July Wrap-Up10:44 AM
(Late again, but let's do it anyway.)
July was a weird month. Not the best month, and I was gone for a lot of it, but hey, we survived! And now I'm home and rested again and more writing can happy. So yay for all that.
- A discussion went floating around about whether or not we should put content labels on books. I said no.
- I made excuses for why I've been inconsistent with posting lately. (Hint: it's okay to take breaks from blogging.)
- Annika and Heather guest posted on the blog while I was away. It was pretty awesome.
- Sometimes, I 'fail' at writing. And that's okay.
There weren't a lot of posts this month, but the guest posters were awesome.
|You two rocked it.|
Well. I was gone for two weeks this July, so admittedly I didn't get as much writing done as I wanted to. I wrote out 10k worth of short story backstory thingies for Camp NaNo and won that way, but that was about it in terms of fresh writing.
And then there was the beast that is Pariah.
I meant to finish Draft 7 this month. Which didn't quite happen, but I'm so. Close. And I will, as I've stated before, be collecting beta readers this month/probably sending things out, so there's that. It wasn't a great month for writing, but I learned a lot.
I read 15 books this month, despite not having a lot of time to read. (Granted, some of them were comic books, but whatever. That's just as intense; maybe we'll talk about my comic book respect sometime this month.)
Favorite book: Half A King by Joe Abercrombie. (GUYS READ IT NOW. Yarvi is one of my new favorite protagonists ever and this book had all the feels.)
Least Favorite Book: Lies by Michael Grant. (I'll be the first to admit I'm not a Grant fan anyway, but still. WHAT WAS THIS. DNFed.)
- I'm actually a big fan of YA books being adapted into movies. I rounded up some of the books I'd most like to see on the big screen.
- For my own personal bookshelf I acquired...nothing. I fail. *sad face*
- I'm trying to find more good YA sci-fi to read. Anyone have any suggestions? Do leave a comment.
- Katie says it's okay to take breaks when it comes to writing. I concur.
- Gemma argues that the 'strong female character' is actually anti-feminist.
- Chloe wrote a lovely post about airplanes and God and peanuts and all that loveliness. (Which, coincidentally, I read while in an airport.)
- Cait talks about unfollowing blogs. Which I like, because I've not seen this discussed before.
- There's a new blog in town! This blog is Young Writers' Treehouse and I love it. I'm slightly biased, of course, because I helped form it and I'm blogging regularly there, but whatever. Go check it out.
Basically, it was a good month for everyone in blogging.
- I'll need beta readers for Pariah very soon. Which means you'll see more Pariah things, huzzah!
- A post about my Dominican Republic missions trip is coming, I promise. I had to get my thoughts together on that one.
And finally...some news I'm very very excited about.
The blog is getting re-designed.
Yes, that's right. Not professionally, because I'm poor and technologically challenged and such, but I'm putting together a brand-new design that should be cleaner and prettier and flashier altogether. I'm not sure of exact dates for this, as I'm still fiddling around with the details of the design, but I'll announce that soon. It'll probably be around when school starts up again, to give us all a fresh start. I'm super nervous and super excited about this!
How do you feel about new blog designs? What great books did you read this month? How did your month go in general? Comment away.