I could swear yesterday was the end of May, but instead September got a jump on me before I could even wonder where did August go. This year feels like I’m constantly playing catch-up, and I still stay behind with everything, and the last month was no different… or was it?
After two freelance-work-intense months, I was hoping for a quieter August, but its beginning proved as busy as its predecessors. Then, it all died down, and as much as I hoped to shift into intense writing, I needed a break. I still wrote every day, but I kept to a minimum word count, so my total for the month was the lowest in the year so far. I didn’t even get to 10,000 words written, but my brain thanked me for it.
I also stumbled across a wonderful review of my short story, Scourges, Spells, and Serenades that was first published in StoryHack magazine, and is now available as a part of a free short story collection available on my website.
You can read the review of the whole issue on Broadswords & Blaster’s website.
I didn’t do much art last month, but I’m still working on something I’m hoping to be able to share in the future. The trouble with more complex drawings and digital art is that it takes a lot of time to complete, and I only manage a few art sessions in a month. I also jump between several projects depending on my mood and inspiration, so finishing anything takes a long time.
And, of course, there are always dragonflies. They depend on inspiration as well (since I don’t want them to be repetitive) and my other workloads, but I managed to draw 4 in August. I hope you like them.
In the beginning of the month, we went once more to Washington DC to collect my passport (a few exceptions aside, they do need to be picked up in person). We were hoping to do some more sigh-seeing, but a 1.5-hour traffic jam outside of the rush hour, and then over 1-hour wait in the consulate made us desperate to get out and go home… Especially that the next day was a working day which meant an early rise.
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You know you’re a geek when you already have Divinity: Original Sin 2 from @larianstudios on your PC, but buy it again to enjoy the game on big screen. And you know you married a geek when after a day of watching you play, your husband goes off to the store to get his copy and play with you. #divinityoriginalsin2 #gaminggirl #gamingcouple #marriedgamers #playstation4 #gaming
And since I needed a break, I spent some time this month gaming with Inq and reading. I’m still behind with my Goodreads challenge, but that’s also because I don’t add books I abandon early (10-15% in), and there’s been a lot of them lately.
We also took time trying out new and delicious food, all of it homemade. A new recipe for udon, homemade soft pretzels, deep-fried chicken… August certainly has been a yummy one!
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This is why we don’t really eat out: with a little effort, it’s possible to make a feast at home. Rice, miso soup, and chicken. I realized that I haven’t had miso soup since I left Ireland, so it was an extra treat. #homemadefood #homemadedinner #japanesefood #japanesecuisine #misosoup
Now that the temperatures are dropping, I’m hoping to get back in focus, and maybe catch up with “all the things”… or at least some of them.
How about you? How was your summer? Do you have any plans for September?