I Want to Read:
- Masquerade by Laura Lam
- Asexualities edited by Megan Milks & Karli June Cerankowski
- Ninefox Gambit by Yoon Ha Lee
I Want to Write:
- The rest of DemiPrincess1
- The rest of Ribbon Dancer
I have… actually not failed miserably at these goals. I’ve read both Masquerade and Asexualities and I’ve finished the first draft of DemiPrincess1 AT LONG LAST. I’ll, um, spare you the all-caps, but please imagine this all in all-caps. I took a little time to just let the manuscript rest (and get a bit of betareading feedback on it) and distract myself with other things. Such as nonfiction. But I’ve also already started to rework what I’ve got and… When it’s not busy being unbearably hot, I’m really excited.
I really, really like this story (which is good because it’s so very much something that I wrote just for me that I want to share with you all when it’s done) and… I’m kind of in the middle of this… thing. Where I want to do too many things and, therefore, struggle to do any of them.
For example: Ribbon Dancer is on hold (though to be fair this is partially because I’m trying to resign myself to the fact that this will likely be a novelette and not a short story, despite my best efforts). But I also started on a nonfiction essay that is kind of, sort of time sensitive. And I still need to do a bunch of research to properly support the arguments with Proper Academic Sources. And I’m still grumbly over the whole way in which some of the essays in Asexualities felt… erasive and invalidating even though, on the whole, it fills me with squee and bounce because WE EXIST (take that, “The terms are not used often enough to be included” Merriam-Webster!) and also most of the essays are totally awesome and if you enjoy academic essays and like learning about asexualities, I would definitely recommend most of the ones I’ve read.
So… yeah. Mixed month in terms of goals technically, but honestly my reaction is just to squee and bounce and be happy because I did several things that I’m really, really happy about and proud of!