Reading Life:

Total books Read: 15 (!)

Total books read for comfort and self-care because 2018 is feeling shockingly like 2017: 13 (the others were ARCs for review… and very good)

Weirdest of the Month: The House at Mount Char  and Annihilation  were both head-scratchers for me. I loved the latter’s views of marriage more than the plot progression, however.

Best of the Month: Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan and two books by Tayari Jones: Silver Sparrow and her upcoming release, An American Marriage

Writing Life:

Total words written: 15,000ish

Approximate words remaining in draft one of new thing: 7,000

Scenes left, according to my outline: 5

Percentage excited about starting revisions on this project: 1000%

The hardest thing for me is the time just before you finish a draft and every detail, large and small, that has changed in the first half of the book is staring at you. This is a very drafty draft one, and I’m looking forward to diving in to preen and shape. Picture yard topiaries, but of words.

Life, Etc

Amount of time staring at topiary pictures for this post: only fifteen minutes. Give me some credit for time management

Oversized bags of Hot Tamales consumed: 1/2 (and when I say oversized, I mean way oversized)

Days went to the gym: 11

My kiddo, aged four, wrote me an “I Love You” note for the first time this month, and I think that’s my favorite thing this month.

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Unfortunately he wrote it in red marker on red paper, so it’s almost like a secret note. Here’s the BW version