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A Hobbit’s Walking Tale- September 2016

A Hobbit’s Walking Tale (Twitter tags: #AHobbitsWalkingTale #byfogisbeautiful)

  • Miles Walked This Month (August 31st-September 26th): 44.2 miles
  • Total Miles Walked:  518 miles
  • Milestones Reached: Goblin Attack, Gollum’s Lake, Dwarf Reunion

“‘Who are these miserable persons?’ said the Great Goblin.

“‘Dwarves, and this!’ said one of the drivers, pulling at Bilbo’s chain so that he fell forward onto his knees, ‘We found them sheltering in our Front Porch.'”

~The Hobbit, Chapter 4: Over Hill and Under Hill

“Deep down here by the dark water lived old Gollum, a small slimy creature. I don’t know where he came from, nor who or what he was. He was Gollum – as dark as darkness, except for two big round pale eyes in his thin face. He had a little boat, and he rowed about quite quietly on the lake; for lake it was, wide and deep and deadly cold.”

~The Hobbit, Chapter 5: Riddles in the Dark

“‘And here’s the burglar!’ said Bilbo stepping down into the middle of them, and slipping off the ring.

“Bless me, how they jumped! Then they shouted with surprise and delight.”

~The Hobbit, Chapter 6: Out of the Frying-Pan, Into the Fire

Oh my gosh, this was the worst month I’ve had so far… which is actually strangely appropriate, considering that’s probably exactly how Bilbo felt during this particular part of his journey ;P

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You know, between goblins, and Gollum, and things are probably going to get worse before they get better ;P Hopefully we can get away from the wargs quickly and the Eagles can get us to the Eyrie at least before the next month is up!

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Whoop, time to run!

 

 

 

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Reading

Have You Hugged A Book Today?- August 2016

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I am still seven books ahead of schedule! This is excellent! I feel so relieved about this, which is good because I have enough stress in my life 🙂

Here’s the link to my star rating breakdown if anyone needs a refresher. It’s also up in the header 🙂

  • What I’m currently reading (in order of Date Started)
    1. Wolves of the Calla (Dark Tower #5) by Stephen King– Oh my gosh, this book is SO MUCH BETTER than Wizard and Glass! Things are actually happening that I care about, and plot, and we’re back into the actual story, and YAY! Not sure how I feel about the shady villagers asking for help (and I kind of wish I’d read Salem’s Lot before this, but I can go back and fix that ;P), but things are happening! Hooray! \o/
    2. Miles in Love (Vorkosigan Omnibus #6) by Lois McMaster Bujold– I’m having a moment of weirdness, because I sort of spoiled myself for the first book in this omnibus, but I still want to know how the thing I know about is going to happen. So I’m in a weird state of anticipation right now 🙂 Also, I’m having feels about this terrible marriage, just FYI…
    3. Audrey Hepburn: An Elegant Spirit by Sean Hepburn Ferrer– Whoops! I sort of forgot I was reading this. Going to try to pick it up and finish it this month 🙂
  • Books I’ve Finished 
    1. Wizard and Glass (Dark Tower #4) by Stephen King- Three Stars

Fog’s Book Of The Month

Memory (Vorkosigan Saga, #10)Memory by Lois McMaster Bujold

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

“Miles hits 30. 30 hits back.”

This is the one line description of this book in the timeline, and honestly it’s a much better summary than the one on the back of the book. The back of the book is deceptive, as it implies that you will be living Simon Illyan’s memories, which is not true. This book is probably the most introspective of the Miles books I’ve read so far and, as a result, is also a slower paced book. That doesn’t mean it wasn’t engaging (I read it in about a day), it just means that it was very different from the books that have preceded it. It feels like the transition that it is, a transition from a reckless, careless, hyperactive Miles to a more grown-up version, who thinks about others (and himself) a bit more deeply. It changes him and makes him more aware of himself, something that he has been sorely lacking.

All in all, a very good book, if not exactly what was promised on the package 🙂

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Well, this was a quick post! I didn’t really have much to report this month. Oh well, I’ll leave you on a funny note:

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I’m not even sorry ;P See you guys next time!

Blogging, life, Writing

Once More Unto The (Writing) Breach- August 2016

Just a warning: I was useless last month. I mean, really. I don’t know what happened to all my grand plans, but they are nowhere to be found right now. I’m finally feeling back to normal and ready to tackle my life again, but being off-kilter for a whole month really set me back.

Alright, let’s take a look at the damage and see what we can salvage.

What I’ve Accomplished This Month

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Ugh. I didn’t even want to post this. It looks so bare…

I know the chart only shows one chapter, but I posted the second one on September 1st, so I’m counting it 🙂 I’m not too far behind on this yet (though I’m further behind than I thought I would be) and if I post at least one chapter every week (excluding November) I should still be in a position to finish by the end of the year. I’m optimistic about my chances here, and I’ve been able to work through a lull in productivity in the past week, so hopefully this will continue on schedule.

I’ve lowered my expectations for this story to one chapter a month, just until I can get Calenhiril’s Search finished. But I got them out of Rivendell! \o/ I’ve also decided to make this story my NaNo project this year, so that I can dive right into posting in earnest in the new year 🙂

  • Wonderland Reclaimed- 3,894 words written

Here’s where my failure really shines. I had a goal of writing 10,000 words this month and I just could not push myself to it. I’m having a really hard time with this story so, as much as I wanted to be done with the first draft by the end of the year, I just don’t see it happening. I’m letting that goal go. I’m not letting go of the story, but I’m not going to punish myself for not finishing it by the end of 2016. Instead, I’m going to do my best to write at least 8,000 words a month on it until it is finished (obviously November and December will be exceptions). It’s going to throw off my plans for 2017 a little bit, but that’s flexible, I have plenty of time to figure it out.

 

What’s Coming Up in September

I’m still going to try to post at least one chapter of Calenhiril’s Search a week, and one chapter of DBTT around the 15th of the month. I have a goal of 8,000 new words for Wonderland Reclaimed, which should be doable if I really work at it. And I’m going to be editing the short story sequel fanfic to Worth Living For that I wrote in July! That’s something I’m really excited about and I can’t wait to get started!

I’m also preparing for additional duties concerning NaNoWriMo in November. This year, a friend and I have been announced as the Municipal Liaisons of a brand new region! We’re both very excited to get started, but it’s a lot of work and will take an awful lot of dedication and time to get set up. I think I’m going to be extra grateful for my month off come December 😉

Wow, this post was especially sparse this month, here have a gif of a slow loris eating a banana:

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I need about twenty of these creatures in my life… Okay, until next time!

 

 

 

 

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