Hope you are all doing well! Is it me or… is summer half over!? I am still in disbelief that it is already the end of July. Time really flies!!
Overall, it has been a busy and stressful month for me although there has been some fun moments that really made up for it. There was work, Nanowrimo, our new dog and lots of summer socials and outdoor activities. As you can probably guess, I am exhausted and sleep deprived but loving life :’)
July is a bit of a disaster when it comes to reading because I only read 2 books (usually I can manage 4 books at the very least.) However, it has been a busy month. Not only did I have a lot to do, I also had a lot on my mind, so that even when I had time I wasn’t always in the mindset for reading.
The Gentleman’s Guide of Vice and Virtue was a fun historical fiction about Monty, a nobleman’s son, as he embarks on the Grand Tour of Europe. I loved the humorous narration and dialogue. I also loved reading about the places that Monty travels to with his crew, which makes me want to travel so much! Although I loved Monty’s character, who is hilarious and relatable, I am less interested in the supporting characters Percy and Felicity.
Bossypants is a memoir/autobiography by Tina Fey. This book has been on my TBR for a long time, and I did enjoy it when I finally got around to reading it. I admire Tina Fey’s humor, her strong-willed personality, and the excellent work she’s accomplished so far. However because I haven’t watched Saturday Night Live or 30 Rock, I feel that I can’t appreciate some of the anecdotes and jokes that she tells in this book.
With Nanowrimo out of the way in August, hopefully I will have more time and a better mood for reading. Here are the 4 books on my TBR for the next month:
I am excited for the Night of Cake & Puppets and Anna and the French Kiss which will be my light reads for this month (thanks to Beth for these recommendations!) Among the Red Stars is the debut novel by Gwen C. Katz who I admire very much. Of course I will be continuing with my re-read of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince!
July was a big writing month for me because I started writing my new novel Shapeshifter and met my Camp Nanowrimo goal of 25K words! I love that I am getting into the swing of this new novel and starting to love my characters very much. It is also the first time I began writing a novel with a full outline in my pocket (thanks to the Snowflake Method!) and I am happy to report that this is working very well for me.
On another note, I feel that being a writer has made me into a more curious person. When I meet a person I am very curious about what they do for a living, in case this becomes helpful research for my novels. For example, I’ve already met a corporate lawyer, a high school math teacher and police officer whose insights will come in handy when I edit Shapeshifter and Children of the Sun.
Finish 17.5K words of Shapeshifter, so I am on track to finishing the first draft by the end of September.
I’ve been pretty terrible with blog-hopping this month (sorry friends!!) However here are some of the posts that I really enjoyed:
Beth @ Reading Every Night discusses why trigger warnings are so important!
Asha @ The Musing Quill announces her 6th blogiversary! Is that amazing or is that amazing!?
Hop back on the blog-hopping wagon. Now that I am done Nanowrimo, I should have no excuse haha :’)
It’s been a fun month with Zander, the new addition to our family. Despite his ripe old age of 14, he jumps up and down for walks and he is always looking up for a cuddle session!
One of my favourite activities near Vancouver is hiking. This past weekend we went on a hike to Mount Brunswick, which is a 12.6km trail with an elevation of 1.5km. Needless to say, we were poofed afterwards! Here is the view from the top:
Get back into the rhythm of exercising 6 days per week. I want to experiment with activities like hiking and rock climbing.
Sew another dress!
How was your July? Do you have to be in a certain mindset or mood for reading? What outdoor activities do you enjoy? For the writers out there, how do you do your research?