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May 2016

02 Jun

I’m fully aware that I skipped the April 2016 summary post, but I have my reasons. Imagine me in dark clothing with a sinister smirk. May 2016 was a full month for me, which indicates why I haven’t posted recently, but I hope to start slowing my life down a bit soon.

A bit of background for those who haven’t met me in person: I have nine siblings. Perhaps the most important thing happening right now is that my mother’s in the city and expects to be delivering a new sibling any time soon. There’s a general air of anticipation here at home, and my parents and grandparents have switched houses until Number 11 arrives. Myself, I’m simmering with excitement and waiting to boil over when the call finally comes.

New additions to the family aside, let’s move on to what I’ve been doing this past two months!

Writing takes top of the list. For some weird reason.

  • As my most recent post attests, I entered Camp NaNoWriMo in April. Primarily to get the Scrivener discount, I accept, but I wrote more than 20,000 words of planning and outlining on two different projects: The second draft for The Teller’s Apprentice and a short story currently entitled The Sharakiva Games. That last one I’m not writing any time soon, but it was nice to have a break from The Teller’s Apprentice for a while.
  • In May I completed my outlining for The Teller’s Apprentice and, over the last two weeks, wrote 36,000 words. I discovered recently, however, that both my point of view characters needed much stronger motivations and goals—from which I get a feel for the overall story—and so back to the outline I went. I’m still working on revising the outline with those goals and motivations in mind, but I hope to restart writing again soon.
  • I found out that I can write 4000 words a day. Doing so takes its toll on me as the days pile up, but I’m hoping to improve my word count per day and keep the balance with my life and mood.

Reading is probably the most interesting part, I guess. For you at least.

  • As a summary from last post, I finished the Ranger’s Apprentice and Goldstone Wood series back in April. I snapped up both Songkeeper and The End of All Things when they came out and enjoyed them both. You’ll recall that I reviewed those two last books in April.
  • I started reading Adrian Tchaikovsky’s Shadows of the Apt series but didn’t like the content. Then Karen Traviss’s Halo: Glasslands and got put off by the profanity. I’ll give the Halo universe another try with Halo: Cryptum, which is by a different author.
  • I read and loved Karen Miller’s Clone Wars: Wild Space! Obi-Wan Kenobi is my favourite Star Wars character, and the pressure he was placed under and the choices he made in his suffering were so compelling my heart was still racing when I finished. I also enjoyed Miller’s portrayals of Yoda, Bail Organa, Anakin, Ahsoka, and the Jedi in general.
  • I’m currently reading Brandon Mull’s Beyonder series. I finished the first book today and really liked it. I’ve posted a review to Goodreads, which I intend to transfer here sooner or later.

Life finds its place waaaay down here. Poor thing.

  • Aside from the announcement earlier in this post…little things. Little steps. I started making to-do lists and keeping a calendar of my events on my wall. I reinforced my writing craft. I wrote a blog post today. I turned on music and danced with my younger siblings. I started getting up earlier to an alarm. I started going for walks to figure out problems in my writing. I prepared and argued in a debate about physical education. Little things, little steps, but which are becoming habits.

And finally my plans for June.

  • Turn nineteen. Top of the list.
  • I intend to buy Brandon Sanderson’s The Rithmatist when the ebook version drops to US$1.99. I’ve been waiting to read this book for a long time but haven’t been able to convince my library to buy it. To make matters worse, my older brother—who often drives into the city for work—has read it at the city libraries, and I don’t want to hear anything that happens until I’ve read it myself.
  • Brandon Sanderson’s graphic novel White Sand is coming out this month! I’ve read all the sample pieces I can find. Here’s hoping my library decides to buy it, because it looks quite expensive on Amazon.
  • Those two books above are on my calendar.
  • I want to finish Brandon Mull’s Beyonders series and read the other books of his at my library.
  • I want to finish my outlining and leap back into rewriting The Teller’s Apprentice, second draft.

What have you done in May? What do you plan to do in June?

Matthew

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5 Comments

Posted by on June 2, 2016 in Monthly Summaries

 

5 responses to “May 2016

  1. Lylyss

    June 2, 2016 at 8:42 pm

    I’ve been wondering about Number 11. :) Do you know if it’s a boy or a girl?

     
  2. sarahtps

    June 10, 2016 at 1:25 pm

    A note on the Wild Space thing: I’m told that Stealth and Siege (a pair of books) are even better than Wild Space. However, they’re by Karen Traviss, so I’m not sure what that means.
    I keep seeing the Beyonders series and can’t take it seriously from the blurb. But since you say they’re good, maybe I’ll look into them.
    Best of luck with your writing!

     
    • Matthew

      June 10, 2016 at 2:05 pm

      I looked up the books on Goodreads, which says they’re by Karen Miller, same author as Wild Space. I’m definitely interested now. I checked my library catalogue, and there are plenty of copies in the city.

      Granted, there are some things in the Beyonders series which are geared more towards a younger audience, especially the hippo. I’m still not sure what was remarkable about the hippo. But anyway. The first book’s the best, in my opinion. I’m still trying to sort out what I think about the last book.

       
      • sarahtps

        June 11, 2016 at 12:06 am

        Huh. Maybe I’m remembering the name wrong, then. Either way, when you get your hands on them, let me know what you think. I expect you’ll get to them before I do, as I’m trying to go through the highlights of the entire Old Republic EU in order. xD
        Good to know. I think mention of the hippo was one of the things that made me have a hard time taking it seriously . . . as I said, I’ll look them up when I get home.

         

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