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01 July 2013 @ 06:23 pm
June: In Review  
Well, June was mostly a waste. Okay, not entirely, I’m just in a negative state of mind these days. I blame the heat for it.

I read quite a lot in June. I had hoped to complete another book before the month’s end, but I’ve still got about 100 pages in that book so I guess it will count towards July. For some reason, I’ve been craving the feel of paperbacks lately, which is completely strange since I’m pretty much a strictly hardback kind of girl. Something about the books being paperback lately is tricking my brain into thinking they’re shorter (when in fact, they’re not at all – even longer in some cases) and since I’ve been trying to read as much as possible, I’m constantly reaching for the “shorter” reads first. Anyway, here’s what I read in June:

June Reads

Ascendant (Killer Unicorns, Book 2) by Diana Peterfreund
Living Dead in Dallas (Sookie Stackhouse Series, Book 2) by Charlaine Harris
Chelsea Chelsea, Bang Bang by Chelsea Handler [not pictured]
Club Dead (Sookie Stackhouse Series, Book 3) by Charlaine Harris
The Summer I Became a Nerd by Leah Rae Miller
Dead to the World (Sookie Stackhouse Series, Book 4) by Charlaine Harris
Dead as a Doornail (Sookie Stackhouse Series, Book 5) by Charlaine Harris

*Clicking the title will take you to my review on GoodReads*
I know I’ve stopped talking about photography in this monthly post, but I had a lot of good photo opportunities in June that I was actually pleased with like Huff Baby #2 Sex Reveal and Gideon’s 2nd Birthday Shoot. A friend of my sister’s has asked me to shoot her family this weekend and even though I said I was done with offering out my services, I said yes. I’m a bit nervous, but I’m hoping since they’re going to be outside, daylight shots, they’ll at least be better than the last family I shot in the dark. *fingers crossed*

And so now, I suppose I should mention writing. It’s obvious I was avoiding it, isn’t it? Well that’s because it’s the first month of the year that I have to report writing NOTHING. Not even a single word. If I thought I felt like a failure last month with my 3K report, imagine how worthless I’m feeling this month. Sigh.

I did print and redline the novel at its current 35K state, but I didn’t even make the revisions to the text document yet. I was busier than normal in June, but I’m really not sure why I couldn’t even write one word. I’m mostly blaming it on the heat because my mental state has been slowly crumbling as a result of the weather. I really need to move somewhere colder, bad.

Despite feeling pretty low about writing nothing in June, I’m trying to be hopeful for July. Jeannine Garsee (onegrapeshy) set up a private Grapemo session on FB and I’ve joined with the goal to write at least 5K. Back in February when she hosted the regular Grapemo here on LJ, I tripled that goal. I’m not confident I can do that again, but if I can pump out at least 5K in this hellish heat, then I’ll be pretty happy with myself. Plus, I need to get past this “middle of the book” phase. Apparently this happens with real authors, too (Victoria Schwab was just talking about this recently), and so hopefully once I get away from 35K and reach for 40, writing the second half of the book will come at a better pace like the first half did. It’s not like I don’t already know what happens; I just need to get it on paper.

So anyway, that was my June. It had its highs and lows. How was your June? Any hopes for July?

P.S. If you missed June's Music Review, click HERE. It's definitely worth it this month. :)
Current Music: Yes – “Leave it”
Heatheredgyauthor on July 3rd, 2013 11:05 am (UTC)
As a lover of paperbacks, I think it's fantastic how you're embracing them lately! I remember reading Dead to the World many years ago. It was okay, but didn't compel me to read more from this series. (I read the first book, too, and felt the same, but had decided to read DttW since I had nothing new to read and it was the only thing worth taking a chance on at Wal-Mart, haha.)

Good luck with the new photo shoot! You always take such amazing pictures, so I have no doubt that this family will like 'em. :)

Sorry you weren't able to squeeze in any writing in June, but some months are just tougher than others. Plus, you were revising, which is a time-eater, so it's not like you did nothing. I really hope this private Grapemo is just the motivator you need to get you writing and feeling confident about that writing again!
swhistedswhisted on July 3rd, 2013 03:17 pm (UTC)
That's too bad you didn't like either of the Sookie Stackhouse books, but I commend you for giving them another shot after not loving the first. I wonder if I'd feel differently about them myself had I never seen the show. The last book I read wasn't nearly as good as the others and it was the first one to be REALLY different from the show. I wonder how if I'll enjoy the rest as I'm sure they won't be like the show at all now.

Thanks for the luck with the photoshoot. I'm praying it even goes through as we've been under a constant rain cloud these days (not that I'm complaining, because I love the rain, but that won't make a good photoshoot at all).

I know some months are rough, but it's hard to let myself accept such failure when I've been mostly doing so good every month this year. I was also really determined to not let summer have so much power over me this year and so far, it's winning. I did already start writing for Grapemo yesterday, though - not a ton, but it's a start. I'm very hopeful I can show July whose boss where writing is concerned. :D

Heatheredgyauthor on July 4th, 2013 03:12 am (UTC)
I never said I didn't like the Sookie Stackhouse books. I did like them. If I didn't, I never would have read a second book in that series. But I didn't love them, which is why I'm no longer wasting time and money on that series. Only books that truly engage me deserve that.

You've had rain?! Jealous! I hope it clears up for you, though, so this photo shoot can happen without a hitch! I love seeing you have another opportunity to show off your skills. :)

Also, yay you for already writing a little for Grapemo! That's awesome! Even little accomplishments add up to something huge after a while, so I hope Grapemo keeps motivating you heaps throughout July!
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swhistedswhisted on July 9th, 2013 02:57 pm (UTC)
You should really do something about that. Everyone deserves a little escapism from time to time and what better way than a book? ;)