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.
It can’t be fall. September can’t be over. I refuse to believe it!
Ah, well. Denial only works for so long, right? And in some ways, I really enjoyed September. But in other ways, I ran myself into the ground halfway through the month. You probably noticed the massive output of articles over the past two months, not only here but at DIY MFA and other guest posts. In short, I demanded too much from myself over a short period of time – which led to a case of blogging fatigue. (A crazier-than-usual work schedule also didn’t help things…) I still pushed through it to stay on top of my writing, but I let a lot of other things (visiting other blogs, commenting on posts, etc.) slide because I’d simply lost the energy. And it’s not the first time I’ve done this to myself, either.
This time, I need to ensure I’ve learned my lesson. Which, in this case, means no extra blogging assignments for a while, apart from two October guest posts I’ve already committed to for DIY MFA and The Sprint Shack. More on both articles when each goes live.
All right. Let me give you a chance to catch up on the past month’s posts now:
This Month’s Posts
- The Character Evolution Files, No. 3: The Journey Through the Character Arc, Stage 1 – The Trigger (Inciting Incident)
- The Dragon’s Loyalty Award
- Stacking the Shelves, Vol. 18: The Birthday Haul, Part 2
- Interview with Mackenzi Lee, Author of “This Monstrous Thing”
- Waiting On Wednesday, Vol. 10: “This Monstrous Thing” by Mackenzi Lee
- Stacking the Shelves, Vol. 17: The Birthday Haul, Part 1
- The Premio Dardos Award
- Recent Reads: August 2015
- 5 on the 5th: Five Things I’ve Learned In the Past Year
- Two Upcoming Literary Events in the Boston Area
- Waiting on Wednesday, Vol. 11: “Dreamstrider” by Lindsay Smith
Interviews, Guest Blogs, and Columns
- “A Case Study on Family as a Literary Theme” (DIY MFA)
- “On Soccer Coach Dads and Passion Pursuits” (Coach Daddy)
- “Tea Time at Reverie: Tea From Taiwan’s GABA Oolong Tea” (A Bibliophile’s Reverie)
- “Tea Time at Reverie: Teasenz’s Love At First Sight Blooming Tea” (A Bibliophile’s Reverie)
- “Writer’s Digest Conference 2015: Recurring Themes About Today’s Writing Career” (DIY MFA)
- The Story Structure & Character Arc Alignment Chart is now available for download at Worksheets for Writers.
First things first: The Boston Teen Author Festival on Saturday was a lot of fun! I won’t say too much more right now, since I’m working on a combo Field Trip / Stacking The Shelves post where I’ll share photos and insights from the event and gush about the books I bought there. But I had a great time, and I’m already looking forward to seeing next year’s lineup once it’s ready. 😉
Apart from that, September was a relatively quiet month offline. I spent my birthday working on TKC (*big smiles*) and then had dinner with my family in the evening. And the following weekend, I met some friends at Fancy That (the local tea room I visited in July) for tea and freshly baked scones. The scone flavor of the month was raspberry white chocolate chip – yum!
A quick update on The Keeper’s Curse: As of Sunday, I’m about 44% through Draft #2 (Page 179 out of 407). Thanks to some strategic reorganization and other revisions, the manuscript is now under 122,000 words – meaning I’ve cut almost 10,000 words!!! 😀 Maybe getting close to 110K really is possible with this draft. But we’ll have to see. As for the next Chronicling The Craft, I’m hoping I’ll have it ready to post sometime in October. It’s all a question of when I hit the 50% mark.
I haven’t been to the movies for a while (nothing new has grabbed my interest lately), but I did catch “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” earlier this month on HBO. WOW! I was never interested in the Planet of the Apes franchise before now, and I admit I originally watched the movie because “nothing else good was on at the time.” But thanks to the shaky truce between humans and apes, the apes’ ability to communicate using sign language and limited speech, and the themes explored, “Dawn” is more than just a typical “action-packed sci fi adventure.” It’s clever, engaging, and deeply humanizing. Not to mention the King of Motion Capture Acting, Andy Serkis (Gollum / Smeagol from the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit films), plays the lead ape. Need I say more? 😀
If you’re wondering, “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” is the second film in the current Planet of the Apes reboot. Based on my experience, I’d say you can easily follow “Dawn” if you haven’t seen 2011’s “Rise of the Planet of the Apes.” But I have every intention on watching “Rise” soon, and then geeking out over the final installment, “War of the Planet of the Apes,” when it comes out in 2017. 😉
Song of the Month: “Confess My Love” by Leah
On top of listening to lots of Josh Groban (the concert’s on Friday!!), I revisited Leah’s 2012 debut album Of Earth & Angels. Known as the “Metal Enya,” Leah is a Vancouver-based indie singer-songwriter who blends symphonic metal with Celtic and world music. She’s released two CDs since then, but Of Earth & Angels still resonates with me strongest. I love everything about it: the metaphoric yet evocative lyrics, Leah’s enchanting vocals with the right amount of power, and an elegantly arranged yet accessible blend of rock, metal, and pop. Don’t ask me to pick one favorite song, though; it changes every time! But right now, it’s “Confess My Love.” If you’ve liked the Within Temptation, Kamelot, or Xandria songs I’ve shared in the past, you might enjoy this one, too.
How Quickly Does Time Fly?
Does anyone know if Halloween is usually a low-traffic day for blogging? In case it is, I’ll wait until Sunday, November 1st to post the next Time Flies. Enjoy your October, everyone!