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.
Well, that was a crazier month than I’d expected. Not a bad kind of crazy, but attending the Writer’s Digest Conference and writing a trio of articles to cover the event for DIY MFA on top of everything I normally do in a month’s time brought the phrase “insanely busy” to a higher level.
Don’t get me wrong. I’m so, SO grateful for going to WDC this year, and for everything I learned and experienced while I was there. I just happened to load too much on my plate once again. It’s a bad habit I need to learn to kick… someday. 😉
But I got through it. I managed to stay on top of my priorities, though it did mean postponing other bloggish things (tea reviews, the blogoversary giveaway, an upcoming guest post, etc.) I’d been meaning to work on. So, I still have some catching up to do, but that’s OK. It means that September should be a fun month here! Make sure you keep an eye out on your inbox or check back here during the month so you don’t miss out on anything.
In the meantime, here’s your chance to catch up on August’s posts:
This Month’s Posts
- Stacking The Shelves, Vol. 16: Oh Chatham, How I Love Your Indie Bookstores
- The 7/7/7 Challenge, Part Two
- The Character Evolution Files, No. 2: What Are the Three Types of Character Arcs?
- Stacking The Shelves, Vol. 15: Of Thieves, Musicians, and ARCs
- Another Liebster Award!
- Beautiful People, Vol. 7: The Friendship Edition
- Chronicling The Craft: Draft #2 Revisions – 30% Complete
- The Freestyle Writing Challenge
- Waiting On Wednesday, Vol. 10: “This Monstrous Thing” by Mackenzi Lee
- Stacking The Shelves, Vol. 14: Writer’s Digest Conference Haul
- D.A.Y. and N.I.G.H.T. Reading Tag
- Recent Reads: July 2015 (Plus, I’m Back from #WDC15!)
Interviews, Guest Blogs, and Columns
- “#5onFri: Five Reasons Why Writer’s Digest Conference 2015 Was Awesome” (DIY MFA)
- “Developing Themes In Your Stories: Part 4 – Dialogue” (DIY MFA)
- “Tea Time at Reverie: Miss Elizabeth Black Tea from Bingley’s Teas” (A Bibliophile’s Reverie)
- “Writer’s Digest Conference 2015: Top Quotes from Authors, Agents, and Industry Leaders” (DIY MFA)
Two new worksheets are available for free download at Worksheets for Writers:
- Themes in Dialogue Worksheet
- “Self-Edit Saver” Revision Checklist
Hmmmm… What did I do in August that wasn’t related to Writer’s Digest Conference or writing in general? Not much. It was one of those weird periods where a lot was going on, but then again not a lot was happening. I laid low for a while after coming home from NYC and focused on whatever my priorities were at the time. And revisions for Draft #2 of The Keeper’s Curse, of course. I’m 37% along (Page 152 out of 418) as of yesterday, and may hit 40% over my four-day Labor Day weekend. Which is awesome, but it also means I’ll have to postpone the next Chronicling The Craft until I hit 50%. It’s too difficult to squeeze in that post right now because of other blogging priorities I have right now.
I did squeeze in a day trip to Cape Cod, though. I hadn’t been there since my May vacation – which is waaaaaaaaaaay too long of a gap between visits. This time, I got my annual fix of breakfast at Bonatt’s Bakery in Harwich and a leisurely stroll through downtown Chatham. Between the good food, the warm and sunny (albeit muggy) weather, and the chance to enjoy the sights and other things I’ve grown to love about this part of the Cape, it brought a much-needed chance to relax and feel at peace.
An unexpected highlight that day was a tour of Chatham’s Godfrey Windmill. This historic grist mill was built by Colonel Benjamin Godfrey (who fought in the Revolutionary War) in 1797; and it still operates two or three times a year, grinding corn into cornmeal. I’d never been inside the windmill before, so this was a neat opportunity to learn about its history, construction, and how it works.
Family-wise, my dad retired from work a couple weeks ago. He worked at the same engineering firm for 41 years; and while he loved the work, the commute was a killer – especially during the past couple years, when traffic only seemed to get worse. Now he doesn’t have to worry about spending 2+ hours in the car every day. I know he doesn’t miss that! My dad is also the subject of a guest post I’m working on for Eli Pacheco’s blog Coach Daddy (should be up in late September).
That’s about it. Unless you count the new mattress I bought – which probably isn’t so interesting. 😄
Which Computer Game Series Inspired the Idea for my Freestyle Writing Challenge Prompt?
No one correctly guessed it here, so I promised to reveal the inspiration today! And it is…
I played several computer games as a teenager, and Myst is the only series that has stuck with me through adulthood. This best-selling fantasy / adventure / strategy franchise centers on Atrus, who has the ability to write books that serve as portals to the worlds (known as Ages) described in those books. Players must help Atrus save his Ages and the craft he treasures from various threats, including Atrus’ own family. To do this, players much travel to various Ages and do some detective work, all the while marveling at each world’s beauty, complexities, and dangers – and solving a host of challenging puzzles.
Myst and its sequels continue to fascinate me for many reasons: the gorgeous graphics, evocative music, and sheer amount of creativity and ingenuity that went into creating each Age… I think I played the first game when I was 11 years old (and needed the strategy guide in order to finish it!), which was well before I started reading speculative fiction. That means Myst, not J.R.R. Tolkien, was my true gateway to fantasy. 😉 I’ve been playing Myst IV: Revelations off and on for the past couple months – and right now, I don’t which is stronger: my admiration for this series after almost 20 years, or the fact that the 10-year-old game works on Windows 8.1!
Song of the Month: “Pure Imagination” by Josh Groban
This is more of a reflection of what I’ll be listening to A LOT in September as opposed to what I listened to in August – because in 4 weeks, I’m going to see Josh Groban in concert! This will be my fourth Josh Groban show, and the past three have been so much fun. Not only is his voice as incredible live as it is on CD, but Josh is also quite the musician and stand-up comic. 🙂 I’m hoping to post an Ode to Josh Groban article on the day of the show. In the meantime, here’s one of my favorite tracks from his latest album, “Stages,” which pays tribute to Josh’s favorite musicals and Broadway shows. Remember which movie this song comes from?
How Quickly Does Time Fly?
The next Time Flies will post on Wednesday, September 30th. Until then, have a lovely month!