Lots of exciting things happened in September: it was my first month of blogging, I got together with two lovely writing friends, I started scribbling a new book about cats, and faeries, and steampunkish things, and Autumn began!
–> Curious Wren bloggy Stuffage <–
- I did my bookish tag and Emily’s launch tag in one fell swoop, and rambled on about pretty quotes and book covers and favorite teas and charries and all that good stuff.
- I wrote an emotional thing about my memories of 9/11.
- I chatted about some books I’m dying to get my paws on.
- You were given a teensy sneak peek of my light sci-fi re-telling of Beauty and the Beast.
- I talked about what makes the perfect Autumnal TBR and shared my list with you.
- Also, I had a writish interview with a sweet gal, Heidi.
–> All things bookish <–
I read a grand total of thirteen books this month. My awesome friend Amanda had the brilliant idea of doing a read-along of The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane. It was a first read for the both of us and we cried over it together — it’s a heartbreaking and beautiful story. So that happened.
Right now I’m doing a read-along of Great Expectations with my Mum and sisters (goodness, I could shake Pip currently!) and I have at least two more read-alongs scheduled for October. I am immensely fond of buddy reads in case you hadn’t noticed that yet. ^_^
(ignore A Tale of Two Cities. That was a Goodreads glitch.)
Not pictured is Monster which made me cry all the tears and feel all the feels (despite the distressing book cover). Also, They Came to Baghdad in which I guessed the villain (oh, the cleverness of me!), Postern of Fate (disappointingly dull), and Anne of Windy Poplars, a delightful re-read.
And, incidentally, I reviewed Leviathan.
–> all things writish <–
This month I experimented with 2nd person, present tense; a style I’d never tried before. Her (part one) and Her (part two) were the result of that. I’m thrilled with how they turned out, and I still hug all your amazing, encouraging comments to myself occasionally (all the love to you nice humans!).
Currently I’m scribbling like a small maniac on a newish side-project I started in the third week of September. It’s called Blood Thread, written in third person past tense, and it’s all steampunkish and fantastical and stars a black cat named Tarquin who has a High Opinion of himself. He’s snarky and adorable and I love him to pieces. There are roughly 6,000 words written right now which is good since I intended for it to be a short project in-between I am Juliette edits. It’s so good to be writing fantasy again, because I HAVE MISSED IT LIKE IT IS A DEAR FRIEND.
Speaking of I am Juliette, a blog post properly introducing it should be forthcoming in the future, methinks?
–> life glimpses <–
At least every Thursday this month was a beach day for us. I read copious amounts of Wodehouse and Agatha Christie, soaked in the bright sun, tried to find the perfect way to describe water, roamed the shoreline, and ate far too much icecream.
I had my first flea market experience with my older sister and a good friend. We people-watched, ate Amish-made donuts, investigated ancient books, and I bought a tiny teacup.
We celebrated a niece’s birthday. Our church had revival meetings and they were incredibly convicting, and encouraging. #thankfulforChristianfellowship
Autumn began, and we’ve been preparing all our vegetables for the winter (I can’t wait to make jam!). Fall cleaning has started (ish).
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D season 3 premiered yesterday, and it was a smashing, solid beginning to the season. Don’t mind me while I cry in a corner over the science babies (a.k.a. FitzSimmons). I am not prepared for another season of emotional trauma! Who am I kidding, I love having my heart crushed like a grape.
We also watched Cinderella and Beyond the Mask, both of which are wonderful new family favorites. I should review them — thoughts?
The highlight of my month was getting together with Emily and Schuyler. Emily is a dear on-line friend, and meeting her in person was wonderful; Schuyler is just a darling human that I still can’t believe I’ve been privileged to spend so much time with. The three of us had a glorious time chatting of “shoes and ships and sealing-wax and cabbages and kings.” It was wonderful and uplifting and I’m blessed by their friendship.
–> around cyberspace <–
- Mirriam talked about darkness showing the light (all the yes) and about the problem of pain — which I also loved.
- Aimee’s post about the perfect fantasy formula was hysterical. Plus, ALL THE LEGOLAS GIFS. She also discussed real people which spoke to me on many levels.
- Katie had some stellar advice for writers with beta-readers.
- Joy shared her deliciously long Spring TBR.
- Rachel had things to say about Storying.
- Schuyler wrote delightfully thought-provoking articles about a bibliophile’s legacy and When NOT to review a book.
- Emily had 10 Tips To Stay Focused While Writing and a guide to creating the perfect editing treat box.
- Hanna shared her love for Anne of Green Gables and I cheered the whole way through.
- Carmel talked blogging myths and succeeding in life.
- Raquel wrote a beautiful post about relationships and even though I’m not in one, it was so good.
–> Coming in October <–
- Age of Ultron comes out on DVD on Friday and we’re having a family party together since it’s our first time watching it. I am incredibly excited and I CAN NOT WAIT TO FIND OUT WHAT HAPPENED WITH HAWKEYE DURING CAPTAIN AMERICA 2. ALSO I AM DYING TO MEET THE TWINS.
- Hanne-col is starting a new blog series — which is under wraps — and it’ll be great!
- Aimee is celebrating her first blogversary which is epic. *runs around in circles of happiness*
- I am planning to finish Blood Thread by the middle of October, and after that I’ll be prepping for NaNo IF I decide to do it.
- There will be several writing articles on the blog, a snippets posts, more reviews (including one of Go Set A Watchman) and all that good stuff.
- I’m making an exciting announcement around the end of October so stay tuned!
- Also, if I reach 500 followers on Twitter by the end of the month I’m going to host a bookish giveaway over there. Spread the word!
- I’m doing a read-along of The Phantom Of The Opera with three of my friends. Excitement much?
All in all, September was a good, full month. It was hard…. but beautiful.
How was your September, my friends? Did you read anything incredible? DID YOU SEE AGENTS OF SHIELD OR BEYOND THE MASK? What are YOU excited for in October? *gives out many chocolate chip bags*