In real life: Just an ordinary week, filled with ordinary, everyday things. We took the car in for its state inspection. Orkin came to do the yearly pest checkup. (Making sure we don’t have termites, mainly. Thankfully, we don’t.) I made Cheesy Potato-Bacon Soup in the crockpot and it lasted us for 4 days! I called a friend and set up a date for tea next week. I set up my planner for February, and started thinking about potential fiber-art programs for the fiber guild this year.
I’m trying to get back to walking, either outdoors or on the treadmill. So far, I haven’t been very consistent. I also want to tidy and declutter my office. Wish me luck with that, because I’m going to need it!
Writing accountability: My writing goal for February is 10,000 words, or about 360 words per day. I discovered when I did NaNoWriMo last November that stating my goal publicly and being accountable for it was helpful, so I’m putting my February writing goal on record. I have two current WIPs, a fanfic story and a novel.
Word count so far this week: 1,114 fanfic, 0 novel
Reading and blogging: COYER book group met last Sunday. I hadn’t read the YA book, Sugar and Salt, but I really enjoyed the adult romancee, Well Met, so I had fun discussing it. I finally got around to totalling up my challenge reading from 2022 and did a January wrap-up post as well. And I got another ARC review finished and posted.
- Sunday Post, 1/29/2023
- The Backlist Reader Challenge 2022 – Giveaway Winner!
- My Favorite Rereads of 2022 – Top Ten Tuesday
- 2022 Challenge Wrap-Up
- January 2023 Wrap-Up – challenge wrap-up
- Emily Wilde’s Encyclopaedia of Faeries, by Heather Fawcett – review
- Sunday Post – 2/05/2022 – this post
- Well Met, by Jen DeLuca – review
- 2023 Debut Novels I’m Excited To Read – Top Ten Tuesday
- Sunday Post – 2/12/2022
- UPCOMING POSTS (dates uncertain):
- Spinning Silver, by Naomi Novik – review
- Murder on Black Swan Lane, by Andrea Penrose – review
- Of Manners and Murder, by Anastasia Hastings – review
What I’ve Been Reading/Watching
Reading: I finished A New Kind of Country, a memoir by Dorothy Gilman, author of the Mrs. Pollifax novels. I read Sad Cypress by Agatha Christie, the January book for #ReadChristie2023, finishing it on Jan. 30. My reading slowed down once February began and I started writing (and thinking about my writing) again, but I read Of Manners and Murder (Anastasia Hastings; ARC.) Currently, I am reading The Bride Wore White by Amanda Quick (ARC.)
Listening to: the third book of The Lord of the Rings trilogy. I finished Season 3 of the Writing Excuses podcast and started Season 4.
Playing: Wordle, the NYT Spelling Bee, Sudoku, Carcassone (app), and Pokemon Go. I play each of them occasionally, not every day.
Watching: We started watching Our Great National Parks, a documentary series about national parks around the world. It’s hosted (and I think developed) by Barack Obama, and it’s very good. We also watched Inside the Mind of a Cat, another documentary.
I started Season 1 of A Discovery of Witches a couple of weeks ago, but haven’t had much time to watch it since.
Added to the Hoard
Purchased (Kindle, print, or audio)
Kindle: Court of Tricksters; Eight Cousins; A Witch Before Dying; The Book of Three; The Romulan Way; A Spark of White Fire; Leave the Grave Green; Mourn Not Your Dead; Dreaming of the Bones; Thrones, Dominations; Funeral of Figaro; Bless the Bride
(Click title for Goodreads page or my review.)