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2014 In Review: Books

Like everything else that suffered as a result of too much work in 2014, reading took the biggest back seat. For a moment there, I went months without reading a book. MONTHS. That was unheard of in years past for me, and in truth, it made me feel a bit crazy this year. I need the escape reading gives me! While I succeeded in really restricting myself from buying anything outside of my pre-orders this year, I failed at coming even close to my usual reading count of 50-60 books.

 

The list below are the 24 books I read in 2014 in the order I read them, with clickable links to my reviews on GoodReads. Fingers crossed I can tackle far more of my TBR pile in 2015.

 

 

Cold Spell (Fairytale Retellings, Book 4) by Jackson Pearce
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children: The Graphic Novel by Ransom Riggs
The Magician’s Nephew (Chronicles of Narnia, Book 1) by C.S. Lewis
The Lion, the Witch, & the Wardrobe (Chronicles of Narnia, Book 2) by C.S. Lewis
 Hollow City (Miss Peregrine, Book 2) by Ransom Riggs
The Unbound (Archived, Book 2) by Victoria Schwab
Fracture Me (Shatter Me, Book 2.5) by Tahereh Mafi
Ignite Me (Shatter Me, Book 3) by Tahereh Mafi
Attachments by Rainbow Rowell
Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins
We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
Illusion (Chronicles of Nick, Book 5) by Sherrilyn Kenyon
Sinner (Wolves at MercyFalls, Book 3.5) by Maggie Stiefvater
What I Though Was True by Huntley Fitzpatrick
The Fault In Our Stars by John Green
Drowned by Nichola Reily
Crash (Crash, Book 1) by Nicole Williams
Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld
So Yesterday by Scott Westerfeld
Anna Dressed in Blood (Anna, Book 1) by Kendare Blake
Fiendish by Brenna Yovanoff
Beware the Wild by Natalie C. Parker
My True Love Gave to Me by Stephanie Perkins
Landline by Rainbow Rowell

Misc. Other (aka: Comics)

Afterlife with Archie, Vol. 3 & 4

The Walking Dead, Vol. 132 (LootCrate Exclusive)

Batman, Vol. 36 (LootCrate Exclusive)

2014 In Review: Photography

It seems strange to have enough to say about photography this year to give it its own post. I certainly didn’t start 2014 with the intention of becoming a real photographer, but that’s sort of what happened. I’m not complaining of course, but it IS strange that it just happened without actually trying.

 

Apparently, I did 16 actual photoshoots/events this year. Maybe that doesn’t sound like a lot because people who do this for a living probably have multiple shoots booked every weekend all year long, but for someone who works full time (during a year that required more overtime than ever before) it feels like a lot to me.  Especially since the bulk of those shoots took place in just the last three months.

 

Sadly, right at the height of a photographer’s busy season, my ancient Rebel XS lost its ability to focus internally. I thought maybe it was just a lens issue because I could get a different lens to work a little more consistently, but eventually even that didn’t work. I’d be sitting there, clicking away, and the camera would just seize on me, refusing to even try to take a picture. According to everything I read online, death was near. So I was faced with a tough decision: buy an equivalent camera around 800 bucks or upgrade into the enthusiast level for 1400 bucks. It seemed silly to stay in the beginner levels of camera’s since I’m definitely not a beginner anymore. And I’m also definitely not a professional so I wasn’t even tempted by the even pricier models, but enthusiast did sound like a way to describe myself and Canon’s these days have far more versatility than they did 7 years ago. I’ve hardly even played with this new camera yet and already its features blow me away.

 

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Anyway, I took the plunge and treated myself to a Canon 70D at the start of December with a 18-135mm lens since my other two lens’ will still work with this new model. With the warranty, it’s the most expensive thing outside of my truck that I’ve ever bought myself. I still feel crazy over it. But, if 2015 ends up being as photo-centered as 2014 suddenly became, I’m hoping it will be worth it.

 

People are always asking me for prices now and schedules far in advance. I suppose I’ll work on updating the photography section of this site a little more often and add a calendar and pricing list for anyone interested. In the meantime, here’s a few of my favorite pictures from all the shoots I did in 2014!

 

(Click through the slideshow below!)

