I know I usually say “wow that month went by so fast”, but seriously, y’all, July? July was a long long month. I struggled to balance reading with writing with blogging with life with health stuff and sunshine and just everything and I am ready for autumn. This is how you know I’m a New Englander – I’m ready for fall now. Yes? Yes.
July wasn’t so bad – just busy! I don’t like to be busy – I love me some weekends to sit at home and relish in doing nothing. It’s the best. August is gonna be busy too, and I hope it flies by, because I am PUMPED for September.
But lets talk about July. 😉
Whelp, things got crazy in July.
At the beginning of the month, our best friends let us jump on the bandwagon of their yard sale, and in doing so, Matt and I took the leap and culled our entire collection of DVDs. And y’all, we were committed. Anything we didn’t sell (that wasn’t a crazy special edition – I’m sorry, I’m not selling my Harry Potter Ultimate Editions for $1. I’ll keep them first) we took to a local shop and traded in for store credit aaand long story short, I suddenly find myself with a lovely large amount of store credit?
We could have done a lot of things. There were talks of purchasing a Nintendo Switch. We could have bought records, or things for other people or…well, any number of things. But we took about half our store credit and bought Lego video games (my husband) and books (me). So guess who finally has a copy of And I Darken, which I’ve wanted to read for an eternity because I’ve been following Kiersten White since Paranormalcy, y’all.
You know what book I really dug this month? Not The Girls You’re Looking For. If you’re even in a weird place in your life where you feel like you can never say the right thing and you’re pissed off and just want to eat beignets and be left alone, you’re going to love Lulu. I loved Lulu. This book was really well written, but the characters are a beautiful mess and I was all about it. Lulu and I were on the same page.
Other books of note?
Night Film /★★★ 1/2 – I really liked Night Film, but I think you need to be the right audience. It reminded me of my favorite episode of Psych.
Rift / ★★★★ 1/2 – Rift exceeded my expectations. It’s a traditional western European fantasy, but the world building is really rich and interesting.
A Thousand Perfect Notes / ★★★★★ – C. G. Drews‘s A Thousand Perfect Notes was a really awesome, heartbreaking debut. If you’re worried about the hype around this one, don’t be… very much worth a read.
The Wicked Deep / ★★★★★ – The Wicked Deep – another debut! – had the perfect ghost story vibes for me and I really liked that one, too.
Only one DNF this month too – Elevate. The book was written by the gent who owns the company I work for (he gave one to all his employees) and while he’s a genuinely nice guy with a lot of good life experience to share, this book was just not the type I tend to enjoy – if you like self-help books, you might love this one.
I have written more words in July than I have in ages, thanks to Camp NaNoWriMo. I feel a little like I’m losing my mind, but it’s worth it.
I’ll win in one sense – I’ll definitely hit 50k – but the novel isn’t going to be finished. I’ll touch more on this in a couple of days, but basically, I plan to keep pushing forward. I love writing, even when I get sidetracked, and it’s been really nice to stay with these characters for a full month. I feel like we still have a long way to go, but I’m excited to be on the journey with them.
For now, I’ll leave you with a snippet. Arin and Lei are making a salve to ease some discomfort for a bad poison ivy rash. It’s really important to me to research and try to be accurate, so I’ve spent a lot of time looking up the ingredients and best methods given the limitations of the era to make something like this, and it’s been really interesting!
Full disclosure: I am shipping Arin and Lei (Ashleigh) hardcore. She came out of nowhere and isn’t part of the overarching story and now I don’t know what to do. #writerproblems
In honor of Camp NaNoWriMo, very little has been going on in my little corner of the blogosphere this month. I’ve been so focused on trying to get my words and advance my story, that I haven’t written a lot? I’m sorry!
This month’s most popular post was “The Books In The Places I Remember“. This Top Ten Tuesday post is one of my favorites ever and I actually spent a couple hours blog hopping through the linkup because I loved reading other people’s stories so much – I highly recommend checking out that linkup. The most popular review was The Wicked Deep, which I’m thrilled about – it was a great book!
Have I mentioned I’ve been busy? I’ve been so busy guys!
Not bad busy, lots of fun summery stuff! Like I said – my ideal weekend is spent with a book and my cat and a great big bowl of chocolate ice cream.
So this month, I:
- Went the the drive in and saw The Incredibles 2 and Ant Man and the Wasp, both of which are really good. The Incredibles is one of my Top 5 Disney Movies, and I’m so pleased that the second one was so good!
- Got all 4 of my wisdom teeth out, which was not the end of the world, but I definitely do not recommend.
- Had my first ever yard sale! It was both lucrative, and really stressful. And people are so cheap.
- Picked all our FastPass+ for our Disney trip in (!!!) 47 days.
- Started watching Black-ish and geez where has this show been all my life?!
- Participated in (and sort of won? See above….) Camp NaNoWriMo.
- Plus life + work + family + cats + stuff.
Unfortunately, the wisdom teeth kicked my butt and I was really sick and in pain and utterly unfocused for about a week and a half. I couldn’t read, I couldn’t write, I couldn’t really do anything but zone out watching tv and wait until I could take another painkiller. As if of last Friday, I’m finally out of pain which is wonderful.
Kids, get your wisdom teeth out before you are 28.
Confession: in all the July craziness, I totally didn’t write any posts for August. That means everything is on the fly, and my August weekends are loaded with kid’s birthday parties and adult birthday parties and work events so I’m crossing my fingers and really hoping I can pull all this together. Yikes.
I wrote a couple posts last weekend and I’m going to be giving myself permission to take a writing break so I can catch back up before I go away in September. 🙂
We’ll get there, y’all! In the meanwhile, I hope all of you really enjoyed your July and had the most extraordinary adventures! I’d love to read all about them!!!
Also, this post is brought to you by It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, which comes back (finally) on September 5th!