May 2016 Recap

This was a strange month for me. I spent a solid two weeks very sick with a sinus infection, double ear infection, and bronchitis. Even now, with the month over, I’m suffering from some residual symptoms. Almost feels like I’ll never be quite right again. I still got around to some things this month.

The Projects

The Paragon is still updating on schedule. There have been a few double updates because at this point in the story the narrative is reflecting Finley’s mental process. Since last time, Finley has a breakthrough and her life begins to turn around, and then something unexpected happens.

The Paragon

 [Part 4]  [Part 5]  [Part 6]  [Part 7]  [Part 8]  [Part 9]  [Part 10]  [Part 11]

The news about the new Pokemon starters arrived this month, so I immediately set to work on some sewing projects. I decided to make a couple of Rowlets, and here’s a picture!

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And here they are on my Etsy shop!

I’ve worked on a couple sketchbook pages, but was much slower this time around.

I’ve also received a big sewing commission that I’ve started and will be able to work on a bunch this month. I’m very excited to work on something so detailed for someone. I hope he likes it!

The Reading

I’ve had a lot of false starts with books this month. I started listening to The Run of His Life: The People versus O.J. Simpson, but found the book to be a bit too close to the show based on it (American Crime Story), so wanted to take a break from the repetition. Then I started Imajica by Clive Barker. Though I’m about eight hours into Imajica and love it so far, it’s a doozy of an audiobook at 38 hours, so it will take some time for me to get through it.

I started The Jungle Book in the hope I would zoom through it and then see the movie in theaters. Instead, I’ve had some trouble feeling engaged with the book. As sometimes happens, my subconscious took care of this problem for me, and lost my copy of the book somewhere in the chaos that is this apartment. It’ll turn up eventually, and I’ll dutifully continue reading, but that’s on pause for now. In its absence, I’ve started Anne Bronte’s The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, and I’m already feeling much more at home back in the hands of a Bronte.

The only two books I actually finished this month were graphic novels.

Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood (Persepolis #1-2) by Marjane Satrapi [I loved it, but I didn’t write a review for it]

A Girl on the Shore (Ombibus 2-in-1 Edition) by Inio Asano

The Fun Stuff

I mentioned an LP Channel last month, and this month another friend launched an LP Channel! Their Facebook is here and I felt like giving them a shout out. I’m loving their videos so far. =] Good luck, Dust Bunny Division!

The Rest

Eric and I went to THREE amazing concerts this month! The Darkness, Babymetal, and Caravan Palace. They were all great in different ways, and I’m so glad I was able to make it. I had one interview that went well but didn’t come to fruition. I’ve had one story rejection (this one smarted a bit more than usual, but I can’t really put my finger on why). One story is still out. Eric’s birthday was last week and we celebrated with his family, and I got to shower him with a bunch of gifts, as he deserves! We hung out with my nephews for a couple days, played some Rocket League. Eric and I got a PSVita for our collective birthdays, but I haven’t actually tried it yet. Haven’t tried Overwatch either. My rollerblades fell apart so I have to figure that out, but Eric finally got a working bike so hopefully we’ll be able to bike together!

Idk I’m already losing steam on these blogs.

© Melanie Staten 2015