Ignoring the heatwave and pretending it’s fall

Things are slightly less on fire, so I’d say things are looking pretty good for me right now. I got a new phone, which was expensive, and a new car, which is slightly more expensive. So yay for being a real adult now with very terrible real adult bills! But also, boo to real adult bills.

The brief fall weather we had was nice, until it turned 94 degrees this weekend. Luckily I stayed inside all weekend and didn’t bother getting dressed until I went to get a burrito. Sometimes we all need a lazy weekend.

Now on to those very important updates!

Writing: 

I’ve been keeping up on my Tuesday work nights, which is incredibly surprising. I’m proud to say that I FINISHED MY NANO PROJECT FROM LAST YEAR. THIS IS NOT A JOKE.

That’s a big deal for me because I’m notoriously bad at finishing long projects. It’s the reason I usually opt for short stories. Working on something novel length is a a challenge. I’m proud of what I’ve written so far because I know once I get to the editing phase I’ll just be tearing it apart. So happy time until then!

I’ve also got a few more ideas for short stories, which I’ve been making notes for. And I’ve made it my new goal (with a helpful push from my roomie) to finish my original novel. I stepped away from it for so long because of some early feedback I received from my family. It’s hard to be excited about something when the people you trust give you so much doubt about it. I’m trying to ignore their comments and move forward to tell the story I always wanted to tell.

Reading:

This month I ended up with a stack of nonfiction to read.

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One book was something my mom gave me years ago, and I’m glad I’m taking the time to finish it now. My mom gave me The Gang That Wouldn’t Write Straight when I was younger because I used to want to work for a newspaper or magazine. Reading about people who shaped the writing style I love is the writing inspiration I need right now. I am glad that I didn’t end up in a magazine or newspaper. Those places are too fast-paced for me. I like to work on my own time.

I also read Lindsey Stirling’s book The Only Pirate at the Party, which was much different than I expected. I didn’t know much about her, other than my cat enjoyed watching her YouTube videos with me. I enjoyed learning about her journey because I really had no idea where she came from.

The most recent book I read was In a Dark, Dark Wood and it’s probably my favorite I’ve read so far this year. It flashes back and forth between the party the main character attended, and hospital room she woke up in while she tries to remember what happened. It was exciting and interesting, and definitely one I’ll be recommending to my friends. It reminded me of The Girl on the Train but the people people are much less terrible.

I’m not sure what book to start next. I’ve gone through most of my reading list (at least the ones available at my local library) so if any one has any more suggestions, let me know!

Plots and plans:

So, I’ve only been slacking a little bit. I haven’t been working out as much as I was, which is not good considering the 5k I signed up for is less than two weeks away. Luckily it’s the fun kind where you can walk or run.

Like I said before, I’ve been keeping up on my Tuesday writing nights at the local coffee shop. Usually I try to hit the library once a week as well. Some weeks go better than others.

My biggest goal right now is to finish my main novel. As much as I love the distraction of short stories and journaling, it’s time to do what I always wanted to do. Which means lots of focusing, less time binge-watching Netflix, and much less time lurking on the Internet. Wish me luck!

I think that’s all for now. Hopefully I have more good news next time. Maybe this heat will break soon and I can actually wear my cute boots and sweaters without sweating.

I hope everyone is staying more motivated than I am at the moment. Sometimes it’s difficult when there’s so much negativity in your life and in the world. But we must persist.

Thanks for reading! Feel free to comment with book suggestions!

-JBL

About Jess

I'm just going to keep writing until I run out of words
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