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01 September 2013 @ 08:15 pm
August: In Review  
Really, I don't know how it's already September. If it weren't for my favorite season of the year beginning in September (which will included cooler weather), I'd be complaining about how fast August went by. But I'm so looking forward to fall approaching, I can't be mad.

August was a pretty dismal. I was depressed a lot, for a variety of reasons that included the hot weather, and I failed at accomplishing much of anything. But it is what it is...

Reading wise, I only finished three books. Two really amazing reads and one just so-so. I've had such a bad string of so-so books this year. I guess it had to happen sometime, but I have to admit it kills my desire to read. Anyway, books read:

August Books

Glimmerglass (Fariewalker, Book 1) by Jenna Black
The Raven Boys (Raven Cycle, Book 1) by Maggie Stiefvater
Unravel Me (Shatter Me, Book 2) by Taraeh Mafi

*Titles are clickable and take you to my review on GoodReads*

As far as writing is concerned, it was super hard this month. I had a good start to the month and then wrote nothing else worth keeping again until yesterday. I faced a huge bought of writer's doubt for a few weeks, in which I hated everything I've written and considered deleting it all completely. In the end I decided that my problem is really with the prologue and first two chapters (I think they could be merged together and reduced to just one opening chapter) and now I'm resisting the urge to start rewriting and just finish the darn draft first. Anyway, my final word count for August was only 2,190 words. I'm really praying the upcoming cooler weather helps bring back those 5K+ months I had going for me last winter.

Anyway, that's all I've got to report. Hope you had a more fulfilling August than me.

Current Music: Hands Like Houses - The Sower
Heatheredgyauthor on September 2nd, 2013 07:56 am (UTC)
Aww, sorry you've been feeling depressed. :( At least out of all the books you read, only one was so-so! Duds are the worst. (I should know, since I experienced a couple this past month!) Glad to see that you thought The Raven Boys was one of the amazing ones. I really want to check that book out sometime, but Shiver was so disappointing to me, I'm holding off for now. I want to wait to buy any new Stiefvater books until I read The Scorpio Races, which is already in my TBR pile. If that book disappoints me, too, then I think I'll just stick to her faerie series.

I'm really, really sorry to hear that you've been doubting your writing. I can relate a little, since I've been pretty cynical about my art lately. (More-so than normal.) Even though you don't think 2K is much, I personally find it impressive, especially since you've felt so down--writing anything at all is always amazing when that's the case! Regardless, I'll keep my fingers crossed that those 5K+ months return for you, since more productivity is always a good thing!
swhistedswhisted on September 2nd, 2013 05:52 pm (UTC)
As much as I liked Shiver, The Scorpio Races and The Raven Boys are in a whole different league of story telling. I think you'd like them both honestly, but I understand your hesitation. Whenever you do give The Scorpio Races a shot, I'll definitely be curious what you think of it.

Something about summer just isn't good for positive creativity, I guess. Or there's something in the water, spreading doubt to all creative types. While I wish I had a better number to report, I'm not really mad at the 2K. Last summer, I wrote nothing so anything was better than that this year.
Jeannine Garseeonegrapeshy on September 9th, 2013 01:24 pm (UTC)
Cooler weather always makes for better writing. Things will look up, I promise you! xox
swhistedswhisted on October 5th, 2013 02:57 am (UTC)
It wasn't very true for September, but I'm more hopeful it will be for October. :D
Jeannine Garseeonegrapeshy on October 10th, 2013 06:38 pm (UTC)
Crossing fingers!