It’s about time I did a monthly update, and today I have a lot to share with you about books, food, movies, and writing! Aside from an unexpected trip to SC, which took up most of July, and viewing the Hampton beach sand sculptures, I’ve been:
What I’m Reading
Memories Of Ash, the sequel to Sunbolt, and book #2 in the Sunbolt Chronicles by Intisar Khanani. It’s a different kind of speculative fiction, leaning towards fantasy but in a way that is unique. It has a desert meets fantasy meets mythology feel, with Japanese tanuki and soul eaters thrown into the mix.
Courage: Fighting Fear With Fear, a Christian-oriented book about life, and the worries and troubles we come across. A great read for those focusing on their faith, and for those new to the Bible. The church study group of a friend of mine was going through this book, and she loved it and recommended it to me. Thank you, Jensine! (be sure to check out her scifi noir blog)
I just got the Assassin’s Apprentice in the mail today! I’ve heard a lot of great things about this series, and this will be my first Robin Hobb read. I hear she’s a master of epic fantasy, so I’m looking forward to reading this once I’ve finished MoA.
What I’m Writing
After having the second wave of beta readers go through the story, I’ve been revising Strayborn every day and combing through the details. It’s been my main project for four years now, and is getting closer to being ready for publication. Once I’m done revising, I’ll put the book aside for a while so I can return to it with a clear mind, following the process listed in Revising A Manuscript Is Like Cleaning A Castle. I still have a map to sketch up, and a book cover to brainstorm ideas for, so my brain is on overload, lol.
What I’m Eating
This is a new addition to the Updates series, where I’ll share whatever healthy, delicious food I’ve found. I say “healthy,” but you know I’m going to include desserts now and then too, because desserts are healthy for the soul. 😉
I’ve been adding blueberries to my cereal every morning. Yes, you can laugh. 🙂 When me and my family had to travel to SC to see my grandfather before he passed, we stayed at the house of the most sweetest, elderly couple I’ve ever met, and every morning they had fruit with their cereal, and that’s where I got into the habbit of mixing fruit with my gluten-free Chex.
Spring Salad Mix is so good this time of year, and it’s been made better for me with the Briannas Homestyle Blush Wine salad dressing. It’s much healthier than most dressings I find in the store, and there’s no soy in it which is an added bonus.
What I’m Watching
The Photo Ark series on PBS, where Joel Sartore travels the world taking studio-quality photos of animals, especially the endangered species that will soon no longer exist. Like the docile Northern white rhino (only 3 left in the world), and the Yangtze giant softshell turtle (also only 3 left). The show is adventurous and fun, like when Sartore goes trekking through miles of a jungle-covered island, exhausted, to reach a nest of Kiwi birds who clearly don’t want them there. And it’s a chance to see places you might never get to travel to (I’d rather watch Joel hike through a dense, humid jungle than do it myself 😉 ). Browse his website to view all of the photos he has so far!
I haven’t been to the movies much (gasp!), but I did see Valerian and The City of a Thousand Planets. The world-building was very good, and the imagery and colors astounding, but the story plot did fall flat in places. It was still fun for the most part, but not as great as the hype made it seem.
What I hope to see: Wonderwoman, Guardians of the Galaxy 2, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, Kong Skull Island, and Despicable Me 3. I’m sure I’ll add more to the list later, and most likely I’ll wait to rent most of these rather than go to the theater. But that’s all for now. How about you?
How has your summer been? Any plans for August? Have you read/seen any of the books or movies I mentioned?
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