Time Flies!: March 2015

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Welcome to the latest edition of Time Flies! It’s my version of a monthly update, where I recap the past month’s accomplishments and articles, share news and random things from my offline life, and hint at what may be coming in the month ahead.

Happy Spring, everyone! 😀 Even though it’s been an abnormally cold March here in Massachusetts, I feel lighter in heart knowing that my favorite season has finally arrived. Pretty soon, leaves will bud on the trees, flowers will bloom, and temperatures will be just warm enough so I can resume my outdoor walks. Lush, green, colorful, fresh… *sighs with contentment*

Spring means more to me than nature’s re-awakening after its winter slumber, though. It also marks an anniversary for me, one of a spiritual and emotional turnaround after a bout of situational depression. My poem “Eve of Spring” talks about this a little bit. If you’re interested, you can read the poem here or here.

What else have I been up to this past month? Check out the recaps below:

This Month’s Posts

Guest Blogs and Columns

Site Updates

What’s Coming in April

A few things to look for on the blog and elsewhere this coming month:

  • A set of worksheets inspired by my recent article about book titles
  • A new #1000Speak on empathy, poetry, and the 2nd anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings
  • A new article series called An Ode To…, where I’ll share favorite songs by a music artist or from a film soundtrack (yay for bringing music back to this blog!)
  • A new DIY MFA article on theme, scheduled for Monday, April 13th
  • More tea reviews at A Bibliophile’s Reverie

Other Happenings

First of all, thank you SO much for your feedback on the title for The Keeper’s Curse! I’m trying hard not to get too attached to the title, since I know it could still change later on. But I’m thrilled that it works from a reader’s perspective as well as a writer’s, and it makes me even more excited – and impatient – to start working on Draft #2 revisions on April 10th.

While we’re on the subject of TKC, I was wondering if you could do me a favor. I’ve created a landing page for TKC to give readers a more firm idea about the story. Could you let me know what you think about the “attempt” at a jacket-copy summary? Is it intriguing? Too wordy? Missing something that would make it even more attention-grabbing? I’ve enabled comments, so feel free to respond directly on that page.

Glass Teapot

In the tea realm – look at that glass teapot! Isn’t it purdy? 😀 Two of my upcoming review samples for A Bibliophile’s Reverie are blooming teas, so I needed to buy this kind of teapot specifically for brewing those samples. Blooming teas, or flowering teas, are small bundles of tea leaves (usually green or white) and flowers sewn together that unfold when immersed in water. The result is a delicate, floral tea – and a huge, blossoming flower. So, there’s a visual aesthetic to blooming tea that makes glass teapots the ideal method for brewing this kind of tea. Should be fun!

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Progress on the Tea Test Kitchen stalled in March. As previously mentioned here and here, I’m creating a line of tea blends through Adagio Teas to go with my fantasy novel. So far, I’ve come up with two blends: one for the Faeries’ forest home, the other for the shadow-demons known as the Bhadurak. The other blend attempts didn’t fit what I was looking for. So, last week, I ordered my next batch of samples. Let’s see what I can come up with next. 😉

Last but not least, I saw “Insurgent” last week. And… ehhh. They basically made a bunch of changes that stripped the story of whatever soul it had in the book version, and ended up with a sci-fi action film with lots of cool SFX but a boring plot. So I’m not going to waste more money on the movie franchise. And I just started reading Allegiant on Saturday, and (apart from $$$$$$$$$) I see no reason why they should be splitting this finale into two films.

Song of the Month: “Safer In Here” by EarlyRise

I just got this random idea to share a song I couldn’t stop listening to in March. If you’re a fan of melodic or alternative rock with female vocals, you might want to check out EarlyRise’s music. This is the first single from their latest album Colors.

How Quickly Does Time Fly?

The next Time Flies is scheduled for Thursday, April 30th. Until then, have a beautiful month!

9 thoughts on “Time Flies!: March 2015

  1. Oh thank goodness, April. I am SO ready for spring.

    Still have to watch Divergent – but the media material I’ve seen for the Insurgent movie looks amazing. I didn’t like the books very much, but the film adaptation looks it could be better. Very rarely do I say that! 😀

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    • So am I. I’m dying for temperatures in the 60s already – but we’re probably a month away from reaching that point. 😦

      About the Divergent film series… Honestly, I recommend skipping it. Divergent the movie wasn’t too bad, apart from some stiff acting. Insurgent the film disappointed me, though. They emphasized the SFX too much, eliminated most of the Tris-Four tension, and basically turned it into an action movie with no soul. *shrugs* And then there’s Allegiant, which I finished yesterday… That will be interesting to review.

      Yeah. It’s difficult for me to give a more positive stance on the series right now. :/

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  2. Ever since Harry Potter they’ve decided to split a lot of YA films based on the final book in two. I really don’t know why- it was necessary with Deathly Hallows, but Breaking Dawn for example??? I was really confused when they announced that there would be two parts, as nothing happpens?? (at least I felt that way) Great post! 🙂

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    • I agree, splitting Deathly Hallows into two films was both brilliant and necessary. Don’t know about Breaking Dawn; I quit the Twilight series after the second book and have no interest in watching the movies. The only other comparison I can make is Mockingjay from THG – and that was a bad decision, IMO. Part 1 was a drag, and I’m not planning on watching Part 2.

      I’ll stop there. Film adaptations of novels is a very sore subject for me right now. But thank you for your comments, Michelle. 🙂

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      • You were right to quit after the second book; I wish I had done that! I don’t even know why I continued as I didn’t enjoy the second one at all. I’ve heard that a lot recently about Mockinjay! I haven’t read the books nor watched the films, but that’s a real shame as everyone was so excited about the first films :/
        Haha I understand! I’m still not over Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief!

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  3. I am eagerly awaiting Spring! ^_^ I know we still have 2 months or so before it gets warm enough, but the thought of it cheers me up. 🙂
    I’m looking forward to your photos of blooming teas, as I hear they are beautiful! One day I must try some. Oh and I so agree with you concerning the films. So much seems to be action driven and no soul lately, sadly. It sounds like you will have a lot going on this April here on the blog and with TKC; looking forward to it!

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    • We’re definitely getting there with spring. At least there’s less snow on the ground now. Just some piles here and there now – but also muddy, thanks to all the snow melt. :/

      I’m looking forward to the blooming teas as well! Brewing those will be a neat experience – as long as I follow the directions correctly. *lol* I’ll try to remember to take a couple pictures to go with the blooming tea reviews.

      You know, the funny thing is, even though I have a lot planned, it doesn’t really seem like it. Maybe because it’s become the norm for me…? It’s hard to explain otherwise.

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      • Yes, please do take photos!
        I think so. Busy can become it’s own sense of normal, and you no longer realize how much you’re actually doing. I think it’s a good thing as long as it isn’t stressful. 🙂

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