September: In Review

It really shouldn’t surprise me how fast September seemed to pass, but here I am marveling at the fact that it’s October already. I’m not all that disappointed as we’ve officially entered my favorite time of the year, but still, time really ought to slow down just a little. Anyway, what was I up to in September? Well, let’s see…

Writing

I don’t have some magnificent number to report. I’m hoping October and November are the months I wow you with a hefty word count since I’m statically more apt to write a lot in the fall, but I do have a number and one I’m not ashamed of. In fact, I’m quite excited about it because it’s for a short story I hope to share with you by the week of Halloween (for it’s “scary” nature). I wrote 2,188 words in September, which is about 2/3 of the way through the short. Can’t wait to wrap it up and then start working on my novels again this month!

Reading

Surprisingly I read quite a bit this month considering I also spent my free time writing. It feels nice to have a healthier balance, where usually one side of these two things suffers when the other is flourishing. Anyway, at the beginning of the month I made a list of at least 10 books I wanted to read before the years end and if those 10 books were the only books I read then I’d be okay with that, since I am more apt to write in the fall and holiday season always translates to less free time to do these things. But, I’ve already read 4 of those 10 books this month so I’m feeling even more confident I can beat my own personal goal and maybe even sneak in a few other books just for fun like I did this month. In September, I read 6 books as shown below (clicking the titles will take you to my reviews on each book):

September Reads

Time Untime (Dark-Hunter, Book 17) by Sherrilyn Kenyon
The Guardian (Dream-Hunter, Book 5) by Sherrilyn Kenyon
The House of Dark Shadows (Dreamhouse Kings, Book 1) by Robert Liparulo
Foxfire (Other, Book 3) by Karen Kincy
Hidden (Firelight, Book 3) by Sophie Jordan
Watcher in the Woods (Dreamhouse Kings, Book 2) by Robert Liparulo

Photography

     All of my planned photo shoots this month fell through. My sister got a new job and her schedule was so busy there just wasn’t time for them. But Gideon got his first haircut this month and sadly no longer looks like a baby, but a little boy instead. It had to happen, his hair was getting so long, but it’s a little sad to say goodbye to baby Gideon and hello to little kid Gideon. 
     

gideon 1

gideon 2

Music

As usual, music was mighty good to me in September.

Envy on the Coast – “Head First in the River”

The drummer of Artifex Pereo turned me onto this band this month and I totally fell in-love. To the point that picking a favorite is impossible, but there were a few that got more plays than others, this being one of them. 

Good Charlotte – “In this World (Murder)”

I’m no stranger to Good Charlotte. They grew up near me and I was very active in watching them climb to fame, but I lost track of them for a lot of years between then and now. Heather got me interested in them again and I’m so glad I’ve caught up because I missed so much great music. I’m sure this particular song will continue to get a lot of plays it will be perfect to write Crack the Sky to! 

Sleigh Bells – “Demons”

I’ve already posted a Sleigh Bells song before, so this isn’t new to me this month, but it got a ton of plays because it’s the song I’m writing my Halloween short story to. While the story doesn’t have anything to do with demons, the song definitely has the sound my characters would listen to. Imagine a bad ass walk sequence to this. :)

The Birthday Massacre – “Looking Glass”

I’m still a little baffled that my dad can take credit for me getting into this band this month. I would never imagine my dad giving this band a shot, but his new obsession with listening to Pandora on his iPhone has turned him onto all sorts of bands I’d never expect. Anyway, I like to describe this band as a merging of Evanescence and Depeche Mode, and really, that sounds pretty awesome already, don’t you think?

So, friends, how was your September? What great achievements did you have? What do you hope to achieve in October? Sound off in the comments! :)

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  1. edgyauthor

    October 4, 2012 at 2:50 am

    I agree, time needs to slow down! I feel like I’m unable to keep up with everything I want to accomplish….

    Writing: Your word count seems pretty significant to me, especially since all those words were for a short story. Go you! 😀

    Reading: You’ve been plowing through so many books lately. I’m jealous! Good luck reaching your reading goal, which I have no doubt you can achieve! 😉

    Photography: As always, Gideon is such a cutie! Sorry your planned photo shoots fell through, but at least you snuck in some picture-taking!

    Music: So many great songs! It still amuses me how your dad turned you onto The Birthday Massacre, heh. BTW, when it comes to Good Charlotte, I haven’t forgotten about the couple you need. I just need to find the album still. I think it’s one of the ones hidden somewhere in the middle of my massive book stack, so…um…yeah. Haha!

    You already know how my September was. All art, all the time! 😉

    As for what I want to accomplish in October, I’m really hoping to create a decent buffer for my webcomic. I want to premiere this sooner rather than later!

    • SarahWhisted

      October 8, 2012 at 10:02 pm

      I’m excited that I’ve already surpassed last month’s word count in just the first few days of the month. Now that the short story is out of the way, I really hope to put a decent dent in Dreamsters… especially since I just deleted 3/4 of it. :/

      I’m two books down already this month (but you already know this). I think I’d like to at least read two more this month, one from my must read list and the next Dreamhouse Kings book. *Fingers Crossed I get at least those two in before Octobers end sneaks up on us.*

      I really hope that I get some quality photos with Gideon this month. I still want to do the one shoot I’d planned last month and I know Rachel wants me to be there for Halloween to shoot him in his costume trick-or-treating so we’ll see.

      No worries on the GC songs I need. They can come along with the Christmas dump. 😀

      Best of luck working on the webcomic this month! You’re already off to a good start as far as plotting is concerned, now you just got to start knocking out some art, which based on your last two months of art accomplishments, this will NOT be a problem! :)

      • edgyauthor

        October 13, 2012 at 8:11 am

        I’m sure you’ll be able to get Dreamsters all denty with new words! This is your fave time of year to write, after all, and you’ve already written an impressive amount in general so far! 😉

        Aw, a trick-or-treat photo shoot?! That’s bound to be adorable! 😀

        I’m so behind on working on actual strips when it comes to my webcomic. *head-desk* At least I’m still drawing the characters in general, not to mention plotting….

  2. Anonymous

    October 23, 2012 at 9:51 pm

    I’m glad September was very productive for you.
    I raise my mug to another productive month: October. :)

    • SarahWhisted

      October 24, 2012 at 6:22 pm

      October’s not being as easy going as I’d hoped, but so far it’s not terrible either. And it’s not over. Hopefully I can go out with a bang. 😀

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