January Round Up
Time to wrap up January and hunker down for what’s coming up in February.
(I saw a elementary school sign on my drive home today that read: FEBRUARY WATCH OUT FOR CYBERBULLYING. So who ever is being mean to February, you should stop. February is a perfectly nice, delightfully short month. We like February.)
I posted six blog entries this month, which combined for a total of just over 8,000 words.
I also wrote 29,900 more words on my first draft of Ship Book this month; I managed to get at least a couple hundred words in each day so far this year. I’m a little over halfway through the book, assuming my estimation of its final length is in the right ballpark. If all goes well, I should have (or at least be approaching) a completed draft by the end of February. Here’s another small, subject-to-change snippet, just because:
She looked for him that night, when she wandered across the deck. She felt the need to thank him, for letting [REDACTED] stay with her—or to at least speak with him, to discuss the sky. But for as long as she waited and lingered, fighting against the well-earned exhaustion that crept through her body, he never came up to stand with her on the quarterdeck. She was left to stare at a night sky muddled by clouds alone, and to wonder how the quiet officer would describe it.
It felt strange to write this month, at times, when it seems like each day saw a new example of how the world was on fire. But I think, even in the midst of chaos, there’s value in creation, and in articulating what art matters to me and why. My little Ship Book is, in its own small way, about the carelessness that often accompanies privilege, and about the importance of taking care with each other’s lives; the shows and books that I respond to most are those that argue for a more inclusive and generous view of the world. The words I write are a tiny, imperfect way of arguing for the version of the future I want to live in, and so even when I'm angry, even when I despair, I let myself write.
I read 15 books this month, in total. Four were rereads (The Winner's trilogy and Anna), while the rest were new.
- The Winner's Curse by Marie Rutkoski
- The Winner's Crime by Marie Rutkoski
- Archie Vol. 1 by Mark Waid and Fiona Staples
- The Winner’s Kiss by Marie Rutkoski
- Wayfarer by Alexandra Bracken
- The Cursed Queen by Sarah Fine
- Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur, Vol. 2 by Amy Reeder and Brandon Montclare
- Windwitch by Susan Dennard
- Poison's Kiss by Breanna Shields
- If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo
- Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth
- The Valiant by Lesley Livingston
- Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
- This Adventure Ends by Emma Mills
- Our Own Private Universe by Robin Talley
One month of 2017 down, friends. Only eleven to go.