2019

You know what bugs me? That October is the 10th month, and not the 8th. The other ones not so much, but yeah. This is to the point where I confuse August and October when writing down the date. Just thought you all should know that.  Alas, we are not even there yet. First month of the year! Six days in. And I have already read two books. Sometimes you just need that break in your life. I went from nothing in November/December, and now I am hoping to get through four, maybe even five books this month.

Recently, I just finished The City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty. It was wonderful. I love that other cultures are entering the sci-fi/fantasy realm. There are so many creatures and stories around the world, and yet the genre seems to stick to the same old stuff a lot of the time. I tore through this book in two days, and am happy to hear I did it at a good time– the second book in the trilogy comes out this month. And it has been motivating toward my writing. Reading is honestly the best cure for writers block. Not a block in the sense of what to write, but more where to start fixing things in my draft. Or how to better approach the scenes I have been wanting to work on (exposition will be the death of me).

I also acquired the Alice Network by Kate Quinn on audiobook from the library. Depending on timing, I may have to return to that one at a later date, as I now have two books being released this month I desperately want to read. But so far I am really enjoying it. Trying really hard to jam in all the reading/writing/running I can into this month. February is looking, torturous. For my work-life balance that is. So right now I am sucking up as much life as humanly possible. Hopefully a vacation is on the horizon for early March. A little sun, wine, books, and Mom. A recipe for happiness.

It Was a Rebuilding Year

My Dad taught me this saying when I brought up how bad the Buffalo Bills were doing (I’m a Patriots fan. Yes, I know, you hate the Patriots). But I thought the saying really fit 2018 for me. perspective is everything and really, it wasn’t that bad of a year, it just left a lot to be desired. And for some people very close to me it was a bad year, and that clouds my judgement. I also have been pretty lucky to have some much more exiting years precede this one, so yeah, 2018. Bye. *Cough* Thank you, next *cough*

Honestly, it is already 2019 in my books. Christmas is over. All that excitement and movement, and now it is all done. Which I am okay with. I feel refreshed now. Did some cleaning, started my first book of next years goodreads goal, and planned out a few pages in my notebook/wannabe bullet journal. I am starting this year off the same way I did last year- with a depressing novel set during the Japanese occupation of Korea in WWII. Last year it was Pachinko by Min Jin Lee, which I LOVED, and hated, but loved. So sad. But this one may top it sadness wise. I am reading White Chrysanthemum by Mary Lin Bracht. Told from the perspective of two sisters, one who is trapped by their body, and the other by their mind. So far I am really enjoying it. Ashamedly, this was not a party of history I really knew anything about. There is a lot about the worlds’ history I don’t know though.

2019 is going to be full of changes. This is not me being all resolution-y. A lot is going on with my job, not bad, but, ehhhhhh, not really good. For me. For the company it is good I’m sure.  I just Googled quotes about change. I really wanted to put something super inspirational here. If I was feeling smarter I would write my own. Then I found this. I’ve never heard of its author, but man, does she hit home.

“We can’t be afraid of change. You may feel very secure in the pond that you are in, but if you never venture out of it, you will never know that there is such a thing as an ocean, a sea. Holding onto something that is good for you now, may be the very reason why you don’t have something better.” – C. Joybell C.

People make fun of resolutions. I personally am a fan. The key is, to make a bunch of them, and the one is bound to come through, right? And you know what? So what if you don’t follow through. You tried. That is a step in the right direction. And maybe you will try again. And again. And one day, one day it will stick.  Like writing. Maybe, if I keep trying, it will stick 😛