Last month was kind of hit-or-miss as far as my mental health is concerned, so my writing saw some ups and downs. I did edit 30 chapters of Calligraphy Guild, however, finishing one draft and getting a significant chunk of the next done. I’m currently editing the worldbuilding and bringing it all together, and I’m most of the way there. I still have a new scene I need to write and a handful of details I need to fix throughout, but it’s coming along! I’m a little behind schedule, but I should be able to get this completed draft to sensitivity readers within the week. :)
I’ve also been working on blogging, especially cleaning up some behind-the-scenes stuff to hopefully make Scribes & Archers more helpful to readers. I’ve written a couple of posts to go up during the time I’m gone this summer that I’m super excited about. I’m bummed I won’t be here to see the comments right away, lol. I’m really excited to share those with you.
And, of course, I started my Enneagram Authors series in February! You can read the first three installments here:
The type 4 interview is going up tomorrow, so keep your eyes open for that!
- Malfunction by J.E. Purrazzi
- Dear Author by Laura A. Grace (reread)
- New Worlds: Year One by Marie Brennan
- Love Riot by Sara Barratt
- Reading People by Anne Bogel
- Out of the Silent Planet by C.S. Lewis
I loved everything I read last month!
Malfunction is probably my favorite Purrazzi book thus far.
Dear Author was encouraging, as always (I highly recommend it to any author at any stage of the process).
New Worlds: Year One managed to bring up some worldbuilding areas I hadn’t thought of before! It was such an interesting, inspiring read, and it’s definitely a new favorite worldbuilding resource. I’m looking forward to getting Year Two at some point.
Love Riot was a great look at, essentially, what Christian youths’ worldview ought to be and how they ought to live that out. Most of it wasn’t new to me, but I needed to be reminded of a lot, lol.
Reading People was an excellent personality typing book. Bogel is a Christian, so she’s coming at it from the same basic worldview I am (plus she’s also an enneagram 9 and an INFP, so even though I’m an ENFP we think a lot alike), and she understands that personality types are intended to be used to understand oneself, not to slap on labels. She had a lot of great insights, and I’d love to get my own copy of this book so I can make notes in it.
I can’t believe I’ve only started diving into Lewis’s non-Narnia works within the past three months. Out of the Silent Planet was amazing. Lewis explores humanity and spirituality so effectively through his worldbuilding and it was delightful and thought-provoking to read. I’m super excited to read the rest of the Space Trilogy.
- Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson
- The Riven Realm by Deck Matthews
- The Tropic of Serpents by Marie Brennan
I don’t have much to say about these at the moment. I’m really enjoying all of them. I’m itching to read more of Mistborn, but I’m trying not to get too far ahead of my reading buddy, lol. The Riven Realm is a three-book collection, and for some reason I stalled out after finishing the first? The first was excellent! And I’m excited to read more about this world and these characters! But I’ve had less interesting reading in general lately, so I haven’t gotten around to it. :P The Tropic of Serpents is also suffering from my lack of motivation to read.
I’m also hoping to dive into Perelandra this month, which is the second in Lewis’s Space Trilogy.
Plans for March
- Wrapping up my solo edits on Calligraphy Guild
- Sending Calligraphy Guild to sensitivity readers
- Prepping future blog posts
- Cleaning up other blog stuff
How about you? How was your February? Are there any accomplishments we can celebrate with you? Do you have any writing goals for this month? I’d love to chat with you in the comments!