Bookish Conquests & Other Things – June 2021
Happy July bookworms!
June sure did flash by, huh? I hope you had a good month, and for those of you in the States, I hope you have an awesome summery July Fourth weekend planned with family and friends. My schedule is filling up fast with social events. Thank goodness I’ll have Monday off!
Anywho, I’ve got some huge announcements with this post, so before I blab too much, let’s get right into things!
First and foremost, there are some huge changes on the horizon. Starting in August, I will be attending grad school to become a librarian (if I haven’t gushed enough about it already hehe)!
While I’m in grad school I’ll have to make some serious cutbacks since I’ll be working full time, going to school half-time, and also trying to squeeze in writing where I can (sounds insane, huh?).
Going forward, this type of post will become quarterly, meaning I’ll be sending the next one in late September/early October. Hopefully by then I’ll have transitioned to my new schedule and have figured some things out.
Other types of posts will be less frequent, but I didn’t feel like doing away with anything completely, so you’ll just see a little bit less of me overall.
I hope you continue to stop by from time to time!
Other Personal Stuff
With the shift back to ‘normal’, I’ve found concentration difficult and anxiety and social pressure much more prevalent this past month. Anybody else feel that way? Anybody?
Finding balance has been extremely hard, and my writing has slowed down a bit as a result. Going forward, I’m going to try and hunker down and do my best to remember that I can’t make everyone happy and to prioritize my writing projects and self care time. That’ll come in handy when I also have to worry about my schoolwork.
The Ruins Chugs Along
Like last month, I exclusively worked on my LGBT Horror novel The Ruins.
With the first draft of my first act done, I dove into the second act.
I plotted things out in a bit more detail and about halfway through the month decided to start writing. I’m currently working on Chapter 10, with Act Two ending after Chapter 13.
In the next month I’m hoping to get through writing my first draft of Act Two before school starts up. It’s a bit ambitious, but if I hunker down and get to work, I should be able to handle it.
Wish me luck!
June was something of a slow down for reading to be honest.
Being fully vaxxed coupled with the restrictions on public gatherings being all but forgotten, I’ve been getting out more and enjoying the summer before grad school starts.
This month I read 5 books and a short story. I’m almost at my yearly goal of reading 50 works, which is syncing up perfectly for grad school, when I’ll probably have to slow down even further.
If you see a cover that piques your curiosity, click its link below for my spoiler-free book review. Looking forward to many more great books when I have spare time!
Book Review: They Come at Night
Book Review: The Carrow Haunt
Buddy Reads & Rants: The Carrow Haunt
Short Story Review: The Darkness in the Pines
Book Review: Fugitive Telemetry
Book Review: The Hill (The Spread, Book 1)
Book Review: Things Undone
Don’t forget the great book deals still running! Click on the photos below to check them out before it’s too late!
Horror, Paranormal, & Scifi Sale
Another change that I’m sad to announce is that my video highlights will be on hiatus indefinitely while I figure out grad school.
I do still plan on doing videos for big publication announcements, etc, but this is another part of dialing things back to a manageable level while I juggle things this fall.
As usual, this video sums up the newsletter and other random tidbits. Hope you enjoy!
That’s a Wrap!
All right, there goes the month of June. How was your month? Did you read something in my conquests? Do you have any recommendations for books? As always, feel free to comment!
Happy Reading, everyone!
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I felt restless during all the lockdown stuff. It’s funny, now that our monthly game night group is getting back together, I’m a little nervous about being around so many people at once. I’ve forgotten how to do “small talk.”:-) Good luck with your The Ruins writing!
I don’t blame you! I’ve been going out, but I still get pangs of anxiety before going out. This little voice in the back of my mind still urges me not to go out, but I ignore it now.
Haha, I only know how to gush to people about everything now. I’ve completely lost my filter.
Thank you! Best of luck with your writing projects too!
Congrats on grad school! That sounds like a great choice. Best of luck on all you have going on. 🙂
Thanks Diana! It’s going to be a rough couple of years but I know I can do it! 😊
I think you’ll be great. Perfect job for someone who loves books.
Aww, thank you! I hope I’ll be great!