I can’t believe it’s April. (I mean, you’d think I would, because I’ve said something similar every month for, I don’t know, a year?)
But yeah, March. Over. *looks vaguely bewildered*
I’m getting around to the Monthly Wrap Up late as usual.
The biggest thing on the blog in March was THAT I MOVED IT. I have this shiny new site and I couldn’t be happier with it. Everyone has had such lovely comments about the new look, so thanks guys!
In March, I also:
–Introduced Sull, the MC of my newest WIP, Red as Blood, for this month’s Beautiful People.
I decided that I wanted to write as an angsty teenage guy, and listen to all of the same music I did as an angsty teen (with the addition of copious amounts of G-Dragon <3). It also reminded me that Castle of Glass (Linkin Park) never got enough love.
-Came back to Top Ten Tuesday with The Top 10 Books on My Spring TBR.
I’ve already finished one (The Wise Man’s Fear), which I read as a buddy read with fellow blogger/fantasy author Sara Letourneau (it was a ton of fun, and motivating – thanks Sara!!)
-Participated in (my first) cover reveal for Intisar Khanani’s Memories of Ash, which is the sequel to Sunbolt.
-Another Top Ten Tuesday, featuring the Top 10 Books I Love but I Just Haven’t Talked About As Much.
I added pertinent quotes, and let myself gush a bit about why these gems need other people to appreciate them 🙂
-And then I stole a tag (mainly as an excuse to use all the gifs I’d been hoarding) – and wrote a bit about my “writing process”- Behold, the #WritersLife tag!
-Just when I thought you’d never get another sensible, non-gif filled post out of me ever again, I decided to write an extremely sensible (for me) post on Writing What You Know.
All told, that’s 6 posts, which I’ll take with a smile. Between work, work, work, and moving the blog, I was surprised that I got anything up at all!
On Other People’s Blogs:
I always read quite a few posts (as it’s much faster than writing a post!), but I don’t always comment. I skipped around the blogosphere a lot this month, and I discovered some great posts. Here are a few highlights –
- So your Character is From Canada (So Your Character . . . #2) is the excellent and informative second entry in Victoria Grace‘s “So Your Character is From” series of blog posts. If you’d like to hear about Canada from a Canadian perspective, then you shouldn’t miss this one. (And stay tuned to her blog for more countries and fun interviews!)
- Sara Letourneau continued her excellent Character Evolution Files here. Using Aragorn from LOTR and Tris from Divergent, Sara has been tracing character arcs in these fun and helpful posts.
- The always delightful Cait @ Paperfury cracked me up with her spot on Lies Writers Tell Themselves post. Check it out!
- Emily at Ink, Inc. had a fun little post on insta-love and Les Miserables (one of my favorite books/musicals).
Off the Blog:
Well, I was rather down in the dumps in February (despite my general tendency to laugh at everything) – and I probably should have had my debit card confiscated. What does that have to do with March? Err – all the random stuff I purchased from overseas showed up this month. If you don’t know how exciting it is to get a package from Japan (or anywhere that isn’t in the US), I’ll give you a hint –
So, thanks to the buying-binge of February, I have A LOT of Cds . . .
And this – I’m still baffled by it, tbh.
Errr – it’s this intense random thing with a dvd, a calendar, a poster, weird card things that confuse me, and a photo book with 2 billion photos. What am I even supposed to do with it? (And I can hear you all saying, “don’t look at me, you’re the one who bought it!”) I did find one use for the photo book though – my sister and I used it as a makeup guide! Nifty.*
*Who’d have thought?
I also have a cute dress from the UK . . . but I digress.
So March was Music Madness. And of course, work madness. Two jobs take a lot out of my energy levels AND time, but it’s been nice to bump my savings back up a bit (despite the buying binge of February).
Other than working (and reading The Wise Man’s Fear), I started a whole pile of other books, including H is for Hawk. It’s very well-written and it’s a fascinating subject, but I’m only about halfway through so far.
On the writing front, I continued to add details to my plotting/scraps for Red as Blood, and I look forward to working on it in April.
For whatever reason, my sister and I ate out more during March. We discovered Sakura in Grandville – a Japanese restaurant with excellent sushi. However – the night started off with awkward hilarity after the waiter asked for my ID. He squinted at it, and then told me that I didn’t look like the same person – because (and he actually said this) – I wasn’t as pretty as the person in the picture, and we looked different . . . And while I had on my glasses and work bandana, and had no makeup on – I don’t think I looked that different??
Anyhow, my sister and I were a little startled, but then we had to focus just so we didn’t explode with laughter in his face. And our waiter – well, he quickly backtracked, and then we could hardly keep straight faces the rest of the time.
WHO SAYS THAT TO A PERSON’S FACE???
Still, on the bright side, I looked young enough to be trying to use someone’s ID. ;P And I haven’t laughed that hard in a long time!
And then – at the very end of March – I came down with a dreadful cold. I did not pull a Howl-esque diva fit over it – I just bought some medicine and slept every free hour. And when I felt too bad, I just watched a bunch of really old BIGBANG videos on Youtube. While the latter part didn’t help much (with the cold), it did help my flagging spirits. So. Funny.
Ah, the awkwardness of youth . . .
Seriously, they’re still hilarious. (And it helps that I really love their music)
Okay, maybe not everything has changed, 😛
Stay awesome, guys.
Coming in April:
Starting Edit #1 for The Last Coffee Shop. In a departure from my normal haphazard ways, I decided to download Sara’s super helpful editing sheets. We will see if I can stick to this more orderly route.
Oh, and I’m going to go see B.A.P in Concert!!!!
You may remember this band from my songs that should be books post that I did back in February. No? Here’s a video to give you an idea:
So we have to drive to Chicago. That’s closer than most of the bands I want to see will venture!! (On that note, I found that one of my favorite US bands, Fitz and the Tantrums, is actually coming to Meijer Gardens in Grand Rapids. Just not until June)
On the blog – we will see! I’ll do Beautiful People, but I’ll probably post as often as my work schedule and erratic internet availability allow me. And hopefully, that will include some book reviews!
I’ve considered doing a few Last Coffee Shop editing posts, but I’m still undecided.
And of course, there’s the general randomness that I produce from time to time 🙂
So how did your March go? Is it still snowing where you are (it is in Michigan!)? Do you have any big plans for April? What was the last book you read?