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03 August 2013 @ 10:40 am
July: In Review  
I’m blogging to you from my tablet and it is not easy. I was supposed to have a new PC by now - well, not completely new. My monitor’s still the same and my hard drives are still the same, but everything else – that will all be new. None of this is by choice. Last weekend, my beloved computer decided to commit suicide. It’s been slowly becoming problematic anyway, so it will be nice having a new computer, but man is my pocket sad about the unexpected expense. Especially since I spent a great deal of time this month planning and preparing for the Baby Sprinkle I’m throwing my sister in the beginning of September (money and I aren’t friends right now, clearly). What’s worse is that the new computer arrived this week, already defective. There is some sort of complete revolt going on against me where technology is concerned (seriously, my computer’s not the only malfunctioning product around me this week – I’m going nuts).

Anyway, July! Talk about passing fast. I don’t think I’ve ever been as busy in July as I was this year and to tell you the truth it was kind of annoying. And it definitely hurt my productivity elsewhere.

I only managed to read two books this month: My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick and Definitely Dead (Sookie Stackhouse, Book 6) by Charlaine Harris. I didn’t really have time for reading and when I did have time I tried to write. There’s no sense in photographing them together since that’s such a measly number, but one of them is worth talking about.

My Life Next Door was surprisingly good. I’d bought it on a whim, just because I was on a book buying binge and I thought it’d be a fluffy summer read. Like the main character, I was immediately drawn to the large, loving family next door. The story is also set near the water, where boat people come and go. As a kid, being out on the boat and visiting various marinas was the only thing I liked about summer. This aspect spawned a lot of good memories for me. The love story is perfectly sweet. But in addition to this is a political campaign staring the MC’s mom. And appalling, unexpected twists go down. And long story short, I found myself sobbing ugly, snotty tears for a good 40 pages towards the end as the author ripped me from this perfectly lovely summer story and stuck me in hell with the MC. There aren’t too many books that move me to this level of emotion, especially when I don’t see it coming. Really, this was one hell of a read and I’m eager to see what else Huntley Fitzpatrick has up her sleeve.

As for writing this month, well as you might remember I was participating in a private session of Grapemo over on FB. There are about 19 of us there, though not everyone is actually active. Still, the interaction on FB was far superior to the normal Grapemo and I’m positive it helped drive me to work harder. While I didn’t write as much as I’d hoped, I did write (which is better than the nothing I reported last month) and I shared a snippet from Dreamsters twice a week all month long. It’s the most I’ve shared of my book ever. And the members ate it up. It shocked me how receptive they were to the story, but was more encouraging than I could have thought it’d be. There are plans to leave the board open into August and I’m grateful for it. The accountability is extra important in the summer for me, when it’s so much easier to just forget about my book altogether until fall arrives. I doubt I’ll pump out some huge number next month, but I am confident I’ll write something and that’s fine with me.

Total July Word Count: 3,812

So, nothing all that exciting to report for July. I’d say the coolest thing that happened in July was that I dyed my hair peacock colors. I’m rather in-love with it.

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How was your July? Anything fun to report?
 
 
Current Mood: aggravatedaggravated
Current Music: O' Brother - "In Comparison to Me"
 
 
 
Heatheredgyauthor on August 5th, 2013 09:44 am (UTC)
You typed this from your tablet? Wow! I don't know if I'd ever have that kind of patience...

That really sucks about your PC. Hopefully that finally gets situated sometime soon!

Even though you only read two books, I think it's fantastic that one of them ended up being such a stand-out for you! One really awesome book is always better than a bunch of "meh" ones, IMO.

And wow, so many words in July. Yay you! Grapemo definitely seems to be a great motivator for you. So impressive how you shared so many snippets, too. That's not an easy thing to do, as I know from personal experience!

Love your hair, btw! So many pretty colors and curls! Reminds me of some of the things my sister has done to her hair over the years. :)
swhistedswhisted on August 11th, 2013 09:03 pm (UTC)
Working on the tablet was hell. Luckily, as of this past Thursday, my new computer is finally functional and I ended up getting a nice new monitor, too. The clarity has helped tremendously for my sight!

You're right about it being good that at least one of those two reads was stellar. It seems like I've kind of had an off year for 'just okay' reads, which has been disappointing. It was nice to have one be so, so great for a change.

As for the words, it's really not that much, but it's better than I've done in years past through the summer and so that makes me happy.

Thanks for the hair compliment. I'm so glad I did it, though I have to admit, I've never been treated so rudely by strangers in my life. Apparently blue hair makes me a scary person or something. An old lady at Walmart literally ran away from me. *facepalm*
Heatheredgyauthor on August 28th, 2013 07:51 am (UTC)
I must admit, I'm not surprised by the rudeness. It'd happen to my sister all the time when she dyed her hair vibrant pink, and the like. Sorry you're dealing with the same thing right now. :(
swhistedswhisted on August 31st, 2013 02:11 am (UTC)
Something occurred to me today, and it's strange, but I have been getting an unusual amount of compliments on my hair lately and it's so faded now and desperately in need a re-dye (which I plan to do this weekend). But it's strange that when it was at it's most vibrant (and in my opinion the prettiest) people were scared of me, but as it fades (to this pale blue/green color) it's somehow so cool now? People are strange.
Heatheredgyauthor on August 31st, 2013 02:56 am (UTC)
Wow, really? That is strange. You'd think the more vibrant coloring would get compliments...