 

 

2014 In Review: Writing

Oh, writing. :/

 

Work, both my real job and my side jobs, kept me so incredibly busy in 2014. So busy it hurt my brain. So busy that when I did have free time, work had sucked all my creative juices dry. That means this years word count is a sad number and there were no short stories this year, even though I had two I wanted to work on. I literally went months without writing a single word. MONTHS. In fact, it’s been so long since I’ve written something new, I’m not even sure how to throw myself back into it. Like Victoria Schwab says, “I’ve forgotten how to book.” But I will figure it out again and soon, I promise you that.

 

And it’s not all sad news to report this year. Even though I’m disappointed in only writing 29,415 words this year, I can proudly say that I actually finished my first novel in 2014. And I don’t hate it. In fact, I like it so much I hope that 2015 is the year I shop it around and publishing becomes a real, achievable dream. Another thing worth noting is the writing workshop I attended this year. Even if I couldn’t be producing new words, I still made sure to finally start learning what it takes to be published. Prior to my novels completion, I’d sort of avoided it like the plague. You know, no sense in learning about a future that can’t even be a possibility without a finished manuscript. I’ll be facing 2015 with some valuable information now!

 

Last year, I only promised myself I’d write and that’s all well and good, but this year I really do hope to achieve more and so as a guideline or reminder when I’m starting to drift from it again, in 2015 I’d like to:

 

  • Start looking for an agent with a finalized version of Dreamsters
  • Write at least 1 short story
  • Move Crack the Sky towards completion 

 

If I try extra hard and track my progress with the sticker method, these could be feasible goals. Just so long as work doesn’t steal my life again. *Fingers Crossed*

 

2014 Savings Challenge

This year I resolved to save more, not just for the actual Savings Challenge, but as a whole in my life. I’ve been carrying around a lot of debt for too long, debt that keeps me from living the life I imagined myself having (namely, owning a house) and it was time to do something about it. Time to utilize my income in the smartest way.

 

I made small efforts like only allowing myself to buy X amount of pre-order books at the start of the year and to fully preview albums before just buying the whole thing because I frequently only end up liking 2-3 tracks and it would have just been cheaper to buy the singles. It’s unreal how much those two things I love rack up quickly.

 

I made other choices that impacted my spending money, too, like water consumption. Water is all I drink (well, and tea, too) and I drink a lot of it (on average about 120 oz. a day). Prior to this year, I’ve always just bought water bottles to drink at work (I have an H2O Filter Pitcher at home), but after realizing a great many of my headaches could have been a result of BPA’s, I bought myself a Tervis (BPA-Free) and a Whirlpool EveryDrop (also BPA-Free) and stopped buying water bottles altogether. When I did the math, it looked something like this:

 

2 cases of bottles a week at approximately $4 a case = $416 a year in bottled water

 

-OR-

 

1 EveryDrop + 4 pack of filters (that will last me longer than a year) = $50 for the first year, $30 for every year after

 

Leaving me with a savings of $366 a year. Just from water consumption. It’s sort of amazing when you look at it that way. Not to mention, so much healthier for the environment, right?

 

I didn’t factor my Tervis into that calculation because any cup will do, I just prefer Tervis. But even if I did factor it in, we’re only talking about an additional $20 which is still an impressive savings.

 

The biggest contributing factor to my success this year was all the overtime I put in at work. For almost half of the year I was working 60-70 hours a week and as you can imagine my paychecks were nice and fat as a result. But instead of growing accustomed to the temporary increase in pay, I started throwing large swaths of money at my credit card debt, starting first with the card that had the highest interest rate and not stopping until they were paid off. I also steadily dumped extra money every week into the Savings Challenge envelope, leaving me with $3000 instead of the $1300+ I was hoping to save. In addition to that, I actually let my real savings account bloom, too, setting aside almost 2K for Christmas and emergencies.

 

All of this savings helped me pay off and close 4 credit cards this year worth almost $9000. Sadly, I still have a ways to go before I’m in the clear, but I will definitely be keeping these techniques in tact in 2015. I can’t wait to see where I am financially this time next year! I’m a firm believer in being responsible for the debt you acquire and it’s really rewarding to see it on the decline by hard work. Certainly, I’ll never find myself in this place again.

 

Did any of you try the savings challenge this year? Have any tips for spending your money more wisely? I’d love to hear about it!

 

2013 In Review: Everything Else

At the start of 2013, I made this list of resolutions. Eight things I wanted to accomplish this year. And so let’s check them off….

