[blog post] may recap

Hello lovely readers~

How the hell is it June already? Now that we’ve reached the centrefold of the year I’ve decided to partake in the monthly recaps that are so popular among bloggers, if not for the sole purpose of having an excuse to update this thing. Yes, I’m lazy, I know. But May has been hectic. Let me tell you why.

Life

May start in the most horrible of ways, with my beloved Grandma passing away just a few days shy of her 93rd birthday. It had been expected for some time though the news was no less devastating when it arrived. And it was only May 1st.

Grammy’s passing heralded a whole week of significant events, from job interviews, to weddings, to funerals. My husband and I wed on May 5th–Grandma’s birthday–soon followed by her funeral on the 8th. I then started new full-time employment on the 11th. See? Hectic.

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Obligatory wedding day selflie ;D

Fortunately for my emotional stability, things did calm down after that, allowing me to return to my creative projects.

Books

Considering everything that happened in May, it was a pretty slow month for reading. Well, let’s face it–every month is a slow reading month for me, given the embarrassingly poor speed at which I read.  However, speed should be no indicator of enthusiasm as I was very blessed with the quality of books this month. They were as followed:

  • The Final Empire – Brandon Sanderson ★★★★★
  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower – Stephen Chbosky ★★★ (review here)
  • A Darker Shade of Magic – V.E. Schwab ★★★★★

It’s hard to pick a favourite as both Final Empire and A Darker Shade of Magic are the first installments of trilogies I am yet to complete; if I was to choose between them, I would have to go with Final Empire. Its sophistication in world building, character depth and prose have the edge on aDSoM, although they are both series I am eager to continue.

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This month’s number one read: The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson

I still have about five books on the go, including an ARC of Helen Scheuerer’s debut novel, Heart of Mist, and my buddy-read for the month, Ready Player One by Ernest Cline.

Words

My writing goals got somewhat derailed this month. I was semi-participating in #maywritingchallenge, though didn’t even come close to reaching the target 500 words a day; I did however write as regularly as possible, churning out two mini teaser scenes, the first of which can be found here on my blog. These regular writing sessions did wonders for the progress of my novel, The Garden of the Gods, and saw me whip up almost 5000 words of second draft goodness and a good deal of behind-the-scenes world building. It really has been dominating my thoughts, so much so that I have been doodling away characters whenever I have the chance.

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Sketch of character ‘Rei’, to be introduced in upcoming teasers for The Garden of the Gods (c) Jessica A. McMinn 2017

It’s been wonderful to be so immersed in my project again, as it’s been a long time since I felt this passionate and motivated to work on it. I thought after all the upheaval May brought with it that I would be entirely burnt out, but I guess not! These busy muses fairies of mine have me so excited for the month ahead. With more words to write and books to read, I do hope the little things damn-well keep fluttering.

j.a.m

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