September Wrap-Up

I’ve been a pretty bad blogger lately, and I think this has to do with my weekends not being free for the last few weeks. Since school has started (and thus, work for me), I usually try to spend my weekends recuperating and reading, but that hasn’t happened too much since I also wanted to do a bit of writing. Not to mention I’ve been neglecting writing posts and commenting on other blogs (I am sorry!). October will probably be as busy, but I am planning on plaguing my blog with much bakery goodness, haha.

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Books Read

I DNFed one book, which hasn’t happened in a while. Standout in September was definitely This Savage Song though I was also pretty partial to the Sleeping Giants audiobook.

Dead Witch Walking by Kim Harrison || Jade Dragon Mountain by Elsa Hart || Career of Evil by Robert Galbraith || Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel || This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab || Rebel Genius by Michael Dante DiMartino || Blood Red, Snow White by Marcus Sedgwick

Currently Reading

My goal this year is to at least finish The Way of Kings. Yep.

The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson || An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir || The Help by Kathryn Stockett

Writing

  • If I hadn’t gotten sick in the middle of September, I probably would have enjoyed the beginnings of autumn much better. Now that I AM better, though, I think it might be a good idea to take my usual suburban stroll. Yay sweater weather time!
  • Luck of lucks, my creative writing workshop actually went through this school year! I started my writing voldies off with beginning sentences in popular books. They seemed to have taken to that well enough. Maybe next week I’ll do something about scene descriptions.
  • I was in the middle of writing my Pokemon-inspired (yes, don’t ask just yet) short story but realized I wasn’t falling in love with the format I had written it in. Lo and behold, I finally came up with the type of way I wanted to tell the story! So I’ll have to start redoing that.
  • I’ve also now peppered my laptop with a ton of desktop post-its that remind me to do a healthy dose of reading and writing. Maybe I should just make a planning calendar for myself. This might be easier to maintain…
  • We are now funded! The 2017 Young Explorer’s Adventure Guide is now in the green to be published next year. I get to see my “Rela” in print! *squees*

Movies

Binged on a few Gene Wilder movies (R.I.P. :() and went nostalgic on Practical Magic. Not much movie-watching, mostly because I keep coming up with other things to do. Like, erm, play video games *coughs*

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Young Frankenstein || Blazing Saddles || Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory || The First Monday in May || A Royal Night Out || Practical Magic

Television

Justice League Unlimited – I really shouldn’t be surprised that this animated series isn’t really one for children. Really good, though, but I’ve always been a DC animated universe fan.

Gran Hotel – How am I not done with this show?! I feel like the episode dramas never end! SO GOOD THOUGH.

Midsomer Murders – Slowly chugging along this series. I would say I’ll eventually run out of episodes, but let’s be honest here, I’m not even halfway through the seasons. And I don’t really binge this either, considering I only really put this show on when I’m knitting.

Video Games

Dragon Age: Origins – Finished another playthrough here, which means moving onto the next installment!

Dragon Age II – I’m not sure how I feel about making my male Hawke funny, because now he’s Varric’s best friend…and I’m planning to kill him off in DAI. Oops?

Until Dawn – One of my friends was playing this game and making comments about how many people she’s managed to kill off. Naturally, this made me want to play the game. It’s a surprisingly short game, and I managed to binge-play the whole thing over again on one day. Insane, but doable.

Fooding

Much salted caramel goodness this way. And alcohol. Because why not.

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Salted Caramel Cupcakes (part 2) || Mojitos || Strawberry waffles with chocolate chips || Pork barbecue tacos || Salted caramel || Salted caramel coffee cupcakes

Miscellany

  • This year seems to be the year of the indie board games for my group of friends. For most of the summer, we’d been getting way too into playing Coup inside the house, on top of Resistance and Mafia. Our new favorite games also include Resistance: Avalon (which is pretty much Resistance meets Arthurian time period) and One Night Ultimate Werewolf. Lovely stuff.
  • My Pokemon Go zeal was almost nonexistent once school began, but I did manage to get my 400 magikarp candy and evolved to a Gyarados! Yaaaay.
  • The little voldies I’ve got this year are all sorts of voldie-ish. This is probably the first time I’ve thought that they earned their monikers. I’m practically exhausted every day dealing with them. Phew!

Nerdy News

Buddy System released in Pokemon Go. Naturally, I ended up walking my Jigglypuff everywhere. Up until I had my Gyarados, that is. Now I just walk him around for shits and giggles.

Not so nerdy, but I used to watch Project Runway religiously back when I still had cable. And someone who is a size larger than 12, I respect this article by Tim Gunn.

Not Mel and Sue!! Get ready, set, ba–*sobs*

Throne of Glass series to be produced on Hulu. This can go of two ways, to be honest. Although I’m not sure why they’re starting with Queen of Shadows. I’m probably going to try to avoid all news about the series until I’ve actually READ the pertinent books. I’ve already been spoiled enough as is…

THIS IS NOT A PERFECT ILLUSION, YOU GUYS. Mother Monster is back with an album in October. Alright, not nerdy either, but whatever.

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast turns 25 this year, which means it was about time Angela Lansbury comes back to make people cry. She sings the titular song and it was beautiful, you guys.

I don’t know about you, but I thought James Corden and Usain Bolt in a race was killer. But it didn’t kill me as much as Corden becoming the sixth Backstreet Boy.

Jon Favreau of the live-action The Jungle Book fame has decided to take on The Lion King as his next project. I’m not sure how I feel about this, considering any “live action” performance of The Lion King is pretty much just HAMLET. I am now tempted to watch the movie, though…

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