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.
Good morning, everyone! (Or good afternoon or evening, if it’s that time for you right now.)
I’m going to keep this month’s intro short. We have a lot to cover, especially some upcoming changes to my blogging schedule. So, let’s get right to the recap:
This Month’s Posts
- Recent Reads: April 2016
- 5 on the 5th: Five Reasons Why BBC America’s Orphan Black Is Awesome
- Winners of the April 2016 Thank-You Giveaways
- The Spring Book Tag
- What Is a “Kagende”? (A #TheKeepersCurse World-Building Post)
- Beautiful People, Vol. 15: Aunt Maji from The Keeper’s Curse
- The Starlight Blogger Award
- Chronicling The Craft: Draft #3 – 20% Progress Report
- Chronicling The Craft: How to Identify and Cut Down on Lengthy Descriptions
- The Character Evolution Files, No. 9: The Journey Through the Character Arc, Stage 7 – The Dark Night of the Soul (End of Act II)
Interviews, Guest Blogs, and Columns
- #5onFri: Five Reasons to Do Market Research for Your WIP (DIY MFA)
- Developing Themes In Your Stories: Part 6 – The Inciting Incident (DIY MFA)
- Interview with… Sara Letourneau (Little Novelist)
- Tea Time at Reverie: Mr. Darcy’s Pride Oolong from Bingley’s Teas
(A Bibliophile’s Reverie)
A Blogging Announcement
Starting in June, I’m reducing my blogging schedule to once or twice each week (usually on Tuesdays and Thursdays). I’m planning to keep series or memes such as Chronicling The Craft, the Character Evolution Files, and Beautiful People. Others such as 5 on the 5th, Odes, and possibly Time Flies will be going away. Also, now that I’m down to two more tea samples, I’ve decided that my next two tea reviews at A Bibliophile’s Reverie will be my last.
The reason for all this? I don’t have as much time for blogging and social media now that life offline will be busier for the foreseeable future. You may have already noticed this, since it’s taking me longer to respond to blog comments. But it’s also cutting into how much time I have for writing blog posts, too.
Part of this is because I’m visiting my parents every other weekend now that they’ve moved further away. Plus, I’ve altered my after-work routine during the week to allow for more time to edit my WIP. Neither is a change for the worse. In fact, I’m very excited about both! It’s just that they’re occurring at the same time, and I’m still adjusting. And add those in with working a full-time job, trying to maintain a blog, staying on top of social media, and keeping other commitments… and it’s no wonder I’m not getting enough sleep. 😦
I hope you understand why I’m making these changes. My biggest fear as a blogger is letting readers down by decreasing my output. But I’ve been so overwhelmed and exhausted because of staying up late to catch up on things… and it made me realize that my current online “life” is no longer sustainable. So, I need to set stronger limits and be more mindful of my biggest priorities (the WIP, and taking care of myself). And if you don’t have your health or sanity, how can you function well in other areas of life?
So, June will be a month of experimentation. Fewer articles on a more relaxed schedule, with a stronger focus on writing and reading. My “Theme: A Story’s Soul” column will still run on DIY MFA, too, so don’t worry about whether I’m leaving that site. 😉
I hope you’ll come back whenever new posts go live, and we’ll continue to interact here, at your blogs / sites, and elsewhere. You are the biggest reason why I enjoy blogging so much. ❤
Despite the stress, May was a really good month. I visited my parents at their new house for the first time and spent a glorious weekend on Cape Cod. I had lunch by the water (at Sesuit Harbor Cafe – highly recommended!), went to the movies with my brother, and enjoyed spending time at their (still somewhat discombobulated) new home. It’s weird when you’re used to seeing family almost every day for years, and then have that routine change to every other weekend. But between these visits and several phone calls in between, we’ve found a way to make our new “normal” work.
Now that I think about it, I traveled quite a bit this month! I visited my relatives in Maine over Memorial Day weekend; and on another Saturday, I went with two friends to Boston’s North End to check out spots for another friend’s bachelorette party. The North End is known as Boston’s Italian district, with SO MANY restaurants. Pasta, steak, seafood, pizza, desserts – you really can’t go wrong! We ended up eating a late lunch / early dinner at Pizzeria Regina (not a party choice – we just wanted pizza), dessert at Caffe Vittoria, and tea and cappuccinos at The Thinking Cup. And, we stopped at the new Boston Public Market – and almost never left because of all the wonderful things they sell there. See for yourself!
So, May was a month of traveling and food. As well as editing my WIP, adjusting to a new routine, and getting my heart ripped out, trampled on, and set on fire by TV shows. Seriously, do any other Game of Thrones and Orphan Black fans feel that way about the current seasons?? GAH!
Of Superheroes and Strange New Worlds
So. Captain America: Civil War. It wasn’t perfect, but it was a fascinating end to the Cap’s arc. It’s also the first superhero film I’ve seen where, apart from a minor character who catalyzes part of the plot, there’s no real antagonist. Instead, the Avengers are torn apart by internal conflict – and you can symphathize with all sides. Even if you think you know whose side you’re on (I was #TeamCap), you end up hurting for everyone. I think Winter Soldier is still my favorite Captain America film, but this was still thrilling and heart-rending.
I also watched Coraline, the stop-motion film adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s novella. I haven’t read the story yet, but I really want to now that I know I liked the movie! It’s about a young girl named Coraline who’s disgruntled about her new home, her parents, changing school systems – and then discovers a door in their flat that leads to a strange, enchanting alternate world. I won’t say much more, except that it’s whimsical, creepy, and ultimately heartwarming.
Song of the Month: “Moonlight Koto Medley” by Massage Tribe
I first heard of Massage Tribe when Yoga Friend played it during one of her recent classes. And now, their CD Reiki, Massage and Zen Flutes is one of my favorites to listen to at work. It’s so soothing and peaceful. The songs nature sounds, keyboards, Tibetan bowls, and Oriental instruments – but the flutes are the stars of the show. So if you enjoy this track, you’ll love the rest of them, too.
How Quickly Does Time Fly?
If I decide to continue Time Flies, it will post on Thursday, June 30th. Regardless, I hope all of you have a lovely start to your summer. 🙂