me, reading them on a tablet was like reading anything else I read online all day/night. And the story’s themselves are really good, but being forced to read them this way takes something away from the power of the story for me.

I just truly hope e-books are not the way of the future, not the end to the printed word. While I can tolerate an e-book here and there when I have to, I can never imagine myself learning to love them enough to choose them over a physical book in my hands.

Photography:

Even though I don’t love the weather change, I do have to say that, for photography purposes, the longer, brighter daylight has allowed for better photo opportunities. This probably means it will be a while before I test out my lights again because I’m just more comfortable in shooting in natural light so why not take advantage of it as much as I can, right? Anyway, I took lots of fun pictures of Gideon this month and the weather, but since I posted some of those in their own posts like ANNOUNCEMENT and WINTER’S FAREWELL, I’ll just share a few others I captured this month.

Blue Eyes
He's starting to look less like my sister and more like his dad.

Gideon in Lollie's Glasses
Gideon in Lollie's (my mom) glasses, with his dad. He think it's hilarious.

Easter Egg Hunting
At the church Easter egg hunt.

So, that’s it. March came and left with the quickness for me. How was it for you? Accomplish a lot?

P.S. Reminder – March Music can be found HERE!

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  1. edgyauthor

    April 2, 2013 at 3:56 am

    March did speed by way too fast. Sigh. 2013 really needs to slow down…

    You shouldn’t be disappointed at all by your word count! 5K is such a nice chunk of words! Plus, even if you still think it’s a small amount, it’s still 5K words more than you had previously, which is always a good thing, yes?! 😉

    Anyway, good luck writing in April, whether it’s Dreamsters or Beyond the Trees stealing your attention! *\o/*

    Sorry to hear you hate ebooks so much. I absolutely love that format. They’re just as great as print books to me. My opinion may differ since I use a Kindle, though. It never feels like I’m reading off a computer screen with that device in regards to things like eye strain.

    And awww, so many adorable pictures of Gideon! You do such a fantastic job of capturing his enthusiasm whenever you train your camera on him. It looks like he had a super-fun Easter! :)

    • SarahWhisted

      April 2, 2013 at 12:17 pm

      I agree, 2013 really needs to slow down.

      I know that 5K isn’t a bad number for the month, but I really want to actually finish one of my 3 WIP’s this year and it just feels like I can’t write fast enough in the short time periods dictated by the weather for each project. Mostly, it’s just frustrating. I wish the weather didn’t have this kind of power over me. :/

      I’m reading my e-books via the Kindle app on my tablet. I’m not sure how different it looks from an actual Kindle, but it’s just not for me. I think it’s great some people love them – there are TONS of bonuses to having it (vacationing without lugging around books, someone who’s always on the run, people who don’t have the room to store a ton of physical books, etc…) I’m just positive they’re not for me. It doesn’t mean I won’t still buy a few here and there (when it’s the only option), I just definitely know it’s not my personal preference.

      How was your March, btw? What was your final art total?

  2. SarahWhisted

    April 5, 2013 at 12:04 pm

    I know you’re disappointed that you only completed 10 of the 12 EE strips you hope to complete every month, but you completed 14 pieces and that’s impressive if you ask me. At least you’re only 2 behind on your EE goal. It’d be a lot harder to make up the difference this month if you were say 5 behind. Also, you’ve already got a good head start for April so I wish you ALL the luck in completing all of your goal plus some! 😀

    • edgyauthor

      April 8, 2013 at 4:26 am

      Thanks for the luck! As speedy as drawing strips has been lately, I’m not sure how speedy I’ll be completing them! XD

  3. onegrapeshy

    April 10, 2013 at 4:21 pm

    Love the pic with the glasses! :)

    I didn’t think I’d like e-books but I’ve changed my mind. The bad thing is that the battery doesn’t last.But I like how you can change the font, etc. And I ONLY buy books by, yanno, real publishers, lol.

    • SarahWhisted

      April 15, 2013 at 7:16 pm

      The batteries do die quick in these e-reader devices. :/ Also, I typically only buy books published by real publishers too, but I’ve been fooled into buying some self-pubs before (as you can see in this list of books). I think that real publisher eye would have greatly improved their story, personally.

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