I’m not even gonna bother saying this is late. Ya’ll already know. Let’s get right to it!
Once More Unto the (Writing) Breach
- I’ve changed my writing goals again. I’ve decided not to worry about how much time is spent on editing for now, and instead focus on chapters posted. Once I start editing my Loki fic, this might change, but for now it’s working for me. My word count goal has also shifted, to 2000 words a week, rather than focusing on writing every day. That’s just not feasible right now, with everything I have going on, and I get a lot done on my Monday writing nights. I mostly focus on my editing during the week and it’s been working so far.
- I’ve been trying to decide between working on my original fiction in November or doing another finishing WriMo, like I did last year. I’m edging toward the finishing WriMo, especially if I manage to finish the editing process for Second Chances in October. But I will probably pull out the original fiction and prep it just in case. We’ll see what October brings 🙂
Have You Hugged a Book Today?
I actually forgot to screen cap my reading challenge this month, but I can safely say that I am on target! Mostly because I lowered my goal for the year 😛 Honestly, I just got tired of being so constantly behind on everything, so I lowered my challenge from 60 to 50 books. 50 books is a very reasonable goal, in my opinion, even if it is less than I read last year. I’m taking my writing a bit more seriously this year, and I’ve been spending more of my time on my yarn work as well, so I think it’s okay for me to lower my expectations just a tad, for the sake of my own sanity.
However I did read quite a few books this month, most of them comic books. One of my book clubs decided to read one comic collection a week rather than a full length book, so I got a great deal of reading done in not a lot of time 🙂 Let’s get started!
Here’s the link to my star rating breakdown if anyone needs a refresher. It’s also up in the header 🙂
- Books I finished this month:
- Fables Vol 4: March of the Wooden Soldiers- Five Stars
- Rat Queens Vol 1: Sass and Sorcery- Five Stars
- Hawkeye Vol 3: L.A. Woman- Four Stars
- Hawkeye Vol 4: Rio Bravo- Five Stars
- Marvel Vol 2: Generation Why- Four Stars
- Harry Potter and The Order of the Phoenix- Four Stars
- Thor Vol 1: Goddess of Thunder- Four Stars
- What I’m currently reading (In order of Date Started):
- Leviathan by Scott Westerfield– I’m still slogging through this one. I haven’t been going to the gym very regularly, so it’s kind of taken a back burner. I may try to read it more while I’m knitting, if I can get caught up on the new fall TV line up 😛
- A Walk In The Woods: Rediscovering America On The Appalachian Trail by Bill Bryson– This is one of those book club reads I’ve been trying to catch up on. It started out strong, but I’ve sort of stalled about halfway through. Hopefully it will pick back up again.
- Book to Screen:
- Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire
- I’m not gonna lie, I cried. A lot. Pretty much every time Cedric Diggory came on screen I teared up a little. He’s even nicer in the movie than book!Cedric and that just made it worse. RIP Cedric Diggory.
- Anyway, on to the movie itself. I noticed that this one seemed a little more… disjointed than the others. I definitely think there had to be a better starting point than Harry waking up somewhere, with no mention of where he is or how he got there, and then suddenly they’re all traipsing through the woods to god knows where. Granted if you read the book you knew what was going on, but I think that those who were only watching the movie had to be thoroughly confused. There were several inconsistencies like that and it made it feel rushed and squashed together, like you’re missing chunks (which you are). Second disappointment was the lack of mention of Snape’s mission at the end. It was one of my favorite parts of the book so I was disappointed that it was missing.
- The good: Both of the Crouches. Bartimaeous Sr. was delightfully ambiguous and I felt a great deal more sympathy for him than I did book!Crouch. The addition of his nervous quirks was endearing. And of course I’m never going to complain about the addition of evil!David Tennant. The man is a genius and I’m actually glad the movie gave him more screen time than the book. Snape himself was also a delight to watch in this movie, as he has been in every movie. Ten stars for Alan Rickman 🙂
- Overall, I enjoyed the movie as I have enjoyed all of them, but it felt a little less connected than the previous movies. We’ll have to see if Order of the Phoenix continues the trend. Oh god, I have to endure Umbridge… again… ugh.
- Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire
- Book to Screen:
#Hashtags and other minutia
- My Favorite Tumblr Reblog: I am so excited about AKA Jessica Jones. I knew nothing about her before I found out about this show and now I want to read all of her comics! Her origin is in something called Alias, btw 😉
- My Favorite Tumblr Post: I shared the playlist I’ve been listening to while working on my Loki fanfiction! Feel free to speculate!
- Instagram: I am making a Tom Baker Doctor Who scarf! Here’s one of the progress photos (though I have made quite a bit more progress than this 🙂
- Twitter: I did manage to make a few posts this month! Yay me! 🙂 Also, DOCTOR WHO IS BACK!!!
- Just For Fun: You may recall a few months ago, I mentioned the epic Dubsmash War between Agents of SHIELD and Agent Carter. Well, it’s BACK, baby! Be sure to click the links and vote for your faves! All the Charity! 😀
Do I Actually Have a Life?
- C25k- My knee has not improved. For those of you who may not know, my knees have been bothering me a little bit since the beginning of this month, causing me to temporarily give up running. Using my extensive knowledge of le Google and WebMD, I have determined that my symptoms most closely resemble the symptoms of what is called “Runner’s Knee”. This is baffling to me. I do not run enough to have Runner’s Knee! Anyway, I am in the process of finding new shoes and I have bought a knee support sleeve that I have been wearing regularly the las couple of weeks. I have also, in the meantime, been trying out the exercise bikes at the gym. So far, they’re uncomfortable and I feel like a goofball. I miss running. Never thought I would type those three words in the same sentence ;P But my knee is feeling better every day, so hopefully I will be able to take up my running again next month.
“And In Conclusion…”
- Writing- As of last night, I FINALLY finished the first draft of my Loki fanfiction! Hurray! Now I can focus on what I want to do for NaNoWriMo. My goal is to actually open up the original fiction I planned to work on. *cringe* I know, but it has to be done. I’ve decided that I’ll at least open it and if it’s just too painful, I’ll close it again, no harm no foul. My friend Elissa and I have decided that I’m going through the five stages of mourning concerning this book and the Disaster that befell it about a month ago. I think I’m in the bargaining stages right now. Wish me luck.
- Reading- Pretty simple, keep up the good work! I would like to catch up on some of my book club reads, but if that doesn’t happen, I’m okay for now 🙂
- Social Media- I’m actually doing pretty well. I know, I’m surprised too. Keep it up, future!me 🙂
- My Personal Life- Go to the gym more. Even if you have to ride the stupid bike. Just do it. Stop being such a whiny baby 😛
One last thing (and if you’ve made it this far into this post, congratulations!), I’ve entered Worth Living For (my Bruce Banner/OC fanfiction) into a contest on Inkitt!
If you guys have a moment, please drop by and give it a vote! I get nothing but bragging rights, but I’m really proud of this story and I would love for it to get some more recognition. Thanks!