Words. Just words. Of any kind or description as long as they’re words that go onto my spreadsheet. (These posts don’t.)
Given how incredibly low my goals were, it will come as no surprise to anyone that I kind of made all of them. Barely. I only managed one other book this month.
I did write a nice amount, though! Some of the words I wrote this month were editing, which I’m experimenting with counting as words since the spreadsheet lets me. Others include test runs of commentary to see if I can continue my love of Sailor Moon themed commentary posts with the original anime. I’m undecided, so we’ll have to wait and see. I do like doing them. So far I’m only considering tackling the first season. I’ll be sharing the posts I’ve done in August even if I decide not to finish the first season. So you will be seeing what I’ve been up to eventually!
I’ll be having thinky thoughts on serialisation and how well it works for me to share eventually as well. Probably next year. But yeah, this is potentially a thing. Because I really desperately needed more things to do.
That said, most of my month has been focused on getting Sea Foam and Silence ready for its serialisation. It’ll run until the middle of December. I’ve also been poking at the retail editions and getting Courage Is the Price ready for a print run. (OMG! STILL FLAILING.)
And basically my month has been a flurry of getting books ready for publication rather than writing in terms of writerly things. It’s been… really interesting and a little brain-breaking at times. I’m still sorting out some of the brain-breaking things. (This may or may not be why Steven Universe has been difficult to get back into. I love it, but it doesn’t have the soothing familiarity of Sailor Moon Classic combined with a dose of WTH.)
Hi, everyone! Due to unforeseen circumstances, we’re shaking up the readalong a little and things are slightly out of whack. None of us have read The Tale of Yin before and when we got to the Sea Tales and Ships’ Tales section we got horridly confused and we’ve opted to tackle those two sections together around Thursday this week.
The Sea Tales section is a very short section featuring a few short stories that, if I understood it right, aren’t available online and we weren’t all that sure what to ask for this section specifically. (It’s really short. It’s four pieces of flash fiction.) There was also no clear boundary for the beginning The Path of Kindness, so most of us accidentally kept on reading and waiting for the split.
So we’ve decided to tackle the two sections together and I’ll be your host as scheduled. Not according to schedule is the fact that we’re getting the questions today and we won’t see the answers until this Thursday at the earliest. Due to the unforeseen scheduling changes, we might end up posting them a few days ‘late’.
I am so, so, so sorry to everyone for the unexpected changes. Below the cut you’ll find the revised schedule and the questions for Thursday. There are no spoilers, so you don’t need to worry about that.
First it's her mother's missing gold brooch. Then, a blue and white dish she hasn't seen in years. Followed by an entire grove of cashew trees.
When objects begin appearing out of nowhere, Calamity knows that the special gift she has not felt since childhood has returned-her ability to find lost things. Calamity, a woman as contrary as the tides around her Caribbean island home, is confronting two of life's biggest dramas. First is the death of her father, who raised her alone until a pregnant Calamity rejected him when she was sixteen years old. The second drama: she's starting menopause. Now when she has a hot flash and feels a tingling in her hands, she knows it's a lost object calling to her.
Then she finds something unexpected: a four-year-old boy washes up on the shore, his dreadlocked hair matted with shells. Calamity decides to take the orphaned child into her care, which brings unexpected upheaval into her life and further strains her relationship with her adult daughter. Fostering this child will force her to confront all the memories of her own childhood-and the disappearance of her mother so many years before.
I read a book! :O I haven’t managed to read much since early January. I am ecstatic! It meant that I had some trouble getting started with Nalo Hopkinson’s The New Moon’s Arms, but I may have zoomed through the second half of the book in a few hours. (Okay, so zoom isn’t the right word and I was exhausted afterwards, but still!)
Plot Recap: Serenity destroyed the planet because she was heart-broken when Endymion died right in front of her from the Magical Floating McGuffin Sword of Slays-Only-One-Person-Upon-Contact-With-Flesh. Endymion duked it out with Kunzite and won and is now looking set to destroy Usagi.