 

1/2. See – 2013 In Review: Writing

 

3. See – 2013 In Review: Books

 

4. Photography – I’ve touched lightly on this already with that post about the Christmas Card Shoots I did this year, but I can expand on it by saying, I did in fact become more comfortable behind the camera in 2013. I still don’t have the confidence I should necessarily, or all the skills I could have where editing photos is concerned, but I have gotten braver and I have tried harder this year than I ever have before. In 2013 I did eleven scheduled photoshoots – shoots in which I got paid, even though I didn’t ask (and tried to refuse) compensation for. I also shot birthday parties and family gatherings and anytime someone asked me to capture a family moment. I shot a lot food, too (ha!). In 2014, I’d like to continue on this path of learning and finding the courage to continue to step outside of my comfort zone and spread my wings as a photographer.

 

5. Music – I didn’t go to even one concert this year and I regret it immensely. Some of my favorite bands came through Baltimore this year, prime opportunities for me to see them live, and I was too afraid to attend a show alone. I’ve really got to work on this because I can’t be afraid of going places alone forever. I can’t sacrifice something I love so dearly just because I’m afraid of enjoying it alone. I definitely need to work on this harder in 2014. (Also see – 2013 In Review: Music)

 

6. Weight Loss – Surprise, surprise, I didn’t lose 60+ lbs. in 2103. I think total I only lost 20 and who knows if that number still stands after consuming nothing but sugar since Christmas. But, I did generally stick to the “clean eating” lifestyle I set out to. And I did work out with more dedication than I ever have before, 4-5 times a week. I even participated in a 5K this year, the first of many more I hope. After working so hard for a few months and making no progress, I sought out medical advice and found that my thyroid was significantly underactive and have since tried a series of medications to get that where it should be (it’s finally in a good place) and that I was severely deficient in vitamin D (I’m working on getting that where it should be now). Both of these things could and did play a factor in my weight loss efforts and almost immediately after changing up the medication routine, I started to finally see results. I’m hoping that having this sorted out and keeping up with the lifestyle changes I made in 2013, I’ll finally have more success where my weight loss goals are concerned in 2014.

 

7. Baking – Boy did I ever! No, seriously, one month I tracked just how much “creating” in the kitchen I did and in the end it was a whole 7 days worth. That doesn’t sound like a lot in comparison to a 30 day month, but when you think I lost an entire week to just baking – that many hours spent solely in the kitchen – it actually is quite significant. I baked pies and cookies galore, with a few other interesting desserts on the side. I even tried my hand at a few dinners, which is completely out of my realm since I’m not much of a cook, but found myself successful with those dishes as well. Overall, I think I nailed this. My cookies this year were a HUGE hit and my pies were so loved by others that someone actually paid me to make them pies for their holiday celebration. It blew my mind.

 

8. Productivity – I’d say that I definitely made better use of my time in 2013, but it came at a cost, for sure. While I was able to squeeze in a workout regimen with my work schedule (a work schedule that involved more overtime than I’ve ever worked before) and be a writer, reader, baker, photographer, and you know, still spend time with the people I love, IT. WAS. HARD. Not just hard mentally, but physically. I feel like I was more tired this year than ever before (and partly that could have been the medical issues weighing me down, too). I found myself really regretting using the phrase “I’ll sleep when I’m dead” because what good was I to anyone and myself if I felt dead already anyway? None at all. So while I definitely did make the best of my time, I think this year I’ve gotta find a better balance of that use of time and remember that it’s perfectly okay (and necessary) to take a day off for nothing sometimes. I saw Sevenly post the quote, “If you’re too busy to smile, you’re too busy” at the peak of my busiest moments and it hit me hard. I was miserable because I had too much going on, like ready to break down and cry. I don’t want to reach that place again in 2014.

 

I’d say as far as resolutions go, I’m pretty pleased with my achievements in 2013. Sure, they could have been better, but they were already worlds better than anything I achieved in 2012 and I’m proud of myself for mostly sticking to my goals. I know resolutions aren’t for everyone, but they are a good way to guide me and so I’m sticking with them!

 

Now… what exactly do I hope to accomplish in 2014? 😉

 

 

2013 In Review: Writing

Last year I resolved to finish a first draft of any of my novels. I even went as far to say that if I didn’t finish one, I’d throw in the towel.

