Sanity Demands It (Writing Update)

How did it get to be June already? Feels like only yesterday it was January. Time flies when you're raising a stubborn, hairy child:

Writing update for May:

I didn't work on A RAVENING FIRE at all this month. Instead, I spent every spare minute writing something (a few things, actually) that I won't be able to talk about for a while. But after all this time away from the beta reader draft, I'm positively itching to dive back in. Thankfully, tonight is the first night in over a month that I'll be able to work on it!

Writing goals for June:

Resume working on the beta reader draft of A RAVENING FIRE. Figure out a realistic pace for this type of revision/rewrite hybrid.

Books read/listened to in May:

  • WHO FEARS DEATH by Nnedi Okorafor. Not always an easy read (in terms of content), but exceedingly well-written, and incredibly engaging. A beautiful and penetrating vision of post-apocalyptic Africa (with magic!).
  • THE GRACE OF KINGS by Ken Liu. Arguably the most epic novel I've ever read (in terms of scope). Given how much ground Ken covers in this first book, I'm intrigued to see where he takes the series.
  • A FINE AND PRIVATE PLACE by Peter S. Beagle. What a beautiful little book. The kind of story you can wrap yourself in like a warm blanket.
  • THE HANDMAID'S TALE by Margaret Atwood. Absolutely riveting. I'll definitely need to revisit this one soon.
  • PANDORA'S LUNCHBOX by Melanie Warner. More on the dangers of processed foods. This went deeper into the chemistry/biology than SALT, SUGAR, FAT, which I appreciated. But it made me realize just how much I need to reevaluate my eating choices...

I'm still finishing THE ART OF RAISING A PUPPY by The Monks of New Skete. May was made extra hectic by our new addition (pictured above!), and the book that arguably should have been at the top of my reading list kept finding its way to the bottom. I also haven't yet finished the audiobook of OUTLANDER by Diana Gabaldon.

Reading/listening list for June:

  • LITTLE, BIG by John Crowley.
  • THE CITY & THE CITY by China Miéville.
  • SHATTERED PILLARS by Elizabeth Bear.
  • THE HERO WITH A THOUSAND FACES by Joseph Campbell.
  • THE ART OF RAISING A PUPPY by The Monks of New Skete.
  • OUTLANDER by Diana Gabaldon (audiobook).

Life barrels on at a breakneck pace, with no signs of slowing any time soon. But at least I can still find the time to read and write. Sanity demands it.

Until we meet again, dear reader...