Also, Nephrite is apparently human now and kind of a worse jerk to Mamorus’s friends than Mamoru ever was, Usagi and Mamoru reminisced about their relationship and reminded everyone of how horribly he’s tended to treat Usagi throughout the show so far, and Jadeite is having a crisis of whom to follow because reasons.
Oh, and did I mention the last episode suggested Mamoru was going to try and kill Usagi to keep the planet from being destroyed?
If you’d like to join us, you’ve got plenty of time before the first week’s worth of questions start and I hope you’ll enjoy the stories a lot! ^_^ If you don’t have a blog, you can join us at our GoodReads group or on Twitter.
Plot Recap: Kunzite wants to destroy everything! Beryl just wants Endymion. Also she still hates Usagi/Serenity. Serenity is able to take over Usagi’s body and plays sad harp music. Metallia and siphon off Serenity’s powers, somehow, to create youma of her own.
Nephrite isn’t dead! He’s very pissed off, however. Makoto makes a terrible Usagi double, senshi!Luna still runs away in a fight, Minako has mentioned to Rei that she doesn’t actually know what destroyed the earth the first time around and/or whether the love between Serenity and Endymion was the cause of them to the point where she’s mentioned the cause was Metallia and Beryl.
Oh, and Serenity mentioned that she’d destroyed the planet and the episode ended on a note of What The Actual Fuck for everyone involved. (Except me. I remembered that and knew it was coming.)
This episode? Maybe more answers about the past life!
So. In one of my round-up posts for January I mentioned that I hoped to have exciting news regarding Courage Is the Price to share soon. Yes? (Yes!)
I can now share the exciting news! Courage Is the Price has a print edition! And a new cover! Look!
I even managed to keep the dominant colour pink. :O It’s available for $5.99 or the equivalent in other currencies and the Kindle book should be available to you for free if you buy it. (If it’s not, please let me know because then I need to fix that.)
Welcome to the first week of the Tale of Yin readalong! There’s still time to join us, of course! I’ll be your host this week as we tackle the first novella in the duology, Of Oysters, Pearls & Magic. I’ve excerpted the description and the schedule once more and my questions lie below the cut.
The duology of Oysters, Pearls & Magic and The Path of Kindness sees the stories of Mirra and her daughter, Kindness, as they struggle to find their identities and selves on the planet they have called home. A feminist YA novella, the Tale of Yin looks at magic, privilege, the landscape and compassion.
Doesn’t that sound awesome? You can buy the ebook from Amazon, Smashwords and presumably everywhere Smashwords ships. You can also read the webserial version online here. The stories themselves are both novellas and the edition we’re reading also includes a few bonus stories (and recipes)!
Week 1: February 15th, Book 1: A Sea Of Waves, hosted by Lynn from Little Lion Lynnet’s (that’s me)
Week 2: February 22nd, Book 2: A Tree of Branches, hosted by Imyril from x+1
Week 3: February 29th, Sea Tales, hosted by Lisa from Over the Effing Rainbow
Week 4: March 7th, Ships’ Tales, hosted by Lynn from Little Lion Lynnet’s (me again!)
Plot Recap: Mamoru has voluntarily let himself be kidnapped by Beryl. She’s murdered Nephrite and Princess Serenity took over Usagi’s senshi form.
Also, Venus/Minako is dying — maybe Venus is in control of Minako and she doesn’t realise it because it’s been so long/they were similar people already anyway — and Mars is potentially Done with this shit.
No Kamekichi has been sighted in the last either either.
Alsoalso! I use a lot of all-caps this time around. You have been warned.
This is just a short and quick reminder that if you want to join in with our readalong of Joyce Chng’s The Tale of Yin, the first discussion post will be going up next Monday on February the 15th. You can see the full schedule and more details here.
It’s a duology of two novellas and a set of short stories, so you can probably catch up pretty quickly if you decide to join a little later, but if you were planning to join in from the beginning and haven’t yet acquired your copy, now’s the chance to pick it up!
Happy reading, everyone! I hope to see you all next week for the start of the readalong! ^_^