 

It was a foolish resolution.

 

Not necessarily because it’s unachievable, because it could be, but to just give up writing altogether over not finishing a first draft in a year was just stupid of me to say. Writing will always be a part of me, no matter how long it takes me to produce a final product. And I shouldn’t put such ridiculous limitations on myself so that I feel like a failure when I don’t meet them.

 

I refuse to feel like a failure.

 

So, what did I achieve in 2013 writing wise, if I didn’t complete a first draft? Lots, actually.

 

First, I wrote two short stories this year, just like the year before. And I sort of like this “habit” of writing two a year. It’s a good way to remind myself that I can in fact close a story and in less words than feels necessary for a novel. If by some chance you missed those short stories this year, you can find them below.

 

In Pursuit of Jenna Mae 

 

The Christmas Ban 

 

Also, that last short story became a sequel to a short story I’d written back in 2010 and I’ve already got a third and final installment to this Christmas collection planned for next year. I might even try to publish them all together for real. I really might.

 

Overall, I wrote 51,798 words this year. That’s more than the last two years combined. This might not seem all that impressive to all those writers who can churn out 90K manuscripts a year, but it’s big for me, that I wrote so much more than I have in the past two years combined. That’s quality progress.

 

Also, about those 51,798 words, with the exception of the short stories, almost all of those words were for Dreamsters, which I had started in the beginning 2012 and sat aside for the rest of the year. This is the first year I’ve successfully overcome my seasonal writer status and worked every month of the year on the same project. I miss my other stories, I do, but Dreamsters will be the first one I actually finish. Now that I know I can stay focused on the same story, regardless of the weather, I refuse to stop working on this one until it’s finished now.

 

I owe a lot of my accomplishments to a writing group I’m a part of on Facebook – Grapemo – hosted by author Jeannine Garsee. Not only are the weekly check-in’s about our writing progress a motivator, but the Teaser Tuesday and Thursday Specials have really opened me up and encouraged me as a writer. I’m grateful to be surrounded by so many like-minded folks.

 

I also gave Victoria Schwab’s star technique a shot towards the end of the year (and not just for writing) and found that seeing my daily success on a calendar really helped keep me focused. I plan to practice this again in 2014 for sure.

 

So my goals for 2014… well, I just hope to keep writing. I’d love to kick out another two short stories and I do have two ideas brewing, but I won’t punish myself if they don’t happen. That takes all the fun out of writing. And ideally it would be nice to finish Dreamsters in 2014 because technically I’ve already written more than half the book, but again I won’t punish myself if this doesn’t happen either.

 

I will write in 2014, that is all I’ll hope for. And maybe, just maybe, I’ll report an even more successful year to you next January.

 

 

2013 In Review: Books

Last year I set a resolution to read 60 books. I’m not exactly sure why I decided that was a doable number, or why I thought reaching that number would make me feel more accomplished, so I’ve decided to not even try to set a goal this year outside of just reading and putting a dent in my TBR pile. As it turns out, I did not reach my strange goal last year, though I did come close. Overall, I read 56 books in 2013 and they are listed below mostly in the order I read them. If you’re interested in which books I considered my favorite, all of the titles are clickable to my GoodReads where I’ve rated and reviewed each.

 

Touched by Cyn Balog

The White Rabbit Chronicles by Gena Showalter

(Alice in Zombieland & Through the Zombie Glass)

Red Run: A Short Story by Kami Garcia

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

Easy by Tammara Webber

The Archived by Victoria Schwab

Paper Valentine by Brenna Yovanoff

Carrie by Stephen King

Shatter Me Series by Tahereh Mafi

(Shatter Me, Destroy Me, & Unravel Me)

Percy Jackson Series by Rick Riordan

(The Lightning Thief, The Sea of Monsters, The Titan’s Curse, The Battle of the Labyrinth, & The Last Olympian)

Reasons I Fell For the Funny Fat Friend by Becca Ann

Darkly Dreaming Dexter (Dexter, Book 1) by Jeff Lindsay

Dead River by Cyn Balog

Inferno (Chronicles of Nick, Book 4) by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

