February has been one of those months for me. In addition to juggling work, uni preparation, and my reading and writing goals, I had to say goodbye to a beloved friend. Read on for all the details…and some pictures of the most beautiful dog in the world. →
This February, I said goodbye to my best friend. Leo was my first dog, who became a part of my family when I was only ten years old. I will be forever grateful for the 14.5 years we had together, and all the good times that we shared. Life is not going to be the same without him. Leo was the best dog a girl could ask for, and I know he will rest peacefully up at my aunt’s place in the country with all his doggie cousins. 💔
“Once you’ve had a wonderful dog, a life without one is a life diminished.”—Dean Koontz
I published 2 blog posts this month, which you can check out below!
As you may be aware, I currently have 2 key writing projects: one a contemporary YA novel, and the other an epic fantasy series. My progress on these is revealed below…and you can click on each heading for more information!
“The weight of the sky—of the whole world—was pushing down, and it was crushing me.”
Status: Beta reading
Word count: 84,200
What’s new: The beta reading phase has officially begun! I am sending Holding Up the Sky out into the world to get some feedback that doesn’t come from family or friends. It’s the very first time I’ve done so—and it’s both thrilling and terrifying! If you’re interested in taking part, all the details are available in this post here.
“The Old has returned…and what once was, will be again.”
Status: Writing 2nd draft
Word count: 1,500
What’s new: I have FINALLY started on the 2nd draft of Blood of Old, the first book in my fantasy series Graceborn. It was a slow start, writing only 1,500 words so far, but better than nothing, right? I’ve made a few changes, so it really feels like writing a first draft all over again. Wish me luck!! 😂
This February, I read a total of 8 books…only one of which was on my original TBR for this month! After my beloved dog died, I had a real craving for ghost stories, so I just went with it and devoured some really awesome stories that have been on the list for years. These are the books I finished:
“You don’t have a middle name.”
No, I did not. Rainstorm only went with so much, thank God. My parents had offered to amend the oversight, but I declined. Mostly because my mother was overly fond of the name Moonbeam, and two wrongs do not make a right. They just make one very irritated Dr Rainstorm Moonbeam Christiansen marching to the courthouse with name-change forms.
— from P.S. I Spook You by S.E. Harmon
A silly quote this month, but one that brought a much-needed smile to my face. Yes, the name of the MC in P.S. I Spook You is Rainstorm. No jokes there. Once you meet his mother it will all make sense!! 😄