I started January thinking, “This month will be a quiet month, a gentle month, a month of dedicated editing and digging into books. This month I shall be a hermit and all I shall do is edit and read.”
Oh, poor, wishful, deluded Annie.
Basically by the end of the month I strongly echoed the Doctor.
Curious Wren Bloggy Stuffage
- If you haven’t had a look-see at all my retrospective thoughts about 2015, check it out!
- My Word for Twenty-sixteen is special to me, and I bare my heart in this post.
- In which I alternately fangirl and rave and exclaim and sigh over all of last year’s reads. This is my favorite Curious Wren post of the year so far.
- Sunlight, sunlight, ALL THE SUNLIGHT.
- What books would YOU want whilst stranded on a desert island? My list, peeps.
- Behold a small smattering of snippets.
All things bookish
My reading in January (or rather, lack thereof) is utterly scandalous. Scandalous, I tell you! I finished a grand total of– *gulp* two books. *hides behind door* I think that is the worst record I have ever had. In my defense I did read regularly — I just didn’t finish much. Wodehouse’s short stories kept me happy most of the month, Jill the Reckless was rife with humor (“This woman always made Freddie feel as if he were being disemboweled by some clumsy amateur.”) and I finally read Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland for the first time and, humans, it. is. wonderful.
pun sorta intended
I treated myself to this gorgeous copy at a rare Barnes and Noble trip and I fully intend to read it to my children someday.
“Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.”
― Lewis Carroll,
All the rest of my reading time this month was (still is) devoted to Crowning Heaven, a planetary fantasy I am beta-reading for Emily and, let me tell you, peoples, if you love fantasy: you will want to squish this book close and gloat over it.
In other news, I attended my first library book sale last week. Twas glorious. I nearly got trampled, but everybody was so nice and friendly (bookworms are just lovely humans, aren’t we?). People recommended authors to me, I chatted with old ladies about mysteries and life and all that good stuff; lost my sister and Mum multiple times in the crowd and tracked down every good book I could. We came away with full boxes. Most of my 20 books were research for writing and whatnot, but I found a copy of Behemoth which makes me happy. Now I just have to read it.
All things writish
Barely anything writish went down this month, unlike I had originally intended. Lots of planning and brainstorming and plotsing, but not much actual writing. Which was rough because I started to feel stressed and I missed my charries terribly, but on the whole I think my impromptu break was good for me. Especially after the mad insanity of finishing Blood Thread. I might not have put many words down on paper, but I lived. January rejuvenated my inspiration and mind, and I long to pour all my energy into edits this month. It’ll be grand.
Also, after reading Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland I am SWARMED with ideas for retellings. HALP ME FEND OFF THE PLOT BUNNIES.
As I mentioned at the beginning of this post January was madly busy.
I was home only 11 days last month, those were interspersed throughout January, and as a people-loving human who needs her darlings around her, it was rough. But, despite hardly being home and not getting any editing done whatsoever, it was a good month.
My nephew was born in the very first week of January and he is a snuggly bundle of cuteness that I will never tire of holding. Unless, of course, I faint from the adorable. That is a possibility. o.o
The week after the Cutest Nephew Ever was born my older sister Holly and I had the opportunity to house-sit for friends. We were gone for more than a week and it was amazing. Their house is many-leveled and posh and I read and worked on my blog lots and watched the entirety of Once Upon A Time season 4 with Holly. We went to a bookstore with escalators and I rode them and felt like a levitating superhero. Or a majestic Queen.
(Holly likes to take pictures like this and send them to me. She’s awesome like that.)
And talking about books (we weren’t, but pretend we were) I started Winter while we were house-sitting and, Sweet TARDIS of Gallifrey, I really love this crazy crew of charries. I forgot how precious Thorne and Cress are.
(I am a huge fan of scribbling in inspiration journals between people-watching and eating at restaurants.)
// all things bright //
- Joy and I have been soul-friends for almost four years now and finally, finally we had the chance to talk face-to-face. We skyped twice and chatted for hours about everything imaginable. (love you, goosie!)
