Hello! In an effort to keep this blog active, I'm considering making this a tag of sorts that I can post monthly.
We shall see if I can make that happen or not!
I've always been unsure of what people are looking for in blogs, especially of writers and creatives. I've done book reviews and writing updates, but sometimes I just have nothing of interest to add! But here are some updates!
For the past three months, I've been working on readings and assignments for my MFA program as well as applying for jobs. Thankfully, I finally accepted a position at a local library, and I'm so extremely excited about it.
My progress on my MFA thesis novel is going well, and I've been exploring concepts and outlining ideas for other novels at the same time, as always.
Books, Shows, and Productivity
The Shades of Magic Series
Honestly, why didn't anyone make me read these books sooner? I never understood the hype around this series, but now that I've read it, I'm much more understanding. This is one of those stories where everything just feels... real. Like you could be walking down the street one day and see Lila or Kell disappear into an alley.
Also, these books were massive, but I felt like I was flipping through so fast, like the words were creating a movie in my mind. If my writing/storytelling can ever do that for my readers, I will be satisfied.
On My Block on Netflix
I enjoyed watching the first season of this show all in one day... oops. It's definitely aimed toward older teens and young adults due to some of the themes and content portrayed, but it has so many great aspects. I loved the characters, the diversity, the humor, all the while having serious undertones and commentary.
Of course, they just had to end the first season with an intense cliffhanger so I'm on the edge of my seat waiting for new episodes.
Pacemaker.press and #CampNaNoWriMo
This month I decided to participate in Camp NaNoWriMo to work on my thesis for my MFA program. My writing had been so slow going at the start of the year, and I just knew I could be writing more each day. And I was right! I just hit the midpoint of my word count goal, and if I can keep up this momentum, I'm hoping to have the first draft done by the end of April/early May.
To help me keep track of my daily word count and goals, I love the stats graphic that NaNoWriMo has, and I'd been wanting to find something similar to use during the non-NaNo months. Pacemaker.press has been so useful! The free version only allows for one project, but that's been working for me so far. And there are so many different options for customization too.