Breathless: A Firelight Novella by Sophie Jordan

The Walking Dead, Book 4 by Robert Kirkman

Hemlock Grove by Brian McGreevy

The Unquiet by Jeannine Garsee

The Dead & the Gone (The Last Survivors, Book 2) by Susan Beth Pfeffer

From Baghdad, With Love by Jay Kopelman

Ascendant (Killer Unicorns, Book 2) by Diana Peterfreund

Sookie Stackhouse Series by Charlaine Harris

(Living Dead in Dallas, Club Dead, Dead to the World, Dead as a Doornail, & Definitely Dead)

Chelsea Chelsea, Bang Bang by Chelsea Handler

The Summer I Became a Nerd by Leah Rae Miller

My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick

Raven Cycle Series by Maggie Stiefvater

(The Raven Boys & The Dream Thieves)

Glimmerglass (Faeriewalker, Book 1) by Jenna Black

Fathomless (Fairytale Retellings, Book 3) by Jackson Pearce

Styxx (Dark-Hunter, Book 23) by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Boys that Bite (Blood Coven, Book 1) by Mari Mancusi

Vicious by V.E. Schwab

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

Hold Me Closer, Necromancer (Necromancer, Book 1) by Lish McBride

Let it Snow by John Green, Maureen Johnson, & Lauren Myracle

The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Educational

Light it, Shoot it, Retouch it by Scott Kelby

The New Language of Toys (3rd Edition) by Sue Schwartz

Comics/Graphic Novels

Jinx by J. Torres

The Dark-Hunters: Infinity Vol. 1 & 2 by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Afterlife with Archie No. 1 & 2 by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa & Francesco Francavilla

 

What did you read in 2013? Anything I should know about?

 

 

Bye October, Hello November

I’ve seriously failed as a blogger lately. I wrote three blog this month and never even bothered to post them (or never found the time, because I was actually quite busy this month). If I’m honest, I think I might kill this blog in 2014 (that is if I can get my website complete by then). This place has just lost its luster for me.

In case you’re curious, here’s what I’ve been up to in October…

I spent 7 days baking this month. Not 7 all at once, but scattered about. When you think about it, though, that’s a whole week lost to baking. Whoa. But it was all for good reasons, even if it wasn’t for my own enjoyment, I’m pretty sure all the people on the receiving end of my treats were happy about it. Here are some pictures of a few of those goodies.

Treats

I didn’t read nearly as much as I’d hoped, and nothing nearly as creepy as I wanted for Halloween either, but I did read three really great books and one awesome comic! (Titles link to my GoodReads reviews.)

October Books ReadVicious by Victoria Schwab
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman (library copy)
Hold Me Closer, Necromancer by Lish McBride
Afterlife with Archie Vol. 1

Speaking of books, I also got some in the mail. One a long awaited kickstarter purchase and two I had no business buying, but couldn’t resist the sale prices.

October Books In My Mailbox
Let it Snow (Three Holiday Romances)
Necromancing the Stone (Necromancer, Book 2) by Lish McBride
Shadows of Asphodel by Karen Kincy

Somehow, despite being busier than normal, I wrote 4150 words in October (yay for working my way back to those 5K days!) and 1K of those words were for a Christmas short story I’m SUPER stoked about. I really, really want to finish this one in time. I feel like it’s going to become my favorite short story to date.

I worked out (sometimes up to 3 times a day) 20 days of October. This is the most consistent workout regimen I’ve done in a long, long time and I actually don’t hate it. But I do hate how slow the process is. Despite being at this now for over 7 weeks and eating super clean, I’ve only lost 2.2lbs. and no inches. I was so frustrated in fact that I went to my doctor about it. She said I’m definitely doing all the right things and that it just might take a little longer for my body to adjust to the change (which isn’t what anyone wants to hear), but she also switched up my thyroid medicine and the time of day in which I take it and I swear it’s already making a difference two weeks in (in fact, I didn’t even lose those 2.2lbs until AFTER the switch). Having a thyroid condition is known to make weight loss even more difficult than it already is and I know this, but I need at least SOME progress so I hope that this switch lets me finally start seeing some results for all this hard work.

Some great new music came out this month and I played the crap out of it, along with a bunch of old stuff like Twiztid and ICP because this always happens when Halloween nears. Songs/albums you should check out for sure include:

Dance Gavin Dance – “Doom & Gloom”

 

Arcade Fire – “Normal Person”

 

The Head and the Heart – “Gone”

 

Plush Soundtrack/Emily Browning – “Close Enough to Kill”
(click the image to listen on my Tumblr because there isn’t a track available on youtube)

This past week I’ve been particularly busy first by helping out at Trunk-Or-Treat at church [PICS] and then by throwing my ‘Sister from another mother’ a baby shower with my real sister while she was in town [PICS]. And on Halloween, my sister gifted me another nephew!