- I have a laptop! This is huge news, humans. To make a long story short, I’ve been praying for months for the funds to buy one, and then a friend of mine gave me her little-used college laptop because she felt she needed to. It is new-ish and beautiful and I still can’t quite believe it’s mine. Having it is a tremendous answer to prayer. I still cry when I think about that reminder of just how much God cares about even the little things. *gets all teary again*
- I got to spend four days with six of my favorite children on the planet. They’re such darlings, and I couldn’t love being a part-time nanny more.
- Guess what? I have a kitten! At last. (#AilurophileAllTheWay) She loves people with all the love, and is precious and warm and soft. I call her Leia.
- pillow fights. trips to bookstores. telling stories to eager, listening children. long talks with friends about all things writerly. deep discussions. small-ish roadtrips. mint shakes. piping hot chai tea. sherbet. spine-tingling emotional songs. romping with a friendly golden retriever. halo parties and candy fights. escalator rides. fairytale books. snuggling a brand-new baby. basking in the glow of a Christmas tree.
- Lady Bibliophile had her fourth blog birthday (so happy for you, girly!) and she also shared a fascinating article about the ethics of mercy-killing in books.
- Zac launched his site Of Bleeding Pens and Pages (congrats!). Check out my interview with him here.
- This post about strong (realistic) female characters made me happy. *high-fives Wendy*
- Mirriam had so many stellar posts in January (when does she not?) all about Shell characters and faith and how to write with large casts of charries.
- One of my absolute favorite posts this month was the extrovert as writer via Rachel.
- This echoed a sharp, poignant cry of my heart.
- This also gave me shivers. Inspiring much?
- Carmel talks about how to take criticism as a creative person. I cheer (silently) the whole way through.
- Ana’s recap of 2015 gave me all the feels. *hugs her*
all the fandoms
(unabashed fangirling ahead. feel free to skip this if you wish)
Like I mentioned at the beginning of this post my older sister and I watched Once Upon A Time season four last month. Excuse me while I howl in the corner.
This season gave me so many feels.
And that finale. O.O
I was thrilled by the unexpected, new addition of Will Scarlet. He is hilarious.
And let’s take a minute to appreciate how lovable and awkward and spot-on Anna’s character is?
Sometime I want to write up a post about this TV show since there’s so many things I love about it, but things I disagree with too. Needless to say, I am on pins and needles for season five.
Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation was every bit as amazing and gripping as I expected it to be. More so even, with plot twists I didn’t see coming, great fight scenes, nerve-racking stunts and a female character who is so much more than just eye candy or a plot device. I really want to review this on Curious Wren soon-ish. Also it was refreshingly clean with only a few swear words and one tiny scene. And can I just mention how much I love the Ethan Hunt’s character? And BENJI. Actually just everyone.
Agent Carter season two started airing in January. YAY. My family never, ever watches TV shows while they air so it tells you how much we like Marvel that we’re willing to spend our Tuesday evenings watching Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D and Agent Carter. Once the first episode of season two started up I basically went all fangirly a la Jemma Simmons.
And watching it reminded me all over again how much I love Peggy and Jarvis as a team. Because hilarity and camaraderie and I’ve-got-your-back and general British awesomeness happening. I’m also very curious to see where Thompson’s character is headed. I’m getting hints of inner conflict already and I could see his character having a great story arc. Let’s hope it doesn’t go south. We don’t need another Maniac Grant Ward in the Marvel TV show family.
- I am starting a new blog series along the theme of my word for the year — brave. The first post should be up sometime this month.
- During February I’ll be editing the fourth draft of I am Juliette intensively. Which is thrilling and terrifying.
- Plus, working on college stuffage which is also thrilling and terrifying.
- I’m nearly done beta-reading Crowning Heaven, and then it’s on to finish beta-reading Emergence by Brianna. Both books are fantasy, albeit two very different kinds and I. love. them.
How was your January, lovelies? What are you looking forward to this month? Have you seen any of Agent Carter or the others? Any fantastic books you discovered last month? LET US CHAT. *gives out baby griffins*