July is gone, and I’m posting this today so I can focus on Harry Potter’s birthday tomorrow. I swear, I’m not a Harry Potter nerd.
I’ve had mixed feelings about this month’s books. There’ve been a couple of DNFs, but on the other hand there were books that I really loved! It was a high/low month and nothing inbetween.
THE JULY HAUL
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I had a good run at Barnes & Noble earlier in the month, and I’m beginning to clear out my audible credits as well. As for lending – that’s all Overdrive!
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In a touch of insanity, I decided to participate in Camp NaNoWriMo this July. I needed a kick in the butt to write. I pulled out ‘Tweens, a guilty pleasure story I wrote a couple years ago, for revisions.
I wrote 30k, realized that the plot was really boring and predictable. Trashed it, started over.
I wrote the first chapter in six different perspectives. Trashed all but one.
Realized the plot needed a better outline and went to do that instead.
I’m presently sitting on a complete outline, scene for scene. Now I just have to write the bloody thing and stay on topic
MY PHOENIX FIRE (AKA BLG STUFF)
In which the sparks of popularity, tags, and attempted memes make themselves known.
TOP THREE POSTS
- So Many Classics! #MailboxMonday (7/24)
- A Star Wars Confession – #BookBloggerHop (7/28)
- I Can’t Wait For… “The Winds of Winter” by George R. R. Martin (#Can’tWaitWednesday) (7/26)
So I guess last week was a good week for the blog! Merci beaucoup, mes amis!
- 15 Minute Ficlets
- Mailbox Monday
- So Many Classics! – 7/24
- It’s Monday, What Are You Reading?
- Can’t Wait Wednesdays
- Book Blogger Hop
- Do You Read Tie-In Books? – 7/28
- The Book Titles Tag – 7/29
SOCIAL MEDIA LOVE
My top tweet this month makes me chuckle, since it was a musing before bed and as I was posting it I was thinking, Well this is super lame.
Writing is like cracking open an egg and finding a universe inside. Then possibly creating the most complex omelette ever. #amwriting
— Amber Calkins (@Morteana) July 10, 2017
I guess it wasn’t!
Unsurprisingly, my most-liked Instagram post this month was the one of my silly kitten yawning.
She’s the cutest thing.
I’ve finally connected with BlogLovin’! I’ve never used the site before, but I hear it’s great, sooo here goes nothing!
IN THE BLOGOSPHERE
- Cait @ Paper Fury talks about her writing process and other authory things.
- Shanah @ Bionic Book Worm lists her Top 5 Tuesday Topics for August!
- The Historian @ A Historian About Town offers a recipe for 2 Ingredient Ice Cream.
- Em @ Keystroke Blog talks about the overabundance of green eyes in YA Lit in and now I can’t stop noticing all the green/blue eyes and blonde hair!
- Jay @ Running in My Head started cooking through the Bob’s Burgers Cookbook.
- Lori @ Majestic Reading Blog shares tips on contacting people for ARCs.
- Kyera @ Kyera’s Library unboxes the latest Wizarding World Crate (love the bookends!)
- Fernanda @ The Wanderlust Reader shares her reading origin story.
IN OTHER NEWS
My personal life has been pretty *meh* this month. I CAME BACK TO THE BLOG! So there’s that. I’ve also read WAY more books this month than I have in a while. July has been a get-your-crap-together month so there’s been vet visits, dentist visits, doctors visits.
Family-wise… my dad is trying to set my brother up with a super right wing redneck girl because apparently this is the 1800s and he can’t find his own life partner. Also, each to their own, but it’s not his jam. So happy I’m married!
monster-in-law mother-in-law is in convalescence after a long hospital stint. I want to feel bad for her because it sucks, but she’s being very rude to nurses and assistants and doctors and family members and NOPE. I’m a bad person.
I was a big girl and dragged myself to my BFFs house for the first time since the miscarriage a couple weeks ago. She has two adorable girls and I was feeling NOPE NOPE NOPE about children because… yup. So I went over there and it was find and the toddler is speaking really well now and I’m proud of her.
WHAT’S COMING NEXT?
August is a month filled with birthdays. Matt & I have a getaway planned over his birthday weekend, which will be fabulous! I’m really looking forward to it.
This month you can continue to expect blog reviews. I don’t have any special features planned other than the weekly 15 Minute Ficlets. Top Ten Tuesday will be coming back midway through the month, so I’ll be jumping on those as well. Since I’m just getting back into the blogging swing, I don’t have any scheduled posts (I KNOW IT’S A TERRIBLE IDEA). I’ll do better for September and try to promise at least four original thoughts. Cool?
There will probably be something Harry Potter tomorrow tho. Because HARRY POTTER IS MY LIFE. … ………..
Okay. That’s all loffs. If you got this far in reading this post, treat yourself to a cookie. You deserve it.