Abel - Halloween 2013
Click HERE to see more!

Abel was born at 8.3 lbs., 19.5” and I’m already so, so in-love with him. After doing a small photoshoot with him in the hospital, I spent the rest of my Halloween with his big brother trick-or-treating. It was one hell of a way to say goodbye to October.

Unsurprising, fall is already turning out to be delightful though I do wish it’d slow down a bit so I could enjoy it more. How was your October?

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Oh yeah, I have a blog….

It’s been over a month now since I’ve wandered over to LJ. Oops. My apologies for completely failing to blog last month (and keep up with all of your blogs – I’ll do my best to catch up soon). It’s not that I didn’t want to blog, in fact I had several ideas for blog posts, I just never acted on them. Really, it feels like September 1st happened and then suddenly it was September 30th just like that. I didn’t realize how quickly time was getting away from me until it was gone.

So since I’ve failed to do all my usual postings, I’m just going to do a quick summary of September all in one post. I promise to make it as short as possible.

In September I….

  • Threw my sister a Baby Sprinkle for my 2nd nephew Abel (who’s scheduled to arrive on Halloween!). It was extremely overwhelming in the food prep department (12 hours the day before, 9 hours the day of), but overall a beautiful event. You can see pictures HERE.
  • Got THESE awesome books in the mail. YAY for the return of pre-orders!
  • Read 4 books. I really had hoped to read more, but since one of these 4 books was the size of 3 books there just wasn’t time for anymore.
September Reads

Boys that Bite (Blood Coven, Book 1) by Mari Mancusi
Fathomless (Fairytale Retellings, Book 3) by Jackson Pearce
The Dream Thieves (Raven Cycle, Book 2) by Maggie Stiefvater
Styxx (Dark-Hunter, Book 23) by Sherrilyn Kenyon

  • Wrote 770 words. This is shameful, I know. I’m trying a new tactic this month to get back in my 5K game. Fingers crossed it helps.
  • Listened to a lot of random indie tracks. My favorite Music Friday tracks can be heard HERE, HERE, and HERE.
  • Started training for the Color Run. Mom and I get up at 5am to run before work. It felt insane at first, but I rather like it now – even with my forever aching muscles.
  • Went to the Milburn Orchards with Gideon like last year. If you’d like, you can see pictures HERE.
  • Saw the end of two of my favorite TV shows, Dexter and Breaking Bad. I wrote a reflective piece about show endings HERE.

So that’s basically it. Maybe you didn’t really miss much by my lack of blogging. How was your September?

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August: In Review

Really, I don't know how it's already September. If it weren't for my favorite season of the year beginning in September (which will included cooler weather), I'd be complaining about how fast August went by. But I'm so looking forward to fall approaching, I can't be mad.

August was a pretty dismal. I was depressed a lot, for a variety of reasons that included the hot weather, and I failed at accomplishing much of anything. But it is what it is…

Reading wise, I only finished three books. Two really amazing reads and one just so-so. I've had such a bad string of so-so books this year. I guess it had to happen sometime, but I have to admit it kills my desire to read. Anyway, books read:

August Books

Glimmerglass (Fariewalker, Book 1) by Jenna Black
The Raven Boys (Raven Cycle, Book 1) by Maggie Stiefvater
Unravel Me (Shatter Me, Book 2) by Taraeh Mafi

*Titles are clickable and take you to my review on GoodReads*

As far as writing is concerned, it was super hard this month. I had a good start to the month and then wrote nothing else worth keeping again until yesterday. I faced a huge bought of writer's doubt for a few weeks, in which I hated everything I've written and considered deleting it all completely. In the end I decided that my problem is really with the prologue and first two chapters (I think they could be merged together and reduced to just one opening chapter) and now I'm resisting the urge to start rewriting and just finish the darn draft first. Anyway, my final word count for August was only 2,190 words. I'm really praying the upcoming cooler weather helps bring back those 5K+ months I had going for me last winter.

Anyway, that's all I've got to report. Hope you had a more fulfilling August than me.