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.
Hello from Writer’s Digest Conference! Today is Day One of the event, and I’m beyond excited for everything. The individual sessions, meeting other writers (especially some of my DIY MFA colleagues), being in NYC for the first time in a while, LOTS of books… It’s hard to believe that this weekend I’ve been looking forward to since early March has finally arrived, but it’s here! I can’t wait to share more of my experience with you once I’m back at home. 😀
And what about the past month? It’s been an interesting one, that’s for sure! So, here’s your chance to catch up with the month’s blog postings and other things:
This Month’s Posts
- My Ten Favorite Screen Characters
- Waiting on Wednesday, Vol. 9: The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin
- #1000Speak: On Tolerance, Diversity, and the Influences on One’s Worldviews
- Stacking The Shelves, Vol. 13: Of Elementals and Elves
- The Character Evolution Files, No. 01: What Is Character Evolution, and Why Is It Important?
- A Blogoversary Character Interview with Eva of The Keeper’s Curse
- Beautiful People, Vol. 6: Keli
- Waiting on Wednesday, Vol. 8: The House of Shattered Wings by Aliette de Bodard
- My Eleven Favorite Literary Heroes
- 5 on the Fifth: Five Fantastic Speculative Fiction Blogs
- Recent Reads: June 2015
Interviews, Guest Blogs, and Columns
- “Learning to Love Your Writing Process with Sara Letourneau, Bloggers & Fantasy Writer” (She’s Novel)
- “Tea Time at Reverie: Sanctuary T’s Serenity Herbal Tea” (A Bibliophile’s Reverie)
- “Tea Time at Reverie: Yezi Tea’s Tie Guan Yin High Grade Oolong Tea” (A Bibliophile’s Reverie)
No site updates this month. However, I’d like your opinion on something: Would it be helpful to have “button links” on the sidebar to some of the blog’s regular columns (Chronicling The Craft, 5 on the 5th, Beautiful People, etc.)? I already have links to them on the Features tab of the main menu, but I was wondering if sidebar buttons might help with visibility.
How would I describe July? Well, it was a quiet, productive month. And then my air conditioner died. (*headdesk*) That made for a tough week, especially since it happened at the start of a heat wave. But I slept at my parents’ house nearby until a new AC unit was installed by the end of the week, so I count myself lucky for having a cool place to stay and getting things resolved so quickly. I also spent a good amount of time preparing for WDC, practicing my pitch and planning my coverage of the event for DIY MFA.
July was also a month of extremes with The Keeper’s Curse. I struggled with “writer’s doubt” for a couple weeks because of logistical errors that were brought to my attention. While those issues have now been remedied (I hope), they happened so close together that I started questioning everything about the story. That’s never an encouraging place. But I kept pushing forward, and thanks to some feedback from a fellow writer and a much-needed Reiki session, I feel much better now!
In term of progress, Draft #2 of TKC has been plodding along because of significant rewrites and revisions for a few chapters. I expected that, though, and the story continues to feel more “on track” as a result of those changes. I started Chapter 12 (about 28% through Draft #2) on Wednesday, and the world count is around 127K.
A friend and I also treated ourselves to an afternoon tea recently! We went to Fancy That in Walpole, Massachusetts and enjoyed it immensely. The food was delicious, and ranged from typical afternoon tea fare (cucumber sandwiches, scones, lemon tea bread) to original recipes (mini chicken salad and ham / cheese sandwiches, blue velvet cupcakes, strawberry shortcake mini trifles). And with over 40 teas to choose from, you really couldn’t go wrong. Unfortunately I don’t have any photos to share (my phone takes terrible pictures), but you can check out Fancy That’s Facebook page to see some of their food offerings and the store’s adorable vintage interior.
Song of the Month: “A Prophecy of Worlds to Fall” by Xandria
I have a habit of revising CDs I loved from years past. This month’s choice was Neverworld’s End by German symphonic metallers Xandria. Three songs in particular ended up on repeat, and “A Prophecy of Worlds to Fall” was one of them. This particular track has a foreboding, apocalyptic feel to it, as well as fantastic string and choir arrangements and a super-catchy chorus. Methinks this would make a great theme song to a dark epic fantasy story. 🙂 If you like what you hear below, I’d also recommend “Soulcrusher” and “The Nomad’s Crown” from the same album.
How Quickly Does Time Fly?
The next Time Flies will post on Monday, August 31st. Until then, be safe, keep cool, and have a great month!