I am decidedly at the point in my life where I’m just like “you know what, I’m too tired to do anything other than rearrange the furniture in my Animal Crossing house right now.” And that’s okay. I’m pacing myself.
Anyways, I know everyone else has been saying it already, but I cannot believe that it’s July already. It took me three days to remember to change my wall calendar to the next month. But hey, look at us! We’ve made it so far already! That’s definitely something to be proud of and thankful for.
When I wasn’t losing track of time this month, I was blogging about:
- Unexpected ways that I’ve learned about writing
- Re-approaching my fantasy novel project for the third time
- How our society has completely missed the point of The Hunger Games
- My new “quarantine hobby” – making custom figurines for book characters
Once you’ve checked out those blog posts, read on to hear about the rest of my month!
Well, I finally finished The Legend of Korra, and I’m glad that’s over. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a good show, and it has moments that I liked… I was just ready to be done with it and move on. The last season seemed to drag a lot more than the others.
After finishing Korra, I decided to give Netflix’s The Witcher a try. I watched three (I think?) episodes, but I don’t think I’ll finish it quickly. The episodes are long compared to the shows I’ve been watching for the last few months. It’s giving me some kind of mental block, I guess. Still, it’s an interesting show (but not for kids!)
The bigger question is what haven’t I been reading lately? I finished my re-read of the Percy Jackson series with The Battle of the Labyrinth and The Last Olympian. Both of these books are just… epic, and not just because they’re based on mythology. It was a joy to revisit them.
I listened to two audiobooks this month too – Four: A Divergent Story Collection by Veronica Roth, and Opal: A Raven Cycle Story by Maggie Steifvater. Both were quick reads, but they were good company while I spent hours (and I mean hours) painting my figurine projects!
I read all three books of the Shadow of the Fox trilogy by Julie Kagawa this month too. My friend Charmaine let me borrow the first book, but then I ended up buying all three of them for myself because I loved them so much. It’s a really engaging fantasy trilogy that draws a lot of inspiration from Japanese mythology, and it has a wonderful cast of characters! In some ways, it reminded me of Okami, one of my favorite video games. I’m glad they’re a part of my collection now!
Finally, after hearing several of my friends rave about Webtoon, I decided to give it a try. Webtoon is an online platform/app for digital comics which are, for the most part, free to read. The series are split into “seasons” (story arcs or “volumes”) with “episodes” (chapters).
Right now, I’m reading Let’s Play, a romantic comedy about a girl who dreams of being a video game developer. It’s not my usual genre, but I like it! The other series I’m reading is Tower of God, a more fantasy-style story. It’s a different way of reading, but it’s fun to read through a few episodes when I need a break from other projects.
Hades from Supergiant Games! I mentioned it briefly a while back, but I’ve spent a lot more time on it this month. As the name implies, the game is heavily influenced by Greek mythology, which means it’s right up my alley. Your goal is to escape the underworld and reach the surface, collecting temporary power-ups and resources for permanent upgrades along the way. I’m not great at it, but it’s a fun game and I enjoy doing a few “runs” from time to time.
A new set of custom Funko Pop figures. After finishing Day and June, I decided to tackle the main cast of Six of Crows, another one of my favorite books. I’m planning to write another post when all six characters are done, but in the meantime, here’s a quick photo of Jesper and Inej:
Other than what I talked about earlier this month, I finished my chapter-by-chapter outline for Project Quest! I’m participating in Camp NaNoWriMo this July, so having that outline will be a huge help. I’m excited to write this draft!
My state started slowly “reopening” in June – though we still have some COVID restrictions. Still, I was able to go see a few friends of mine that I hadn’t seen since March, and that was really nice! I know it might be hard to believe, but I’ve missed being around people. A visit was just what I needed.
I also led an online journal writing workshop this month! My local library received a state grant to hold an online summer program for middle school students, and part of that involved two workshops – one for writing, one for art.
Since I used to volunteer with the children’s librarian waaaaaaay back when I was in high school, she reached out to me about facilitating the writing workshop. It went really well! It was fantastic to see all of the kids excited about writing and journaling. I’m glad we have the technology to make the most of all this “stay at home” stuff.
Just one more small (and silly) note: my family found a used elliptical machine on Craigslist, so I’ve finally been able to get back into working out regularly. Transporting it home was a story in itself, but now that it’s here, I’ve been using it almost every day. Since I don’t get out much anymore, I try to get moving when I can. Plus, it’s good for my brain too.