Despite a somewhat bumpy start involving tea in intravenous, tissues and the use of a lot of pink salts, this month ends on good notes after all!
October, November, December shook me like a rag doll. So, in those first days of the new year, I rebuilt myself, killed with pink salts* the evil bugs in my body and repaired the water damage on my cyborg-heart. ( Not because of books although I wish! ) But let's not rewind this, let's focus on rewinding January and look forward to what's next**!
* Salt is the ultimate weapon, I tell you. Demon possessions? Ghosts? Hedgehogs sleeping in your throat? Use salt!
** But please, don't kick me in the teeth. I'm not sure I won't run out of tape this time.
The good notes are: I did things! It's bizarre this is ‘ the good notes ’, but it's new to me.
I won't hide that I'm quaking in my boots that these little good notes go away, but I did things, kraken! i did things! I think it's because after watching Hank Green's video on his 80% trick, I said ‘ let's try this! ’ , tried it and surprisingly, it works well! I thought my brain would get in the way, but for now is okay with it*
* Yes, my brain is something all by itself. We try to get along sometimes.
I also gave up to use a bullet journal, because I waste time trying to get it sweet and pretty. It's not for my brain. But I'd like to work on an art-book this year to release this creative side of me! Instead of a bullet journal, I use Todoist to keep all these things I'd like and have to do sync. My anxiety doesn't love the new rhythm, though. Well, I won't listen. Go away!
anxiety: don't you think we are /insanely/ productive?— Morgane Knowles (@octopussquirrel) January 24, 2018
me: well, it's a good thing. you are not happy? you always say we waste time.
anxiety: that's not normal. we should slow down.
me: i won't slow down. if i do, you are going to be sad.
anxiety: I'M SAD, SO SLOW DOWN!
REWIND ON READING
Among these things I did: reading! Many, many moons and as many suns have gone down since I read this much in such a short span of time. My heart is so happy and the worms too!
All thanks to the Adventureadthon host by Jasmine @ Novel Thought! This cute frozen adventure made me see many things. I understood why I read the way I did: sometimes nothing in what feels like forever and almost always in loops of the same books. If I count what I read in the last maybe two years like I do with sheep to fall asleep, I'll count until ten! Ten! I realise too why I reread more than I discover new books. ( Which is my duty as a bookworm! ) That's because I'm scared to stumble on cardboard characters, stories that go sideways, to put so much of my time in a story. Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones was a good therapy for this issue.
I missed feeling the worms exhilarate; missed the details, the feelings only books can trigger. But reading requires focus and time.
Time, that I have! I lock thirty minutes for the worms before going to sleep. Thirty minutes is nothing in an hourglass, I know but thirty minutes after thirty minutes it's something! Focus? ( But after this frozen adventure, I realise you can learn to focus. How? Thirty minutes at a time.
REWIND ON WRITING
On my writing battlefield, it was slow, but I wrote more smoothly, simply more. Which is cool!
Perhaps it's connected to the worms twitching in my brain again, I don't know. But I'd like to lock time like I do for reading, aim for 500 words / day instead of writing once every blue moon. I might get to something this way!
Jack pointed the lights on the snowy path.
— What do you see?
— So ordinary.
— What do you see?
— What it really is! Candy canes with lanterns!
Eva was sure of what she had seen, but instead of streetlights, there were candy canes with lanterns.
I'm still working on my winter-centric wip. ( I'll switch with my chrysanthemums wip in April! ) Up here, it's a sneak-peek and what set in motion this all story. “ What do you see a streetlight or a candy cane lantern? ” It talks about faith, what is magic, and Santa Claus' sidekicks. Because I think there are not enough wintery-tales with mistletoe, ice-skating and cookies in shape of pine tree, so I'm writing it! Strange since I have trouble with Christmas. I still really, really love working on this wip! It's so hopeful, funny and creepy.
REWIND ON BLOGGING
Nothing too new under this sun. I'm still trying to figure out my blogging rhythm. I think my cheat sheet to format my blog posts will help me be more chatty around here. Of course, being a tiny-tiny book blog, I'm being chatty with myself. that's totally okay! but I'd like to have more krakens in my troops obviously. I wonder if bookwormseatbrains isn't too ‘ vanilla. ’ Maybe with some colourful bookish photos and fun doodles? we'll see.
FORWARD TO FEBRUARY
- blog hop every day + drop at least three comments
- post six times on bookwormseatbrains
- write all reviews (5)
- read two new releases, one series
- write 500 words / day
- keep the new rhythm!
- start yoga again
WHAT'S NEW UNDER YOUR SUNS, SQUID? WHAT HAVE YOU READ? WHAT DID YOU DO? BE CHATTY WITH ME!